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HTMLTCRP Seeks Voter Registration Reforms
Waters Kraus LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 14, 2016, previously published on March 14, 2016
In a lawsuit filed this morning in a San Antonio federal court, the Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) challenged voter registration procedures at the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). As the Complaint explains, Texas is violating the U.S. Constitution and federal law by refusing to register...


HTMLNew York City Issues Proposed Rules Related to the Fair Chance Act
Emily K. O'Brian, Gustavo A. Suárez, Stephen R. Woods; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 23, 2016, previously published on February 29, 2016
On February 16, 2016, the New York City Commission on Human Rights issued proposed rules related to the city’sFair Chance Act (FCA)—the restrictive ban-the-box law that went into effect in October of 2015 and prohibits employers from inquiring about an individual’s criminal record...


HTMLReligious Accommodation in the Healthcare Industry: What to Do When an Employee’s Beliefs Clash With Job Duties
Elizabeth S. Washko; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 2, 2016, previously published on February 25, 2016
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants and employees based on their religion, and requires employers to provide a reasonable accommodation of employees’ sincerely held religious beliefs. State laws provide employees and applicants...


HTMLPersonal Data Protection under Turkish and European Legislation
Eda Uludere; Erdem Erdem Law Office;
Legal Alert/Article
February 5, 2016, previously published on January 8, 2016
Protection of personal data has become increasingly important in the second half of the 20th century onwards, and more strikingly so in the last decade. In European context, such protection is realized through a twofold system; namely, the Council of Europe (“CoE”) protection of...


HTMLOCR Strikes Again with 3 Recent HIPAA Settlements
James J. Giszczak, Rick L. Hindmand, Emily A. Johnson, Dominic A. Paluzzi; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
February 2, 2016, previously published on January 26, 2016
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) is showing signs of becoming increasingly aggressive in enforcing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”), with the recent announcement of three settlements in a 20-day...


HTMLThe “Jerk and Jolt Doctrine” Applies to Claims of Negligent Operation of Buses and the Failure to Present Sufficient Evidence Required Verdict against SEPTA to be Vacated.
Paul G. Lees; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 27, 2016, previously published on January 15, 2016
The plaintiff sued SEPTA regarding an injury he claims he sustained on one of the defendant’s buses. Trial resulted in a verdict against SEPTA in the statutory limits of the Sovereign Immunity Act, 42 Pa.C.S.A. §8521, et. seq. SEPTA appealed, arguing that it was error to characterize it...


HTMLTransgender Student Denied Access to Girl’s Locker Room
Bradford Ingram; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
January 27, 2016, previously published on Winter 2016
Township High School District 211 in Palatine, Illinois responded recently to a discrimination claim brought by a transgender high school student on the basis of sex when the district denied her access to the girl's locker room.


Adobe PDFFourth Circuit Court of Appeals Holds that the Use of a Taser Against an Emotionally Disturbed, Passively Resisting Subject is Unconstitutional
J. David Marsey; Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Professional Association;
Legal Alert/Article
January 25, 2016, previously published on January 2016
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held1that an officer’s use of the drive-stun Taser technique on an emotionally disturbed, passively resisting subject of a civil commitment order was unconstitutional. Although finding the use of force unconstitutional, the Court affirmed summary...


HTMLEEOC - New Resource Documents.
Shawe Rosenthal LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 22, 2016, previously published on December 30, 2015
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has released new resource documents relating to accommodations for employees with HIV infection and protections against harassment and discrimination for Muslim/Middle Eastern employees.


HTMLSenate Democrats Plan to Force Vote on Trump Muslim Ban
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
January 20, 2016, previously published on January 15, 2016
There has been a lot of "happy talk" from leadership in both chambers and in both parties about how much Congress can get done this year. This week, however, the reality of life in a presidential election year reminded many in DC of just how difficult it is for Congress to get anything...


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