News reports from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); Huntsville, Alabama; two stories from Loma Linda University Health; and Time For Equality in Ministry:

According to HR Dive, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleged in a lawsuit filed Sept. 17 (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Frito-Lay, Inc., No. 9:20-cv-81689 (S.D. Fla., Sept. 17, 2020)) that Frito-Lay broke federal law by denying an Adventist employee Saturdays off. A district manager allegedly told the employee he would be fired if he didn’t attend training scheduled on Saturday. The federal agency is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

Federal law says employers must accommodate sincerely held employee religious beliefs unless this means undue hardship for the employer.

An oversized 12 x 9 meter mural of Adventist rock ‘n’ roll legend Little Richard was recently unveiled in Huntsville, Alabama. Oakwood University representatives were present. The mural is on the east side of the newly-opened Wahlburg fast food restaurant. It was created by local artist Logan Tanner. Little Richard’s younger brother, Peyton Penniman, and his wife attended along with Oakwood University President Dr. Leslie Pollard and Dr. Carlton Byrd, Senior Pastor of the Oakwood University Adventist Church and leader of the Breath of Life television ministry.

From LLUH – Loma Linda University Health will hold a variety of virtual open-enrollment seminars to provide information on all 2020 Medicare plans available at Loma Linda University Health and its many providers available to serve as Medicare primary care physicians. In-person seminars will also be available for those who register in advance at a limited capacity.

The no-cost seminars will begin virtually on October 4 with in-person seminars open for registration starting October 7.

Presentations will cover plans available at Loma Linda University Health, including Medicare Parts A, B, C and D.

Additionally, attendees will learn:

Benefits of Medicare Advantage plans accepted by Loma Linda University Health doctors
All your Medicare options (including Supplements, Advantage)
The monthly premium rates available, which range from $0 to $28.10

To reserve a spot at one of the limited in-person seminars, please call 855-LLU-CARE (855-558-2273).

Call 833-409-9410 to set up a private meeting or to accommodate persons with special needs. A representative will be at the seminar with information and applications. Medicare has neither reviewed nor endorsed this information.

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Loma Linda University’s School of Medicine and School of Nursing will distribute nearly $4.2 million in community service awards to students from funding received from the Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP).

Loma Linda University’s Inland Empire Medical Community Service Award and the Inland Empire Nurse Practitioner Community Service Award aim to address the current health care provider shortage seen in the Inland Empire. The region has one of the lowest ratios of primary care physicians and specialty physicians in California — 39 doctors per 100,000 people — nearly half of what experts consider adequate, according to the California Health Care Foundation. California is predicted to have a shortage of 5,000 physicians by 2025.

Ten nurse practitioner students and 18 medical students from Loma Linda University will receive awards this academic school year.

Time for Equality in Adventist Ministry (TEAM) is a ministry doing excellent work to advocate for women clergy, and provide scholarships for women who attend seminary programs in the Adventist community.

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