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|NLRB Recess Appointments Found Unlawful by Supreme Court|
Terry L. Potter; Husch Blackwell LLP;
July 10, 2014, previously published on June 27, 2014The last year or so has not been a good one for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Time and time again the courts have shot down the Board in a number of matters, including the Board’s notice posting rule, its attempt to modify its own election rules for processing representation...
|New FDA Current Good Manufacturing Processes Rule Expected for Animal Food Manufacturers|
Diane J. Romza-Kutz, Fredric E. Roth; Husch Blackwell LLP;
July 9, 2014, previously published on July 3, 2014As part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) passed in March of 2011, the FDA was given a mandate to update its regulations to create a new set of regulations/rules that enables it to prevent the introduction of adulterated food into the human and animal food supply in the U.S., as opposed...
|Is Your Employment Application Legal?|
Michaelle L. Baumert; Husch Blackwell LLP;
July 9, 2014, previously published on June 24, 2014“Ban the Box” laws continue to crop up across the country. “Ban the Box” laws prohibit employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history prior to the first or second interview or until an offer is made. While “Ban the Box” laws do not prevent...
|The Favorable Trends in Suspension and Debarment|
Elizabeth Sebesky; Husch Blackwell LLP;
July 9, 2014, previously published on July 6, 2014In its May 2014 report, the GAO found that the total number of contractor suspension and debarment actions continues to rise, more than doubling from 1,836 in FY 2009 to 4,812 in FY 2013. At a high level, the increase in suspension and debarments tracks the dramatic rise in federal contract...
|Is One Really Better Than Many? The Unified Medical Staff Conundrum|
Wakaba Y. Tessier; Husch Blackwell LLP;
July 8, 2014, previously published on July 1, 2014The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published its final revisions (“Final Rule”) to the Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoPs) on May 12, 2014. Among other things, CMS proposed to revise its current interpretation of the hospital medical staff composition at 42...
|Unmanned Aircraft Systems Regulatory Update: Federal Audit Outlines Significant Obstacles to the Safe Integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace System|
Charles D. "Chip" Nottingham; Husch Blackwell LLP;
July 8, 2014, previously published on July 1, 2014Congress received a comprehensive audit report this week focused on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) progress integrating Unmanned Aviation Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS). The audit report by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Office of...
|U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies First Amendment Citizen Speech Protections for Government EmployeesClarifies First Amendment Citizen Speech Protections for Government Employees|
Curtis R. Summers; Husch Blackwell LLP;
July 1, 2014, previously published on June 26, 2014On June 19, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Lane v. Franks, a case closely watched by public employers, institutions of higher education, and employment lawyers. The case is about First Amendment-protected speech for government employees and qualified immunity for...
|SEC Readies New Guidelines for Proxy Advisers|
Chauncey Lane; Husch Blackwell LLP;
June 26, 2014, previously published on June 17, 2014The SEC is readying new guidelines for proxy advisory firms such as ISS and Glass Lewis amid complaints by corporations that such advisers have too much influence. The SEC previously held a roundtable about the sector, where stakeholders discussed a variety of concerns such as whether the firms...
|Do You Take Profanity With Your Coffee? The NLRB Says You Should|
Mark Falkowski; Husch Blackwell LLP;
June 26, 2014, previously published on June 18, 2014Earlier this week the National Labor Relations Board issued a decision finding Starbucks violated the National Labor Relations Act when it terminated an employee who uttered profanities at a Starbucks manager in the presence of customers. This was the employee’s second profanity (and...
|Why You Have Little to Fear from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s Decision to Allow Live Testimony|
Brian Fahrenbach; Husch Blackwell LLP;
June 26, 2014, previously published on June 11, 2014Yes, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) may allow live testimony in an inter partes review (“IPR”). No, this does not entirely alter IPRs. Last week the PTAB stood their ground in a request to rehear their decision to allow live testimony. This post briefly addresses...