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Electronic balloting: are trade unions about to leap into the digital age?

Back in the spring, when the Trade Union Act was in its bill stage, the House of Lords proposed an amendment for an electronic balloting review and piloting scheme. The amendment was incorporated into Section 4 of the Trade...more

States Seek Help To Ensure Security Of Election Systems

In the weeks and months leading up to Election Day 2016, states have made preparations to increase the security of their election systems, despite assurance from the U.S. Intelligence Community (“USIC”) that it would be...more

Social Links: LinkedIn’s new feature estimates compensation; states grapple with social-media-account-inheritance laws; insurance...

Because it bases its assesments on job title, location and industry, LinkedIn’s new Salary feature might be more accurate than are other online compensation estimation tools....more

But First, Let Me Take A Selfie: The Changing Legal Landscape On Ballot Box Photography

If you take the time to vote in this year’s presidential election – but your ballot is not documented on social media – did you really vote at all? Many prolific social media users are determined to take ballot box...more

Ballot Selfie: Forbidden Photo or Constitutional Right?

As Election Day approaches, we are reminded of an adage as timeless as the republic itself: "Pics or it didn't happen." In our social media-obsessed world, many people document their everyday lives on Facebook or Instagram. ...more

Municipal Legal News

On September 21, Governor Snyder signed a package of bills (2016 PA 281-283) that significantly expands the types of medical marijuana facilities permitted under state law, and establishes a licensing scheme similar to the...more

In This Election Season, Contested Elections May Require eDiscovery to Sort Out the Results: eDiscovery Trends

Remember the 2000 Presidential election and all of the issues and headaches that resulted from punch card “butterfly” ballots and “hanging chads” down in Florida? These days, electronic ballots are more popular. However,...more

Social Links: Instagram’s “offensive comment” filter; Twitter’s TV app; YouTube’s “Community” feature

Instagram now allows users to hide offensive comments posted to their feeds. Take that trolls! Soon you’ll be able to watch Twitter content like NFL Thursday Night Football on a Twitter app on Apple TV, Xbox One and...more

Social Links: Twitter offers anti-harassment tools; Pinterest takes on video ads; P&G changes its social strategy

Twitter took steps to remedy its harassment problem. In addition, over the last six months, Twitter suspended 235,000 accounts that promoted terrorism....more

NLRB General Counsel Orders Complaints in All Withdrawal-of-Recognition Cases

In yet another assault on long-established labor law precedent, on May 9, 2016, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Richard Griffin ordered the issuance of NLRB complaints in every case in which an employer...more

Another Reason To Avoid a Mail Ballot Election

In a recent blog post, we discussed the Board decision changing the rule concerning captive audience speeches in mail-ballot elections by setting the prohibition (on such speeches) to start 24 hours before the Region is...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Debate Begins Over Spending or Saving Projected Surplus - This week, the Maine Revenue...more

One More Win for the Union: 24 Hours Less to Campaign in Mail-Ballot Elections

On January 29, 2016, the NLRB in Guardsmark, LLC, 363 NLRB No. 103 (decision), changed over 50 years of precedent under the guise of “clarifying” a well-established rule concerning when the captive-audience speech prohibition...more

Federal District Court Strikes Down Law That Bans Ballot Selfies

The U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire recently struck down on First Amendment grounds a 2014 amendment to New Hampshire Revised Statute 659:35 that made it illegal for New Hampshire voters to post pictures...more

Employee Benefits Alert - August 2015

Retirement Plans - IRS Issues Guidance on Benefit Suspension Voting under MPRA - As we have written in prior alerts, the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA) permits trustees of financially troubled...more

The legality of employee strike action

Welcome to Reed Smith’s Monthly Global Employment Law blog post. This month’s post covers the legality of employee strikes in five key jurisdictions: France, Germany, Hong Kong, the UK and the United States. France...more

136 Means 136: Ballot Signature Requirement Requires Strict Compliance

Ballot access statutes nearly always require that prospective candidates present a given number of valid voters’ signatures in order to qualify for the ballot. In Illinois, nomination for offices below the statewide level...more

Development Trend to Circumvent CEQA Through Ballot Initiative Emphasizes Need for Reform

The Los Angeles Times recently reported that proposed football stadium developers have chosen to incur the cost of collecting signatures to qualify an initiative for the ballot to obtain land use approvals rather than face...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 4-18-14

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Legislature Completes Last Full Week of Work for the Year - On April 18th at 1:05 a.m.,...more

Michigan Election Law Amendments Will Require Ballot Language to be Certified Two Weeks Earlier than Previously Required

Recent changes to the Michigan Election Law will require municipalities and school districts to certify ballot language two weeks earlier than previously required. Michigan Public Act 253 of 2013, which amends the...more

I May Be Pettifogging, But I Have to Ask: Is It Time To Dump The Proxy And Give Shareholders A Ballot?

The proxy is the most misunderstood and mischaracterized of all instruments. For the record, a “proxy” is “a written authorization signed or an electronic transmission authorized by a shareholder or the shareholder’s...more

Weekly Recap – Election News and Trends January 27, 2014

Below is a recap of last week’s election law news and hot topics: Press Release: Presidential Elector Initiative Enters Circulation by California Secretary of State Debra Bowen - January 22 – A new initiative...more

Just Who Is Behind The Universal Proxy?

Recently, it was reported that the Council of Institutional Investors had submitted a petition for rule making to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Indeed, the CII did submit this petition on January 8, 2014. ...more

Weekly Recap – Election News and Trends January 13, 2014

Below is a recap of last week’s election law news and hot topics. The hot trend right now, which should continue for the next couple months, is the qualification of state initiatives for circulation. With only 150 days for...more

SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee Pushes For Oddly Named “Universal Proxy Ballots”

In late July, the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee issued a recommendation that the SEC ”explore relaxing the ‘bona fide nominee’ rule embodied in Rule 14a-4(d)(1) . . . to provide proxy contestants with the option (but not...more

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