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Portland Revises Fair Wage Policies: $15 Minimum Wage for Certain Workers - Other Cities Across the U.S. Are Passing Similar Fair Wage Ordinances

The Portland City Council voted unanimously to update the city’s Fair Wage Policies (chapter 3.99) to establish a minimum wage of $15 per hour for certain contract workers and specific positions held by full-time city employees…more
| Government Contracting, Labor & Employment Law

Religious Institutions Update: May 2015

Religious institutions commonly keep ministry supporters and members abreast of developments through newsletters, correspondence and other communications. Sometimes, the developments reported are embarrassing to those concerned;…more
| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Education, Health, Taxation

Court Reaffirms Preemptive Effect of Statute Protecting Aircraft Lessors

The District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands has reaffirmed the proposition that an aircraft lessor is shielded from liability for injuries to persons on board an accident aircraft when the lessor is not in possession or…more
| Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Personal Injury, Transportation

NLRB Continues to Scrutinize Employer Policies - NLRB General Counsel’s Guidance Memorandum and Recent Cases Highlight NLRA Issues

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the “Board”) continues to address the scope of permissible employer policies and workplace rules through guidance issued by its General Counsel and in Board decisions. In March 2015,…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy

NLRB General Counsel's Recent Report on Work Rules Tracks Areas to Watch - Employers of Union and Non-Union Work Forces Need to Be Aware of Employees' Protected Rights

For the last several years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the "Board") has engaged in a well-publicized expansion of scrutiny for employer work rules and has liberally identified those rules that it believes…more
| Civil Rights, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment Law

Commerce Reissues BE-13 Reporting Requirements for Foreign Businesses

Although the BE-13 requirements for foreign companies investing in the United States should be old news by now, there are an increasing number of questions on this issue. The new regulations were put in place in 2014, and…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Mergers & Acquisitions

NEPA Revised Draft Guidance on Consideration of GHG Emissions: Version 2.0 - Proposal Requires Federal Agencies to Assess GHG and Climate Change Impacts and Encourages Substantive GHG Reductions Under the National Environmental Policy Act

Nearly five years after issuing its initial draft, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) continues to revise its draft guidance on conducting greenhouse gas (GHG) impact analyses under the National Environmental…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

SEC Proposes New Executive Pay Versus Company Performance Disclosure Rules

On April 29, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted 3 to 2 to propose rules related to the disclosure of information that shows the relationship between executive compensation and the financial performance of…more
| Administrative Law, Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

MARAD Issues Final Policy on Licensing Offshore Oil and LNG Export Facilities

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued its final policy on May 7, 2015, regarding the review and processing of applications for the export of oil and natural gas from offshore deepwater port facilities under the Deepwater…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, International Law & Trade, Maritime Law, Military Law

Higher Chicago Minimum Wage Takes Effect July 1, 2015

Beginning July 1, 2015, Chicago's minimum wage will increase to $10.00 per hour. This is the first of a series of tiered minimum wage increases. The new minimum wage rate is $1.75 higher than the current Illinois minimum wage of…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Office for Civil Rights Issues New Guidance for Title IX Coordinators

The children's rhyme regarding April showers bringing May flowers should be revised to include reference to April also bringing guidance from the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR). For the third time…more
| Civil Rights, Education, Labor & Employment Law

CEQA Judicial Outcomes: Fifteen Years of Reported California Appellate and Supreme Court Decisions

This report analyzes all published opinions from 1997 through 2012 litigated to the California Court of Appeal or the California Supreme Court concerning the analytical validity of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) or…more
| Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Transportation

Stormwater Alert: Maryland Fee Program No Longer Mandatory

In April 2015, the Maryland General Assembly enacted a law – known as SB 863 – that substantially amended legislation enacted in 2012 requiring each of the 10 most populous jurisdictions in Maryland to establish an annual…more
| Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Taxation

MACRA, the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Reform Bill, Signed into Law - CMS Quality Reporting Programs and Value-Based Payments Will Be Significantly Impacted

The Medicare Access and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act, or MACRA, was signed into law on April 16, 2015. The law replaces the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula with statutorily prescribed…more
| Elections & Politics, Health

Boeing Kickback Case Underscores Critical Importance of Compliance Programs - Government Contractors Must Be Proactive in Detecting and Addressing Potential Abuse

In the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald, "Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy." When the hero of the day is a company's compliance program, it's almost a surefire bet that that a tragedy is being written. But at the same…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Military Law, Transportation, Government Contracting
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