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The ACPD is beginning procedural justice training, which is being conducted by Stockton University criminal justice professors Monday Nov 23, 2020. Edward Lea Staff Photographer / Press of Atlantic City




In many cities across the country, police departments and residents are consumed by incidents in which officers used force and people died, how they happened and what can be done better in the future.

The best time to improve the interaction of the police and public, though, is before there’s a tragedy.

Atlantic City is doing just that, taping local and distant resources to implement two innovative programs. One aims to help ensure the kinds of police-public interactions that build trust and mutual appreciation. The other trains reformed and rehabilitated residents to help defuse conflicts and potentially violent situations.

Last month with the help of criminal justice professors and law enforcement veterans at Stockton University,

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Omnibus law discriminates against people with disabilities

Indonesia had made considerable progress in introducing policies that promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in public life in the past decade. The newly adopted omnibus Law on Job Creation, however, is a huge step backwards.

A decade ago, Indonesia ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), adopting the universal human rights principle of respecting the rights of people with disabilities.

Since then, Indonesia has introduced about 85 policies, laws (including the National Disability Law No. 8/2016), government regulations, presidential and ministerial decrees, and regulations at provincial and village level.

The omnibus law, however, puts efforts to bring about social change to almost 24 million Indonesians living with a disability in reverse by not inviting people with disabilities in the bill’s deliberation resulting in the law’s discriminatory provisions.

One step forward, two steps back

The omnibus law has been received with disappointment by

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Atlantic City taking innovative approaches to better policing, public safety | Editorial

In many cities across the country, police departments and residents are consumed by incidents in which officers used force and people died, how they happened and what can be done better in the future.

The best time to improve the interaction of the police and public, though, is before there’s a tragedy.

Atlantic City is doing just that, taping local and distant resources to implement two innovative programs. One aims to help ensure the kinds of police-public interactions that build trust and mutual appreciation. The other trains reformed and rehabilitated residents to help defuse conflicts and potentially violent situations.

Last month with the help of criminal justice professors and law enforcement veterans at Stockton University, the city Police Department began adopting a policy called procedural justice. That focuses on the details of police behavior during interactions with the public with a goal of increasing communication, transparency, trust and mutual respect.

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Residents sue city that turned a deaf ear to their public comments about noise

Four Miami residents are suing the city after commissioners chose not to hear their public comments on a recent change to the city’s noise ordinance, a measure that attracted more than eight hours of recorded comments that all went unheard Nov. 19.

The plaintiffs — Denise Galvez Turros, Juan Turros, Ariel Gonzalez and Magda Gonzalez — say the city violated their constitutional rights to free speech and equal legal protection, as well as their statutory right under Florida law to be heard by their local elected officials. During the Nov. 19 meeting, city attorney Victoria Méndez advised commissioners they did not need to hear eight hours and 52 minutes of public comments submitted before the meeting because they were pretty much all the same.

The commission chose not to listen to the hours of comments, and a deputy city attorney read the script that many of the callers followed

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How A Federal Noncompete Law May Develop Under Biden

Law360 (December 3, 2020, 1:28 PM EST) —

Susan Guerette
Susan Guerette
Chris Stief 
Chris Stief 
Gabrielle Giombetti
Gabrielle Giombetti

President-elect Joe Biden’s campaign platform called for federal legislation to eliminate all employee noncompete agreements other than what it called “the very few that are absolutely necessary to protect a narrowly defined category of trade secrets.”[1] Noncompete agreements and other post-employment restrictive covenants have always been governed solely by state law in the U.S., with no nationwide federal legislation or regulatory scheme.

This allows states to take varying approaches based on sometimes very different views of what best serves the public interest in their location. But this also has posed challenges for multistate employers who must manage compliance with disparate state laws throughout the company’s geographic footprint.

