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The issue area of our website contains articles, news items, publications, policy documents and trainings for each of our substantive areas.  The issue area page contains the most recent items in these sections.  To view a particular issue area and more information please use the buttons to the left.  

 


 


ARTICLES

Federal EAJA Hourly Rates - March 1996 through September 2017
Federal Equal Access to Justice (EAJA) rate charts and spreadsheets have been updated to include September 2017. Read More

HALLEX Sections Updated
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has made some changes to and added HALLEX sections. Read More

ALJ Grants Claim Under New 12.05 Listing
Advocates should be aware by now that new mental impairment listings have been in effect since January. Among other changes, the new listings revised the criteria for evaluating intellectual disorders. Read More

 


IN THE NEWS

Empire Justice Center Statement on CFPB Director Cordray Stepping Down
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray has been a beacon for millions of Americans harmed by abusive financial services practices. Read More

Empire Justice Statement on Language Access Additions to the Uniform Residential Loan Application
On October 20, 2017, The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced its decision to add a preferred language question to the redesigned Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA) by the end of 2017. Read More

Prevention of 'zombie properties' is goal of Home Fair
An event this weekend will give Monroe County residents a chance to hear directly from location organizations and service providers about the resources that are available to help them keep, maintain, or buy a home. Read More

 


POLICY ADVOCACY

Empire Justice Comments to CFPB Concerning Small Business Lenders in Rochester, NY
While the public CRA lending data adds to our understanding of the CRA performance by banks in their communities, compared to the publicly available HMDA data, the current formulation of the data has severe limitations. Read More

Empire Justice Comments on Strengthening Consumer Protections in the Affordable Care Act
Read our comments to HHS, which were submitted in conjunction with several state and national partners, on how reducing regulatory burdens is a thin disguise for reducing much-needed consumer protections. Read More

Empire Justice Testimony on the New York State Supplement Program
Empire Justice Center testimony on the impact that State takeover has had on the administration of the State Supplement Program and delivery of benefits to eligible recipients. Read More

 


NEWSLETTERS

Policy Matters October 2017
Empire Justice Center's latest edition of Policy Matters. Read More

Disability Law News - October 2017 Issue
The Disability Law News is a quarterly newsletter published for DAP Advocates. In this issue, we discuss the newly amended NYS Public Health Law Sections 17 & 18, and Mental Hygiene Law Section 33.16 that ensures free access to medical records for government benefits applications. Be sure to check out the newest regulations, administrative decisions and court decisions as well. Read More

Policy Matters September 2017
Empire Justice Center's latest edition of Policy Matters. Read More

   


PUBLICATIONS

Seeking Protection from Domestic Violence in New York's Family Court
Information for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence with Limited English Proficiency. Read More

 

Pro Se Name & Gender Change Guide for Transgender Residents of Greater Monroe County, New York
Empire Justice Center's pro se guide on name and gender marker changes on identity documents. A step by step guide for transgender residents of the Greater Monroe County Area in New York. Read More

 

Know Your Rights: A Guide to Fighting Discrimination Against Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming New Yorkers Under the New York State Human Rights Law
Transgender and gender-nonconforming people in New York State are now clearly protected by our Human Rights Law (HRL), thanks to new regulations issued earlier this year. Our NEW GUIDE explains what gender identity-based discrimination might look like, and how to exercise your rights under the HRL. Read More

 


TRAINING AND EVENTS

HIV AS A DISABLING CONDITION: Maximizing SSI / SSD
This training will provide case managers with basic information about Social Security's disability benefit program. Read More

The Hip Bone is Connected to the Back Bone: Understanding Musculoskeletal Impairments and "Dem Bones"
A medical practitioner familiar with Social Security Administration's (SSA) listings discusses the musculoskeletal impairments listing. An experienced Social Security attorney will facilitate the presentation so that participants will better understand the type of medical evidence they will be reviewing and should be developing in cases of musculoskeletal impairments. A hypothetical case scenario of a young adult (18-25 years old) with musculoskeletal and mental impairments who has been denied SSI will be used to demonstrate strategies for arguing that a claim meets or equals the listing. Read More