On Christmas morning, the US president drew a line in the sand: money for his border wall or the shutdown will continue. The partial US government shutdown took effect after the Senate failed to pass a budget that included the US$5bn he demanded for a wall. Democratic senators are offering US$1.3bn for border security – the same amount that was allocated in 2018. Now each side blames the other, with no sign of renewed negotiations between lawmakers on Capitol Hill or with the White House
A federal judge’s ruling Friday declaring the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional reminds us what’s at stake for all Americans — but especially older citizens — if the law is overturned. The ACA included important protections for “near seniors” (aged 50-64) seeking affordable coverage, as well as significant improvements to Medicare.
The EEOC recently settled a nationwide investigation of a company that allegedly discriminated against pregnant employees or those with disabilities. The terms of the settlement include a $3.5 million payment as well as injunctive relief, such as updating the company’s reasonable accommodations policies and training its 10,000 employees.
Issues involving the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and pregnancy-related limitations are one of the six national priorities identified by the EEOC. This is a hot topic in litigation across the country and courts have reached different conclusions. In the case that settled for $3.5 million, the EEOC accused the company, Cato Corporation (a women’s fashion retailer), of denying reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees and firing or requiring them to take unpaid leaves of absences because they were pregnant or had a disability.
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