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New York City Seeks to Ban Employer Inquiries Into Applicants’ Salary History

by Genova Burns LLC on

On April 5, 2016, the New York City Council passed a law amending the New York City Human Rights Law, barring all public and private New York City employers from asking job applicants about their prior wages and salary...more

Philadelphia Pay Equity Ordinance Stayed...Temporarily

On April 6, 2017, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia filed suit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, seeking to block Philadelphia’s recently-enacted wage equity...more

RLUIPA Round Up

The recent confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has brought renewed attention to the often blurry line between the courts, government and individual religious liberty. Gorsuch wrote a concurring opinion in the...more

Can the Deliberative Session of Town Meeting in a Senate Bill 2 Town Change the Intent or Purpose of a Petitioned Warrant Article?

by PretiFlaherty on

In Cady v. Town of Deerfield, decided January 18, 2017, the New Hampshire Supreme Court dealt with the question of the extent to which the deliberative session of the Town Meeting in a Senate Bill 2 municipality may amend a...more

California Small Cell Bill Curtails Local Discretionary Review and Rates - Local Governments Need to Voice Their Concerns Before...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Local governments should take action to oppose a California bill that will drastically curtail local discretionary authority over small cell deployments and mandate use of public property such as street light poles at...more

Social Media Policies and the First Amendment

by PretiFlaherty on

Over the last several years, the National Labor Relations Act has driven much of the discussion around the legalities of social networking policies. Since 2011, for example, the NLRB’s Office of General Counsel has issued...more

South Carolina Prevents Local Municipalities From Passing Paid Leave Requirements

Governor Henry McMaster recently signed a law that prevents political subdivisions in South Carolina from requiring private employers to provide employee benefits such as paid sick leave, paid vacation, and paid holidays....more

Mike Knapek and Steven Dimitt Provide ‘Tips for Handling a RLUIPA Lawsuit’

by Jackson Walker on

Attorneys Mike Knapek and Steven Dimitt represent churches and religious institutions in matters related to the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). In a recent article published by the American Bar...more

Urban Renewal Applicability Bill Provides Certainty to Urban Renewal Community; Plus Two Other Urban Renewal Bills

On Friday, March 31, more than a year of ongoing discussions and negotiations among urban renewal stakeholders came to fruition with the introduction by Colorado State Sens. Rachel Zenziger (D – Arvada) and Beth Martinez...more

Appellate Group News: 2016 Year In Review

by Murtha Cullina on

The Appellate Practice Group of Murtha Cullina is regularly trusted to handle appeals by trial counsel within and outside the firm, as well as individuals and institutional clients. We are grateful for these opportunities and...more

Other North Carolina Alcohol Bills

by Williams Mullen on

In addition to the ABC Omnibus Legislation, and the Economic Growth for NC Distilleries / “Brunch Bill,” other alcohol-related bills being considered by the North Carolina General Assembly during the 2017 long session are as...more

Let's Talk Municipal Finance - Issuing Bonds

by PretiFlaherty on

In my previous installment, I discussed several financing alternatives available to municipalities and certain other governmental entities to supplement revenues from their tax base or user fees. One common option is the...more

HB2 Repeal Shields Employers From Local Labor Ordinances

On Thursday, Governor Cooper signed into law a measure repealing North Carolina’s controversial HB2 law that limited use of public restrooms and changing facilities to the gender on that person’s birth certificate. While most...more

Superior Court Rejects Disappointed Bidder’s Claim

by PretiFlaherty on

Whether required by state law or by local ordinance or practice, municipalities often use the competitive bidding process to purchase property, equipment and most types of services. In the recent case of Design...more

Court Mandates Full Payment of 40B Application Fee for Complete Application

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Municipality Successfully Invokes Safe Harbor Due to Late Payment - Ruling that a developer who files a comprehensive permit application without paying the full filing fee “does so at its peril,” the Court in Zoning...more

Another Attempt to Control Rising Pension Costs in Pennsylvania Thwarted

In City of Allentown, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered the City to implement an interest arbitration award which contained (among modifications to wages, sick leave, vacation, pension and overtime) a minimum staffing...more

Solving the Problem of the Unchecked Rise of Short-Term Rentals

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The Internet has created innovative inroads into traditional vacation lodging. Websites like Airbnb, VRBO and Flipkey provide vacationers with affordable lodging in prime locations, furnished with all the comforts of a home....more

What can your Animal Control Officer do for you?

by PretiFlaherty on

I remember the days (and I don’t mean they were necessarily the good old days) when Animal Control Officers were called “dog catchers”. They had a truck, picked up stray dogs, and did not try to help the dogs or reunite them...more

SEC Proposes Amendments to Rule 15c2-12 to Expand Municipal Securities Disclosures

On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published for comment proposed amendments to Rule 15c2-12 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) that would expand the list of events triggering...more

Recycling Infrastructure Assets to Spur Infrastructure Investment

The Trump Administration has the admirable goal of encouraging infrastructure investment. One policy it may want to consider is promoting the recycling of existing municipal infrastructure assets. This policy was developed...more

Chicago Board of Ethics hands down $90,000 fine for failure to register as a lobbyist

by DLA Piper on

The Chicago Board of Ethics recently handed down a $90,000 fine – the highest in its history – against an individual who failed to register as a lobbyist under Chicago's Lobbyist Registration ordinance.  An additional fine of...more

Tax Lien Foreclosure – Rights of Mortgage Holders and Unassessed Owners

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Experienced tax collectors and treasurers know that mortgage holders and unassessed owners of record have the right to receive copies of certain notices during the tax lien foreclosure process. But what are these entities’...more

Social Media and Public Records Laws

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Social media is ubiquitous these days. Facebook alone, for example, has nearly 1.5 billion monthly active users. Given social media’s widespread use, it is not surprising that some municipalities have sought to harness its...more

SEC Proposes Additional Event Disclosures for Municipal Bond Issuers

by Bracewell LLP on

On March 1, 2017, the Securities Exchange Commission voted in open meeting to propose amendments to Rule 15c2-12 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 adding two event notices to the current fourteen required in...more

Pending Alabama Tax Legislation (2017 Regular Session) State and Local Tax Alert: Alabama Edition

The House and Senate have each met a total of six legislative days thus far. There are therefore 24 legislative days remaining in the 2017 Regular Session. The House will reconvene on Tuesday, February 28 at 1:00 p.m. The...more

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