In October of 2013, the Southern District of New York dismissed an intern’s claim for sexual harassment brought under New York State Human Rights Law and New York City Human Rights Law on the grounds that the state law…more
On October 15, only four months after the United States Supreme Court heard arguments regarding an affirmative action program for the University of Texas, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend…more
Under New York’s Exempt Income Protection Act (“EIPA”), certain funds in deposit accounts are exempt from most restraining notices and levies. One exemption under the EIPA is for an amount deemed to be protected wages, with the…more
The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has issued final regulations requiring financial institutions and other persons who receive mortgage insurance premiums aggregating $600 or more during calendar year 2013 to report such…more
The IRS recently released a revised Form W-9 Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification and its instructions. Although the IRS did not provide a time period for implementing the new Form W-9, financial…more
On November 4, the United States Senate in a 61-30 vote moved to continue debate on the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (“ENDA” or the “Act”). The ENDA seeks to ban workplace bias against individuals based on…more
Ruling in a 4-2 decision, the Australian High Court denied a government employee worker’s compensation claim for an injury the employee sustained while having sex in a motel room during a business trip.
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) has revised its risk management guidance on third-party relationships, advising banks to adopt risk management processes that provide more comprehensive oversight and…more
In response to a series of cyber bullying related teen suicides that took place in Los Angeles last year, the Southern California school district has decided to employ a social media monitoring service enabling the school to…more
As an advertising tactic, most companies utilize various social media platforms to foster connections with their target markets. It is certainly not unusual for a company to have its own Facebook or Twitter account…more
After only being sworn in two weeks ago, the new U.S. Labor Secretary, Thomas Perez, has not wasted any time in setting up the goals he planned to obtain during his term, especially when it comes to minimum wage laws for home…more
In reversing the District Court decision, the Eighth Circuit found that a supervisor’s disparaging comments to an older employee was enough to establish a prima facie case that the employee was terminated because of his age. In…more
Federal banking agencies have issued a joint notice of proposed rulemaking to implement certain provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (the “Act”). The proposed rule will amend each agency’s flood…more
Last Thursday, the New York Court of Appeals ruled in a 4-3 decision that a man may bring a negligence claim against a drug testing company for a false positive drug test.
At the time of the disputed test results, Eric…more
On June 24, 2013, the Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas reaffirmed that the strict scrutiny standard of review applies when evaluating a university’s affirmative action admissions program. On these grounds, by a 7-1…more
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