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HTML11th Circuit Rejects Percentage Collection Fees Under FDCPA Without Specific Contract Provision
Troutman Sanders LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 10, 2014, previously published on January 8, 2014
On January 2, 2014, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals found that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) prohibited collection agencies from charging consumers a percentage fee of the balance of their debt unless the consumer had explicitly agreed to such a fee arrangement. In Bradley v....

 

HTMLObesity and the Americans with Disabilities Act: Are One Third of Americans Disabled?
Ashley Z. Hager, Patrick J. Schwedler; Troutman Sanders LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 27, 2013, previously published on December 23, 2013
In June 2013, the American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest physician organization, held its annual meeting to meet and discuss emerging issues in public health and science. At this meeting, the AMA adopted policy that recognizes obesity as a disease requiring a range of...

 

HTMLDOL’s Inconsistent Approach: Same-Sex Spouses Covered by FMLA Depending on State Residency
Kristina N. Klein; Troutman Sanders LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 27, 2013, previously published on December 23, 2013
Consider this: An employee requests FMLA leave to care for her same-sex spouse. The employee and her spouse reside and work in Georgia (which prohibits same-sex couples from marrying), but were legally married in Massachusetts (the first state to legalize same-sex marriage). Is the employee...

 

HTMLHow Employers Can Minimize Risks under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”)
Troutman Sanders LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 20, 2013, previously published on December 19, 2013
Many employers obtain background checks of potential hires, such as drug tests, past employment checks, criminal background checks, driving record checks, and credit checks. Above and beyond the desire to make a good hire, such checks may also help your company limit its liability. For example,...

 

HTMLBeware of the Self-Anointed Standard Setters - Like the SASB
W. Brinkley Dickerson; Troutman Sanders LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 20, 2013, previously published on December 19, 2013
ISS, GRI, COSO, CDP, OECD, IIRC . . . . All would seem to be simple acronyms for well-intentioned organizations. But each has its own agenda, and there is a new one, SASB, just around the corner.

 

HTMLOvertime Update: Top 10 FLSA Mistakes
Troutman Sanders LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 20, 2013, previously published on December 19, 2013
The Fair Labor Standards Act (the “FLSA”) is among the trickier employment law statutes with which to comply. It’s old. Its terminology is arcane. And it provides for extensive penalties and attorney fee awards for successful plaintiffs and their lawyers. Add that up, and what...

 

HTMLFederal Jury Rejects Supervisor’s “Same Race” Defense to Employee’s Title VII Hostile Work Environment Claim
Troutman Sanders LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 20, 2013, previously published on December 19, 2013
An African-American employee comes to you and complains that her supervisor is verbally harassing her with profanity and racial slurs. After investigating the employee’s complaint, you find that the supervisor is also African-American. Does it matter? How should you proceed?

 

HTMLA Gridlocked and Unproductive Congress: Will the House Vote on the Senate’s Immigration or Sexual Orientation Bills?
Troutman Sanders LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 20, 2013, previously published on December 19, 2013
With Republicans having the majority of votes in the House and Democrats having the majority in the Senate, it is no surprise that this year’s Congress has been derided for its lack of production. By some estimates, there will only be 44 substantive bills passed this year, well below the...

 

HTMLNERC Releases Annual “Long-Term Reliability Assessment”
Peter S. Glaser, Kevin C. Greene, Daniel L. Larcamp, Clifford S. Sikora, Lara L. Skidmore; Troutman Sanders LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 19, 2013, previously published on December 16, 2013
On December 9, 2013, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (“NERC”) released its annual “Long-Term Reliability Assessment,” which considers current and anticipated issues in electric reliability for the next decade. NERC explains that it evaluates certain...

 

HTMLFERC Staff Holds Workshop on Zero Rate Reactive Power Rate Schedules; Notice Requesting Written Comments to be Issued Soon
Peter S. Glaser, Kevin C. Greene, Daniel L. Larcamp, Clifford S. Sikora, Lara L. Skidmore; Troutman Sanders LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 19, 2013, previously published on December 16, 2013
On December 11, 2013, FERC Staff convened a workshop to discuss the mechanics for filing a zero rate reactive power rate schedule - a rate schedule under which there is no compensation for providing reactive power service. The next step will be for Staff to issue a formal notice requesting written...

 


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