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Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
Community Legal Services , Inc.
1424 Chestnut St.
CLS is a nationally-recognized leader in the fight against predatory lending practices. The process of predatory lending involves a lender, or a broker for the lender, encouraging a borrower to take out a loan with excessive fees, hidden costs, and exorbi
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That's creating some uncertainty and ...
That's creating some uncertainty and charges in cases that would not have been considered child abuse in the past, according to Janet Ginzberg, senior staff attorney at Community Legal Services.
Her group provides free legal services, in civil matters, to low-income Philadelphians.
"I know of some cases where people have been charged with child abuse under the new standards, but they haven't worked their way through the courts yet," Ginzberg
As details of those cases become public, she
predicts years of legal battles ahead.
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Janet Ginzberg - Senior Attorney
"We're very happy with this decision," ...
"We're very happy with this decision," said Janet Ginzberg, an attorney with Community Legal Services.
She and other lawyers filed the case on behalf of Peake and others.
"Lifetime bans are unconstitutional and irrational.
We think there are many, many people with criminal convictions who are able to be caring and qualified caregivers," Ginzberg
"Lifetime bans deprive people of the ability to get jobs in the burgeoning field of health care."
said the ruling may have legal implications for people now precluded from working in child care or with other vulnerable groups.
The suit was filed against the state and its departments of Aging, Human Services, and Health.
"Everybody, including the court, expected the legislature to go back and fix the law," Ginzberg
said, but that didn't happen.
The recent ruling, she
said, will require the legislature to act.
Until then, she
said, facilities must make hiring decisions, keeping in mind state and federal laws that require employers to consider the passage of time since a conviction and whether the crime is related to job responsibilities.
"Employers still have an interest in hiring people who are not risks to their vulnerable populations," she
Janet Ginzberg, Senior Staff ...
Janet Ginzberg, Senior Staff Attorney at Community Legal Services, believes that this strong decision will have important implications for other laws and regulations that unduly bar qualified individuals from being able to work in their chosen professions.
Those taking part in the discussion ...
Those taking part in the discussion include Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer, Janet Ginzberg, a Staff Attorney with the Employment Law Unit of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, and Cindy Daub, Executive Director of Re-entry and Quality Assurances at the Pennsylvania State Board of Probation and Parole.