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HTMLPresident Signs Executive Order Banning LGBT Discrimination by the Federal Contractors and Government
Jonathan T. Hyman; Kohrman Jackson & Krantz PLL;
Legal Alert/Article
July 23, 2014, previously published on July 22, 2014
Yesterday, 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...

 

HTMLExecutive Order Extends Workplace Anti-Discrimination Protections to LGBT Workers of Federal Contractors
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 22, 2014, previously published on July 21, 2014
Though 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...

 

HTMLNew York Legislature Passes Medical Marihuana Law
Aaron Warshaw; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2014, previously published on June 30, 2014
Subject to signature by Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York is set to become the twenty-third state to legalize medical marihuana. Importantly, the New York legislation is limited to non-smokable forms of marihuana. Further, the bill is initially limited to persons with the following “severe...

 

HTMLNew York Legislature Repeals Annual Wage Theft Prevention Act Requirement
Aaron Warshaw; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2014, previously published on June 30, 2014
During the flurry of activity in Albany prior to lawmakers’ summer hiatus, the New York State legislature approved a bill that will eliminate the onerous requirement of providing annual wage notices to all employees. As New York employers are aware, the existing New York Wage Theft Prevention...

 

HTMLThe New Bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
Harold P. Coxson; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2014, previously published on July 12, 2014
Who said bipartisanship is dead in Washington? It just requires the right legislation! Finally, a long-awaited jobs promotion bill was approved that aims to help train and prepare workers with the twenty-first century skills necessary for employment.

 

Adobe PDFPresident Obama Plans to Sign LGBT Anti-Discrimination Executive Order
H. Carlton Hilson; Burr & Forman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2014, previously published on July 2014
President Barack Obama will soon sign an executive order barring federal government contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ("LGBT") employees and job applicants, according to recent reports. "The President, following on his pledge for this to...

 

HTMLSupreme Court Limits Reach of Contraceptive Mandate
Alfred B. Fowler, Peter C. Langdon, Juliana Reno, John E. Schembari, Michelle M. Ueding; Kutak Rock LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 11, 2014, previously published on July 1, 2014
On June 30, 2014, the Supreme Court ruled that under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, closely-held for-profit corporations are not required to pay for contraceptives if doing so would violate the corporation’s sincerely held religious beliefs. Below, we discuss the major parts of the...

 

HTMLFourth Circuit Rules Whistleblower Failed to Show Disclosures Were a Contributing Factor to His Firing
Bryan B. House, Pamela L. Johnston, Courtney Worcester; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 9, 2014, previously published on July 2, 2014
In Feldman v. Law Enforcement Associates Corporation, No. 13-1849, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 8833 (4th Cir. May 12, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit concluded that a whistleblower, Paul Feldman, failed to demonstrate that his disclosures of alleged company wrongdoing were...

 

HTMLCFTC Announces First Whistleblower Award
Bryan B. House, Pamela L. Johnston, Courtney Worcester; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 9, 2014, previously published on July 2, 2014
On May 20, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) announced its first whistleblower award since it implemented its whistleblower program in 2011 after the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act. The whistleblower will receive $240,000. According to Gretchen Lowe, acting director...

 

HTMLDistrict Court Distinguishes Lawson v. FMR LLC and Dismisses Complaint
Bryan B. House, Pamela L. Johnston, Courtney Worcester; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 9, 2014, previously published on July 2, 2014
After the United State Supreme Court’s plaintiff-friendly decision in Lawson v. FMR LLC, 134 S.Ct. 1158 (Mar. 4, 2014), we wrote regarding the “limiting principles” that the Supreme Court said might be applied in the future in interpreting Section 806 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of...

 


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