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Cook County, Illinois Amends Human Rights Ordinance To Limit Credit Checks

Cook County, Illinois enacted a bill (No. 15-3088) that amends the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance to restrict employers from asking about or otherwise considering a prospective or current employee’s credit history in...more

Court Rules Planned Development of Banning Ranch May Proceed

In Banning Ranch Conservancy v. City of Newport Beach (filed 5/20/2015, No. G049691), the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, held the Environmental Impact Report prepared by the City of Newport Beach for the partial...more

Looks Like Frack is Back, Governor Abbott Signs House Bill 40

Yesterday, Governor Gregg Abbott signed into law House Bill 40, also known as the Denton Fracking Bill, which leaves municipalities with minimal power to regulate the oil and gas industry. The bill takes effect immediately...more

Santa Monica Takes Bold Steps to Enforce its Short-Term Rental Regulations

One of the chief issues facing local governments as they contend with regulation of short-term rental marketplaces is the trouble of enforcing whatever framework they develop. After passing tough regulations last week, the...more

Top Ten New Jersey Pay-to-Play Myths

Now that David Letterman has hosted his last show, the universe is experiencing a distinct lack of top-ten lists. We are happy to take on this awe-inspiring responsibility in the best way we know how: with a list of the top...more

“I Have Seen the Future and It Works”…Because Workers’ Minimum Wages in Los Angeles Will Increase to $15 per Hour

In a message-sending 14-1 vote, the Los Angeles City Council voted yesterday to increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. This increase will apply to small businesses, to part time and tipped employees, and to...more

Mayor Signs NYC Ban on Use of Credit Checks in Employment Decisions

On May 6, 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a bill amending the city’s Human Rights Law to prohibit employers from using an individual’s credit history to make employment decisions. The law will become...more

New York City Law Restricts Employers' Use of Employee or Applicant Consumer Credit Checks

Action Item: New York City employers should evaluate their application and employment policies to ensure compliance with a new law regarding the request and use of applicant and employee consumer credit history that will go...more

Sixth District Applies CEQA’s “Fair Argument” Standard, Holds That Despite Project’s Compliance With Local Noise Ordinance, EIR...

On May 7, 2015, the Sixth District Court of Appeal filed a published opinion addressing numerous issues of interest under CEQA’s “fair argument” test for preparing an Environmental Impact Report (“EIR”). Keep Our Mountains...more

Credit Checks on the Chopping Block: NYC Restricts Credit Inquiries During Hiring

Following a vote by the New York City Council on April 16 and a May 6 hearing held by Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Mayor yesterday signed a local law that limits the ability of employers in New York City to request...more

Alert to San Francisco Retailers: Employee Bill of Rights Takes Effect July 3, 2015

On July 3, 2015, more than 1,200 retail chain stores in the City of San Francisco (roughly 12 percent of all City retailers) must comply with a new “Retail Workers Bill of Rights” (the “Bill of Rights”). This new law entitles...more

New York City Bans Use of Consumer Credit History for Employment Purposes

New York City enacted legislation (Int. No. 261-A ) on May 6, 2015, making it unlawful for a covered entity to use an applicant’s or employee’s consumer credit history in connection with that person’s employment. The law...more

Sixth Circuit Rules Against St. Johns, Michigan Ordinance Banning Charitable Donation Bins

In a decision that should be of interest to many of our readers, the Sixth Circuit has affirmed a federal district court’s ruling that an ordinance in the City of St. Johns, Michigan (City) prohibiting the use of charitable...more

Philadelphia’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance is Effective on May 13th – Are you Prepared?

On February 12, 2015, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed a city ordinance requiring employers with 10 or more employees to provide 40 days of paid sick leave in a calendar year. ...more

Orthodox Synagogue Sues Dallas, Texas

The City of Dallas, Texas is in a familiar position. It’s being sued for religious discrimination. Last year, the City Council agreed to pay $250,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by two churches ministering to the homeless...more

Law for the approval of EGO 92/2014 – adopted

The Law for the approval of Government Emergency Ordinance no. 92/2014 was passed on 6 May 2015, through the final vote of the Chamber of Deputies plenary. Thus, the law has been approved with 217 favorable votes, 2 against...more

Employment Law Update April 2015: Effective May 1, 2015, San Francisco Minimum Wage Increases

San Francisco’s minimum wage increases to $12.25 per hour on May 1, 2015, and to $13 per hour in July 2016. From there, the minimum wage will increase by one dollar every year until July 2018, when it lands at $15 per hour,...more

Satanic Temple at it Again: Brookville Feels the Heat After County Commissioners Deny Temple Display and Display Commemorating the...

Spring flowers and the final week of argument in the Supreme Court’s 2015 term have all of us at RLUIPA Defense thinking spring. However, at least one controversy from the 2014 holiday season is back in bloom (reported on...more

New Legislation Promises More Investigations by the New York City Commission on Human Rights

On April 20, 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed two new bills into law that authorize the New York City Commission on Human Rights to increase the number of employment discrimination investigations. ...more

Philadelphia Issues Employer Poster for New Paid Sick Leave Ordinance and Creates New Agency for Enforcement

The Managing Directors Office for the City of Philadelphia has issued the notification poster for employers to use to comply with the new “Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces” Ordinance. This Ordinance requires certain...more

California Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument Over City’s Inclusionary Housing Set-Aside

On April 8, 2015, the California Supreme Court heard oral argument in California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose (Affordable Housing Network of Santa Clara County et al.), S212072, a case with statewide...more

Updated New Orleans Zoning Ordinance Threatens Microbreweries and Microdistilleries

The New Orleans City Council is set to vote on the draft Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (“CZO”) on May 14, 2015. The CZO will have major implications for micro-distilleries and micro-breweries, which have been lightly...more

SF Formula Retail Labor Protections Update: OLSE Holds Meeting to Give Overview of Ordinances

Yesterday, we attended a meeting at San Francisco City Hall where the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) gave an overview of the San Francisco Retail Labor Protections ordinances....more

Arlington County Board Adopts Amendments to the Zoning Ordinance (with a Few Exceptions)

The Arlington County Board recently approved, with a few exceptions, the proposed amendments to the Arlington County Zoning Ordinance. The amendments to Articles 1-18 and Appendices A and B, to incorporate a use...more

NYC Ban on Use of Credit Checks in Employment Decisions Moves to Mayor’s Office for Signature

On April 16, 2015, the New York City Council voted overwhelmingly to amend the city’s Human Rights Law to prohibit employers from using an individual’s consumer credit history to make employment decisions. While the bill...more

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