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  • OCR Settles Tenth Investigation in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative

    OCR Settles Tenth Investigation in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative

    Office for Civil Rights Settles Tenth Investigation in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative | site |


    (November 6, 2020) - - On November 6, 2020 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the following information: The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces that it has settled its tenth enforcement action in its HIPAA Right of Access Initiative. OCR announced this initiative as an enforcement priority in 2019 to support individuals' right to timely access to their health records at a reasonable cost under the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Riverside Psychiatric Medical Group (“RPMG”) has agreed to take corrective actions and pay $25,000 to settle a potential violation of the HIPAA Privacy Rule's right of access standard. RPMG, based in Riverside, California, is a group practice specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, psychology, and substance use disor...
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  • U.S. says OSCE Moscow Mechanism Report Details Widespread Rights Violations in Belarus

    U.S. says Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Moscow Mechanism Report Details Widespread Rights Violations in Belarus | site |



    (November 5, 2020) - - Today, November 5, 2020, the U.S. Department of State published the following statement made by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)’s Moscow Mechanism report on Belarus released on November 5 describes sustained human rights violations and abuses committed on a massive scale and with impunity by the Belarusian authorities during the fraudulent August 9 election and its aftermath. The abuses against peaceful demonstrators, opposition activists, and journalists include torture, arbitrary detention, and curtailment of the exercise of freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly. We remain inspired by the resilience and dignity of the Belarusian people. The United States continues to call on the Belarusian autho...
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  • U.S. Department of Education Releases 2017-18 Civil Rights Data Collection

    U.S. Department of Education Releases 2017-18 Civil Rights Data Collection

    U.S. Department of Education Releases 2017-18 Civil Rights Data Collection |site|


    (October 15, 2020) - - Today, October 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education published the following information: WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education’s (Department) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today released the 2017-18 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC). This data, which are self-reported by 17,604 public school districts and 97,632 public schools and educational programs, have been collected and published biennially by OCR since 1968. The CRDC is a universal collection of data related to OCR’s civil rights enforcement responsibilities at Pre-K through 12th grade levels, including charter schools, magnet schools or programs, alternative schools, schools serving students with disabilities, and long-term secure juvenile justice facilities. The 2017-18 CRDC covers a broad array of topics and requires school districts and their schools to collect and input as ma...
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  • U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Releases Subminimum Wages Report

    U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Releases Subminimum Wages Report

    U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Releases Report: Subminimum Wages: Impacts on the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities| site |



    (September 17, 2020) - - The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights published today (September 17, 2020) the following information:

    WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released Subminimum Wages: Impacts on the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities. The report examines an exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act—the section 14(c) waiver program—which permits employers to pay less than the minimum wage to individuals with disabilities, and the federal enforcement of the civil rights of individuals in the program. The Commission found persistent failures in regulation and oversight by the Department of Labor and Department of Justice of the 14(c) program that have allowed, and continue to allow, it to operate without satisfying its legislative goal to meet the needs of people with disabilities. The
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  • Office for Civil Rights Issues Guidance to Help Ensure First Responders and Others Receive Protected Health Information

    Office for Civil Rights Issues Guidance to Help Ensure First Responders and Others Receive Protected Health Information about Individuals Exposed to COVID-19 | site |




    (March 24, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information: Today, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued guidance on how covered entities may disclose protected health information (PHI) about an individual who has been infected with or exposed to COVID-19 to law enforcement, paramedics, other first responders, and public health authorities in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. The guidance explains the circumstances under which a covered entity may disclose PHI such as the name or other identifying information about individuals, without their HIPAA authorization, and provides examples including:...
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  • U.S. Department of Education Releases Webinar, Fact Sheet for Protecting Students' Civil Rights During COVID-19 Response

    U.S. Department of Education Releases Webinar, Fact Sheet for Protecting Students' Civil Rights During COVID-19 Response| site |



    (March 17, 2020) - - Today (March 17, 2020), the U.S. Department of Education published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education released today a webinar on ensuring web accessibility for students with disabilities for schools utilizing online learning during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. In addition, OCR published a fact sheet for education leaders on how to protect students' civil rights as school leaders take steps to keep students safe and secure. These resources will assist education leaders in making distance learning accessible to students with disabilities and in preventing discrimination during this Administration-wide response effort. As more schools across the nation shift to distance learning, OCR's webinar reminds decisionmakers of their re
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  • COVID-19 - - Countries, Businesses must Safeguard Human Rights as Virus Spreads, says Bachelet

    COVID-19: Countries, Businesses must Safeguard Human Rights as Virus Spreads: Bachelet| site |



    (March 7, 2020) - - On Friday, March 6, 2020 the United Nations (UN) published the following information:


    COVID-19: Countries, Businesses must Safeguard Human Rights as Virus Spreads: Bachelet




    As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread globally, the UN’s top human rights official appealed on Friday to put rights “front and centre” when implementing preventative measures.



