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Protection of servicemembers, Equifax data breach provide mistaken justifications for CFPB arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a mistaken attempt to justify the CFPB’s arbitration rule, supporters are pointing to the need to protect the rights of military servicemembers and the recent Equifax data breach. On September 20, Democratic Senator Jack...more

Why does the military get to discriminate against the transgender community? Is this even legal?

by Bowditch & Dewey on

This question is the most recent culmination of a long line of military-related issues with the LGBT community that far pre-date the Trump Administration. Historically, the military took the position that transgender people...more

Transgender Men and Women and the U.S. Military

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Assuming that our readers read, watch, or listen to the news, then you already know what is happening. But in case you do not: the Trump administration issued a Presidential Memorandum that forbids transgender individuals...more

ED Rebukes CFPB “Abuse” with Termination of MOUs, Announces Expansion of Internal Oversight

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Education (ED) recently delivered a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) providing notice of its intent to terminate the Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) between the agencies. The...more

NYC Human Rights Law Amended to Prohibit Discrimination Against Uniformed Service Members and Veterans

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed into law an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) adding current or prior service in the uniformed services as a protected class under the law. The amendment will take...more

Management Alert – The Current Federal Retrenchment on LGBT Rights

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The first eight months of the new administration signals a retrenchment on the executive branch’s view of legal protections due LGBT individuals, including in employment....more

Defense Dept. rejects trade group’s request for extension of Oct. 3 MLA compliance date for credit cards

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Defense (DoD) is reported to have rejected the request of the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU) to extend the October 3, 2017 date for credit card compliance with the Military...more

New Jersey Expands Protection for United States Armed Forces Members and Veterans under New Jersey Law Against Discrimination

by FordHarrison on

Governor Chris Christie signed into law New Jersey Senate Bill S726, expanding the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination to prohibit all forms of discrimination against members of the Armed Forces and veterans. The law was...more

Blog: The Post-9/11 GI Bill Is One Step Closer to a Major Overhaul (Updated)

by Cooley LLP on

Update: On August 2, 2017, the US Senate unanimously passed the Forever GI Bill. President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law in the near term. (August 3, 2017) - In a rare moment of bipartisanship, on Monday,...more

Does Transgender Military Ban Signal New Direction of Trump Administration on LGBTQ Rights?

by FordHarrison on

On July 26, 2017, President Trump announced via Twitter that the military, arguably the country’s largest employer, will no longer allow transgender people to serve, thus breaking from the Obama Administration’s lift of the...more

Blog: The Post-9/11 GI Bill Is One Step Closer to a Major Overhaul

by Cooley LLP on

In a rare moment of bipartisanship, on Monday, July 24, the United States House of Representatives unanimously passed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, colloquially deemed the “Forever GI...more

New York Paid Family Leave Law Regulations Become Effective

Regulations implementing the Paid Family Leave Act became effective on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. No substantive changes were made to the proposed regulations that were published back in May 2017....more

Nevada Enacts Multiple Laws Affecting Consumer Finance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Nevada is rolling out a slate of legislation affecting consumer finance, including a measure to protect consumers’ privacy online and programs aimed at mitigating their risk of foreclosure. Here is a list of measures recently...more

Defense Secretary Delays Start Date For Military’s Allowance of Transgender Recruits

by Bowditch & Dewey on

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis announced on June 30 that the Pentagon has approved a six-month delay of the start date for allowing transgender recruits to enlist in the military. In 2016, former Defense Secretary Ash...more

Justice Department Settles with Michigan Credit Union for Violations of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced last week that it reached an agreement with Michigan-based COPOCO Community Credit Union to settle a lawsuit alleging that the credit union violated the Servicemembers Civil...more

Bill introduced to give CFPB SCRA enforcement authority

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A group of Democratic Senators have introduced a bill, the “Military Consumer Protection Act” (S. 1565), that would amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA) to include various sections of the Servicemembers Civil...more

Military Consumer Enforcement Act Introduced in Senate Seeks to Enhance SCRA Enforcement

Several U.S. Senators have introduced legislation for a Military Consumer Enforcement Act that would seek to empower the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to oversee and enforce compliance with the Servicemember...more

FTC Releases Agenda And Panelists For Upcoming Military Consumer Financial Workshop

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On July 19, the Federal Trade Commission will hold a workshop in San Antonio titled the “2017 Military Consumer Financial Workshop: Protecting Those Who Protect Our Nation.” The FTC has uploaded an agenda and list of...more

Avoiding State Law Pitfalls (Part 2 of 4)

by Bryan Cave on

This is the second hypothetical in our series showing how well-intentioned employers can violate unfamiliar state laws. Scenario #2 - A manager of a Chicago, Illinois restaurant calls you regarding a long-term employee...more

Propoposed Bill Would Significantly Expand MLA Disclosure Requirements

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

We recently reported on a bill introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Dan Kildee (D-Michigan) that would amend the Military Lending Act (“MLA”) to require that creditors provide additional disclosures to...more

Proposed Bill Would Require Disclosures to Servicemembers Regarding Lower Cost Credit

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On May 25, Congressman Dan Kildee (D-Michigan) referred a bill to the House Committee on Armed Services titled the “Transparency in Military Lending Act of 2017.” ...more

Credit Card Issuers Get Ready – MLA in Full Effect October 3

by Baker Donelson on

Credit card issuers get ready; now is the time to make sure you are in compliance with the new requirements of the Military Lending Act (MLA). The amendments to the MLA expanded both the type of creditors it regulates and the...more

CFPB’s Office of Servicemember Affairs Issues Annual Report

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB’s Office of Servicemember Affairs (OSA) has issued its fifth annual report to Congress addressing issues raised and complaints submitted by servicemembers, veterans, and their families....more

Dona Flor and Her Two Cadets - From Portuguese Class to the Trump White House

by Gerald Nowotny on

I graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1982. The Class of 1982 has done very well in the Army with many distinguished graduates. I am not one of them! No war was ever won or lost on my account. My class has...more

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Rejects Broadening USERRA’S Evidentiary Burden For Discrimination Claims

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (“USERRA”), 38 U.S.C. §§ 4301–4335, prohibits discrimination against members of the U.S. military and imposes various obligations on employers with respect...more

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