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Department of Education Issues Guidance on Changes to Clery Act Reporting Procedures and Requirements

On July 14, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) issued important guidance to colleges and universities on their responsibilities to comply with changes to the Clery Act made by the amendment to the Violence Against...more

How a Domestic Violence Conviction Affects Your Life

An allegation of domestic violence can change your life momentously. Regardless of your innocence or guilt, a wheel is set in motion. You need to stop it before your relationships, career and future pay the price....more

Weekly Update from the State House - March 28, 2014: The House met in a Joint Assembly with the Senate to hear Lt. Governor...

Details from Each Chamber - HOUSE: The House worked through their calendar this week. The House met in a Joint Assembly with the Senate on Wednesday to hear Lt. Governor McConnell's address on the State's Aging...more

Forced Sex During Marriage Warrants PFA Order, Court Rules

In Pennsylvania, the Protection From Abuse Act exists to prevent and protect individuals from abuse. The Protection From Abuse Act is commonly referred to as the PFA Act. Orders obtained under the PFA Act are regularly...more

New Campus Security Laws Take Effect This Month

A key section of the comprehensive federal legislation passed last year to prevent and address violence against women on campuses nationally takes effect this month. It is critical for educational institutions to understand...more

2014 New Family Laws

Some years, family law is chock full of new laws both from the courts and from the legislature. But, not this year; 2013 was more of a blip than a bang for family law. Here are some of the highlights of the more interesting...more

Act Now Advisory: Amendments to the District of Columbia's Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008

Since 2008, the District of Columbia's Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act ("ASSLA") has required D.C. employers to provide employees with paid leave (i) to care for themselves or their family members, and (ii) for work absences...more

Penalties For Domestic Violence In Ohio

Domestic violence occurs when a spouse, family member or household member uses threats or physical or mental abuse to create an environment of fear and intimidation. Here are the maximum penalties for domestic violence...more

Domestic Violence Protection Orders

Ohio law provides for domestic violence protection orders under both criminal and civil law. Here are the differences between the two types of orders...more

Child Safety May Be Tipping Point In Custody Actions

It should come as no surprise that when courts consider the amount of time a child spends with each parent, domestic violence weighs heavily in the balance. With 20 percent of all homicides in the state resulting from...more

Trends In N.J. Whistleblowing And Retaliation Law – 2013 Roundup

2013 was a busy year for whistleblowing and retaliation law in New Jersey. This blog post summarizes noteworthy statutory and judicial developments for employers to consider in the new year....more

eAlert - California Employment Legislative Update: What's New for 2014?

In California, the New Year means new laws and regulations for California employers. Below we summarize new legislation that will affect employers doing business in California beginning January 1, 2014, unless otherwise...more

What O.J. Simpson’s Case Did for Domestic Violence

About 20 years ago, a significant shift occurred in how the legal system in California and across the country dealt with domestic violence. This can be attributed to the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman ? her...more

Expansion of Employment Protections for Employees Who Are Crime Victims, Including Obligations to Provide Reasonable...

Existing laws prohibit an employer from discharging, discriminating, or retaliating against an employee who is a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault for taking time off from work in connection with court proceedings...more

California Law Extends Workplace Discrimination Prohibition to Stalking Victims and Imposes New Reasonable Accommodation...

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law Senate Bill No. 400 (SB 400), which expands the state's current employment discrimination protections to victims of stalking. Effective January 1, 2014, SB 400 amends...more

Recent Cases of Interest to Regulators

Off Duty Conduct - Fountain v. British Columbia College of Teachers, 2013 BCSC 773 (British Columbia Supreme Court) - Fountain, a teacher, fired a shot from a rifle over the heads of his sons in the aftermath of...more

When Domestic Violence Becomes a Workplace Business Risk

Let’s start this conversation by remembering that the R in GRC stands for Risk. And while we normally think of risk in terms of business operations and regulatory compliance, we should always consider the risks to our most...more

Department of Education Announces Negotiators for Rulemaking Concerning the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

Following up on our prior coverage of this rulemaking session, late last week, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) announced the negotiators for the rulemaking session seeking to “prepare proposed regulations to...more

BB&K Police Bulletin: Firearms Ban: Lifetime Firearms Ban on Domestic Violence Misdemeanants Constitutional

Overview: The Ninth Circuit recently upheld a federal law that bans misdemeanor domestic violence offenders from possessing firearms for life. A gun owner convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence in 1996 claimed that he was...more

Workplace Laws Assist Victims of Domestic Violence

Victims of domestic violence often keep their secrets hidden from the workplace until they need leave to go to court, or don’t show up for work one day due to physical or psychological harm caused by a spouse or loved one....more

Take 5 Newsletter: Sick Leave, Domestic Violence, "Bring Your Gun to Work," Personnel Files, Ban the Box

State and city legislatures throughout the country have been busy recently—passing a variety of laws affecting private employers. From sick leave to the right to bring guns to work, these laws will affect the way that...more

New Jersey SAFE Act Poster Available

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development is making available to employers a poster notifying employees of their rights under the New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act (NJ SAFE Act). The NJ SAFE...more

Newly Enacted California Statutes

California has amended Cal. Lab. Code § 218.5 to limit the circumstances under which an employer may recover its attorney’s fees and costs as the prevailing party in a lawsuit in which an employee has sued for nonpayment of...more

12 New Laws California Employers Need To Know

California Governor Jerry Brown has recently signed into law numerous bills that will impact California employers. The most notable new California statutes, and one new San Francisco Ordinance, are summarized below. All...more

A Sense of Security with Orders of Protection in Arizona

Going through a divorce or a dispute in your personal life can be stressful, especially if you fear the safety of yourself and loved ones. Orders of protection are one way you can protect you and your family if you feel...more

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