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|Massachusetts Revises Campaign Finance Law|
Matthew Bobys, Kenneth A. Gross, Ki P. Hong, Melissa L. Miles, Patricia M. Zweibel; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP;
August 19, 2014, previously published on August 12, 2014On August 1, 2014, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed House Bill No. 4366 amending the state's campaign finance laws. The amendments, among other things, increase the contribution limit for individual contributors to candidates and establish disclosure requirements for certain entities that...
|Have Your Say on BC’s Private Sector Privacy Legislation|
Rosalie Cress; McCarthy Tetrault LLP;
August 19, 2014, previously published on August 15, 2014Since it came into force in 2004, British Columbia’s private sector privacy legislation, the Personal Information Protection Act, has had a significant impact on the way British Columbia employers collect, use and disclose the personal information of their employees and others. The last...
|McCarthy Memo Lays Out September Agenda|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
August 19, 2014, previously published on August 15, 2014Newly elected House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) released a memo to House Republicans last Friday titled “Initial September Outlook”.
|Court of Appeals Denies Government’s Petition for Interlocutory Review of Class Certification for African-American Secret Service Agents|
Wayne C. Heavener; Semmes, Bowen & Semmes A Professional Corporation;
August 19, 2014, previously published on August 2014In In re Johnson, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia declined to grant an interlocutory review of class certification in an employment discrimination case against the United States Department of Homeland Security (the “Government”). The district court had...
|Obama vs. the Supreme Court|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
August 19, 2014, previously published on August 15, 2014Continuing a pattern followed by former President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama is relying heavily on executive orders and new agency regulations rather than legislation to implement his policy agenda.
|Toronto City Council Approves Creation of Local Appeal Body|
David Bronskill; Goodmans LLP - Toronto;
August 19, 2014, previously published on August 11, 2014On July 10, 2014, Toronto City Council voted 32-8 in favour of establishing a Local Appeal Body (LAB) to hear appeals of minor variance and consent applications from the Committee of Adjustment (COA). The LAB was established under section 115 of the City of Toronto Act, 2006, which permits City...
|New Executive Order Will Require Contractors to Disclose Labor Violations|
Lori Ann Lange; Peckar & Abramson, P.C.;
August 19, 2014, previously published on August 2014As part of his Year of Action, on July 31, 2014, President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. The Executive Order will require contractors who are bidding on federal government contracts in excess of $500,000 to disclose their federal and state labor law violations, as...
|Riots in Ferguson after Police Shooting|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
August 19, 2014, previously published on August 15, 2014In the days after a police officer shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old man, rioting has broken out in the St. Louis suburb where it happened, prompting the federal government to get more involved.
|Making the Most of a Promise to Pay Agreement: Terms Recommended in Promissory Notes on Delinquent Taxes|
David Brown; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
August 18, 2014, previously published on August 8, 2014When a delinquent taxpayer enters into a payment plan with a municipality, the plan is usually evidenced by a promissory note signed by the debtor. While a promise to pay does not need to be overly complicated, there are several terms that should be included to ensure proper and timely repayment,...
|New Jersey Governor Christie Signs ‘Ban the Box’ Legislation|
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
August 18, 2014, previously published on August 12, 2014New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed into law The Opportunity to Compete Act, otherwise known as the “Ban the Box” bill. This legislation will restrict employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal background during the initial stages of the application process....