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Alabama Receives Significant Upgrade from COST on State Tax Due Process Scorecard

On December 17, the Council On State Taxation (COST) announced that Alabama’s grade in their “Best and Worst of State Tax Administration” scorecard on Tax Appeals and Procedural Requirements, otherwise known as the “Due Process…more
| Administrative Law, Taxation

The Patent Office Clarifies the Ban on Patenting Naturally-Derived Drugs and Other Products

Since the very beginning of America’s revolutionary patent system, inventors in the life sciences have been granted patents for discovering and purifying natural products. It was taken as a given that a purified natural product…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

A Happy New Year Is in Store for Unions: Organizing Just Got Simpler

Beginning April 14, 2015, a new National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) rule will take effect, implementing an accelerated election process, or “quickie elections,” and making it easier for unions to organize unrepresented…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Department of Justice to Include Gender Identity Under Discrimination Protection

In a memo released by the Department of Justice yesterday, Attorney General Holder directed government attorneys to no longer exclude gender identity, including transgender issues, from Title VII’s protection against sex…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

Settlement in RDS/Alatax Class Action Lawsuit Tentatively Approved

In September 2010, a small group of Alabama taxpayers brought a second class action lawsuit against Revenue Discovery Systems/Alatax (“RDS”) alleging that RDS and its auditors committed multiple violations of the Alabama…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Taxation

Does the Pregnancy Discrimination Act Require Light Duty Assignments for Pregnant Workers?

The Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in Young v. UPS, a case that could drastically impact accommodation policies for pregnant employees. Up until now, courts widely held that employers could offer light-duty…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Requirements for Removing Class Actions to Federal Court

Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co. v. Owens, No. 13-719, a case involving the procedural requirements for removing a class action from state to federal court under the Class…more
| Civil Procedure

NLRB’s ConAgra Foods Decision Finds Employer’s Application of Non-Solicitation Policy Unlawful

The NLRB recently decided that ConAgra Food’s discipline of Janette Haines for violating the non-solicitation policy was unlawful, even though Haines engaged in a union-related discussion, and her discussion prompted another…more
| Labor & Employment Law

6 Questions To Ask Before An Internal Investigation

Every company, large or small, will eventually face a problem that requires an internal investigation. Boiled to its essence, an internal investigation is really nothing more than a way to obtain information to avoid or solve…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Health, Securities Law, Government Contracting

Tennessee CON Report - November 2014

In This Issue: - I. November 2014—Tennessee Certificate of Need Meeting - II. Certificate of Need Program Report—Filings Since October 2014 Meeting - III. Projects Deemed Complete for Review at December…more
| Health

Alabama Tax Developments – 2014 Year in Review

This SALT Alert summarizes the major legislative, judicial, and administrative developments affecting Alabama business taxpayers with respect to income, transactional, and property taxes, as well as several updates on…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Taxation, Nonprofit Law

Alternative Approaches to Alternative Design: Understanding the Reasonable Alternative Design Requirement and Its Different Applications

In 1997, the American Law Institute (ALI) adopted the final draft of its Restatement (Third) of Torts on the topic of product liability. The most notable—and controversial—feature of the ALI’s work was its requirement that…more
| Civil Procedure, Products Liability

Better Warn Santa’s Elves—US Supreme Court Rules that Amazon Does Not Have to Pay Workers to Stand in Security Line at the End of the Day

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that Amazon does not have to pay its temporary warehouse workers for the time that they spend waiting in line to go through security checks as they leave the facilities. The…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

Rx for Data Breaches – Planning

Data breach reports have become a staple of the daily news. Companies of all sizes and across all industries are reporting breaches—whether caused by sophisticated third-party hackers or simple human error, such as a laptop…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration to Affect the Hiring and Retention of Highly Skilled Foreign Employees

The executive actions on immigration that President Obama announced in late November include a hodgepodge of new policies and directives that will impact millions of foreign nationals—both documented and undocumented—now living…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law
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