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|Representative Levin Targets Earnings Stripping|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
August 12, 2014, previously published on August 7, 2014Inversion transactions are making waves, and politicians are taking notice, with the number of legislative proposals dealing with inversions and other international tax issues growing at a fast rate.
|“Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order Imposes New Terms for Federal Contractors: Executive Order Requires Federal Contractors to Report Adverse Labor and Employment Law Decisions, Provide Detailed Wage Statements to Employees, and Forgo Using Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements for Employment Discrimination and Sexual Assault Claims|
Sullivan Cromwell LLP;
August 12, 2014, previously published on August 6, 2014On July 31, 2014, President Obama issued an executive order, entitled Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces (the “Order”), that imposes new terms under which the federal government will do business with certain contractors. For new contracts over prescribed dollar amounts, the Order requires...
|Illinois Permits Employer Use of Payroll Cards|
Kwabena A. Appenteng, Norma Manjarrez; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
August 12, 2014, previously published on August 8, 2014On August 6, 2014, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed HB5622 into law, amending the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA) to permit employers to pay employees using payroll cards. Up until now, the IWPCA permitted employers to pay their employees by only cash, check, or direct deposit...
|Mississippi Coop to Receive FEMA Funds for Severe Weather Cleanup|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
August 12, 2014, previously published on August 11, 2014The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved over $2.43 million in Disaster Relief Fund grants to be distributed to the City of Tupelo and the East Mississippi Electric Power Association to fund debris removal and utility repairs necessitated by tornadoes and severe weather that hit...
|Office of Planning and Research Issues Draft Update to State CEQA Guidelines for Analyzing Traffic Impacts|
Sarah E. Owsowitz, Charity B. Schiller, Stephanie Straka; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
August 12, 2014, previously published on August 7, 2014As mandated by 2013’s Senate Bill 743, the Office of Planning and Research has released its draft update to the State CEQA Guidelines. SB 743 requires OPR to update the Guidelines to set forth alternative methods of measuring transportation impacts under CEQA. These methods are to replace the...
|Noncommercial Sign Regulation Case Headed to the U.S. Supreme Court|
Stephen L. Byron, Aimee W. Lane; Walter, Haverfield LLP;
August 12, 2014, previously published on August 2014On July 1, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review First Amendment challenges brought by Good News Community Church, alleging that a sign ordinance in the town of Gilbert, Arizona violates the right to free speech. Members of the church displayed 17 signs in the area surrounding its place of...
|2013-2014 Massachusetts Legislative Session Ends|
George K. Atanasov, Julie Cox, Candice Porter, Patrick Regan, Amarynth Sichel; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
August 12, 2014, previously published on August 6, 2014Last week, the 2013-2014 Massachusetts legislative session came to a close amid a flurry of activity on Beacon Hill. Lawmakers rushed to finalize and pass priority bills, working past their deadline on Thursday, sending a number of proposals to the Governor’s desk after midnight. Now,...
|California Supreme Court Rules Local Governments Are Not Required to Comply With CEQA Before Adopting a Voter-Sponsored Initiative|
Kelsey R. Blegen, Sarah E. Owsowitz, Charity B. Schiller; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
August 12, 2014, previously published on August 8, 2014Local governments may adopt voter-sponsored initiatives without conducing environmental review pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act, the California Supreme Court has ruled. In a unanimous decision handed down Thursday, the court held in Tuolumne Jobs & Small Business Alliance v....
|The MCDC Initiative and Recent Modifications: Window for Issuers and Obligated Persons Now Closes on December 1, 2014, While Underwriters Window Still Set to Close on September 9, 2014|
Michael G. Bailey, David Y. Bannard, Laura L. Bilas, Heidi H. Jeffery, Chauncey W. Lever; Foley & Lardner LLP;
August 11, 2014, previously published on August 5, 2014As highlighted in the SEC’s 2012 Municipal Market Report, the SEC has expressed significant concern that many issuers have not been complying with their obligation to file continuing disclosure documents and that federal securities law violations involving false statements concerning such...
|Virginia Employers Should "Keep the Box"|
Todd A. Leeson; Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore, LLP;
August 11, 2014, previously published on July 31, 2014As an employment lawyer who has represented Virginia businesses for 25 years, I have a different perspective from those persons who advocate that employers stop asking applicants to check a "box" if they had a prior criminal conviction. I recommend that Virginia employers "keep the...