This has only gotten harder in recent years as legislatures enacted new statutes making the

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Cal-OSHA COVID-19 Regulations Approved by CA Office of Admin

On Nov. 30, 2020, the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved Cal-OSHA’s emergency Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) safety regulations (Regulations). Since then, Cal-OSHA has issued a model prevention program and Frequently Asked Questions, both available here, to help employers comply with the Regulations, which are effective as of Nov. 30, 2020. Our previous Alert, which summarizes the Regulations, follows below.

On Nov. 19, 2020, the California Occupational Health & Safety Standards Board unanimously adopted 21 pages of emergency Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) safety regulations (Regulations). The Regulations are broad. They apply to all employees and places of employment except: (1) those places of employment with one employee who does not have contact with others; (2) employees working from home; and (3) employees covered by Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations, Section 5199 (e.g., health care facilities, facilities designed to receive persons arriving from a

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Public participation to fulfill aspirations of Job Creation Law: VP

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Vice President Ma’ruf Amin encouraged public participation to fulfill the aspirations of Law Number 11 of 2020 on Job Creation (Ciptaker Law) conducted by the government in drafting implementing regulations as derivative of the Law.

“Currently, the government focuses on ‘Absorption of Aspirations: Implementation of the Job Creation Law’ in several regions,” Amin remarked while opening the 2020 Real Estate Developers Association (REI) National Working Meeting (Rakernas) held virtually from Jakarta, Thursday.

The goal, apart from providing outreach, also explains the implementation and encourages public participation to provide input and responses to the draft of implementing regulations, he said.

Amin expounded that enactment of the Job Creation Law was projected to further encourage investment in the country, create jobs, facilitate the opening of new businesses, and restore the national economy, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The vice president noted that the property sector received crucial coverage in

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States grapple with plans for end to coronavirus public health emergency

“The issue and the challenge is that CMS, I am sure, doesn’t want to send states a signal that the public health emergency is ending, given where we are. But on the other hand, states feel like they need some indications of what to do and when to do it,” said Allison Orris, counsel with Manatt Health and a former federal health policy official. “I think that there’s an understandable question from the HHS perspective of when do we say that for states and we don’t want to freak out states right now.”

A CMS spokesperson pointed to existing guidance to states saying that the enhanced federal funding for Medicaid — of 6.2 percentage points being added to states’ Federal Medical Assistance Percentage rates — will stop at the end of the quarter when the public health emergency ends.

The spokesperson said it’s too early to speculate on potential status

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‘Executive’s job to enforce judgments’: IHC dismisses petition seeking ban on public gatherings – Pakistan

Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Athar Minallah on Thursday dismissed a petition seeking a ban on public gatherings due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, observing that it was not the court’s job to intervene in the enforcement of standard operating procedures (SOPs) after having passed a judgment in this regard.

The petitioner, in his prayer, had said that even though there was a court judgment calling for implementation of SOPs during the coronavirus crisis, public gatherings were still going on unhindered. Rejecting the prayer, Justice Minallah asked the petitioner to go to the parliament and the executive to resolve the issue instead.

In the written verdict issued today, Justice Minallah said the order to implement SOPs had already been given and thus the “court is not inclined to exercise its extraordinary constitutional jurisdiction” if the the executive is unable to enforce it.

“Judgments rendered by judicial forums become meaningless and

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The Public Pulse: Trump team lacked evidence; Judges are unfair; Coach needs to grow up | Letters

When, Senator, will you finally stand up for the United States and say that President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris have won the election? When will you, Senator, publicly renounce Mr. Trump’s fallacious claim of election victory? When, Senator, will you publicly announce your support for the rule of law and the elected officials in every state? When, Senator?

Fairness: Do the math

Gov. Pete Ricketts was reported in the World-Herald Dec. 1 as favoring a one-candidate-take-all Electoral College system for our fair state. Under existing rules, Nebraska allots its votes minimally proportionally, with one vote going to the winner of each congressional district, and two more going to the winner of the state as a whole. Thus, in the 2020 election, four votes were allotted to Donald Trump and one to Joe Biden, who won the 2nd District, where most of the voters live in or near Omaha.

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