    Liz Throssell, spokesperson in the Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR), said rights chief Michelle Bachelet, had noted “people who are already barely surviving economically, may all too easily be pushed over the edge by measures being adopted to contain the virus.”



    Carbon emissions drop?

    Meanwhile, as record temperatures continued in the northern hemisphere, the World Meteorological...
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  • World Health Organization guidance concerning Rights, Roles and Responsibilities of Health Workers

    World Health Organization guidance concerning Rights, Roles and Responsibilities of Health Workers| site |



    (February 18, 2020) - - The World Health Organization (WHO) has provided guidance relating to the Rights, Roles and Responsibilities of Health Workers. The guidance, titled,

    "CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19) OUTBREAK: RIGHTS, ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF HEALTH WORKERS, INCLUDING KEY CONSIDERATIONS FOR OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH",

    may be viewed at https://www.who.int/docs/default-sou...rsn=bcabd401_0

    or

    Please press HERE
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  • U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Announces New, Proactive Civil Rights Compliance Center within Office for Civil Rights

    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Announces New, Proactive Civil Rights Compliance Center within Office for Civil Rights | site |



    'OPEN Center' will focus on Outreach, Prevention, Education and Non-discrimination to Promote Equal Access in Education


    (January 21, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Education published the following information: WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education will launch the Outreach, Prevention, Education and Non-discrimination (OPEN) Center to focus on proactive compliance with federal civil rights laws. The OPEN Center will provide assistance and support to schools, educators, families, and students to ensure better awareness of the requirements and protections of federal non-discrimination laws. "The creation of the OPEN Center is yet another example of this Department's focus on supporting school distr...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor Announces Proposal to Protect Workers’ Rights by Increasing Financial Transparency and Union Democracy

    U.S. Department of Labor Announces Proposal to Protect Workers’ Rights by Increasing Financial Transparency and Union Democracy | site |



    (December 16, 2019) - - Today (December 16, 2019), the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information:

    WASHINGTON DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) will publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would increase financial transparency and democratic procedures for intermediate bodies under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA), also known as the Landrum-Griffin Act. The NPRM proposes a return to OLMS' 2003 interpretation that mid-level public sector labor organizations, also known as intermediate bodies, are covered under the LMRDA if the intermediate body's national or international organization is also covered under the LMRDA. Under the proposal, these intermediate bodies also would be subject to provisions such as ann
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  • U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Requires Significant Corrective Action from Chicago Public Schools Following Systemic Failure to Address Sexual Violence

    U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Requires Significant Corrective Action from Chicago Public Schools Following Systemic Failure to Address Sexual Violence| site |


    (September 12, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of Education published (today) the following information:

    WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it has reached a resolution agreement with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) that will require significant structural and procedural changes within the District in order to protect students from sexual assault and abuse.

    The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) concluded that, for years, CPS's management, handling, and oversight of complaints of student-on-student and adult-on-student sexual harassment has violated Title IX. In May 2015 and November 2016, OCR received two individual complaints alleging that the District failed to respond to sexual harassment and sexual assault of students by both teache
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  • Trump Administration Issues Final Rules Protecting Conscience Rights in Health Insurance

    Trump Administration Issues Final Rules Protecting Conscience Rights in Health Insurance



    (November 7, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published (today) the following information:

    Today, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor released two final rules to provide conscience protections for Americans who have a religious or moral objection to health insurance that covers contraception methods. Under the Affordable Care Act, employer-provided health insurance plans are required to cover certain “preventative services” – which were defined through guidance by the Obama Administration as including all contraception methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration, including methods viewed by many as abortifacients, and sterilization procedures. In October 2017, the Trump Administration issued two interim final rules...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights Releases - - Here to Serve You - - Educational Video in Spanish

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights Releases “Here to Serve You” Educational Video in Spanish



    (November 1, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has released an educational video in Spanish to raise awareness within the Hispanic community about the work of OCR and to highlight important conscience and religious freedom rights protected by our federal laws. “Because respect for the conscience and religious freedom rights of patients and providers ensures diversity in healthcare, we are reaching out to the Spanish speaking community to foster greater understanding of the laws protecting our first freedoms,” said Roger Severino, OCR Director. In this video, Director Severino highlights the new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division and describes the work of all of OCR’s divisions in order to help patien...
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  • HHS Office for Civil Rights Issues Guidance to Help Ensure Equal Access to Emergency Services and the Appropriate Sharing of Medical Information During Hurricane Florence

    HHS Office for Civil Rights Issues Guidance to Help Ensure Equal Access to Emergency Services and the Appropriate Sharing of Medical Information During Hurricane Florence




    Editor's note: On September 13, 2018 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the following information:


