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Government Contracts Quarterly Update November 2015

The Government Contracts Quarterly Update is published by BakerHostetler’s Government Contracts Practice team to inform our clients and friends of the latest developments in federal government contracting....more

Strike out? UK issues proposals to curb strikes

Plans to modernise London's underground (known as the Tube) to offer a 24-hour weekend service on selected lines has resulted in London being held to ransom as Tube staff walked out in a series of strikes during August 2015....more

November Is Coming: Voting and Other Leaves

The leaves are changing, and the air is turning cooler. While employers are gearing up for fall, voting leave may be far from their minds. After all, even though the presidential candidates are in full swing campaign mode,...more

Governor’s Pen Sends Anti-Employment Arbitration Bill to the Grave

On October 11—his very last day to sign or veto bills—Governor Brown vetoed the much-feared Assembly Bill 465. AB 465 would have banned mandatory agreements to arbitrate Labor Code claims as a condition of employment. At...more

Washington Healthcare Update

Bicameral Bill Introduced to Provide HHS Authority to Reject Proposed Insurance Rates - Before Congress left for its Columbus Day recess, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Health...more

Employers Exhale Relief, Governor Vetoes Ban on Employment Arbitration Agreements

On October 11, 2015, Governor Brown vetoed Assembly Bill No. 465. AB 465 was one of the most closely watched, controversial employment related bills passed by the California Legislature in recent memory. Understandably,...more

Governor Brown Vetoes Blanket Ban on Arbitration Agreements, But Signals Potential Support of More Tailored Legislation

Governor Brown got it right when he vetoed Assembly Bill 465, which would have restricted the enforcement of arbitration agreements requiring the arbitration of claims brought against employers for violations under the...more

Congress Considers Amending NLRA to Require Direct Control for Joint Employer Findings

On September 29, the House subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions held a legislative hearing to consider the Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act, H.R. 3459. This bill, which is mirrored in the Senate,...more

California Legislature Acts to Outlaw Pre-Employment Mandatory Agreements to Arbitrate Labor Code Claims

In late August, the California Senate and Assembly passed AB 465, which, if signed by Governor Jerry Brown, will make pre-employment mandatory agreements to arbitrate Labor Code violations against California public policy...more

California Legislature Pushes to Limit Employer/Employee Arbitration Agreements

The California legislature recently submitted a bill (AB 465) to Governor Jerry Brown that deters employers from using arbitration agreements that include a provision requiring the arbitration of claims brought against...more

All Over But the Penning: the California Legislature Completes its Work for 2015

The California Legislature adjourned its 2015 regular session early last Saturday morning.  It is now up to Governor Brown to sign or veto the last of the Legislature’s 2015 work product.  He has until Sunday, October 11, to...more

Gov. Christie’s Cuts in N.J.’s Mandatory Public Pension Funding Found to be Legal

A recent study estimated that state public pension plans are underfunded by $4.7 trillion (yes, that’s a “T”). Ten states have plans in which less than 30-percent of benefit obligations are funded, and only three states have...more

Uncertain Future for Non-Compete Agreements in Massachusetts: Legislators Seek Compromise

The potential policy directions discussed at these hearings ranged from moderate reform to a complete ban on non-compete agreements in Massachusetts, the latter largely supported by start-up and venture capital groups. In the...more

N.J. Supreme Court Finds Chapter 78 Did Not Create an Enforceable Contract Right

In Burgos v. State of New Jersey, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that the 2011 pension and health benefit reform statute, known as Chapter 78, did not create an enforceable contract that was binding on the State to make...more

Alabama’s New Non-Compete Statute: Are You Ready For New Year’s Day?

Those involved in drafting, negotiating, or litigating covenants-not-to-compete in Alabama have long known that Alabama’s statute books seldom provide ready answers on this particular topic. The text of current Alabama Code...more

Tennessee Takes Shot at NLRB in New Law Limiting Franchisor Liability

Franchisors in Tennessee can breathe a small sigh of relief thanks to a newly enacted state statute that seeks to limit their potential liability and strike back at the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board....more

Developments on the EB5 Program: the Administration, House and Senate Weigh In

The Regional Center part of the EB-5 immigrant investor program is set to sunset on September 30, 2015. Recent actions by the Obama Administration, the Senate and the House demonstrate this program now has significant...more

The Pacific Rim Free Trade Deal

President Obama’s controversial Pacific Rim free trade deal (“the deal”), a trade agreement to enhance trade and investment among 11 Asian Pacific countries to boost economic growth in the United States, has sparked...more

The Sounds of Silence: Non-Compete Reform Efforts Largely Absent in Massachusetts Legislature

Last summer was a busy time for legislators in Massachusetts mulling over non-compete reform. As we reported, several competing bills were in play as the legislative session drew to a close, including a compromise bill that...more

MOVE Act Introduced; Non-Compete Agreements Would Be Limited, if Passed

While I normally make my year-end reflections at, well, year end, I can’t help but take this moment to see the big picture: We’re hearing an awful lot about restrictive covenants. These covenants — often in the shape of...more

Triple Threat: U.S. House Subcommittee Considers Three State Tax Bills

On June 2, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law conducted a hearing on three state tax bills: the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax...more

Agencies Issue Proposed Rule, Guidance on Blacklisting Executive Order

The federal agencies charged with implementing President Obama's July 31, 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order have released their much-anticipated proposed rule on this directive. On May 27, 2015, the Department...more

Senate Approves Auto Industry Whistleblower Bill

Under the “Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act” (the Bill), which the U.S. Senate approved on April 28, 2015, whistleblower protections and bounties would be available to individuals who report motor vehicle defects. In...more

To Forgive, Divine: Tax Amnesty Program Signed Into Law

On Tuesday, April 27, 2015, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed House Bill 384, which creates a Tax Amnesty Program for taxes administered by the Missouri Department of Revenue. This includes state income taxes, franchise...more

New York City Council Passes Ground-Breaking Legislation Limiting the Use of Credit Checks in Employment

On April 16, 2015, the New York City Council, by a vote of 47-3, approved legislation that would prohibit the use of credit checks in employment decisions except in limited circumstances. The bill, which is expected to be...more

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