SUNY Downstate, the operator of Long Island College Hospital (LICH), has been trying to close the hospital since February, even though the local community relies upon it for emergency care. But now, less than a week after Judge Johnny Lee Baynes of the New York Supreme Court ruled that must restore services to their July 19 level, Judge Carolyn Demarest has vacated her May 2011 order that approved the transfer of LICH's assets to SUNY in the first place. SUNY, according to Demarest, was not truly committed to operating the hospital and did not hold up its end of the bargain.The fight to save LICH is definitely not over, and it's not the only endangered hospital in New York City, as Sarah Jaffe reminds us in the same piece. But this is a big win.
- People are really awful to waiters. Seriously, in what world could you possibly think any of these things are okay? (In the absence, of, say, the waiter saying racist things to you, or you catching the waiter spitting in your food before you made your non-tipping policies clear.)
- Annals of wage theft:
Emeritus Senior Living, the country’s largest assisted living company, has agreed to pay up to $2.2 million to settle claims that it routinely underpaid workers at dozens of its California facilities.
Hands-on workers at Emeritus facilities – the non-salaried aides and support staff who statewide help care for hundreds of often frail seniors – alleged in a lawsuit that the company had not only shortchanged them in their pay, but also violated state laws concerning mandated meal times and rest periods. Workers were denied overtime and not properly compensated for days during which they underwent training sessions, according to the lawsuit.
- Americans like teachers, oppose using standardized tests to evaluate teachers.