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LGBT Rights Up in the Air

Changes that may impact LGBT rights in the workplace have employers spinning. This week's news about the Trump administration’s rescission of federal guidance allowing transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to their…more
| Civil Rights, Education, Elections & Politics

LGBT Rights Up in the Air

Changes that may impact LGBT rights in the workplace have employers spinning. This week’s news about the Trump administration’s rescission of federal guidance allowing transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to their…more
| Civil Rights, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

States May Step Into Void Created by Demise of DOL’s Overtime Rule

Since the Department of Labor announced the new overtime rule last May, we have been closely following its rocky implementation in a series of posts. Presently, the rule – which would render an estimated 4 million workers…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Episode 08: Chat With Former EEOC General Counsel David Lopez [Audio]

David Lopez served as EEOC General Counsel from 2010 to 2016 (the longest tenure of any EEOC General Counsel). In this episode, Matt and David explore a myriad of topics, including EEOC litigation and enforcement…more
| Labor & Employment Law

What’s in a Pronoun? Liability for Employers

Political correctness in the workplace has become increasingly complex. Employers who have referred to transitioning employees with the wrong pronoun have found themselves in the crosshairs of the EEOC. But what about those…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

New Executive Order for Hurricane Matthew Further Extends Tolling Period for Certain Permits and Approvals

Executive Order (EO) 17-16, issued by Governor Scott on January 26, 2017, provides a second 60-day extension of the state of emergency declared for Hurricane Matthew. The original 60-day emergency declaration (EO 16-230), made…more
| Elections & Politics, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Executive Orders Impacting Immigrants in the Workplace

Employers are advised to restrict international travel for employees who are not U.S. citizens. This is particularly so for employees from the seven countries targeted by President Trump’s January 27 Executive Order restricting…more
| Elections & Politics, Immigration Law

Lack of Timely Action and Knowledge of Risk Results in $3.2 Million Civil Monetary Penalty for HIPAA Violations

Children’s Medical Center of Dallas (Children’s) was hit with a $3.2 million civil penalty from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for failing to take steps to properly protect…more
| Health, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Executive Orders Impacting Immigrants in the Workplace

Employers are advised to restrict international travel for employees who are not U.S. citizens. This is particularly so for employees from the seven countries targeted by President Trump’s January 27 Executive Order restricting…more
| Elections & Politics, Immigration Law, International Law & Trade, Labor & Employment Law

Episode 07: "Next Gen" Reasonable Accommodations And Disability Law Trends [Audio]

Matt welcomes BNP Paribas NYC Senior Employment Counsel Thomas Mullins and Akerman Los Angeles Partner Rachel Schumacher (covering both coasts!) to discuss disability discrimination trends and the potential next wave of…more
| Labor & Employment Law

The Yellow Pages Live On

Calling the district court’s action an “abuse of discretion,” the 11th Circuit reversed a decision that cut by more than 90 percent a successful copyright infringement plaintiff’s request for attorney’s fees and costs. Yellow…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Making United States Consumer Safer For Tequila?

The United States Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) recently dismissed Luxco, Inc.’s (“Luxco”) opposition to registration of the mark TEQUILA (in standard character format) by an…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

The New Joint DOJ/FTC Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property

On January 12, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission released updated Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property (the “Guidelines”). These Guidelines replaced those issued on…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Consumer Protection, Intellectual Property

Potential Implications to the ACA Under the Incoming Republican Administration – Part IV: Pharmacies

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), as a whole, did not have a significant impact on pharmacy services per se. However, a complete repeal would likely impact certain areas of pharmacy services including the drug benefit for the…more
| Elections & Politics, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Revised Version of the Form I-9 Became Mandatory on January 22, 2017

As of January 22, 2017, U.S. employers should be using the new Form I-9 for Employment Eligibility Verification, available. Federal immigration law requires that U.S. employers use the Form I-9 to verify the identity and…more
| Immigration Law, International Law & Trade, Labor & Employment Law
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