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HTMLNew York City Enacts Ban-the-Box Legislation
Ellen M. Bandel, Susan M. Corcoran, Richard I. Greenberg, Daniel J. Jacobs, Christopher M. Valentino; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 10, 2015, previously published on July 2, 2015
New York City has adopted an ordinance restricting when employer inquiries about applicants’ criminal histories may be made during the application process and imposing significant obligations on employers who intend to take action based on such information.


HTMLOregon Legislature Votes to “Ban the Box”
Sean M. Driscoll; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 24, 2015, previously published on June 18, 2015
Oregon will soon join the ranks of states with “ban the box” legislation. Provided House Bill (HB) 3025 is signed by Governor Kate Brown (which is virtually certain), the new law will regulate when Oregon employers can ask applicants to disclose criminal convictions. The effective date...


HTMLNebraska's Abolition of the Death Penalty Will Save the State Millions
David H. Godenswager, David M. Kall, Susan Millradt McGlone; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
June 17, 2015, previously published on June 4, 2015
As was widely broadcast last week, Nebraska lawmakers outlawed the death penalty, overriding Gov. Pete Rickets’ veto that would have kept it intact. Reuters reported that it is the first majority Republican state to do so since 1973, when North Dakota outlawed it.


HTMLFlorida’s Apparent Increase on Caps for Damages Recoverable in Cases Against Providers of Foster Care Services Is Misleading
Andrea L. Diederich; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 12, 2015, previously published on June 1, 2015
Effective July 1, 2014, the statutory caps on damages recoverable in cases involving providers of foster care and related services were amended. See § 409.993, Fla. Stat. (2014). As before, the new statute provides caps on both economic damages and noneconomic damages in such cases. However,...


HTMLIllinois’ Cook County Ordinance Restricts Credit History Use
Kathryn Montgomery Moran, Jason A. Selvey; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 8, 2015, previously published on June 2, 2015
An amendment to Cook County’s Human Rights Ordinance, with certain exceptions, broadly prohibits employers from using credit histories or reports in making employment decisions. Cook County is the most populous county in Illinois and the one in which Chicago is situated.


HTMLGarcia v. Google Inc.
Loeb Loeb LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 26, 2015, previously published on May 18, 2015
Ninth Circuit sitting en banc reverses 2-1 panel decision that required Google to remove anti-Islam video from YouTube based on actor’s claim of copyright in her five-second appearance, holding that “a weak copyright claim cannot justify censorship in the guise of authorship.”


HTML"Full and final settlement of any and all claims" - not so, says the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal
Kelsey Dick; Field Law;
Legal Alert/Article
May 25, 2015, previously published on April 29, 2015
The Alberta Human Rights Tribunal (“Tribunal”) released a decision this month that considered whether the terms of a Release Agreement constituted a valid and enforceable settlement of an employee’s allegations of human rights discrimination arising from employment.


HTMLNew Legislation Promises More Investigations by the New York City Commission on Human Rights
Aaron Warshaw; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 13, 2015, previously published on April 30, 2015
On April 20, 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed two new bills into law that authorize the New York City Commission on Human Rights to increase the number of employment discrimination investigations.


HTMLSupreme Court of Canada Grants Leave to Fracking "Crusader"
Michael C. Barbero, Gavin S. Fitch; McLennan Ross LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 13, 2015, previously published on May 1, 2015
Earlier this week the Supreme Court of Canada granted Jessica Ernst leave to appeal a ruling of the Alberta Court of Appeal. The ruling confirmed a lower court decision to strike out portions of Ernst's claim for not disclosing a reasonable cause of action. The Court of Appeal decision upheld a...


HTMLReview of Changes in the Russian Civil Code. New Provisions in Law of Obligations
Igor Gorokhov; Capital Legal Services;
Legal Alert/Article
May 1, 2015
Deep reform of civil law reached another landmark on March 8, 2015, when the Russian President signed another set of changes to the general provisions of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation, which are to become effective starting from June 1, 2015.


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