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HTMLU.S. Supreme Court Declines to Step into Michigan Battle Over "Straight Ticket Voting"
Laura J. Genovich; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 14, 2016, previously published on October 31, 2016
In December 2015, the Michigan Legislature passed legislation intended to end straight ticket voting (i.e., checking a box on a ballot that registers a vote for a party’s entire slate of candidates). Seven months later, however, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan...

 

HTMLHow to Shift the Risk out of the Government for Government Projects
David M. Lick; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 11, 2016, previously published on October 31, 2016
Previously, the government assumed the risks for its projects. The risk included obtaining the best design from one architect, proper construction completion from a contractor, and the least cost financing. The risk included cost overruns, timely completion and ownership of any failures or...

 

HTMLSign Regulation After Reed v Town of Gilbert
Anne M. Seurynck; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 11, 2016, previously published on October 31, 2016
As you know, municipalities are authorized to adopt ordinances for the protection of the public’s health, safety and general welfare, provided the ordinances serve a public purpose and are reasonable. Courts have generally upheld municipal ordinances that regulate the size, type, and...

 

HTMLLocal Government and Iowa's "Sunshine Laws"
Brent L. Hinders; Hopkins & Huebner, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 9, 2016, previously published on November 09, 2016
With local and national elections approaching once again, it is important to remember Iowa's "Sunshine Laws" (Iowa Code Chapters 21 and 22), which are designed to make all levels of Iowa government as transparent and accountable to the public as possible.

 

HTMLA Reminder on Voting Rules for Non-U.S. Citizens
Ann Louise Brown, Leigh N. Ganchan; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 9, 2016, previously published on November 1, 2016
As the 2016 presidential election approaches, election reminders abound encouraging everyone to get out and vote on November 8th. Largely focused on the importance of participation, these messages do not typically distinguish between U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPR), and individuals...

 

HTMLMindful Planning and Management Can Yield Municipality Internship Program Success
David Mullen; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 3, 2016, previously published on October 18, 2016
Student interns are becoming increasingly popular at all levels of government. Hiring an intern sounds like a win-win situation - the municipality gets an enthusiastic, educated and engaged worker for little-to-no expense, while a student gains the chance to explore a potential career field in a...

 

HTMLHow to Protect Attorney-Fee Invoice Information Under Ohio's Public Records Act
Thomas R. Kendall; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 3, 2016, previously published on October 18, 2016
Public offices, such as city government and police, often retain outside legal counsel for advice and representation. After a firm submits its invoice to the public office for payment, the invoice, in part, becomes a public record. As with all public records, the invoice is subject to release if...

 

HTMLElection Day is Coming - What are Your Obligations as an Employer?
Richard I. Greenberg, Daniel J. Jacobs; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 2, 2016, previously published on October 25, 2016
With Election Day drawing near, and large voter turnout expected, employers should ensure they are aware of state law requirements related to providing employees with time off. While not all states impose requirements on employers, some impose time off obligations with the possibility of criminal...

 

HTMLEmployer Voting Procedures — Know Your State Laws
Terri Imbarlina Patak; Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 28, 2016, previously published on October 19, 2016
From our offices in California, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and West Virginia, Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote represents clients across the country. With the election quickly approaching, it is a good time for employers to revisit their...

 

HTMLLegalized Marijuana: Lessons From the U.S. Experience
Alicia Czarnowski, Timothy J. McCunn; Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 28, 2016, previously published on October 24, 2016
In December 2015, the Government of Canada announced in its Speech from the Throne that it would begin the process of legalizing and regulating recreational access to marijuana. Though the possession and selling of marijuana remains a criminal offence until a full legislative and regulatory regime...

 


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