N.J. OKs licensure regardless of immigration status
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Sept. 1 allowing people to obtain professional and occupational licensure regardless of immigration status, according to NBC New York. The bill will affect about 500,000 people in New Jersey without legal authorization. New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson said the pandemic has demonstrated that immigrants have played a “critical role” in the state’s “essential frontline workforce.”
COVID increasing stress on Ky. child welfare system
A report on Kentucky’s child welfare system released by Kentucky Youth Advocates shows high levels of mental distress among families due to the coronavirus. Among the difficulties created by the epidemic was the need to adapt in-person service delivery to meet social-distancing guidelines. An additional problem is the difficulty working parents have had procuring high-quality childcare, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Community Based Services Marta Miranda-Straub told Public News Service.
Maine ‘learning pods’ cause confusion about licensing
With school closures, some families have chosen “learning pods” as an alternative, according to News Center Maine. The pods include a teacher/supervisor plus several students. Some licensed child-care providers worry about the arrangement, however, arguing that those involved in pods must be licensed. The state Department of Health and Human Services is working to provide guidance.
No hugging at child-care centers
Childcare centers, already devasted financially by shutdowns during the pandemic, now must comply with stressful and costly regulations. For example, recent recommendations from the Child Development Associate Credential Advisory Committee suggest teachers teach kids to air hug or hug a teddy bear instead of each other, according to The The Southern Maryland Chronicle. Susan Hedges, the director of quality assessment and assurance at the National Association for the Education of Young Children, says, “You can’t tell a 3-year-old to not hug their friends or be with a friend.”
Lawsuit challenges Colorado COVID mandates
Colorado House Minority Leader Patrick Neville and activist Michelle Malkin have filed a lawsuit challenging a mandatory-mask order and other COVID-related mandates issued by Gov. Jared Polis and state and local health departments. Neville and Malkin, According to the Denver Post, Neville and Malkin argue that the Colorado Disaster Emergency Act circumvents the requirement that the state legislature..
La. warns of unlicensed contractors
Following the devastation of Hurricane Laura, the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC) has warned residents about potential contractor fraud. LSLBC Executive Director Michael McDuff warn that “unlicensed contractors often solicit work after such an event to take advantage of consumers who need repairs.” The board encouraged the public to verify a contractor’s license before signing any agreements, according to WAFB.