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Michigan Puts New Road-Funding Tax Structure Up For May 5 Referendum Vote

Michigan voters will have the final say on approving a deal between Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Legislature to overhaul the state’s tax structure to fund road improvements at a referendum election on May 5, 2015. The plan…more
| Constitutional Law, Construction Law, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Transportation

Michigan Passes Student-Athlete Union Ban

Michigan is poised to officially ban student-athletes at public colleges and universities from forming or joining a labor union. Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign the recently passed bill into law by the end of the year…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Education, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

NLRB Publishes Final Rule Revising Union Election Procedures

The National Labor Relations Board has again issued its final rule revising union election procedures, which will greatly shorten the time between when the union files an election petition and when the election is held. This new…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Employees May Use Employers’ Email System to Engage in Protected, Concerted Activity, NLRB Rules

Companies that provide employees access to email systems “must presumptively” allow those employees to use them for statutorily protected communications on non-working time, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled on…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Employee Time Spent During Security Screenings Is Not Compensable

Employees are not entitled to pay for time spent during security screenings at the end of the workday, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled on December 9, 2014. In Integrity Staffing Solutions v. Busk, two employees who worked…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

Visa Restrictions on Foreign Entrepreneurs to Ease Under Obama Immigration Directives

President Barack Obama’s immigration directives, announced on November 20, 2014, include a plan to ease visa restrictions, “mak[ing] it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

What President Obama's Immigration Directives Mean For Businesses

Earlier this evening, President Obama announced executive action that would significantly impact employment and investment-based immigration. To implement these directives, the White House released its plan on immigration…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Job Applicant Denied Whistleblower Protection in Sixth Circuit

Job applicants lack standing to bring whistleblower retaliation claims under the False Claims Act (FCA) and the Energy Reorganization Act (ERA) because they are not “employees,” according to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Energy & Utilities, Government Contracting

Volunteers Are Not “Employees” Protected From Employment Discrimination Under Title VII

Many non-profit organizations, public agencies, and other employers rely upon volunteers. But what happens when an organization decides to terminate a volunteer’s affiliation with it because of the volunteer’s religion?…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Nonprofit Law

U.S. and China to Increase Visa Reciprocity Beginning November 12

The United States and the People’s Republic of China will jointly increase the validity of short-term business and tourist visas, as well as student and exchange visas, issued to each other’s citizens in an initiative that…more
| Immigration Law, International Law & Trade

Court OKs Unemployment Benefits for Some Michigan Medical Marijuana Users

An employee who has a registration identification card issued under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) may collect unemployment benefits if he is fired for a positive marijuana test, the Michigan Court of Appeals recently…more
| Labor & Employment Law

SEC Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative: Should A Bond Issuer Self-Report?

Municipal securities issuers have the opportunity to self-report material misstatements in official statements regarding prior compliance with continuing disclosure undertakings under a new initiative introduced by the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Sixth Circuit Adopts New Corporate Scienter Test in Securities Cases

The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a significant decision clarifying the pleading standards in securities litigation, clarifying what must be alleged to impute a corporation with knowledge of alleged…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

Minimum Wage for Federal Contract Workers Will Increase to $10.10 on January 1

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has raised the minimum wage for federal service and construction contract workers to $10.10, in a final rule that takes effect January 1, 2015. This final rule implements Executive Order 13658,…more
| Construction Law, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

NLRB Ups the Stakes for Successor Employers

A recent National Labor Relations Board decision could significantly increase the damages that employees can recover against an employer that acquires a business but refuses to hire the employees of the predecessor. The decision…more
| Business Organizations, Construction Law, Labor & Employment Law, Mergers & Acquisitions
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