    As Hurricane Florence makes landfall, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and its federal partners remain in close coordination to help ensure that emergency officials effectively address the needs of at-risk populations as part of disaster response. To this end, emergency responders and officials should consider adopting, as circumstances and resources allow, the following practices to help make sure all segments of the community are served:
    • Employing qualified interpreter services to assist individuals with limited English proficiency and individuals who are deaf or hard
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  • U.S. Education Office for Civil Rights Launches Investigation into University of Southern California’s Handling of Sexual Harassment Claims

    U.S. Education Office for Civil Rights Launches Investigation into University of Southern California’s Handling of Sexual Harassment Claims


    Calls for full cooperation and transparency by university officials



    Washington, DC - - (June 11, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today announced a Title IX directed, systemic investigation into the University of Southern California’s (USC) handling of reports of sexual harassment against former employee Dr. George Tyndall. OCR’s investigation will assess USC’s response to reports and complaints of sexual harassment during pelvic exams as early as 1990 that were not fully investigated by the University until spring 2016 and that the University did not disclose to OCR during an earlier investigation. “No student should ever endure sexual harassment or abuse while trying to pursue
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    OCR Settles Tenth Investigation in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative
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    Office for Civil Rights Settles Tenth Investigation in HIPAA Right of Access Initiative | site |


    (November 6, 2020) - - On November 6, 2020 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the following information: The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces that it has settled its tenth enforcement action in its HIPAA Right of Access Initiative. OCR announced this initiative as an enforcement priority in 2019 to support individuals' right to timely access to their health records at a reasonable cost under the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Riverside Psychiatric Medical Group (“RPMG”) has agreed to take corrective actions and pay $25,000 to settle a potential violation of the HIPAA Privacy Rule's right of access standard. RPMG, based in Riverside, California, is a group practice specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, psychology, and substance use disor...
    11-07-2020, 07:57 PM
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    U.S. says OSCE Moscow Mechanism Report Details Widespread Rights Violations in Belarus
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    U.S. says Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Moscow Mechanism Report Details Widespread Rights Violations in Belarus | site |



    (November 5, 2020) - - Today, November 5, 2020, the U.S. Department of State published the following statement made by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)’s Moscow Mechanism report on Belarus released on November 5 describes sustained human rights violations and abuses committed on a massive scale and with impunity by the Belarusian authorities during the fraudulent August 9 election and its aftermath. The abuses against peaceful demonstrators, opposition activists, and journalists include torture, arbitrary detention, and curtailment of the exercise of freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly. We remain inspired by the resilience and dignity of the Belarusian people. The United States continues to call on the Belarusian autho...
    11-06-2020, 05:23 AM
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    U.S. Department of Education Releases 2017-18 Civil Rights Data Collection
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Education Releases 2017-18 Civil Rights Data Collection |site|


    (October 15, 2020) - - Today, October 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education published the following information: WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education’s (Department) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today released the 2017-18 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC). This data, which are self-reported by 17,604 public school districts and 97,632 public schools and educational programs, have been collected and published biennially by OCR since 1968. The CRDC is a universal collection of data related to OCR’s civil rights enforcement responsibilities at Pre-K through 12th grade levels, including charter schools, magnet schools or programs, alternative schools, schools serving students with disabilities, and long-term secure juvenile justice facilities. The 2017-18 CRDC covers a broad array of topics and requires school districts and their schools to collect and input as ma...
    10-17-2020, 07:36 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Releases Subminimum Wages Report
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    U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Releases Report: Subminimum Wages: Impacts on the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities| site |



    (September 17, 2020) - - The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights published today (September 17, 2020) the following information:

    WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released Subminimum Wages: Impacts on the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities. The report examines an exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act—the section 14(c) waiver program—which permits employers to pay less than the minimum wage to individuals with disabilities, and the federal enforcement of the civil rights of individuals in the program. The Commission found persistent failures in regulation and oversight by the Department of Labor and Department of Justice of the 14(c) program that have allowed, and continue to allow, it to operate without satisfying its legislative goal to meet the needs of people with disabilities. The
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    10-06-2020, 02:50 AM
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    Office for Civil Rights Issues Guidance to Help Ensure First Responders and Others Receive Protected Health Information
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    Office for Civil Rights Issues Guidance to Help Ensure First Responders and Others Receive Protected Health Information about Individuals Exposed to COVID-19 | site |




    (March 24, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information: Today, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued guidance on how covered entities may disclose protected health information (PHI) about an individual who has been infected with or exposed to COVID-19 to law enforcement, paramedics, other first responders, and public health authorities in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. The guidance explains the circumstances under which a covered entity may disclose PHI such as the name or other identifying information about individuals, without their HIPAA authorization, and provides examples including:...
    03-25-2020, 03:02 AM

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