New York is still reeling after the recent crash of a stretch limousine in upstate New York that resulted in the death of 18 occupants, including the driver and 17 people headed to a birthday party, and two pedestrians. A 2001 Ford Excursion that had been modified into a limo reportedly blew through the stop sign at a T-junction intersection, then struck a parked SUV and the two pedestrians. The limo was operated by Prestige Limousine Chauffeur Service.
According to the independent newsroom ProPublica, since 2012, IBM has laid off at least 20,000 employees age 40 and over. In fact, in the past 5 years alone, about 60 percent of IBM's total U.S. job cuts have involved people 40 and over.
One of the biggest changes of the New Year for New Yorkers is the start of the New York State Paid Family Leave (NYPFL). Under the new leave law, eligible private sector employees can take up to eight weeks of paid family leave. The program phases in over the next four years. Other states offering paid family leave are California, Rhode Island and New Jersey.
Following the national conversation and steps in the federal government, New York is starting 2018 with a crackdown on sexual harassment.
Did the Metropolitan Opera brush aside allegations of sexual misconduct by its conductor James Levine? As you may have heard, the company has suspended Levine pending the outcome of an investigation. Yet according to the New York Times, the Met had received credible allegations of sexual abuse over a year ago.