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Transgender Restroom Dispute Continues, Despite North Carolina “Deal” To Overturn Controversial “Bathroom Bill”

On Thursday March 30, 2017, Gov. Roy Cooper signed House Bill 142, which repealed North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2. As previously reported by HR Legalist, House Bill 2 was signed into law on March 23, 2016, and...more

California Adopts Broad Gender-Neutral Bathroom Rules–Signage Rules Expand Beyond ADA Concerns

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Effective March 1, California’s Equal Restroom Access Act (ERAA) will require some single-occupancy restrooms to have signs indicating they are gender-neutral....more

Adequacy is Adequate: DC District Court Certifies Pacer Fee Class

by Carlton Fields on

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia certified a class of all individuals and entities who paid fees to obtain court records though the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system. The...more

DOJ Publishes Final Rule Requiring Movie Theaters Nationwide to Provide Closed Captioning and Audio Description

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: DOJ published regulations today requiring that movie theaters throughout the United States provide closed captioning and audio description to patrons with disabilities for digital movies distributed with...more

In Case You Missed It: A Recap of Recent HUD Activity

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

HUD has been quite active this month publishing a variety of new rules and housing notices. The following is a list of some of HUD’s most recent guidance. For certain public housing authorities (PHAs) with less than 250...more

Tunisia – New Investment Law

by White & Case LLP on

Prior to the "Tunisia 2020" conference on development and investment which will take place in Tunis at the end of this month, the Tunisian legislature adopted law n°71-2016 dated 30 September 2016, ("Loi sur l’Investissement...more

Higher ed faces ADA challenges over accessibility of university websites

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Websites are vitally important to institutions of higher education for a variety of reasons. They serve as a real-time brochure for prospective students, provide important academic and administrative resources to students and...more

[Webinar] Could My Company's Website Violate the Americans with Disabilities Act? - June 14th, 12:00pm EDT

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), places of public accommodation must ensure equal access to the goods and services they offer to disabled individuals. Is a company website subject to the ADA? The answer to...more

Time to Check Your Leave Practices: EEOC Issues Resource Document on Employer-Provided Leave Under the Americans with Disabilities...

by Baker Donelson on

In light of an increase in charges filed with the EEOC in which employees claim that their employers are unlawfully denying or restricting the use of leave as a reasonable accommodation, which is a "troubling trend" according...more

EEOC Issues New Resource Document Addressing Leave as a Reasonable Accommodation under the ADA. What's the Impact on Employers?

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

For years, employers across America have been clamoring for guidance from the EEOC about how they should manage an employee’s request for extended or intermittent leave from work and how much leave is considered as...more

Commissioner Clyburn Embarking on Nationwide Tour

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Commissioner Clyburn announced her forthcoming Connecting Communities: Bridging the Communications and Opportunities Divide tour in which she will visit communities around the country to “hear first-hand the opportunities and...more

CFPB Encourages Financial Institutions to Improve Checking Account Access

by BakerHostetler on

In remarks delivered yesterday at a field hearing in Louisville, Kentucky, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray announced three actions the CFPB is taking to encourage financial institutions to...more

Justice Department Delays Web Accessibility Regulations For At Least Three More Years, Leaving Businesses in Turmoil

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In an astonishing move, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it will not issue any regulations for public accommodations websites until fiscal year 2018—eight years after it started the rulemaking process with an...more

OCR Takes a Stand on Transgender Students in Locker Rooms

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) found an Illinois school district in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 this week for denying a transgender student access to girls’...more

OCR Finds That Title IX Requires Equal Locker Room Access for Transgender Students

by WilmerHale on

The US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), recently confirmed that transgender students are protected from sex-based discrimination under Title IX and found that a public school district violated Title IX...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – 10/16/15

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

At my school, we like to treat everyone like family. Over the years, we have been more than happy to help publicize various events and causes for members of our school “family.” Whenever a parent or other community member has...more

The Deflategate Drama: A Win for the Patriots Scores a Touchdown for Arbitration

by JAMS on

The “Deflategate scandal,” in which the New England Patriots, and in particular their star quarterback, Tom Brady, were accused of deflating footballs beneath the required PSI (12.5-13.5 psi) to somehow gain an advantage over...more

OSHA Issues Guidance Regarding Transgender Employees

by Baker Donelson on

As transgender issues seem to dominate the headlines, another federal agency has stepped into the debate. Last week, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) issued guidance strongly urging employers to give...more

Justice Department Settlement With edX Suggests Heightened Scrutiny of Online Course Accessibility and Potential Strategies for...

by WilmerHale on

On April 2, the Department of Justice entered into a settlement agreement with edX, a major online college course provider, over alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) related to the accessibility of...more

Department of Education Closes 2014 with Prolific Guidance

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) was busy the last quarter of 2014, issuing guidance on six issues, plus another already in 2015. The Dear Colleague Letters (DCL), Frequently Asked Questions, and Fact Sheets provide an...more

Government Contracts Quarterly Update - October 2014

by BakerHostetler on

The Government Contracts Quarterly Update is published by BakerHostetler’s Government Contracts Practice Group to inform our clients and friends of the latest developments in federal government contracting. Topics will...more

HUD PIH issues Equal Access Rule implementation guidance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) recently issued PIH 2014-20 (PIH Notice) providing guidance to public housing authorities (PHAs), PHA affiliates and instrumentalities, mixed-finance owners and owners of...more

OCR’s Latest Interpretation On Participation Of Disabled Students In Extracurricular Athletic Activities

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On January 25, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued an important “Dear Colleague” letter. The letter was intended to clarify school districts’ legal obligations to provide students...more

Weekly Law Resume - August 1, 2013: Homeowners Associations – Equal Access Requirements For Elections

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Paul Wittenberg et al. v. Beachwalk Homeowners Association - Court of Appeal, Fourth District (June 26, 2013) - California Civil Code sections 1363.03(a)(1) and (a)(2) require that in an election, homeowners...more

DOJ Ratchets Up ADA Enforcement For Health Care Providers

by LeClairRyan on

In 2011, the Department of Justice launched its “Barrier Free Health Care Initiative.” This Initiative utilizes U.S. Attorneys Offices across the Country to act as a “force multiplier” to ensure that individuals with...more

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