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Washington Amends State SCRA Statute To Provide State Remedy For Violation Of Federal SCRA

On March 27, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed SB 2171, which amends the Washington Service Member’s Civil Relief Act (WSCRA) to provide that a violation of the federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act is a violation of...more

Company Selling Assets Must Include Employees on Military Leave in List of Employees Available for Hire

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) provides broad protections to employees called for active military service. Last month, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals found that these protections...more

Dewonkify – Overseas Contingency Operations

Term: Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) Definition: OCO funding is money set aside in the federal budget for expenses connected to overseas operations such as: crisis response, infrastructure and coalition support...more

Government Contractors Face Expanded Affirmative Action Requirements

As its landmark initiative, the Obama Administration’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) issued expansive new regulations requiring government contractors to undertake greater efforts to employ...more

EU adds 12 individuals (politicians, military and one journalist) to Ukraine sanctions, more sanctions may follow

As a further response to recent developments in Crimea, the EU today added another 12 names to the existing list of individuals in Russia and Crimea subject to a visa ban and asset freeze. These restrictions were published in...more

Africa Update

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

CFPB Releases Report on Servicemember Complaints

The CFPB released a report summarizing the recent complaints of servicemembers, veterans, and their families regarding various financial products and services. The report, which is the CFPB’s second such report, covered...more

The Elevator Speech Overview

The House and Senate were both in session this week. A special election was held Tuesday in Florida’s 13th Congressional District to replace deceased Republican Congressman Bill Young. Both political parties and outside...more

CFPB issues second report on servicemember complaints

Earlier this month, the CFPB issued a press release describing its second snapshot report of complaints from military consumers. The report details complaints the CFPB has received from servicemembers, veterans, and their...more

CFPB Releases Snapshot Of Servicemember Complaints

On March 6, the CFPB released a “snapshot” of servicemember complaints prepared by the Office of Servicemember Affairs (OSA), which analyzes the military consumer complaints received since July 2011. According to the report,...more

Don’t Forget Your Employees On Leave

Do you have an employee on long-term leave with a right to reinstatement? Is your business being acquired or bought out? Make sure you keep the employee in mind!...more

New OFCCP Rules Establish Hiring Benchmarks and Goals for Veterans and Qualified Individuals with Disabilities

Effective March 24, 2014 federal contractors and subcontractors subject to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Rehabilitation Act”) or the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (“VEVRAA”) must...more

South Carolina Legislative Update - March 3, 2014

The Senate gave third reading to H. 3945 late Thursday. The latest version of the ethics reform legislation provides for public officials to disclose sources of income, defines “consultants” and requires reporting and...more

Newsletters - Feb 28, 2014: The Elevator Speech Overview

The U.S. House and Senate were both in session this past week, returning from a week long work period in district. The National Governors Association (NGA) met in Washington DC for their annual winter meeting, discussing...more

Public Information Session Held on the Alternative Veterans’ Exemption

We recently posted about the Legislature’s recent amendment to the RPTL 458-a Alternative Veterans’ Exemption. From what we have seen and heard, most school districts statewide have determined not to pass the law by March 1,...more

VETS Issues Proposed Regulations Revising VEVRAA Reporting Requirements

The Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in which the agency proposes revising the regulations addressing reporting requirements under the Vietnam Era Veterans'...more

The SCRA can be a Minefield: Recent Ninth Circuit Opinion Addresses Foreclosure Protection

On February 7, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Brewster v. Sun Trust Mortgage, Inc. The decision stands as a stark reminder to mortgage lenders and servicers of the importance of verifying a...more

Employment Law Commentary -- Volume 26, Issue 2, February 2014 - Some Thoughts on the New OFCCP Data Collection Regulations for...

If You Have to Ask . . . Most of us understand that employers should not ask for personal information from employees (or applicants for employment) if that information would be illegal to use in making employment...more

Federal Contractors: Overhauled OFCCP Regulations On Employment Obligations To Veterans And Individuals With Disabilities

Starting March 24, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) will begin enforcing two regulations that amend the obligations of federal contractors to employees and applicants who are protected veterans...more

SIGAR Issues Quarterly Report to Congress

On January 30, 2014, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) issued its quarterly report to Congress regarding its oversight work and the status of obligations and programs relating to the...more

Change Proposed for VETS Reporting Requirements

In yet another development in the constantly changing affirmative action compliance landscape, on February 24, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) published a Notice of...more

DOL Proposes Rule Requiring Contractors to Report Aggregate Veterans Information

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) on Friday which would change reporting requirements for federal contractors under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Attempted Collection of Foreclosure Related Fees Violates SCRA

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court decision granting defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claim that defendant violated section 533 of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Failure To Remove Fees From Withdrawn Foreclosure Violates SCRA

On February 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the attempted collection of past due foreclosure-related fees from a borrower in active duty military service is a violation of section 533 of the...more

OFCCP Updates FAQs On Section 503 And Veterans’ Regulations

OFCCP recently updated its Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) on the implementation of the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (“VEVRAA”) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act final rules. The FAQs address...more

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