Following teen’s death at licensed facility, Michigan bars restraints: The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has announced new rules that prohibit the use of prone restraints and the practice of pinning children face-down. The rules follow the death of 16-year-old Cornelius Fredericks, who died May 1 after being pinned to the ground by several staff members at a Kalamazoo institution licensed by the state. The boy was restrained for throwing a sandwich. The changes affect facilities that house children in Michigan’s foster care and juvenile justice systems, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Schools unprepared for licensure transparency rule: Few institutions were prepared July 1 to comply with a federal rule designed to ensure that students are qualified to practice their chosen professions in their states of residence, according to Inside Higher Ed. The rule is intended to prevent “wrong” degree horror stories in which students spend thousands of dollars to obtain degrees that do not satisfy licensing standards for such occupations as nursing and teaching.
States, cities hike taxes amid epidemic: Many states and cities have raised taxes or considered doing so recently, even as constituents and employers have suffered the effects of the coronavirus epidemic, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Stateline news service. The reason? As Nashville City Councilman Bob Mendes explained, “We’re broke.”
New York gov. targets outdoor booze service: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has cracked down on bars and restaurants that offer outdoor service. According to The New York Times, the governor forbade such businesses on July 16 to serve alcohol to outdoor customers who don’t buy meals as well. During normal times, such patrons would be required to buy only snacks such as pretzels or chips. Patrons also must have seats.
Louisiana cancels bar exam: The Louisiana Supreme Court announced July 15 that the July 27 bar exam had been canceled as coronavirus cases in the state continue to rise, according to Nola.com. The decision left recent law school graduates in limbo, and some have asked the state to approve licenses for those with diplomas without requiring them to take the exam.
Calif. barbers, stylists ask to work outside: Stylists and barbers have asked California Gov. Gavin Newsom to allow them to work outdoors. On July 13, Newsom ordered indoor services to cease for a number of industries, including salons and barber shops, in 30 counties. Stylists and barbers are required by the state’s business and professions code to work within licensed establishments. Stylists and barbers have asked the governor to change the code and allow outdoor service, The Mercury News reports.
Conn. state workers eyed for potentially illegal jobless claims: Hundreds of state employees in Connecticut may have filed unemployment claims illegally, the Connecticut Department of Labor has reported to state auditors. Such claims seek unemployment compensation for the loss of part-time side jobs with “non-state” employers, the Hartford Courant reports. Employees who work full time are generally not eligible for unemployment benefits due to the loss of part time work, the director of the labor department’s legal division wrote.