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FMLA To Cover Legally Married Same-Sex Spouses Beginning Next Week: What This Means For Employers

Effective March 27, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s regulations interpreting the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) expand coverage to legally married same-sex spouses, even if the employee lives in a state that does...more

Same-Sex Married Couples Now Have Equal Rights to FMLA Leave Regardless of Their Residence

by Littler on

March 3, 2015 Authors: Jean L. Schmidt The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a Final Rule revising the regulatory definition of "spouse" under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to ensure that same-sex married...more

U.S. Department of Labor Updates FMLA Guidance About Who Is A “Spouse” Following Supreme Court Ruling

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor, No. 12-307 (U.S. June 26, 2013) is causing various federal agencies to clarify existing regulations and guidance, including the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). In...more

Was this week the beginning of the end for DOMA?

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Hi there, This week had two days of arguments on gay marriage at the Supreme Court. The first case dealt with a challenge to the California law known as Prop. 8, which overturned the California Supreme Court’s...more

Blunders of the Supreme Court of the United States, Part 8

by Dan Goodman on

The eighth in a series on blunders made by the Supreme Court of the United States. In this article the case of Cramer v. United States (325 U.S. 1, 1945) is reviewed. The blunder made is that the United States Supreme...more

Purcell v. United States

Petition for CertiorariU.S. Supreme Court

by Alexander Loftus on

On Monday, January 23, 2012 I am filing a petition for certiorari seeking to refine or overturn the Feres doctrine. Over the last 60 years the Feres doctrine – a judicial interpretation of the Federal Tort Claims Act - has...more

FICHERA & MILLER TAKES CASE TO U.S. SUPREME COURT FIGHTING FOR THE LEGAL RIGHTS OF MILITARY SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN

by Alexander Loftus on

January 23, 2012, Chicago, IL: Chicago personal injury attorneys, Fichera & Miller, call upon the United States Supreme Court to overturn the 60- year-old Feres Doctrine and preserve the rights of servicemembers and...more

Log Cabin Republicans v. U.S.: The End of DADT Begins in Riverside

by Christopher Buechler on

Interviews with Prof. David Cruz (USC Law) and Dean Erwin Chemerinsky (UCI Law) discussing the case that led to the repeal of DADT....more

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Legal Claims in ACLU, CCR, CAIR, ALG, Plaintiffs… v. National Security Agency (NSA)U.S. Supreme Court

by Paul Parks on

Subject: CASE SUMMARY: Mental torture, threats, intimidation, sabotage by USA's - NSA of an individual and family wrongfully approached outside of law for forced settlement of criminal charges filed in court....more

"Enhanced Interrogation Methods": How legal memoranda manipulated Federal and International laws prohibiting torture and coercion.

by Dean Andrews on

In the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, executive branch lawyers acting as legal council for the President issued several memoranda which interpreted various laws prohibiting torture or "cruel, inhuman, and degrading...more

Rights of the Accused and the President's Military Tribunal System

by Dean Andrews on

In response to the September 11th attacks, President George W. Bush created an unprecedented Military Tribunals procedure outside of all known systems of justice which justifies the indefinite detention of alleged terrorists...more

Book Review, Constitution in Wartime: Beyond Alarmism and Complacency, Constellations 2006

by Thom Cmar on

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 prompted swift responses from the political branches of American government to the perceived existential crisis, and at the same time reinvigorated a longstanding debate among...more

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