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1:15 p.m.: All NJ schools can reopenNew Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday that he’s signing an executive order clearing pre-K through grade-12 schools, as well as colleges and universities, to reopen for the upcoming academic year.All of these schools can open if the institutions desire and if social distancing and other protections are strictly adhered to, Murphy said.School districts that can’t meet all health and safety standards for in-class learning must begin the year with all-remote learning, Murphy said. Those districts must provide plans for reaching those standards and the anticipated date to be back in classrooms, he said.Any student who chooses remote learning must be accommodated, he said.“There is no one-size-fits all plan,” he tweeted.12 p.m.: Big 12 Conference moves forward with fall sports including footballThe Big 12 Conference will move forward with fall sports this year, officials announced Wednesday.Athletes in high-contact sports including football will get three COVID-19 tests per week, officials said.Schools not in the Big 12 Conference must follow those testing rules in the week leading up to games against Big 12 schools, officials said.“We are comfortable in our institutions’ ability to provide a structured training environment, rigorous testing and surveillance, hospital quality sanitation and mitigation practices that optimize the health and safety of our student-athletes,” Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. “We believe all of this combines to create an ideal learning and training situation during this time of COVID-19.”“Ultimately, our student-athletes have indicated their desire to compete in the sports they love this season and it is up to all of us to deliver a safe, medically sound, and structured academic and athletic environment for accomplishing that outcome,” Bowlsby said.Officials with the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences said Tuesday they are postponing all sports including football.11:45 a.m.: No guests at the 2020 MastersThis year’s Masters Tournament will take place without any guests or patrons, Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, said Wednesday.The tournament, initially set for April, was rescheduled due to the pandemic and will be held Nov. 9 to Nov. 15.“We determined that the potential risks of welcoming patrons and guests to our grounds in November are simply too significant to overcome,” Ridley said in a statement.11 a.m.: Over 550,000 diagnosed in FloridaIn hard-hit Florida, Miami-Dade County reported 4,105 new cases on Tuesday, the highest one-day reported total for the county during the pandemic, according to the state’s Department of Health.This is likely due to a backlog of cases reported following the tracking system’s temporary shutdown. Miami-Dade County has been reporting a range between 1,210 and 1,808 new daily cases over the last week.Over 550,000 people in the state have been diagnosed with COVID-19. At least 8,897 people have died, according to the Department of Health. The state reported 212 new deaths in the last 24 hours.10 a.m.: 2020 Paris Marathon canceledThis year’s Paris Marathon, set for November, has now been canceled due to the pandemic, officials announced Wednesday.Organizers said it would be especially difficult for runners coming from abroad to make it to the event.Runners who were signed up for this year’s marathon are automatically signed up for next year’s, organizers said.9 a.m.: NJ district to go all virtual after 402 teachers say they can’t work in schoolNew Jersey’s Elizabeth Public Schools will go 100% virtual after 402 teachers said they’d need “special considerations for health-related risks and cannot teach in person,” Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer said in a letter to parents Tuesday.With five weeks until school begins and “insufficient staff to safely reopen,” “it is unfruitful to continue to pursue something that cannot occur,” Hugelmeyer wrote. “We will spend the next five weeks working to create the best virtual experience possible,” she said.Meanwhile, New Jersey educators are calling on Gov. Phil Murphy and the state’s Department of Education to direct all state public schools to open remotely. Dr. Richard Bozza, executive director of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, Patricia Wright, executive director of the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association and Marie Blistan, president of the New Jersey Education Association, said in a letter Tuesday, “reopening schools for in-person instruction under the current conditions poses too great a risk to the health of students and schools staff.”8:01 a.m.: Russia’s COVID-19 case count tops 900,000Russia reported 5,102 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing its tally soaring past 900,000. The country also reported an additional 129 fatalities. The nationwide total now stands at 902,701 confirmed cases with 15,260 deaths, according to data released Wednesday morning by Russia’s coronavirus response headquarters. Russia’s latest daily caseload is down from a peak of 11,656 new infections reported on May 11.Russia has the fourth-highest highest number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases in the world, behind the United States, Brazil and India, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday that his country has become the first in the