PROFNET EXPERT ALERTS: Government & Law

1. Airlines: The Passenger's Bill of Duties. Dr. Bruce Weinstein, The Ethics Guy, writes the "Ask the Ethics Guy" column for BusinessWeek.com: "There is a lot of talk these days about having an airline passenger's bill of rights. But with rights come responsibilities. As air travel becomes more and more frustrating, customers may be tempted to take out their hostility on ticket takers, flight attendants, and other airline employees who are not responsible for their company's policies." Weinstein can discuss 10 simple rules for making air travel as civil as possible in these trying times. He has written a column, "The Passenger's Bill of Duties," which can be accessed at the link listed below. Web site: http://www.businessweek.com/careers/content/aug2007/ca2007082_582172.htm?chan= search (4/28/08)

2. Law: Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) and Labor Law. Dennis Duffy is the chair of the labor and employment practice at the international law firm Baker Botts L.L.P. His practice includes health and safety law: "The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) does not plow significant new ground, since 32 states already prohibit discrimination on the basis of genetic information. There should not be much immediate impact for employers since most employers don't use genetic information." News Contact: Maureen Balleza, [email protected] Phone: +1-713-229- 1180 (4/30/08)

3. Public Health: More Than 15 Million Hispanics Lack Health Insurance. Dr. Jane L. Delgado, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, is leading a "Vote For Your Health" campaign that will deliver an Election Day text-message reminder to voters who choose to participate: "Hispanics are the group most likely to be working but not offered health insurance, putting their family's financial security and health at risk. As the presidential candidates focus on the issue and as the nation marks Cover the Uninsured Week, it's time to secure health coverage and peace of mind for all America's families, including the more than 15 million Hispanics who have no health insurance." News Contact: Adam J. Segal, [email protected] Phone: +1-202-422-4673 (4/30/08)

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