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When Violence begets Violence: The Provocation Defense to a Domestic Violence Restraining Order

All too often in domestic violence cases, the victim and the alleged perpetrator both commit some form of violent act against one another. In a recent unpublished decision, R.C. v. R.W., Judge Lawrence Jones of the Ocean...more

The Paradox of Cell Phones: When the Convenience of Digital Communication becomes Inconvenient

These days, you will be hard pressed to find anyone without a cell phone in their possession. Not surprisingly, those cell phones often capture someone at their best and, at times, their worst moments. As Judge Lawrence R....more

October Is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Hi there, October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Nearly one in four women and one in seven men in the United States have suffered severe physical violence by an intimate partner. Female to male and...more

“What’s mine is mine, and what’s yours is mine.”

In the recent Appellate Division reported decision of N.T.B. v. D.D.B., the Court was required to grapple with whether the destruction of a door within a married couple’s joint home constituted “criminal mischief” for...more

Implied Threat on Facebook Insufficient to Support Stalking Conviction

Last month, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) held that a Facebook profile may constitute a “threat” within the meaning of the Massachusetts stalking statute. However, a profile that is merely “vaguely ominous or...more

A New Program Provides Law Enforcement a Direct Line to Offer Domestic Violence Victims Immediate Help

October is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month and thanks to a new program, Orlando Police will now be able to call a new, dedicated hotline when they see a domestic abuse situation on the scene. The hotline will put victims in...more

Massachusetts Policies and Procedures “Checkup”: The Top 10 Areas for Review

Now that the lazy days of summer are over and fall is here, it’s a good time for Massachusetts employers to perform a “checkup” on their policies and procedures to make sure they are compliant with Massachusetts law before...more

Health Alert (Australia) - September 21, 2015

In This Issue: -Judgments; Legislation; and Reports -Excerpt from Judgments Australian Capital Territory (ACT) 4 September 2015 - Hobbs v Tym & Anor [2015] ACTSC 276 The Supreme Court has...more

Do Protection From Abuse Orders Work?

The recent murder-suicide in Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania, of Stacey Pennington, a Mount Gretna business owner, and her ex-boyfriend, Patrick Lynn Derr, who she had obtained a Protection from Abuse Order (PFA) against last...more

President Issues Executive Order Mandating Paid Sick Leave for Employees of Federal Contractors

As previously reported on this Blog, recent news reports indicated that President Obama would be issuing an Executive Order mandating paid sick leave for the employees of federal contractors. The President did just that on...more

Is Your Institution Ready for the October 1 Clery Report Deadline?

By October 1, all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs must publish and distribute to all current and prospective students and employees an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. As in...more

White House Report Offers Ideas for Streamlining, Improving Immigration System

The White House, in concert with the Secretary of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has issued a report that proposes ways improve the legal immigration process. The report, Modernizing & Streamlining Our...more

President Obama Issues Labor Day Executive Order Requiring Federal Contractors to Provide Paid Sick Leave to Employees

President Obama has issued an executive order requiring federal contractors to provide up to seven days of paid sick leave per year to their employees. The White House anticipates that the requirement could benefit more than...more

The On-Air Shootings At WDBJ-TV: When Bad Things Happen To Good Employees

What could WDBJ7-TV have done to prevent Wednesday morning’s tragic on-air murders? Unfortunately, probably not a thing. I’m a second-guesser, and I have spent much of the last 48 hours racking my brain about what the...more

Illinois Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act Takes Effect

On August 21, 2015 Governor Rauner signed into law the new Illinois Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act, Public Act 099-0426 (the Act). The new law imposes a number of requirements on higher education...more

President Obama to Issue Executive Order Mandating Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

We recently learned that President Obama plans to issue an Executive Order mandating paid sick leave for employees of federal contractors and subcontractors. This comes as no surprise as the President has utilized his power...more

Trivia Time for HR Professionals – Six Questions of the Day

I recently was invited the join the “Learned League”, which has been described by the Washington Post as the “coolest, weirdest Internet community you’ll never be able to join.” Needless to say, now that I’m...more

Delaware Changes Online, Student Privacy Protection Laws

Four pieces of legislation intended to improve online privacy and protections for Delaware residents were signed into law by Governor Jack Markell on August 7, 2015. Collectively, this legislation will impact a broad range of...more

Executive Order Requiring Paid Sick Leave In the Works

We previously reported on other recently executed Executive Orders and it appears there is another in the works directed to government contractors. The new Executive Order circulating Washington will likely mandate paid sick...more

New Indiana Law Designed to Protect Domestic Violence Victims Creates New Exposure/Restrictions for Employers

Effective July 1, 2015, a new Indiana law prohibits employers from discharging employees who have sought protective orders in connection with alleged domestic violence. More specifically, HEA 1159 makes it illegal to...more

CLIENT ALERT: Delaware Expands Employment Anti-Discrimination Statute

Delaware recently joined a growing number of states by expanding its employment anti-discrimination statute to provide protections to employees who are victims of domestic violence, sexual offenses, or stalking. In addition...more

School’s Out For Summer, But Not For Administrators: California’s “Yes Means Yes” Legislation Becomes Effective on July 1, 2015

On July 1, 2015, California colleges, universities, and postsecondary schools are required to bolster their compliance with new state laws regarding policies concerning sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and...more

New York State Passes Campus Sexual Assault Law

On June 17, 2015, the New York State Legislature passed legislation governing how colleges and universities address sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. The governor is expected to sign it...more

Health Alert (Australia) - June 22, 2015

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgements: Victoria. Inquest Into the Death of Baby Chloe Lee Kellett - The Victorian Coroner investigated an infant's death from...more

Health Alert (Australia) - June 15, 2015

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgements: New South Wales. O'Sullivan v Medical Council of New South Wales [2015] NSWCATAD 113 The New South Wales Civil and...more

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