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|New Jersey Enacts the 'Ban-the-Box' Law|
Robert H. Bernstein, Andrew B. Buckman; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
August 21, 2014, previously published on August 15, 2014On August 11, 2014, the Governor of New Jersey signed into law the Opportunity to Compete Act (OCA), which restricts employers from asking about criminal convictions on an applicant’s job application or during the applicant’s initial job interview. New Jersey’s version of the...
|Federal Contractors See Hike in SCA Health & Welfare Rates|
Kevin B. McCoy; Ford & Harrison LLP;
August 21, 2014, previously published on August 18, 2014Executive Summary: On July 22, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its annual memorandum announcing that, pursuant to 29 C.F.R. Section 4.52, the prevailing hourly health and welfare fringe benefit rates under the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) were increasing from $3.81...
|Florida Court finds Workers' Compensation Statute Unconstitutional|
Bradley R. Hall; Ford & Harrison LLP;
August 21, 2014, previously published on August 19, 2014Executive Summary: Circuit Judge Jorge E. Cueto of the 11th Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida has found that Section 440.11 of Florida's Workers' Compensation Act (the "Act"), which makes the Act the "exclusive" remedy available to injured workers, their...
|Solid Waste and Water Planning Dominate 2014 Connecticut Public Acts Concerning the Environment|
Christopher P. McCormack; Pullman & Comley, LLC;
August 21, 2014The Connecticut General Assembly’s 2014 “short session” yielded a modest crop of public acts concerning the environment. Nevertheless, the bills introduced in the session included three sweeping initiatives with multi-year implementation horizons. Two of these passed - one to...
|Inheritance Tax: Are Tax Concessions for Businesses Toppling?|
Michael Rainer, Michael Rainer; GRP Rainer LLP;
August 21, 2014, previously published on August 20, 2014The German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) is currently dealing with inheritance and gift tax. The focus is the question of whether tax benefits for businesses are justified.
|RevoLaze Files New 337 Complaint Regarding Certain Laser Abraded Denim Garments|
Alexander B. Englehart, Eric W. Schweibenz; Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.;
August 21, 2014, previously published on August 19, 2014On August 18, 2014, RevoLaze, LLC and TechnoLines, LLC (collectively, "RevoLaze")—both of Westlake, Ohio—filed a complaint requesting that the ITC commence an investigation pursuant to Section 337.
|Let’s Shake On It: Texas Case Exemplifies the Perils of Adopting a Company-Wide Practice of Oral Agreements|
Tiffany L. Cox; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
August 21, 2014, previously published on August 18, 2014An opinion out of the Fourteenth Court of Appeals demonstrates why employers need to be weary of developing a practice of oral agreements in regards to compensation upon which at-will employees may detrimentally rely. The court affirmed a judgment in excess of $1.1 million in favor of a former...
|EPA Finalizes Renewable Identification Number Quality Assurance Program|
Jane K. Murphy, Charles T. Wehland; Jones Day;
August 21, 2014, previously published on August 2014In an effort to prevent fraud that threatens to undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard ("RFS") program, and to restore faith in the trading system established to facilitate RFS compliance, the United States Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") published final regulations for a...
|FINRA Announces Creation of Arbitration Task Force|
August 21, 2014, previously published on August 2014On July 17, 2014, the Financial Industry Regulation Authority (“FINRA”) announced the formation of a task force to consider and recommend changes to the FINRA arbitration process. The task force’s stated mission is to “consider possible enhancements to its arbitration forum...
|United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Provides Clarification on Definition of Customer Under FINRA Rules|
Dan F. Laney, Brett A. "Ben" Rogers, Robert H. "Rob" Snyder; Rogers & Hardin;
August 21, 2014, previously published on August 2014Rogers & Hardin partner Ben Rogers was a panelist at the 2014 SIFMA Compliance and Legal Society Annual Seminar and presented on the topic of how courts define a “customer” for purposes of arbitration of customer disputes under applicable FINRA rules. As discussed by that panel,...