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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HUD Announces National Fair Housing Media Campaign; DOJ Acting Assistant AG Gupta Delivers Remarks

On April 1, HUD held a special Fair Housing event and announced a national media campaign to help ensure that all Americans – regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, family status, and disability –...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FCC Reminds Advanced Communications Services Providers and Equipment Manufacturers of CVAA Recordkeeping Obligations and...

Recently, the FCC issued a Public Notice reminding the providers and equipment manufacturers of advanced communications services (ACS) of their obligation to maintain records evidencing their efforts to comply with the...more

U.S. Trade Officials Meet with Chinese Counterparts and Report on China’s WTO Compliance by T. Augustine Lo

On December 18, 2012, USTR Ambassador Ron Kirk and U.S. Commerce Department Acting Secretary Rebecca Blank commenced a two-day meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan held in Washington, DC. This meeting between U.S....more

OCR Issues "Dear Colleague Letter" Addressing Equal Opportunities in Athletic Programs for Students With Disabilities

A "Dear Colleague Letter" just issued by the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights interpreting Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 clarifies that colleges and universities must provide disabled students...more

HUD Obtains First Settlement Under Rule Requiring Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity Equal Access

On January 2, HUD announced that a lender agreed to settle a claim that it refused to provide FHA financing to a lesbian couple. HUD noted that the agreement is the first enforcement action taken under a rule finalized in...more

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