Raise the Rainbow Flag: Federal Court Rules that Title VII Bans Sexual Orientation Discrimination | Joanna L. Grossman | Verdict | Legal Analysis and Commentary from Justia

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The tides turned with an EEOC ruling in 2015, in which the agency concluded that alleged discrimination against a gay man–because he was gay–constituted a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a federal law banning employment discrimination on the basis of certain protected characteristics such as sex, race, ethnicity, and religion.  The EEOC sparked a second look at this question, decades after several courts had dismissively, and with little reasoning, concluded that the law’s prohibition of sex discrimination is not broad enough to encompass sexual orientation discrimination. The new case from a federal district court in Pennsylvania, EEOC v. Scott Medical Health Center, builds on a more recent trend, in which courts (and the EEOC) draw on more contemporary thinking about the nature of sexual orientation discrimination and its relationship to gender.

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Beyond Citation – Critical Thinking About Digital Research

BEYOND CITATION

EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

www.beyondcitation.org

Researchers, students, and instructors use academic databases to find scholarship on topics of interest. Yet it is difficult to get information about how these databases work and what materials are included in – or left out of – them. In response to this challenge, a group of students in a Digital Praxis Seminar at the City University of New York (CUNY) created Beyond Citation, a website dedicated to providing the public with information and analysis about major academic search engines. As of this writing, Beyond Citation features explorations of thirteen major databases, including Google Books, Project MUSE, HathiTrust Digital Library, JSTOR, and ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Each database record includes an Overview outlining what the database contains, available Reviews of each database, and information about Access. In addition, readers will also find a useful Conversations feature, which offers links to outside analysis and criticism about the selected database. Beyond Citation not only helps researchers critically evaluate databases, but also teaches researchers how to use these databases most effectively. [MMB]

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Appeals Process: Collection Issues – YouTube

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Are you considering whether to appeal a collection action? Get to know the Office of Appeals in this new YouTube video

Watch this and other videos on the IRS YouTube Channel .

U.S. Just Made It a Lot Less Difficult to Sue Nursing Homes – The New York Times

By JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG and MICHAEL CORKERY

The federal agency that controls more than $1 trillion in Medicare and Medicaid funding has moved to prevent nursing homes from forcing claims of elder abuse, sexual harassment and even wrongful death into the private system of justice known as arbitration.

An agency within the Health and Human Services Department on Wednesday issued a rule that bars any nursing home that receives federal funding from requiring that its residents resolve any disputes in arbitration, instead of court.

The rule, which would affect nursing homes with 1.5 million residents, promises to deliver major new protections.

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Register for the STAR credit

STAR Program 2016 Legislative Changes

The New York State Tax Department recently contacted the NYSBA to highlight changes to the longstanding School Tax Relief (STAR) program. As a result of 2016 legislative changes, new homeowners will now receive a STAR Credit check instead of receiving a property tax exemption. The amount of the benefit will remain the same. Click here for a link to the new legislation.

New homeowners no longer apply to their assessor for the benefit. Instead, they register directly on the Tax Department’s website (tax.ny.gov/star). New homeowners who do not have access to the Internet can instead call the New York State Tax Department at: 518-457-2036.

Many of you who are involved with home closings have traditionally provided new homeowners with STAR applications, which they in turn provided to their assessors. Now that the process to establish eligibility for STAR has changed, the New York State Tax Department is making a printable fact sheet for new homeowners available online. Since most new homeowners will no longer use a paper form, you may wish to provide them with a copy of the fact sheet.

The New York State Tax Department extends their thanks to our members for assistance in helping to ensure that new homeowners receive the school tax relief they are entitled to.

Questions concerning these changes may be directed to the New York State Tax Department by calling: 518-457-2036. 

Star Property Tax Checks & Enhanced Star Fact Sheet-NYS Dept of Taxation & Finance

Legislative changes to the Basic Star and Enhanced Star property tax programs are summarized in a “Fact Sheet” from the NYS Dept of Taxation and Finance.  The sheet can be downloaded, printed, and is suitable for handing to clients at residential closings.

Amended Notice of Adoption Updating the Energy Code–Division of Code Enforcement and Administration

On August 25, 2016, the Code Council adopted a rule amending the March 9, 2016  rule. The Amended Notice of Adoption of the amended rule updating the Energy Code was published in the September 21, 2016 edition of the State Register. The amended rule updating the Energy Code update incorporates the following documents by reference:

 

•2015 International Energy Conservation Code

•2013 ASHRAE 90.1

•2016 Supplement to the New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code (Revised August 2016 

 

 

The “Revised August 2016” version of the supplement was posted on the website on September 2, 2016, your copy of the supplement is not current if you downloaded it before that date. For more information and to download the current version of the Supplement “Revised August 2016” CLICK HERE 

(http://www.dos.ny.gov/dcea/CodeUpdate.html)

 

 

Effective Date

The amended rule updating the Energy Code becomes effective on October 3, 2016. There is no “transition period” for the Energy Code.

 

Public access to the ICC Codes;

The ICC 2015 codes adopted by New York State can be viewed at no cost at; http://codes.iccsafe.org/New%20York%20State.html#2015

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