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Media report for Sept. 7-13, 2019

September 17, 2019   |  WFU News and Communications

The Wake Forest News Media Report for Sept. 7-13, 2019 is now available online.

Agency pushes for union talks, limits on telework

September 12, 2019   |  Greenwire

The EPA’s management has opened up negotiations with several of its employee unions amid concern from labor officials over potential new restrictions on telework. Nearly 600 EPA employees responded to a survey, with 75% believing that reducing or ending telework would “play a role” in their decision to retire or find another job, while 83% said morale would decrease if rights in the current contract were affected. “What is most striking to me is the variance between collective bargaining agreements and what this policy states,” said Stan Meiburg, former acting deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and now director of graduate programs in sustainability at Wake Forest.

As hate crime laws expand, who to exclude as victim

September 10, 2019   |  The Washington Post

In a growing number of states, the definition of hate crimes expands well beyond traditional categories such as race and ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender and sexual orientation. These greater protections come amid sharp increases in hate crime incidents nationwide, but broadening who is covered has divided usual allies and raised thorny questions. Kami Chavis, a law professor at Wake Forest and an expert on hate crime measures, says the continuing expansions run the risk of diluting such statutes’ original intention: to protect historically marginalized or persecuted groups. “When we start broadening those categories, it is almost like the exceptions swallow the rule. Our national history is bound up in racial discrimination. . . . When you start giving [protections] to every single vulnerable category, then it could have a negative effect.”

Wake Forest ranked 27th among national universities by U.S. News

September 9, 2019   |  US News and World Report

U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges guide ranked Wake Forest 27th overall among 399 national universities. Wake Forest was also ranked 27th in last year’s guide and has been ranked in the top 30 in the national universities category for 24 consecutive years.

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