world to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine. Critics say the vaccine was approved before the final Phase III trial and that no scientific data from the early trials has been released so far.7:16 a.m.: Over 1,000 students in Georgia school district under quarantineMore than 1,000 students in a single Georgia school district have been ordered to self-quarantine this month after at least 70 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in various schools. The Cherokee County School District has published data on its website showing at least 1,130 students and 38 staff members from more than a dozen schools are under mandated two-week quarantines. The district reopened its schools on Aug. 3, welcoming back 30,000 students for in-person learning.Many of the confirmed cases were identified at Etowah High School in Woodstock, Georgia. The Cherokee County School District announced Tuesday that it is temporarily closing Etowah High School, with the hope of resuming in-person classes there on Aug. 31. “This decision was not made lightly,” the school district said in a statement Tuesday. “As of this morning, the number of positive cases at the school had increased to a total of 14, with tests for another 15 students pending; and, as a result of the confirmed cases, 294 students and staff are under quarantine and, should the pending tests prove positive, that total would increase dramatically.”6:33 a.m.: First dog to test positive for COVID-19 in North Carolina diesThe first dog to test positive for COVID-19 in North Carolina has died, officials said.The dog, who had been showing signs of respiratory distress, was brought to the NC State Veterinary Hospital on the evening of Aug. 3, after the owner noticed the onset of distress earlier in the day, according to a press release from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.The dog ultimately succumbed to the “acute illness,” and its owner alerted veterinary staff that a member of the family had previously tested positive for the novel coronavirus but later tested negative.Samples were collected from the dog and sent to the National Veterinary Services Laboratories, which confirmed a positive test result for COVID-19. The dog’s family, along with state health officials, were notified.“A necropsy was performed to try to determine the animal’s state of health at the time of death and the cause of death, and the complete investigation is ongoing,” the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement Tuesday.There is currently no evidence that pets play a significant role in spreading COVID-19, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.5:20 a.m.: Two men facing charges for allegedly hosting house party in NashvilleTwo men are facing criminal charges for violating public health emergency orders by allegedly throwing a large party at their house in Nashville, Tennessee earlier this month.The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department has issued arrest warrants for Christopher Eubank, 40, and Jeffrey Mathews, 36, who were both reported to be out of state Tuesday night and have been told to surrender upon returning to Nashville. Eubank and Mathews are each charged with three separate counts — all misdemeanors — of violating health orders by hosting a gathering in excess of 25 people, not requiring social distancing and not requiring face coverings.Police said hundreds of people attended the Aug. 1 party at the property owned by Eubank and Mathews, located on Fern Avenue in Tennessee’s capital. Patrol officers responded to the home late that night and ultimately directed that the party cease.Cellphone footage, obtained by Nashville ABC affiliate WKRN-TV, purportedly shows large crowds of people at the party wearing no masks and not maintaining social distancing. 4:39 a.m.: Nearly one-third of Kentucky’s new cases among teensNearly one-third of new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky at the end of July were among those 19 years old or younger, according to an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News Tuesday night.In Mississippi, Black residents represented 58.5% of the state’s new cases during the period from July 5 through Aug. 1 — a 37.2% difference between cases and census racial distribution, according to the FEMA memo.Meanwhile, the test-positivity rate was greater than 10% last week in Arkansas, where 5,593 additional cases were reported and two counties have emerged as new hotspots. Logan County reported 90 new cases last week, an increase of 428% and a test-positivity rate of 17.59%. Poinsett County reported 74 new cases, an increase of 189% and a test-positivity rate of 15.43%, according to the FEMA memo.However, the national test-positivity rate continues to decline. Over the past seven days, the rate was 6.6% — down from 7.9% from the previous week. The nation also saw a 12.7% decrease in new cases as well as a 4.3% decrease in new deaths being confirmed over the last week, compared with the previous seven-day period, according to the FEMA memo.The memo shows that just five states and territories are in an upward trajectory of new cases, while two states are at a plateau and 49 states are going down.3:45 a.m.: US records more than 1,000 new deaths from COVID-19There were 46,808 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Tuesday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.An additional 1,082 coronavirus-related deaths were also reported — more than double the amount from the previous day.Still, it’s the third consecutive day that the nation has recorded less than 50,000 new cases. Tuesday’s caseload is also well below the record set on July 16, when more than 77,000 new cases were identified in a 24-hour reporting period.A total of 5,141,208 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 164,537 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July.Many states have seen a rise in infections in recent weeks, with some — including Arizona, California and Florida — reporting daily records. However, the nationwide number of new cases and deaths in the last week have both decreased in week-over-week comparisons, according to an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News Tuesday night. