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DOL Seeks to Cover More Employees with Overtime Protections

After years of anticipation, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its Notice of Proposed Rule Making on June 30, 2015, revising the overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by targeting salary…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Will Impact Employers

On Friday, June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, a landmark decision in which it held all state laws banning same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. The effect of this decision is…more
| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law, Family Law

Legislature Passes Early Warning Bills for Financially Distressed School Districts

The Michigan Legislature recently passed a package of bills to create an early warning system to identify the potential for financial distress in local school districts, intermediate school districts (ISDs) and public school…more
| Education

Have You Agreed Not to Export Software? Yes!

Do you think of yourself as a potential software exporter? If you're reading this article, chances are you purchased software online from Amazon or Apple, and by doing so you agreed not to export software. As a condition of…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

NLRB Decision Highlights Problems For Colleges Responding To Organizing Efforts

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has upheld the SEIU’s narrow election victory at Laguna College of Art + Design, despite evidence that a supervisory full-time faculty member had campaigned for the union. In Laguna,…more
| Education, Labor & Employment Law

Travelers Beware: Visa Issuance Delay Due to Worldwide System Failure

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has announced that it is experiencing a critical failure in its visa issuance systems. This system failure is worldwide. All U.S. Consular Posts have temporarily suspended issuance of…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law, International Law & Trade

U.S. Companies with Foreign Affiliates: Important Deadline for BEA Filing Approaching

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has extended the deadline for first-time filers of BE-10 forms to June 30, 2015. The BEA is willing to consider reasonable requests for extension, provided that the extension request…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

DOL Revises Forms to Comply With EEOC Guidance Regarding GINA

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued five new Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) certification forms. When the DOL issued its March 2013 revision to the FMLA regulations, its primary purpose was to address the 2008…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Colorado High Court Finds Smoking Medical Marijuana a Drag on Employment

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled that an employee who uses medicinal marijuana at home during non-working hours can be discharged for failing a drug test. While application may be limited by its heavy reliance on Colorado state…more
| Conflict of Laws, Labor & Employment Law

Emergency Managers Not Authorized To Rubber Stamp Prior Acts of Local Officials

In a first-of-its-kind case, a panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that an Emergency Manager (EM) is not authorized by either Act 4 or Act 436 to ratify prior acts of a local government official, even where he may…more
| Elections & Politics

China’s Draft Foreign Investment Law Could Be a Game Changer?

China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has issued a draft Foreign Investment Law for public comment. The draft law (the Draft) will almost certainly not become law until 2018 at the earliest and changes are likely before it…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

OSHA Releases Guidance on Restroom Access for Transgender Employees

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to provide all employees with easy access to clean restrooms. In response to increasing concerns and confusion over requests from transgender employees…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Supreme Court Clarifies Protections for Religion in Hiring

On June 1, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued a much anticipated ruling on the Title VII religious bias claim brought by a Muslim female applicant who wore a religiously mandated headscarf to her interview and was…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

SCOTUS: Timeliness of Fiduciary Breach Claim May Depend on Alleged Failure to Monitor Selection of Investment Options

On May 18, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously concluded that the timeliness of an Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) breach of fiduciary claim regarding the selection of investments in a 401(k) plan is not…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Business Torts

How Construction Lenders Can Avoid Title Insurance Coverage Denial for Mechanics Liens

A title insurance company can deny a construction lender’s coverage against mechanics liens that were asserted after the lender stopped funding the construction escrow, even though the lender was entitled to do so under the loan…more
| Construction Law, Finance & Banking, Insurance
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