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Tinker, Take Two

Two legendary figures in the ongoing fight for student free speech rights are asking the Supreme Court to revisit this thorny area of First Amendment jurisprudence. John and Mary Beth Tinker were petitioners forty-six years...more

China Update - April 2015

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S.-China Relations - Trade - Energy & Environment - Excerpt from Quote of the Week: “The Asia-Pacific region – and you know the U.S. is a Pacific power – is...more

U.S. Army Loses Battle to Regulate Bathroom Selection of Transgender (Civilian) Employee

On April 1, 2015, the EEOC ordered the Army to pay damages for discriminating against a transgender employee when it prevented her from using the common women’s bathroom and routinely demeaned her by calling her “sir” and...more

Transgender Rights in the Workplace: A Guide for Employers to Protect Against Harassment & Discrimination

Last week, President Obama signed an executive order banning discrimination against gay or transgender federal employees and contractors. On the same day, the first gender-neutral bathroom became available in the White House....more

Feb 27th 2015 Legislative Update

The news in Raleigh was dominated by snow and ice and skeleton sessions and empty calendars. However there were a few items of interest: Fee Increases at the Secretary of State’s Office - Secretary of State...more

It May Not be a Matter of 'If,' but 'When' for Private Employers in the Commonwealth -- Virginia 'Bans the Box' for Many State...

On April 3, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe issued Executive Order #41, thereby adding Virginia to the growing list of jurisdictions (including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois,...more

New OFCCP Regulations Protecting LGBT Workers Now In Effect

As you may recall, last July, President Obama signed an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. While many large federal...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - April 2015

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - GSA and HHS Issue a Notice Regarding Conducting a National Dialogue To Reduce Reporting Compliance Costs for Federal Contractors and Grantees - The General Services Administration (GSA)...more

Supreme Court’s Alabama Ruling Sets The Stage For Arizona’s Next Redistricting Battle

The U.S. Supreme Court last week reversed a federal three-judge panel in Alabama that upheld the state’s legislative district map against a racial gerrymandering challenge. Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama...more

German Parliament Enacts Law on Mandatory Quota for Women’s Representation in Businesses

On March 6, 2015, the German Bundestag passed a law, the so-called “women’s quota” (Frauenquote), which ensures the equal participation of women and men in the management of businesses as well as of public offices....more

Africa Update - March 2015 #5

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub - Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the...more

Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act will not be used as a Tool for Discrimination

On April 2, 2015, the Indiana General Assembly passed, and the Governor signed, an amendment to the controversial new Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act ("Indiana RFRA") that explicitly prevents the statute from being...more

President Obama Urged to “Ban the Box” for Federal Contractors

In a letter this past week, nearly 200 interest groups urged President Obama to issue an executive order “banning the box” for federal contractors and to implement other “fair chance” hiring reforms protecting ex-offenders....more

Supreme Court Update: Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama (13-895), Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc. (12-1226) And...

We're back with summaries of the two remaining decisions from last week, Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama (13-895), on racial gerrymandering in Alabama, and Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc. (12-1226),...more

Bond Guarantee Fund Proposed for Minority Contractors

A bill is wending its way through the Connecticut Legislature that would encourage greater participation by minority contractors on public works projects. The bill, Senate Bill 830, would require that by October 2015 the...more

Africa Update - March 2015 #4

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub - Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt...more

Supreme Court Remands Alabama Voting Rights Case

Last week, in Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama, the Supreme Court issued an important opinion in the field of voting rights jurisprudence. The question presented to the Court was whether the Alabama legislature’s...more

Tennessee General Assembly Settles Debate Over Guns-in-Parking-Lots Law

We’ve previously written about the well-publicized guns-in-parking-lots law and the confusion over whether the law impacts the employer-employee relationship. The law was passed in 2013 to allow employees with handgun carry...more

Supreme Court Decides Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama, No. 13-895, holding that: 1) racial gerrymandering claims must be viewed on a district-by-district basis, rather than on a...more

Congressional Hearing Highlights Concerns Over President's New Federal Contractor Reporting Requirements

Republicans and business groups continued to criticize the aggressive regulatory initiatives in President Obama's Executive Order 13673 (EO13673) at a recent House joint subcommittee meeting last month. ...more

Africa Update - March 2015 #3

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub - Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the...more

The White House's So-Called "Black List" Order Aims to Deny Federal Contracting with Companies Not in Compliance with Federal...

In July 2014, President Obama issued an Executive Order dubbed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order that, once implemented, will allow the government to deny a company a contract if it or certain subcontractors violated –...more

Keep an Eye on Executive Orders and Presidential Memoranda for Key Employment Initiatives in 2015

With Republicans in control of both the Senate and the House of Representatives, the showdown between President Obama and Congress on the labor and employment front promises to continue into 2015. Expect to see the...more

Utah Legislature Expands Antidiscrimination Laws to Address LGBT and Religious Rights

Last night, the Utah House passed landmark legislation (the "Act") already approved by the Senate that modifies Utah's antidiscrimination and fair housing acts to provide protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender...more

White House Imposes Sanctions on Venezuela

On March 9, 2015, pursuant to authority contained in the recently enacted Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act (Act), President Obama issued an executive order (EO) declaring a national emergency with...more

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