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. narvikk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 744,000 people worldwide.Over 20.4 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 5 million diagnosed cases and at least 164,994 deaths.Here’s how the news is developing today. All times Eastern.
Withnew religious discrimination legislation set for the EU in 2003, employers mustact now to stamp out intolerant behaviour. Ronald Mackay and Deirdre Cormicandiscuss the difficulties aheadAttackson an Afghan taxi driver, a teenage Muslim girl, a young Bangladeshi man –press reports of these incidents on British and US soils show the considerablecurrent state of hostility towards those in the Islamic community. It followsthat these violent reactions are likely to be echoed to some degree inconfrontations in the workplace. With emotions running high, employers shouldbe alert to the fact that certain employees may be being subjected toharassment.Employersin the US have to comply with legislation to provide a workplace that is freefrom harassment based on ethnicity, national origin or religion. These laws arelikely to be tested significantly in the current climate.Inmost parts of Europe, the position on religious discrimination is lessadvanced. But those of us in the EU now need to prepare for changes which meanthat by December 2003 employees will have legal protection from discriminationon the grounds of religion. Employerswill be liable for acts of discrimination by their employees. Harassment onreligious grounds may be more subtle than in other contexts, and thereforedifficult to control or prevent. Workplace banter in particular should becarefully monitored – what may be inoffensive to one person may be extremelyoffensive to another. Actnow to stamp out intolerant behaviour and sentiment and it will be far easier to comply with thelegislation when it does take effect. Raising awareness and training managersand employees in their new responsibilities is key. Although there will be newand untested issues to address, with a degree of foresight, employers whoalready have a proactive approach to avoiding discrimination should be able toadapt existing policies and minimise liability.TheFramework DirectiveThereis a distinct lack of uniformity among EU member states in the treatment ofdiscrimination generally. With the exception of the 1976 Equal TreatmentDirective, member states have been free to make their own choices as to what isand is not unlawful discrimination. This is about to change.Byvirtue of the new European Framework Directive, all member states are requiredto introduce legislation prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of gender,disability, age, sexual orientation and religion or belief. A separatedirective deals with race discrimination.ExistingRemediesExistingprotection is somewhat haphazard and in some instances non-existent in most EUmember states. It is no accident that a key exception is Northern Ireland,where religious differences and terrorist activities have been addressedthrough specific laws aimed at combating religious discrimination. Since 1976it has been unlawful to discriminate in employment there on the grounds ofreligious belief and/or political opinion. TheNorthern Ireland Government’s intention was to promote equality of opportunityand fair participation in the workplace. It is an integral part of theemployer’s personnel management function to ensure compliance with theseobjectives. Failure to do so may lead to a claim in the Fair EmploymentTribunal.Elsewherein Europe, certain employers have included religious discrimination in theirequal opportunities policies by making harassment on the grounds of religion adisciplinary offence. Otherwise, aggrieved employees have had to try to adaptexisting legislation like the Race Relations Act 1976 in the UK, where attemptshave been made to extend the category of “ethnic group” to coverreligious communities. Sikhs and Jews have been held to constitute ethnicgroups in the UK, but Muslims and other groups have not. Inthe current climate, therefore, a Muslim who is abused either physically orverbally in the workplace has no remedy for direct discrimination and has totry to claim indirect race discrimination with the additional hurdles thatinvolves. This is obviously unsatisfactory.HumanRights legislation has also been seen as a potential means of redress foremployees of public authorities in the UK. A claim may be made for a breach ofArticle 9 which enshrines freedom of thought, conscience and religion. Anemployee of a private entity would have to take a much less direct route andtry to tack on a religious discrimination issue as part of another claim