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|Municipalities in Fiscal Crisis--U.S. GAO Reports Federal Agencies Monitored Grants and Assisted Grantees, but More Could Be Done to Share Lessons Learned|
Colodny Fass P.A.;
April 6, 2015, previously published on March 30, 2015Grant management challenges experienced by municipalities in fiscal crisis. The diminished capacity of selected municipalities in fiscal crisis hindered their ability to manage federal grants in several ways. First, reductions in human capital capacity through the loss of staff greatly reduced the...
|Federal Government Extends FMLA Rights to More Same-Sex Married Couples|
Katherine A. Hren, Richard S. Rosenberg, Rami A. Yomtov; Ballard Rosenberg Golper & Savitt LLP;
April 6, 2015, previously published on March 24, 2015The Obama administration has taken a huge step to protect the employment rights of same-sex married couples. Effective March 27, 2015, legally married same-sex couples will be able to enjoy the same rights as legally married opposite-sex couples under the Family and Medical Leave Act...
|Health Care Reform in America: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly|
Jerry W. Taylor; Burr & Forman LLP;
April 6, 2015, previously published on March 3, 2015Health care providers, the insurance industry, and all of us as health care consumer continue to experience the difficult birth pangs of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA" or the "Act"). Political battles rage in many states over whether to adopt the Medicaid...
|Idaho Legislative Update - March 2015|
Jonathan Parker; Holland Hart LLP;
April 6, 2015, previously published on March 13, 2015As recently as last week, Idaho legislative leaders had set a goal of wrapping up the 2015 legislative session by March 27. However, due to setbacks with the teacher career ladder bill that resulted in the Joint-Finance Appropriations Committee delaying setting the public schools budget (by far the...
|Investment Canada Act Update: Amendments to National Security Review Timelines and “Net Benefit” Review Threshold|
Oliver J. Borgers, Michele F. Siu; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
April 2, 2015, previously published on March 27, 2015Extended national security review timelines under the Investment Canada Act (ICA) are now in force which means that a national security review may now take up to 200 days.
|Wrap Up of the 2015 Virginia General Assembly|
William A. Gray; Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP;
April 2, 2015, previously published on March 09, 2015On Friday, February 27, 2015, the Virginia General Bill GrayAssembly adjourned. For the first time in 15 years, it was an early adjournment. Over 2500 bills and resolutions were filed, and Governor McAuliffe was presented with over 800 bills to review and consider. The annual Veto Session is...
|Proposed Wisconsin Legislation Would Make It Easier for Employers to Enforce Restrictive Covenants|
Mark A. Johnson; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
April 1, 2015, previously published on March 27, 2015The Wisconsin legislature may soon dramatically change the law that governs restrictive covenants, making them easier to enforce.
|USDA Awards $31 MM in Loans and Grants to Support Rural Economic Development|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
April 1, 2015, previously published on March 31, 2015The Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the award of $31 million in loans and grants for 38 projects in 12 states to promote rural economic development. These revolving zero-interest loans provide funds to local...
|Ohio Supreme Court Rules That Individual Municipalities Cannot Regulate Fracking|
Alexander D. Racketa; Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP;
April 1, 2015Even before Governor Cuomo’s recent decisive action to ban hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in New York, the practice faced significant hurdles. The decision of the New York Court of Appeals in Wallach v. Town of Dryden had made clear that individual municipalities could place...
|Tribal Governments Can Maximize Their Economic Development Opportunities and Affirm Their Self-Governance by Updating Tribal Commercial Codes|
Stephanie A. Conduff, Sandra L. Shippey; Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP;
March 31, 2015, previously published on February 4, 2015Tribes and their members are engaging in commercial transactions in ever increasing numbers. Also increasing are commercial financing transactions to support the tribe’s commercial activities. Sometimes, tribes or tribal members need to borrow money to support their commercial activities from...