Hires v. City of Atlantic City, 2010 WL 2195653 (App. Div., June 1, 2010) – A police officer assigned to the Atlantic County Major Crimes Unit brought a claim for disability discrimination under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination after the gruesome nature of his work led to severe psychological damages that left him totally and permanently disabled and unable to perform his job duties as a police officer. The Appellate Division rejected the employee’s claim that the employer failed to engage in an interactive process to identify a reasonable accommodation. The court held: “An employer is not obligated to engage in an interactive process and to accommodate a disabled employee where the employee’s disability reasonably precludes the performance of the particular employment. Where such permanent disability exists, the employer is not even required to offer a temporary accommodation such as light duty. An employer cannot be found liable for discrimination if the employee is permanently disabled and cannot perform the job.”
In July 2012, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, agreed to lift his hold on the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act (H.R. 3012) that was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. As we reported in the December 2011 issue of the Immigration eAuthority, under current law, the total
Argument for the “Opposition”: The Supreme Court Clarifies Employees’ “Opposition” as Protected Activity
What constitute an employee’s “opposition” to conduct such that it is protected under the law? Do an employee’s comments during an employer’s internal investigation constitute an “opposition”? What about comments to a supervisor, even without an internal investigation? What about comments overheard by another manager, whether within the workplace, such as at a water cooler, or even outside the workplace, such as in a restaurant? Do these acts constitute an employee’s “opposition”? And finally, at its broadest, what does it mean to “oppose” anything?
The Puerto Rico Department of the Treasury (the Hacienda) recently issued Circular Letter No. 13-02, formally extending the deadlines for the adoption of amendments and the filing for determination letters with the Hacienda. This applies both to plans qualified only in Puerto Rico, as well as plans dual-qualified in both…..