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Elder Abuse: Caregivers are susceptible to the stress

Dealing with an aging parent brings about an emotional anguish that is as sad as it is stressful. Depending on the level of care a loved one requires – does he or she need help doing the laundry and preparing a meal or...more

Legislators Finally Pass a Bill to Implement Florida's Medical Marijuana Constitutional Amendment

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

On the last day of the Special Session, the Florida Legislature passed a seventy eight-page bill titled an Act relating to medical use of marijuana. While many questions are still left unanswered, there are some takeaways for...more

The Massachusetts CARE Act: A Bright Future for Cooperation Between Healthcare and Family Caregivers

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Caring for a sick, disabled or incapacitated loved one can be a stressful proposition, but a new Massachusetts law aims to ease the burden by providing formal support to family caregivers. The Caregiver, Advise, Record,...more

2016 New York Employment Law Year In Review

2016 brought big changes for New York State and City employers, including expansive new discrimination protections and substantial increases in the minimum wage and exempt salary thresholds. While New York employers who...more

Health Update - February 2017

Securing the Safety Net for America's Vulnerable Populations - Editor's Note: America's population is aging rapidly. By 2029, 75 million baby boomers will have reached age 65 and older, and older adults will represent...more

Better Healthcare Newsletter from Patrick Malone - February 2017

As Valentine's Day nears, many of us harken back to wedding vows that pledged loyalty and care through richer and poorer, and in sickness and health. Today, tens of millions of Americans live out that commitment every day,...more

News from the Vermont State House - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - January 2017 #2

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Treasurer Will Build Public Pension Plan for Small Business - State Treasurer Beth Pearce on Wednesday asked the Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee to create the framework for a...more

NYC Employers Should be Aware of Stringent Local Laws

by FordHarrison on

New York City employers should be aware of local laws that directly affect a company’s hiring and termination practices, including a recent one that makes it illegal for employers to discriminate based on “caregiver status.”...more

Parental Power of Attorney: The Legal Document Needed for Those Caring For Your Children

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Whether the kids will be with Grandma and Grandpa for the holidays or a nanny when you go on a quick business trip, it is important to consider whether the person caring for your children has the legal tools necessary to care...more

Medical Marijuana in Massachusetts – DPH Proposes Amendments to Regulations

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has released for public comment proposed amendments to DPH’s Medical Marijuana Regulations (105 CMR 725) (the “regulations”). DPH believes that believes the proposed...more

Alberta Minimum Wage Increases Affect All Foreign Workers, Especially Caregivers

by Field Law on

Effective October 1, 2016, Alberta’s minimum wage will increase from $11.20 per hour to $12.20 per hour. This is the first step in the Provincial government’s plan to raise the minimum wage in Alberta to $15.00 per hour by...more

Illinois Passes Family Caregivers Leave Law

Effective January 1, 2017, the Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act (the “Act”) will allow employees to use employer-provided personal sick leave benefits to care for an ill or injured family member or attend a medical...more

11 Questions to Ask a Potential Caregiver

If you've decided to hire a caregiver for a person with special needs, you'll need to interview the candidates. Here are eleven important questions to ask...more

Reminder for NYC Employers: Ban on ‘Caregiver’ Discrimination Has Taken Effect

by Reed Smith on

On May 4, a New York City law barring discrimination against “caregivers” took effect. Specifically, the law prohibits employers from taking an adverse action (e.g., refusing to hire, firing, or demoting), or otherwise...more

Analysis of Ohioans for Medical Marijuana’s Proposed Ballot Initiative

by Benesch on

Late last week the Ohio ballot board certified a constitutional amendment (the “Amendment”), proposed by Ohioans for Medical Marijuana (“OMM”), to create a comprehensive regulatory program for the provision and sale of...more

New York City Makes “Caregivers” the Newest Class of Protected Employees

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Effective May 4, 2016, New York City employers with four or more employees are prohibited from firing or refusing to hire an individual, and from discriminating against an individual in compensation or terms and conditions of...more

The New York City Commission on Human Rights Doubles Penalties Collected in 2015

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The New York City Commission on Human Rights (“NYCCHR”) recently announced that it collected $1.4 million in penalties in 2015, which is double the amount collected in 2014. Carmelyn P. Malalis joined the NYCCHR in February...more

New York City Expands Human Rights Law to Prohibit Employment Discrimination Against Caregivers

by Littler on

Earlier this month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation that expands the New York City Human Rights Law, making New York City the latest municipality to protect caregivers from discrimination in their terms...more

NYC Employers Risk New Penalties in 2016: Gender and Caregiver Discrimination, Paying Freelancers

by Epstein Becker & Green on

In December 2015, New York City lawmakers introduced or approved three important legal actions that will affect the City’s employers: (1) publication of enforcement guidance on gender, gender identity, and gender expression...more

Update: NYC Mayor Signs Caregiver Discrimination Bill into Law

On January 5, 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a New York City Council bill that prohibits employment discrimination based on an individual’s actual or perceived status as a caregiver. The new law will come into...more

New York City Human Rights Law Expanded To Protect Caregivers

The New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) forbids employment discrimination on the basis of a number of protected characteristics, such as age, race, creed, color, national origin, gender (including gender identity and...more

Initiative to Improve Quality After Discharge: New Caregivers’ Laws

This month Indiana, Illinois, California, Oregon, and New Hampshire join 11 other states with newly effective Care Advise Record Enable (CARE) laws requiring hospitals to give patients the opportunity to designate caregivers...more

Puerto Rico's Qualifying Employees May Use Paid Sick Leave to Care for Others

Effective December 31, 2015, all employers in Puerto Rico with at least 16 employees must allow eligible employees to use up to 5 paid sick leave days to care for an ill spouse, parent, or child. Eligible employees are those...more

Employment Law - January 2016

Does The ADEA Permit Disparate Impact Suits by Applicants? Eleventh Circuit Says Yes - Why it matters - The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals created a circuit split with a decision that the Age Discrimination in...more

New York City Commission on Human Rights Will “Vigorously Enforce” New Legislation to Protect Caregivers From Employment...

On January 5, 2016, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill that added “caregiver” to the list of protected classifications under the New York City Human Rights Law. The law, which takes effect on May 4, 2016, seeks...more

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