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What Businesses Should Know About the 2016 North Carolina Legislative Session

The North Carolina General Assembly has completed its 2016 "short" session. A number of bills considered by Legislators will impact businesses of all types. Here are some highlights from this year's session....more

Transgender Accommodation Issues at the Forefront of Employment and Education

Earlier this month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a new Fact Sheet, announcing its formal position on bathroom access rights for transgender employees. The Fact Sheet provides employers with a...more

Transgender Employee Bathroom Use

Ah, the bathroom. A place of relief and solitude for many, but for the last six weeks, it has been the focus of controversy. North Carolina now requires that people only use restrooms designated for the gender that appears...more

U.S. Departments of Justice and Education Issue ‘Significant Guidance’ on Transgender Rights under Title IX

The U.S. Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Education (DOE) have issued a joint “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL) containing “significant guidance” on how these departments will apply sex discrimination protections under Title IX...more

SC Public Policy Update - May 2016

What's New - SENATE - The Senate approved its version of the State’s $7.5 billion budget on Wednesday by giving third reading to H. 5001 (Appropriations Bill) and H. 5002 (Capital Reserve Fund). The Senate approved...more

The Obama administration weighs in on the transgender bathroom debate

This week the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) clarified that the Obama administration considers denying equal access to a bathroom corresponding to an individual's...more

Get Ready to Rumble—DOJ Alerts North Carolina Governor that New Bathroom Law Violates Federal Statutes

The head of the federal Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division wrote to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory that HB2 (see our previous blog posts about HB2 here and here), a law banning public agencies from allowing...more

Special Report: How Should NC Employers Apply Restroom Policies Following HB2?

The Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, commonly known as HB2, continues to generate controversy and confusion. The new law has caused many employers to reexamine their policies with regard to restroom use by employees...more

SC Public Policy Update - April 2016 #3

What's New - SENATE - Floor debate in the Senate this week continued to center on ethics reform. On Tuesday, Senator Larry Martin (R-Pickens) made a successful motion to move H.3186 to the Special Order portion of...more

Bathrooms, Cakes, Wedding Poetry and DJs—Delving Into the North Carolina and Mississippi Laws on Transgender Issues

In the last several weeks, North Carolina and Mississippi have passed laws about transgender rights that have garnered headlines across the country. Although both touch on issues of transgender rights, they are actually very...more

News from Second and State

The capitol was a hive of activity this week, with both House of Representatives and the Senate in session for the start of a two-week stretch before the primary election. On Monday, the House Health Committee reported out...more

Suit Seeks To Block N.C. “Bathroom Bill”

Of significance to employers, the bill, which was signed into law last Wednesday, eliminates the common-law cause of action for wrongful discharge based on “EEO” discrimination....more

Georgia Weekly Legislative Update

The Georgia General Assembly closed out the second week of the legislature’s two-year session Friday, busying itself with the governor’s budget recommendations and consideration of a host of controversial religious liberty...more

Georgia Legislative Session preview

Dentons’ State Government Affairs team examines a battery of local third-rail issues on tap when the Georgia General Assembly convenes January 11. We look at expanded rail service in Atlanta, balancing religious freedom,...more

California Bill Seeking Minimum Punishments in College Sexual Misconduct Cases Vetoed

Recently, California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill introduced to the California State Assembly earlier this year. The bill sought to require colleges to give a minimum two year suspension if a student was found guilty of...more

Other Employment-Related Bills Awaiting Action by California Governor

In addition to AB 465, California employers should watch for Governor Jerry Brown’s actions as to the following employment-related bills: SB 358: The California Fair Pay Act is directed at closing the pay differential...more

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

White House Task Force Publishes Sample Law Enforcement MOU for Sexual Assault Cases

On January 26, 2015, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault (Task Force) published new guidance on building partnerships between law enforcement agencies and institutions of higher education....more

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting Use Of Race-Based Preferences In State University...

Executive Summary: The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld an amendment to the Michigan constitution that prohibits the use of race-based preferences as part of the admissions process for all state universities. See Schuette v....more

Oklahoma Government Bodies May Not Consider Race, Sex, Ethnicity Or National Origin In Employment, Contracting, Or School...

In 2003, despite the Constitutional prohibition on racial discrimination, the U.S. Supreme Court in Grutter v. Bollinger permitted the University of Michigan to consider applicants’ race to ensure a diverse student body. In...more

Supreme Court Holds Voters Have a Right to Reject Government-Funded Racial Preferences in Public Higher Education

On April 22, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States held that although consideration of race in admissions is constitutionally permissible, voters have every right to reject it. The case, Schuette v. Coalition to Defend...more

Board Candidate Files Suit After State’s Attorney Serves Quo Warranto Action

In Parker v. Lyons, 2013 WL 1624336 (C.D. Ill. 2013), a candidate filed a nominating petition with the requisite number of signatures and was later served with a quo warranto action by the State’s Attorney. The quo warranto...more

Weekly Brief: Are Scholarships a Bait-and-Switch For Law Students?  [Video]

Mar. 21 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia runs through the legal news for the week. A new study shows an average of 69% of law students retain their scholarships after their first year. Also, we have a look at...more

Electioneering In Math Class

Politics in math class? Students at Brevard Community College were not only directed to solve mathematical equations but told who they should vote for in the presidential election. Sharon Sweet, a professor at the college,...more

OCR Reflects On The Work Done During The First Obama Administration

The Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights enforces federal statutes that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, disability, age, race, color, and national origin in programs that receive financial assistance...more

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