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Looking at licensing, regulation and discipline within the midwife profession, P.1

For any expecting mother, planning for labor and delivery is important not only to calm anxieties about the birth process but also to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible with the medical professionals who will be assisting her. Most women, of course, choose to deliver in hospital settings, but there is a small percentage that chooses to deliver at home with the help of a midwife.

Sex discrimination in the workplace: a brief look at the basics

Last time, we began looking at the issue of transgender discrimination in the workplace and the current lack of clarity in the law. As we noted, Title VII of the Civil Rights act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, but the courts have yet to clarify whether that term includes gender identity. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which is responsible for enforcing the law, does pursue transgender discrimination cases as sex discrimination.

Transgender discrimination: an issue in legal limbo

Readers are all well aware that transgender issues are very much a hot topic nowadays, with more awareness spreading about transgenderism and more attention being brought to legal issues impacted transgendered people. One of these issues is what kind of legal protections are available for transgendered individuals in the workplace.

Looking at the protections offered by MN tenure law, P.2

In a previous post, we began looking at Minnesota tenure law and the protections it does—and does not—offer teachers in this state. As we noted last time, tenure does provide educators with due process, but it does not bar the possibility of termination when a school district has adequate grounds for termination.

State cosmetology board to introduce extensive changes

Big changes are apparently coming for the cosmetology industry in Minnesota as the state board that regulates the industry looks to increase quality control. The Minnesota Board of Cosmetologist Examiners, the body responsible for licensing and disciplining cosmetologists, is reportedly going to be making big changes with the aim of improving the profession and making it easier to monitor cosmetologists.  

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