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Fracking Prohibition Challenge: Citadel Sues San Benito County over Local Fracking Ban

On Friday, February 27, 2015, Citadel Exploration, Inc. (“Citadel”) filed suit against San Benito County in the County’s Superior Court, arguing that state law preempts Measure J, a county ordinance that prohibits hydraulic...more

California’s Fracking Preemption Battle Moves Forward in San Benito County

Oil company Citadel Exploration, Inc. has reportedly filed a lawsuit against San Benito County, arguing that the County’s voter-sponsored ban on various types of well stimulation—often referred to generally as hydraulic...more

Ruling in First Amendment Suit Strikes Down Charlottesville Panhandling Ordinance

My office off of Charlottesville’s downtown mall provides me with a great view of each day’s activities in this lively pedestrian space. On any given day, I can see the street musicians, vendors, or the blindfolded...more

Philadelphia Joins List of Cities Mandating Paid Sick Leave

On February 12, 2015, Philadelphia became yet another jurisdiction to pass a law guaranteeing paid sick leave for employees. The Philadelphia ordinance grants certain employees paid sick leave which can be used to respond to...more

Pay-to-Play Lessons from New Jersey’s State Investment Council Rules

New Jersey is often thought of as the “pay-to-play” state – primarily because we have five separate statewide pay-to-play prohibition laws in effect (covering state procurement, county procurement, local procurement, state...more

Seattle Office for Civil Rights Issues Proposed Rules Regarding Minimum Wage Ordinance; Seeks Comments

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights has just released proposed administrative rules for the Minimum Wage Ordinance, which takes effect on April 1, 2015. Once finalized, the rules will guide how the Ordinance is interpreted...more

Ohio Supreme Court Rules That Municipalities Cannot Block Drilling Activities Permitted By the State

On February 17, 2015, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the city of Munroe Falls could not shut down a company’s drilling operations for failing to comply with local ordinances. In so ruling, the Court held that the state has...more

New Mexico Federal Court Frames The Issues That Will Define Future Fights Over Local Fracking Regulation

On January 15, 2015, the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico became the first federal court to address questions related to the scope of local governments’ ability to regulate oil and gas development...more

Philadelphia Becomes 17th City to Require Paid Sick Leave for Privately Employed Workers

Despite vetoing similar proposed ordinances in 2011 and 2013, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed the City Council’s February 12, 2015, “Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces” Ordinance (Ordinance or Law). ...more

Ohio Supreme Court Strikes Down Local Oil & Gas Regulations – How State Law Preemption Is Shielding the Oil and Gas Industry

In a closely watched, 4-3 decision issued yesterday, February 17, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the ‘Home Rule Amendment’ to the Ohio Constitution does not grant the city of Munroe Falls the power to enforce its own oil...more

Philadelphia Enacts Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

On February 12, 2015, the Philadelphia City Council passed, and Mayor Michael A. Nutter promptly signed into law, the Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces Ordinance ("Ordinance")....more

Philadelphia Mandates Paid Sick Leave for Employees

On February 12, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed into law the Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (the Act), which requires most employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees. The law takes effect...more

Philadelphia Mandates Paid Sick Leave

Employers should act to ensure compliance before the law takes effect on May 13. On February 12, the City of Philadelphia joined the nationwide paid sick leave trend when Mayor Michael Nutter signed the Promoting...more

Philadelphia Adopts Paid Sick Leave Law

Action Item: On February 12, 2015, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed into law a paid sick leave bill for the City of Philadelphia. Affected employers should review the law closely because it includes specific...more

Philadelphia Mayor Signs New “Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces” Ordinance

On February 12, 2015, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed legislation requiring certain employers in the city of Philadelphia to provide up to five days of paid sick leave each calendar year to their employees. The...more

Paid Sick Leave Is a Reality In Philadelphia: How Will It Affect Your Business?

Philadelphia has joined the 16 cities and three states that require private employers to provide employees with mandatory paid sick leave. The city ordinance, which was signed into law by Mayor Nutter on February 12, 2015,...more

Philadelphia Mayor Signs Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

With the signature of Mayor Michael Nutter on February 12, 2015, Philadelphia became the 17th city in the United States to mandate paid sick leave for employees. The law goes into effect in 90 days (May 13, 2015) and applies...more

Workplace Challenges in 2015, Part 1 of 5: New York City Paid Sick Leave Law Update

Recently, Mintz Levin held a seminar in New York City that we designed to address some of the major challenges employers are facing in the New Year. Our program contained segments on New York City’s paid sick leave law,...more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees To Decide If School Districts are Subject to Local Zoning

In the closing days of its January term, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to decide a question involving the potential collision of several different aspects of Illinois constitutional law: are school districts subject to...more

Cracking Down on Hit and Run Via Social Media

About 80 percent of hit and run cases between 2008 and 2012 in the Los Angeles area were never solved, according to the Los Angeles Times. Compare that to the city of Denver, whose police force actually resolves about 78...more

Atlantic County Freeholders Vote to Repeal Pay-to-Play Ordinance

Earlier this week, the Atlantic County Freeholders approved a measure that rolls back the County’s pay-to-play ordinance. New Jersey is home to an overlapping series of pay-to-play laws. Although there is a statewide law in...more

E-Cigarettes: New Legislation Impacting Buffalo Employers

As an employer, you likely have had recent questions about the use of e-cigarettes by your employees in work areas. Some employees argue that they should be permitted to smoke e-cigarettes at work, while others are offended...more

Mortgage Foreclosure Ordinances Preempted by Existing State Law

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (the “SJC”) recently decided that two mortgage foreclosure ordinances adopted by the City of Springfield were preempted by existing state law. In Easthampton Savings Bank v. City of...more

Groundwater Regulation on the Rise as Counties Gear Up to Meet Sustainable Management Requirements

The enactment of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), in conjunction with increasing concern over drought impacts on groundwater supplies, has set the stage for several California counties’ recent adoption of...more

Chicken Soup for CA Employers: How to Stay Healthy When Implementing Your Sick Leave Plan

The new California paid sick leave law is now “in effect” and you are ramping up your HR and payroll team to get ready for July 1 when employees can start accruing sick leave under the law. But now that you’re digging into...more

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