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Springfield Employers Take Note: City Council Adds Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity to List of Protected Classes

On October 13, the Springfield, Missouri City Council, on a vote of 6-3, approved a bill expanding the city’s non-discrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes. Council...more

Religious Institutions: October 2014

Timely Topics - Church splits and property disputes are not new, but they have certainly grown in number in recent years. In the seminal case on church property disputes, Watson v. Jones, 80 U.S. (13 Wall.) 679, 20 L....more

California Insurance-Related Bills Signed into Law

September 30, 2014, was the deadline for Governor Jerry Brown to take action on bills passed by the California Legislature during the 2014 regular legislative session. Here are summaries of noteworthy insurance-related bills...more

Overhaul of the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld): How the Changes Will Impact You

Introduction - The amendments to the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) (BCIP Act) were passed on 11 September 2014 and received assent on 26 September 2014. The changes contained in the...more

Fannie Mae Announces Selling Guide Updates

On August 26, Fannie Mae issued Selling Guide Announcement SEL-2014-11, which advises that Fannie Mae is retiring two standard Fannie Mae ARM plans—ARM Plan 1445 and ARM Plan 1446—because certain revisions to Regulation Z and...more

Federal Court Finds No Willful Violation for Misclassification of Mortgage Loan Officers

A federal court in Oklahoma delivered another blow to claims by mortgage loan officers that they are entitled to overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In Chapman v. BOK Financial Corporation, the court...more

Southeast State & Local Tax: Important Developments - August 2014

The Williams Mullen Southeast State and Local Tax (SESALT) team is pleased to provide you with a comprehensive recap of important tax developments around the Southeast....more

Former Analyst Claims Moody’s Falsely Inflated Ratings

Former Moody’s analyst, Ilya Kolchinsky, has accused the credit rating powerhouse of overstating its ratings for countless toxic mortgage-backed securities that caused the financial meltdown in 2008, misleading investors and...more

Colorado Construction Monitor - Summer 2014

In this Issue: - Denver’s construction activity approaching historic peak of 2007 - Market Update - Condominium Construction Defects Legislation Introduced - Whether for Cause or Convenience,...more

Protection from Sexual-Orientation Discrimination in Pennsylvania

In Whitewood v. Wolf, a federal judge struck down a Pennsylvania law that limited the definition of marriage to that between “one man and one woman.” In his momentous opinion, Judge Jones also declared that classifications...more

The Construction Advantage – Issue 7

Reed Construction Data – Economy Improving Slowly but Surely - Reed Construction Data reports that the economy continues to improve but challenges remain. Based upon recent construction data from Reed Construction, the...more

Report From Counsel: Insights and Developments in the Law - Summer 2014

In this Issue: - Small Businesses and Job Discrimination - Noncompetition Agreements and Arbitration - Real Estate Deals Gone Wrong - Ensure Your Financial Privacy - Excerpt from Small...more

Government to Remove Rules Preventing Short-Term Renting of Residential Properties in London

The rules were introduced by the Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1973 (and amended by the Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1983). Under these Acts, use as temporary sleeping accommodation in exchange...more

Appellate Court Notes

AC35802 - Estate of Haburey v. Winchester - Widow was allowed to claim spousal benefits for deceased employee who worked at municipal sewage treatment facility. Commissioner could have properly found that exposure to...more

HUD challenge to executive compensation

On Friday, May 16th, HUD released compensation data from the 2013 Executive Compensation Survey, in which Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) were required to report salary information from their top 3 management officials and...more

Spotlight On Belgium: Trends In The Legal Landscape - Issue 5, Spring 20014

One might expect that, with this fifth issue of a quarterly newsletter, we would be able to rely on the cyclical nature of things and simply model this Spotlight on Belgium after our very first issue. This is not the case,...more

Loan Originators & Overtime: What Should Employers Do?

Within the past few years, there have been significant legal developments concerning mortgage loan originators and overtime payments. The most recent development occurred on February 28, 2014, when the Department of Labor...more

Appellate Court Notes - Week of April 21

SC18877 Concurrence - Sarrazin v. Coastal, Inc. - Foreman for a plumbing contractor sued the company claiming he was entitled to overtime for traveling to job sites all over the state as he had to do so in a company...more

New York Financial Services Regulator Urges More Enforcement Against Individuals, Reaffirms Focus On Nonbank Mortgage Servicers

On March 19, New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky called on banking regulators to assess whether they are doing enough, particularly with regard to enforcement, to deter or...more

New Bill Would Suspend Interest Payments On Mortgages For Employees Aggrieved By Violations Of The New Jersey WARN Act

On February 25, 2014, a bill was introduced and referred to the Senate Commerce Committee that would allow employees to suspend payment of interest on their mortgages if they were affected by a violation of the Millville...more

What's Pending on the Illinois Supreme Court's Advisement Docket?

As we near the opening of the March docket, it's time to take a look at the civil cases that are argued and pending for decision before the Illinois Supreme Court. The Court is quite up-to-date on its docket at the moment,...more

Gender Identity Legislation Introduced Again

After a 6-5 committee defeat in last year’s legislative session, Sen. Richard S. Madaleno, Jr. (D-Mont. Co.) has introduced the Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014 or “FAMA” (SB212) which is a reiteration of the 2013...more

Five Questions to Ask Before January 10, 2014 - CFPB Focus

1. Compliance Procedures. Have you updated your written policies and procedures for each of your products or services to encompass the new rules and regulations? Once updated, have you provided copies to your employees? Have...more

Mortgage Loan Officers: Likely Exempt Under the Fair Labor Standards Act . . . For Now

This past July, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (“D.C. Circuit”) vacated a 2010 Department of Labor (“DOL”) Interpretation Letter that concluded employees who perform the “typical” job duties...more

West Virginia Has A Change Of Heart About Arbitration

A few months ago, you would have reasonably thought that West Virginia was one of the most anti-arbitration states in the country. There was not an unconscionability argument that the state didn’t seem to buy with respect to...more

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