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Parent company of Olive Garden violates the Civil Rights Act with its tipping policies, activists say

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Activists looking to eliminate the sub-minimum wage for tipped employees — a practice that they say keeps workers in poverty, encourages sexual harassment and leads to racial discrimination — are taking a new approach in their campaign to end the two-tiered wage system in America: They’re arguing the lower tipped wage, sometimes as little as $2.13 an hour, violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The first test of this strategy arrived Tuesday. One Fair Wage, a national worker-advocacy group, filed a federal complaint against Darden Restaurants Inc., one of the largest hospitality groups in the country, alleging that the company’s practice of paying tipped workers a sub-minimum wage causes them to suffer more sexual harassment than non-tipped workers and leads employees of color to earn less in tips than their White co-workers. The practice, the group argues, violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which “prohibits employment discrimination

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NJDEP Green Acres – The Garden State Preservation Trust Act

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On June 30, 1999, then Governor, Christine Whitman, signed into law the Garden State Preservation Trust Act, which will allow New Jersey to preserve 1 million acres over the next ten years. The bill establishes, for the first time in history, a stable source of funding for preservation efforts and the statutory framework necessary to implement the landmark preservation plan approved by a 2-1 margin of New Jerseyans, in November 1998. The 1998 vote amended the New Jersey constitution to provide a stable source of funding to acquire and preserve open space, farmland and historic sites around the state. The amendment dedicates $98 million annually for ten years dedicated to preservation efforts and authorizes the issuance of up to $1 billion in revenue bonds.

The legislation signed by the Governor establishes the Garden State Preservation Trust (GSPT), a nine member board that will receive and approve projects submitted

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AAPA Commends Senate for Including Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act in COVID-19 Emergency Legislation

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Change Authorizes PAs to Move Patients Home, Free Up Hospital Beds

Alexandria, VA, March 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The American Academy of PAs applauds the U.S. Senate for passing the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 296/H.R. 2150) as an inclusion in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or the “CARES Act” (H.R. 748). The CARES Act also takes actions to bolster our nation’s healthcare response, including more than $1.6 billion for the Strategic National Stockpile to procure pharmaceuticals, personal protective equipment (PPE), and other medical supplies, which can be distributed to state and local health agencies in areas with shortages.

The legislation will provide significant assistance to American families and small businesses, bolster the healthcare response, and stabilize the economy during the coronavirus emergency.

Including the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act in the CARES Act will permanently authorize PAs and NPs to order home

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