What Do the Supreme Court’s Vaccine Mandate Decisions Mean for Workers?  Not as Much as You Think

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The Supreme Court recently handed down two decisions, going in opposite directions, about vaccine mandates. Based on some of the calls I’ve received, people are confused about what they mean for individual employees trying to navigate vaccine mandates at work. The two cases involved the statutory authority of federal agencies to make employers require employees… Continue reading What Do the Supreme Court’s Vaccine Mandate Decisions Mean for Workers?  Not as Much as You Think

Does Sending Police to People in Mental Health Crisis Violate Disability Rights Laws?

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Justin Baraga’s mother wanted someone to help him. She asked for medical help; police came. The police grabbed him, strapped him to a gurney, and forcibly took him to the hospital, which released him without treatment. He was never charged with any crime. A recently filed lawsuit explains that this is New York City’s standard procedure—police are… Continue reading Does Sending Police to People in Mental Health Crisis Violate Disability Rights Laws?

Book Review: My Grandmother’s Hands

Resmaa Menakem’s book, My Grandmother’s Hands, is one of the most insightful works I have read in recent years. It gave me a deep understanding of, as its subtitle states, racialized trauma and the pathway to mending hearts and bodies—in different communities. Menakem speaks to the Black, white, and police audiences, sometimes separately and sometimes… Continue reading Book Review: My Grandmother’s Hands

Legal Rights and Vaccine Mandates: Myths and Realities

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These are uncertain and divisive times. But I believe in getting the facts straight. From what I am hearing, many disability community members favor vaccines, while some have concerns about getting vaccinated. Everyone deserves to make choices informed by an accurate understanding of the law.  This article covers only vaccine mandates at work, but there… Continue reading Legal Rights and Vaccine Mandates: Myths and Realities

Literature Review:  Legal Action Center’s Emergency

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Hospital ERs May Have to Offer Substance Use Treatment and “Warm Handoff” Referrals In the midst of a substance use public health crisis, Legal Action Center (LAC), a New York-based nonprofit, has issued a call to arms. Sika Yeboah-Sampong, Ellen Weber, and Sally Friedman write that the evidence is in—hospital emergency departments can save lives… Continue reading Literature Review:  Legal Action Center’s Emergency

Is There a Disability Rights Case for Mandatory Vaccinations?

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As COVID vaccines head toward full FDA approval, many are debating the pros and cons of mandatory vaccination policies at work or in public accommodations. There has been substantial analysis about whether individuals who object to mandates could sue, particularly for disability rights violations. Yet the disability community organized around getting the vaccine to people… Continue reading Is There a Disability Rights Case for Mandatory Vaccinations?