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Trump Administration Rescinds Guidance on Title IX and Transgender Students

On February 22, 2017, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice published a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) rescinding previous guidance that had sought to protect transgender students' rights. This rolling back of guidance...more

New Department of Homeland Security Memos Set Immigration Enforcement Priorities

Two memorandums from the Department of Homeland Security implementing President Donald Trump’s Executive Orders on “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States” and “Implementing the President’s Border...more

Government Contracts: Advantages for Small Business Concerns

Linda McMahon, former chief executive officer of World Wrestling Entertainment, was confirmed by the Senate on February 14, 2017, to lead the Small Business Administration (SBA). It’s expected her work will revolve...more

Trump Administration Withdraws Transgender Guidance

On February 22, 2017, one day before briefs were submitted to the Supreme Court in a case involving a transgender student in Pennsylvania, the Trump Administration, through the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department...more

Time and Time Again

On Wednesday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals granted the Justice Department’s additional unopposed request for a 60-day extension to figure out its position on the new FLSA overtime exemption rules....more

5 Ways to Brexit–Proof Your Existing Contracts

Companies should be reviewing their existing contracts — at least those which may still apply at the point of Brexit — and amending the standard terms of business they propose to use from now on, to account for when the UK...more

House Republicans and Trump Administration File Joint Motion to Delay Suit Challenging Obamacare Subsidies

An interesting development transpired Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in a case pending in Federal District Court in the District of Columbia that challenges subsidy payments from the Federal Treasury to support Obamacare. The...more

Immigration Fact and Fiction for the U.S. Employer: Know Your Rights – 5 Things to Tell Your Foreign National Employee in the...

On February 21, 2017, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released two memoranda signed by DHS Secretary Kelly addressing immigration enforcement. While a sitting President cannot independently modify laws or regulations...more

Trump Administration Rescinds Guidance on Transgender Rights under Title IX

The Trump Administration has announced that the Department of Education (DOE) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) rescinded the Obama Administration’s May 2016 Dear Colleague Letter directing that schools “treat a student’s...more

With Supreme Court Review Looming, Feds Issue Immediate Withdrawal of Previous Title IX Guidance

Following the recent confirmations of Secretary of Education Elizabeth Devos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the new Trump administration has moved quickly to withdraw prior guidance concerning discrimination of...more

LGBT Rights Up in the Air

Changes that may impact LGBT rights in the workplace have employers spinning. This week’s news about the Trump administration’s rescission of federal guidance allowing transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to...more

A Host of Biometric Privacy/Facial Recognition Bills Currently Circulating in State Legislatures

We’ve written extensively about the numerous lawsuits, dismissals and settlements surrounding the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). The statute, generally speaking, prohibits an entity from collecting,...more

Clues and Cases from Alexander Acosta’s NLRB Tenure

Seyfarth Synopsis: A review and analysis of select NLRB cases decided by President Trump’s new appointee as Secretary of Labor and former NLRB Member Alexander Acosta. ...more

OFAC Increases Civil Monetary Penalties

On February 10, 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department announced an increase in civil monetary penalties across a number of Treasury offices, including the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Understanding the potential...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - February 2017

The White House clarified that Trump’s January 30 “two for one” Executive Order doesn’t apply to the SEC and other independent regulatory agencies, Reuters reported. Despite press coverage, the Order doesn’t actually require...more

Trumpdate: Tons of employment-related stuff!

The employment law week in Trumpland started out a little slow, but now we’re back in business. Acosta looking good for confirmation as Secretary of Labor. In contrast to nominee Andrew Puzder, the outlook appears good...more

U.S. Departments of Justice and Education Withdraw Federal Transgender Student Guidance

On February 22, 2017, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education withdrew guidance for educational institutions, issued in 2015 and 2016, that took the position that the prohibitions in Title IX of the Education Amendments...more

Paid Family and Medical Leave for D.C. Employees To Become Law

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser on Feb. 15, 2017, declined to veto the controversial Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016. Although she declined to veto the measure, Bowser returned the bill unsigned to the...more

Of Public Schools and Private Employers: Trump Reverses Direction on Male, Female and Gender Neutral Restrooms

Employers are caught, once again, between agency pronouncements and White House actions. While President Trump commented on the campaign trail that transgender people should “use the bathroom they feel is appropriate,” he...more

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy Instructs Connecticut Public Schools to Follow Withdrawn Federal Guidance regarding Transgender...

Yesterday, in response to the withdrawal of federal guidance relating to the rights of transgender students, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy instructed Connecticut public schools to continue to follow the withdrawn...more

The Administration’s 2017 Trade Agenda

In this post-election period of sharp partisan division, perhaps no issue unites both the Republican and Democratic bases like opposition to recent U.S. trade policy. President Trump campaigned hard on the notion that...more

Oil & Gas Related Bills Introduced in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

February 17, 2017 marked the deadline by which legislators had to introduce bills for the first half of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. The Stoel Rives’ Oil & Gas Team has been and will continue to monitor bills...more

How do recent updates to estate tax laws impact your future?

In 2013, Kiplinger ranked the states with the scariest "death taxes." At that time, New Jersey topped the list, with an estate tax exemption of only $675,000, and with an inheritance tax imposed upon transfers to other than...more

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly: A Quick Primer On Proposed California Employment Legislation In 2017

With the February 17 deadline to introduce bills in the California Legislature having come and gone, now is a good opportunity to take stock of what the coming year portends for labor and employment legislation in California....more

Article 29 Working Party Releases Procedures, Template Complaint Form for Privacy Shield Complaints

On February 20, 2017, the Article 29 Working Party released procedures and a template complaint form for implementing the EU-US Privacy Shield. The procedures govern the functioning of the informal data protection authority...more

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