for,say, unfair dismissal by attempting to show that his religion had a bearing onthe decision to dismiss. The Framework Directive provides a much more directand tailored route for the aggrieved employee.Changesin 2003Memberstates have to introduce domestic legislation prohibiting religious discriminationby 2 December 2003. Both direct and indirect discrimination are prohibited. Thedirective is framed to give protection to those who are not members of adefined group as well as those who suffer for holding a particular religiousbelief or belonging to a religious group. Neither “religion” nor”belief” is defined, so many test cases are anticipated.InNorthern Ireland, there has been a particular struggle with the terms”religious belief” and “political opinion” as indicators ofCatholic or Protestant ethnicity as compared with religious belief or politicalopinion per se. Tribunal decisions have shown that the term “religiousbelief” covers more than just Catholic and Protestant beliefs. Casesbrought by a Hindu and a born-again Christian have been successful. It has beenheld that it is discrimination to treat an individual less favourably on grounds of religious belief, even if thatbelief belongs to a third party – a wife or child, for example. And anindividual may be discriminated against because of his or her perceivedreligious belief or political opinion. Inhindsight, it could be said that the legislators left the terms “religiousbelief and political opinion” general to avoid a technical loophole forwould-be discriminators. It will be for the courts of the various member statesto deal with the limitations on the protection as the inevitable inventiveclaims are brought. The Northern Ireland experience, however, is useful inillustrating the likely approach elsewhere.Thereis an important safeguard built into the directive to avoid abuse. Theprovisions are stated to be without prejudice to measures laid down by nationallaw necessary for public security, maintenance of public order, prevention ofcriminal offences, protection of health and the protection of the rights andfreedom of others. An employee who takes drugs as part of religious worshipwould not, therefore, be able to claim discrimination if dismissed for havingcommitted a criminal offence. There is also a “genuine occupationalrequirement” defence. It states that there must be a legitimate objectiveand the requirement must be proportionate.Howto tackle religious discrimination in the workplace–Employers should now think about religious discrimination in the same way thatthey are used to thinking about race, sex and disability discrimination indecisions about recruitment, promotion, dismissal and so forth. In makingdecisions, managers and HR professionals will need to take time to considerwhether a person’s religion or beliefs could be a factor, or perceived as afactor, either directly or indirectly in their decisions. The importance oftransparency and being able to justify choices is paramount.–Existing equal opportunities policies will need to be amended and updated.Training should be given to managers on implementing the policies and ensuringall employees are made aware of them, including the consequences of policybreaches.–Careful attention will have to be given to avoid harassment on the grounds ofreligion or belief. Employers will be liable for acts of discrimination bytheir employees. Bear in mind that harassment on religious grounds may be moresubtle than in other contexts and therefore harder to control or prevent.Banter, for example, about differing religious beliefs should be monitoredclosely.–Review employment practices and policies for anything which may disadvantageparticular religious groups and gather information on traditions andobservances. Dress codes may have to be reviewed for those who wish to weartraditional clothing.–Employers should be careful not to define religion too narrowly. Focusing onlong-standing world religions would be misguided. Interpretation will beprovided by the courts in the future, but the experience in Northern Irelandhas been that the concept of religious belief has been treated widely and caninclude supposed religious belief as well as a belief held by a third party.–In Northern Ireland, workforce composition is monitored and the employer isobliged to review that composition together with recruitment, training andpromotion practices at least once every three years. If remedial action isnecessary, goals and timetables are set for affirmative action to be taken. Itremains to be seen what if any obligations will be imposed on employerselsewhere in the EU to monitor the religion or beliefs of employees, but largeremployers might be advised to do so as a matter of good practice.–It is important to follow policies and codes of practice, either internal onesor those produced by Governments. A code of practice like that already inoperation in Northern Ireland would detail the relevant legislation, the roleof the Fair Employment Tribunal, as well as the role of employers and their duties.This code of practice is consistently referred to at tribunal hearings and inone case it was said that the code could not safely be ignored by any employer.It is not simply enough to have the policies and codes in place. Their contentshave to be conveyed to all employees and they must be followed. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. The trouble with religionOn 1 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article