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Department of Industrial Relation’s New Registration Program for Public Works Projects - Construction Practice Newsletter

This past year, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 854 which went to effect immediately. The bill requires that public works contractors register through the California Department of Industrial Relations...more

Utah Law Bars Discrimination Against Nursing Mothers

On March 23, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill that prohibits discrimination against employees who breastfeed at work....more

New Prevailing Wage Law in West Virginia

This month, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomlin signed Senate Bill 361, which significantly adjusts the state’s calculation of prevailing wages to establish an amount more reflective of actual earnings in regions across...more

"Surprise Medical Bills" Law

Consider the following scenario. You are a patient who had a colonoscopy performed by a physician who participates in your health insurance plan. A week later, you receive two “surprise” medical bills from an anesthesiologist...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

House Approves Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding, Hospital Observation, Controlled Substances, & Trauma Care Bills

Yesterday the House of Representatives approved the following health policy bills: ..H.R. 284, the Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Improvement Act of 2015 – which would require Medicare suppliers that bid under a...more

Court Rejects Kentucky Wage-Hour Representative Actions

The Kentucky Wages and Hours Act provides the mechanism for pursuing redress for minimum-wage or overtime violations under that law. KRS 337.385 provides, in pertinent part, that "[s]uch action may be maintained in any court...more

State Legislatures React To Latest Health Data Breaches By Updating State Data Breach Notification Laws And Encryption...

Recent, large-scale breaches of health information have served to highlight the fact that federal agencies have only rarely assessed penalties against companies as a result of these breaches, while many states do not have...more

2014 A Busy Year for Pennsylvania Mechanics' Lien Law: More New Changes Take Effect

When it comes to the Pennsylvania Mechanics’ Lien Law (Lien Statute), the Pennsylvania legislature was quite active in 2014. In July, Governor Corbett signed into law certain changes to the Lien Statute affecting residential...more

New Retainage Law Takes Effect in Massachusetts

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a new retainage law applicable to most private construction projects that took effect on Nov. 6, 2014. The Retainage Law limits retainage to 5 percent of each payment and regulates the...more

Easy to Swallow: New California Beer Legislation Benefits Craft Brewers

Last year the state eased up on growler restrictions to allow California beer lovers to get their growlers refilled at any brewery, no matter which brewery’s label is on the container, as long as the refilling brewery puts on...more

New Oregon class-action law purports to seize unclaimed damages for legal aid and judge-picked charities

The first bill signed by Oregon Governor Kate Brown—H.B. 2700 (pdf)—changes the rules for handling payment of damages awards in class actions in Oregon state courts. Effective immediately, including for pending actions, the...more

Massachusetts Expands Parental Leave Rights

Effective April 7, 2015, Massachusetts employers with six or more employees must provide childbirth leave on a gender neutral basis.  Under a new Parental Leave Act law (“PLA”) signed by former Governor Deval Patrick on the...more

Michigan Legislature Adopts Measures to Ease Tensions in High-Conflict Domestic Relations Cases

High-conflict domestic relations cases create a significant drag on a court's resources through ongoing disputes that range from who is responsible for paying for music lessons through charges of parenting alienation as a...more

California Groundwater Users Face Unpredictable Legal Frontier

In 2014, for the first time in its 164-year history, California enacted a law that comprehensively regulates the extraction and use of the state’s groundwater. This legislative action came against the dramatic backdrop of...more

Iowa Senate File 166

On March 12, 2015, the Iowa Senate passed a bill that would allow Iowans participating in fantasy sports leagues to claim prizes and awards. Iowa Senate File 166 (“SF 166”) was passed by a 32-16 vote and placed on the House...more

THE NETHERLANDS: New Cookie Legislation Entered Into Effect

Yesterday, the amendments to the current Dutch cookies regulation in Article 11.7a Telecommunications Act (TA) entered into force. In short, amendments provide for...more

Utah passes historic legislation against sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination

On March 12, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed into law newly enacted legislation aimed at preventing employment and housing discrimination against gays, lesbians, and transgender individuals. The monumental legislation...more

Utah Legislature Expands Antidiscrimination Laws to Address LGBT and Religious Rights

Last night, the Utah House passed landmark legislation (the "Act") already approved by the Senate that modifies Utah's antidiscrimination and fair housing acts to provide protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender...more

Legislation Passed Relating to Full-Time Employees under Affordable Care Act

The House passed the Save American Workers Act (H.R. 30), which would redefine full-time employment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) from 30 hours to 40 hours per week for purposes of the employer mandate, thereby...more

Utah Legislators Make History, Pass LGBT Antidiscrimination/Religious Freedom Bill

Utah legislators made national headlines last night when they approved a bill providing antidiscrimination protections to LGBT employees coupled with protections for religious expression in the workplace. Titled the Utah...more

New Arbitration Act Prepared

The Delaware State Bar Association has prepared a new “Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act.” The DRAA is designed to address the current problems with costs and delays that infect many arbitrations....more

Wisconsin Evens the Score by Becoming the Twenty-Fifth Right-to-Work State — So What Happens Now?

Wisconsin’s Legislature passed a “right-to-work” (RTW) law on Friday, March 6, 2015, and Wisconsin Governor (and possible presidential candidate) Scott Walker promptly signed the bill into law today. Wisconsin has now become...more

Low Carbon Fuel Bill Passed In Oregon Senate

On February 26, 2015, the Oregon State Senate passed Senate Bill 324 (SB 324), a measure that would require fuel producers to reduce the amount of carbon in car and truck fuels....more

Wisconsin is Really Open for Business: Governor Signs New Right-to-Work Law

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s motto is that Wisconsin is “open for business,” and he means it. On March 9, 2015, Governor Walker signed into law Senate Bill 44, which made Wisconsin the 25th right-to-work state in the...more

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