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|President Signs Executive Order Banning LGBT Discrimination by the Federal Contractors and Government|
Jonathan T. Hyman; Kohrman Jackson & Krantz PLL;
July 23, 2014, previously published on July 22, 2014Yesterday, President Obama amended two prior Executive Orders, adding new protections against sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. Executive Order 11246, which extends anti-discrimination obligations to federal contractors, now also includes prohibitions against sexual orientation...
|US Government Agencies Expand Ukraine-Related Sanctions|
Suzan Min Lehmann; Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP;
July 23, 2014, previously published on July 21, 2014On Wednesday, July 16, 2014, President Obama announced new economic sanctions that restrict access by targeted companies in Russia’s financial and energy sectors to US capital markets. These sanctions are being implemented by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset...
|CPSC Nominees Kaye, Mohorovic, and Adler Sent to Senate Floor for Confirmation Vote|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
July 23, 2014, previously published on July 15, 2014Today the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved three pending nominations for the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The Committee approved Elliot Kaye as Chairman and Joe Mohorovic and Bob Adler as Commissioners to the CPSC. Although the Committee approved his...
|House Appropriations Amendments Would Halt CPSC’s Voluntary Recalls Rule; Fund Testing Relief|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
July 23, 2014, previously published on July 16, 2014The House of Representatives is currently considering H.R. 5016, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act of 2015, which provides funding to many different parts of the federal government for the next fiscal year. This includes the CPSC, which would be funded $118 million...
|The Supreme Court Limits the President's Recess Appointment Power|
John F. Cooney; Venable LLP;
July 23, 2014, previously published on July 11, 2014In January 2012, President Obama made recess appointments of the first Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and two members of the National Labor Relations Board during a three day period when the Senate was in pro forma session. The Senate later confirmed Director Cordray to his...
|New York's Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 Changes the Governance of Private Colleges, Universities and Schools|
Pamela A. Madeiros, Stephen A. Mendelsohn, Laura S. Norman; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
July 23, 2014, previously published on July 18, 2014Effective July 1, 2014, New York’s Non-Profit Revitalization Act, (the Act) fundamentally changes the governance of non-profit private colleges, universities and schools and other charitable organizations. New York, which labored under cumbersome and antiquated regulatory statutes, has...
|High Court Rules Autopsy Reports Exempt from the SC Freedom of Information Act|
Bob Coble; Nexsen Pruet, LLC;
July 22, 2014, previously published on July 16, 2014The Court ruled that an autopsy report is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") disclosure requirements. This is the second opinion in the last month by the Court that restricts the reach of the FOIA.
|New Government-Industry Working Group on Wind Energy Development in Québec|
Louis-Nicolas Boulanger, Mathieu Bernier Trudeau; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
July 22, 2014, previously published on July 18, 2014Québec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Pierre Arcand announced yesterday the creation of a Government-industry working group destined to assess the development of the provincial wind power industry.
|Police Order to Stay Put While Conducting Background Check Is a Seizure under Fourth Amendment|
Tamara Bogosian, Paul A. Cappitelli, G. Ross Trindle; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
July 22, 2014, previously published on July 21, 2014Overview: The Ninth Circuit recently held that, when a police officer orders a suspect to “stay put,” that command constitutes a seizure under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and can implicate municipal liability under Monell.
|Executive Order Extends Workplace Anti-Discrimination Protections to LGBT Workers of Federal Contractors|
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
July 22, 2014, previously published on July 21, 2014Though it took longer than expected, President Barack Obama has signed an Executive Order extending protections against workplace discrimination to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) community. Signed July 21, 2014, the Executive Order prohibits...