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Religious Institutions - March 2014

Under state and federal law, "whistleblowers" are a protected class and a broader category of persons than intuitively you might guess. When we imagine the quintessential whistleblower, the individual is usually someone who...more

Washington Supreme Court Holds That the WLAD Exemption for Non-Profit Religious Organizations is Unconstitutional as Applied to...

The Washington Supreme Court has significantly limited non-profit religious organizations’ immunity from employment discrimination claims brought under the Washington Law Against Discrimination (“WLAD”), RCW 49.60. In...more

Employment Law Litigation Trends: How Your Nonprofit Can Avoid Common Family and Medical Leave Lawsuits

In this presentation: - Litigation Trends Under Family-Oriented Employment Laws - Tips for Minimizing the Risk of Litigation - Questions - Excerpt from Tips for Minimizing the Risk of...more

Work & Family: What Nonprofit Employers Should Know about Family-Oriented Employment Laws

In this presentation: - Overview of the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) – Eligibility – Leave – Care of Covered Military Service Members – Intermittent Leave and Reduced...more

Recaps from Proskauer’s 18th Annual Trick or Treat Tax Exempt Seminar

Proskauer’s 18th Annual Trick or Treat Seminar was held on Thursday, October 31. The Seminar discussed: - Statutory Authority of New York Attorney General’s Charities Bureau - Proposed Revisions to New...more

Employee Benefits for Same-Sex Couples: What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know

In this presentation: - United States v. Windsor - IRS Revenue Ruling 2013-17 - IRS FAQs - IRS Notice 2013-61 - Correction of employment tax overpayments for health and other fringe...more

OFAC Issues Two General Licenses Affecting Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations

On September 10, 2013, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued two General Licenses affecting the Iranian transactions and sanctions regulations. General License E authorizes...more

Employee Leaves of Absence and Other Accommodations under the Law: What Every Nonprofit Needs to Know

In this presentation: - Americans with Disabilities Act ..Overview & Practical Pointers - Family and Medical Leave Act ..Overview & Practical Pointers - Questions - Excerpt from: Family and...more

An Unusual Perspective in the Clash of Rights--Thomas Berg’s “Progressive Arguments for Religious Organizational Freedom:...

Many debates discuss the clash of rights between religious liberties and other civil rights. Often this debate pits conservatives against progressives. Thomas Berg has written a well-reasoned article discussing why...more

Religious Institutions Update: August/September 2013

On August 2, 2013, the White House's Office of Management and Budget issued a memorandum instructing federal agencies to take steps to carry out President Obama's executive order (E.O. 13559 (Nov. 17, 2010)) adopting several...more

Discrimination In California Business Establishments: The Unruh Act

While you’d be hard pressed to find a California lawyer who doesn’t know that discrimination against business patron is unlawful, many are not familiar with the California law barring such discrimination – the Unruh Act....more

Employee Leaves of Absence and Other Accommodations Under the Law: What Every Nonprofit Needs to Know

In this presentation: - Overview of ADA & FMLA - Policy & Practical Pointers - Example Requests for Leave or Other Accommodations –Discussion of Select Issues Related to Such Requests -...more

Red Notices and Russia - Why the raid on Amnesty International's offices matters

The offices of Amnesty International in Russia were recently raided as part of an "audit," as reported in the New York Times by David Herszenhorn and Andrew Roth, here. Amnesty International is a leading non-governmental...more

Massachusetts Governor Patrick Signs Law Mandating Fingerprint-Based Background Check

On January 10, 2013, Governor Patrick signed “An Act Relative to Background Checks” (H.4307) into law. This law implements a wide reaching requirement for mandatory state and national fingerprint-based criminal background...more

Rekabet Için Sürdürülebilirlik - Mersin Siyaset 23.1.2012

Rekabe Için Sürdürülebilirlik - Mersin Siyaset http://www.mersinsiyaset.net/haber/Rekabet-icin-surdururebilirlik--5378 Rotary 2420. Bölge’nin, Birlesmis Milletler Kalkinma Programi (UNDP) ile is birligi içinde yürüttügü...more

Religious Institutions Update: November 2012

Nearly everyone uses social media these days, from Facebook and LinkedIn to YouTube and Twitter. Employers have learned that social media can be a valuable recruiting device, enabling them to identify candidates with the...more

Washington Rejects Clergy Negligent Supervision/Retention Claims in Church Quarrel

The Supreme Court of Washington recently limited negligent supervision and negligent retention claims against churches, based on the First Amendment and deference to religious tribunals. Title VII claims may also be limited,...more

Good News in the Schoolhouse

In Child Evangelism Fellowship v. Minneapolis Special School Dist. No. 1, the Eighth Circuit recently provided guidance on how religious community organizations may partner with school districts and on the interaction between...more

Monitoring Spiritual and Mental Health for Religious Workers Without Violating the ADA

Religious organizations may have particular spiritual and safety concerns around mental health issues for their workers. A recent holding that requiring employees to get mental health counseling is likely a violation of the...more

“Holder of a Religious Office” Exemption under Ontario ESA Interpreted

The Ontario Employment Standards Act excludes from its protection holders of a “religious office”. The Ontario Labour Relations Board has issued a decision interpreting this rarely-litigated provision....more

Religious Institutions: September 2012 Update

A corporation is an artificial or fictional person, ordinarily distinct from both its individual members or shareholders and its subsidiaries and affiliates, even when owned by just one person. A key reason many organizations...more

Reprise of the Hosanna-Tabor Facts and Principles

A recent case is an eerie factual copycat of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC, an employment law case in a church and school that applied the constitutional ministerial exception doctrine....more

Cases Seek "Legal Personhood" for Animals

Published on the National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education (CLE) website as an installment in Michael Kaiser's Animal-Law blog. http://cleblog.nbi-sems.com/2012/07/legal-personhood-for-animals/ ...more

Is That Really a Service Animal?

Published on the National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education (CLE) website as an installment in Michael Kaiser's Animal-Law blog. http://cleblog.nbi-sems.com/2012/01/the-law-and-service-animals/...more

United States Eases Sanctions on Financing for Development Organizations in Burma

On April 17, the U.S. Treasury issued new General License No. 14-C, which relaxes sanctions on financial services with respect to certain humanitarian and not-for-profit activities in Burma. This License allows...more

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