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U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Pregnancy Accommodation

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) specifies that the Title VII prohibition against sex discrimination applies to discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions. It also says that…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Texas small hydro project loses exemption

What happens to a proposed hydroelectric project takes longer than anticipated to be built, due to difficulties with project financing and severe flooding? As the developer of a proposed project in Texas recently found out,…more
| Civil Procedure, Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Can Retirees Use HSAs?

Yes – and no. A Health Savings Account (HSA) is like an IRA but for the payment of medical expenses instead of retirement income. HSA contributions are not taxed, and like IRA accounts, they belong to the employee…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Health, Taxation

NLRB General Counsel Issues New Guidance on Employee Handbooks

The NLRB’s Office of the General Counsel has issued a report that provides new guidance on employee handbooks. The report, which is available here, sets out the most recent views of the General Counsel on what he describes as…more
| Labor & Employment Law

FERC 2014 State of the Markets report

U.S. energy markets overseen by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2014 were impacted by extreme weather and changes in the mix of electric generation resources, according to a report by Commission staff…more
| Energy & Utilities

Don't Get Burned by Unsolicited Ideas

The Company Perspective - Many companies are unsure what to do when receiving unsolicited suggestions from outside the Company. A sound intellectual property program will include a policy regarding the receipt of…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

More solar faster, predicts New England grid operator

New England will likely see even more solar photovoltaic energy projects over the next decade than was previously projected, according to the latest draft forecast by the operator of New England's electric grid. …more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Governor LePage Pushes Right to Work Legislation

Governor Paul LePage is aggressively pushing LD 489, An Act to Ensure the Right to Work without Payment of Dues or Fees to a Labor Union as a Condition of Employment. Current law allows public employees to opt out of joining a…more
| Civil Remedies, Labor & Employment Law

Revised Definition of "Spouse" Under FMLA Incorporates Same-Sex Marriages

The Department of Labor has issued a final rule that amends its FMLA regulations and provides employees in same-sex marriages the right to take leave to care for a spouse with a serious medical condition. The new rule,…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Family Law

Controversy over renewable energy claims

If an electric utility generates power from renewable resources and sells renewable energy certificates representing the renewable attributes of that energy, can it still call the underlying power "renewable"? No, according to…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Security Interests in Intellectual Property

As collateral for a loan, lenders are accustomed to obtaining a security interest in the property of the borrower. Such property usually includes tangible assets of the borrower such as real estate, machinery and other physical…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Intellectual Property

Immigration Update: A Small Step in the Right Direction

Until recently, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) did not allow the dependent spouses of H-1B (specialty occupation) visa holders to engage in any form of employment while living in the U.S. H-4 visa holders…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Permissible Discrimination in Health Benefits

The intense regulation of health care benefits, especially with respect to the Affordable Care Act, has created much confusion among employers. As a result, many employers do not understand that they may offer different levels…more
| Labor & Employment Law

North Carolina offshore wind environmental assessment

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has released an environmental assessment of the impacts of leasing sites off the North Carolina coast for offshore wind projects. This milestone supports…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Government Contracting

White House Announces New Disability Resource Guide

A new resource guide for employers to use in working with individuals with disabilities is now available. The new guide, available here and called Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining and Promoting People with Disabilities, was…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting
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