On January 11, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) provided the Federal Register with its final rules aimed at updating the conciliation process. Conciliation is a voluntary process aimed at resolving employment discrimination charges in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Currently, less than half of the charges where the EEOC determines claims of discrimination to be founded utilize conciliation.  Failure to participate in conciliation can lead to the EEOC pursuing litigation against the employer/respondent. The…
Are you interested in a career in public interest law? Have you considered becoming an Equal Justice Works Fellow? EJW is currently accepting applications for two summer fellowships: Rural Summer Legal Corps (due February 8, 2021): Partnering with Legal Services Corporation (LSC), Equal Justice Works provides law students with an opportunity to serve rural communities by providing direct legal services such as affordable housing and farmworkers’ rights, engaging in community outreach and education, and supporting…
Earlier this year, our founder Annette Hines introduced the sister company of Special Needs Law Group of Massachusetts, Special Needs Family Services.    As part of this launch, we brought on new staff members to help us hit the ground running in 2021. One of these additions to the team is Kerri Whalen, our new Practice Administrator and the guest for this episode of Parenting Impossible.    The subject of this episode is…
When it comes to estate planning, it’s important to know that it is a process, not a one-and-done event. The same is true for creating a special needs plan.   As she does every January, host Annette Hines kicks off the new year with a discussion on the importance of special needs planning. In this episode, she is joined by her favorite podcast guest, her husband and law partner, Mark Worthington, as they discuss the…
In 2017, a high school cheerleader learned she had not made the varsity team and turned to Snapchat. She posted a picture of herself and a friend, middle fingers up, with the text “f— school f— softball f— cheer f— everything.” She was subsequently suspended from the Junior Varsity cheer team. Little did she know that her frustrated message would lead to the first U.S. Supreme Court case to address the limits of school discipline…