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Hiring, job interview, criminal history
A provision in the Massachusetts criminal justice reform law signed by Governor Charlie Baker amends the state’s restrictions on the questions... Read More >
farm bill, agriculture committee, pesticide, endangered species, CWA
On April 12, 2018, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway (R-Texas) released the Committee’s draft Farm Bill reauthorization, the... Read More >
transgender, lgbt, title vii
In a landmark ruling, a federal court judge in Texas issued an opinion holding—unequivocally—that Title VII protects transgender... Read More >
marijuana, medical use, abuse, abuse potential, thc, treaty, international
The Food and Drug Administration requested comments in a notice published in the Federal Register on April 9, 2018 concerning the “abuse... Read More >
airplane, Boeing, Southwest, Passenger, death, Pennsylvania, NTSB, inspection
A woman was killed on April 17, 2018 after a jet engine apparently exploded in mid-air and its shrapnel reportedly crashed through her window on a... Read More >
immigration law book, civil deportation
The Immigration and Nationality Act provides that any alien convicted of an “aggravated felony” after entering the United States is... Read More >
spy, bipa, illinois
We have written before about the issues presented by the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, 740 Ill. Comp Stat. 14/1 (“BIPA”).... Read More >
ACA, CMS, hardship, marketplace, grandmothered
On Monday, CMS published a number of policies changing the dynamics of the individual market, including the Benefit and Payment Parameters for... Read More >
Car Rental Company Refused to Hire Applicant Because He Uses a Cane, Federal Agency Charged DENVER... Read More >
BPA, Netherlands,
The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has determined that the... Read More >
cybersecuity, nist, framework
In February 2014 the U.S. National Institute of Standards in Technology (‘NIST’) published the first... Read More >
healthcare devices, fda, intended use
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a draft guidance titled “Expansion of the... Read More >
FINRA, proposed budget, fee disclosure, GASB, accounting fees
On April 17, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued Regulatory Notice 18-12, which... Read More >

Federal Court News

online gaming, free-play casino, Washington, Big Fish Gaming

Virtually every significant gaming operator in the United States has some form of “free to play” online casino offering. Because no purchase is necessary to play (no consideration) and no valuable prizes are offered (i.e., you...

opt-in plaintiff, class action, FLSA claim, conditional plaintiff

It is a party that most employers don’t believe is a lot of fun: a FLSA collective action party.  In a case of first impression, the Eleventh Circuit addressed the question of whether an opt-in plaintiff is required to do...

international research company, cancer company, proposition 65, foreign company

More than a half-century ago, the World Health Assembly established the International Agency for Research on Cancer as the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization.  Although headquartered in Lyon, France, the...

equal pay act, wage gap, 'factors other than sex'

On April 9, 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Rizo v. Yovino, holding that employers cannot consider an employee’s prior salary either alone or in combination with other factors to...

State Court News

ADR, pay equity, #me too, Washington, legislation

The 2017–2018 Washington State legislature passed, and the governor signed, numerous bills that affect employers. Foremost among them is new legislation addressing “Me Too” concerns and gender pay equity, which is the focus of...

New Mexico, tax, GILTI, state tax, federal tax

Earlier this month, the New Mexico Administrative Hearings Office issued an opinion that addressed the questions on the minds of many state tax professionals in the wake of federal tax reform: under what circumstances can a...

massachusetts, state, noncompete

This Blog has previously covered the six non-compete bills that were introduced in the Massachusetts Legislature in 2017. On April 17, 2018, the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development submitted a revised bill, ...


EU, member states, cooperation, ITS, reporting, BRRD

On April 17, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published its draft implementing technical standards (ITS) on reporting for resolution plans under the EU Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD).

investment firms, ECON, EP, EU, third-party financial institutions

On April 13, the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) published a draft report, featuring the European Parliament legislative resolution with ECON’s amendments to a proposal regarding the...

contract with pen, brazil, non compete

A recent Brazilian labor court ruling clarified the procedural requirements for employers drafting non-compete clauses in employment agreements.

Although the Brazilian Federal Constitution establishes...