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Safe Harbor for Violations of Disability Access Under the Unruh Act

Senate Bill 269 provides a “safe harbor” period for some businesses to correct certain violations related to construction-related disability access under the Unruh Act. The bill reduces fines for certain technical...more

California Digital Currency Regulation Is On Again and Then Off Again

California first proposed a licensing framework for digital currency companies in February 2015, though the bill was inactive by September 2015. Just last week, California legislators introduced a bill that was amended from...more

More Proposed Pay Changes: Bill To Restrict Employers From Asking About Salary History Introduced to the New York City Council

Seyfarth Synopsis: The New York City Council introduced a bill that would prohibit New York City employers from inquiring or relying on a job applicant’s wage or salary history. Although New Yorkers and Bostonians have...more

State Attorneys General on the Attack Against Noncompete Overuse

Too much of a good thing can be bad – a maxim that some employers have historically ignored by requiring entire workforces, including rank-and-file employees, to submit to post-employment noncompete obligations as a condition...more

NJ Gets Shut-out on Sports Betting

New Jersey’s sports betting law was struck down by an Appellate court decision. The court held that PASPA (the Professional And Amateur Sports Protection Act) prohibits states from authorizing by law sports gambling, and that...more

Special Needs Trust Fairness Act Moves Out of House Committee

The Special Needs Trust Fairness Act, a bill that would correct a decades-old error in federal law that prohibits people with special needs from creating their own special needs trusts, has passed out of the House Energy and...more

Military Pensions Could See Significant Changes

Pending Federal legislation could have a huge impact on how judges will divide military pensions during a divorce. In a previous post, I discussed at length how military pension plans currently could be divided in the context...more

Supreme Court of Missouri Holds Veto Session Was Too Late for Senate to Take Action

This case involves an issue of first impression. The disagreement centered around the legislative intent of Article III, Section 32 of the Missouri Constitution: that is, whether all vetoed bills may be reconsidered during a...more

A new regulatory climate for energy producers? Six points about the Energy Policy Modernization Act

This summer, in an 84-3 vote, the United States Senate moved forward a wide-ranging piece of bipartisan energy legislation, the Energy Policy Modernization Act. The nearly 800-page bill tackles everything from the security of...more

California's Recreational Marijuana Initiative Is Not Expected To Impact Employer Workplace Drug Policies

California may be the next state to join Alaska, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Oregon and Washington in legalizing adult recreational use of marijuana. On November 8, 2016, California voters will decide whether to...more

Safe Food Labeling Act — Less Label Clarity and Less Safety?

While Americans have been bombarded with news of Pokemon sightings, legislation concerning our food safety passed through the House, with barely a whisper from the mainstream media. The House of Representatives submitted...more

French legislation requires medium and large companies to implement anti-corruption compliance programs

French legislation known as the Sapin II bill will change the legal framework for prevention and prosecution of corruption in France after its anticipated adoption by the end of the year. The final text has not yet been...more

In Like A Lion, Out Like A Lamb: Following Much Fanfare, Massachusetts Noncompete Reform Again Fails

In what has become a highly anticipated annual game of “Will They/Won’t They,” the Massachusetts legislature again failed to pass comprehensive noncompete reform legislation this year, despite much fanfare and high hopes from...more

Non-Competes to Stay in Massachusetts…For Now

Yesterday, Massachusetts woke up to what is becoming a regular occurrence: the legislature was unable to pass a bill limiting the use of non-competition agreements in the Commonwealth, although it came the closest it has in...more

Offshore wind in Massachusetts energy bill

The Massachusetts legislature has enacted an energy bill that will require utilities to purchase offshore wind energy by 2027. The legislation, known as H. 4568, "An Act to promote energy diversity," has been laid before...more

Massachusetts Prepares to Toughen Pay Equity Requirements

The Massachusetts legislature has passed a bill to amend the state’s Equal Pay Act that would impose more rigorous equal pay obligations on employers by prohibiting certain conduct. Both house of the legislature (Senate and...more

Massachusetts Nearing Enactment of Sweeping Pay Equity Legislation

Continuing a trend, Massachusetts is poised to implement major changes to its equal pay laws. Following the lead of California, New York, and Maryland, which each enacted expansive equal pay laws in the last few months,...more

Massachusetts Adds Teeth to Equal Pay Obligations

On July 23, 2016, the Massachusetts Legislature passed the Act to Establish Pay Equity (the “Act”). The stated purpose of the Act is to increase wage transparency and bridge the gender gap with regard to wages. Governor...more

Relief in Sight for New York Nonprofits with Prospect of Additional Amendments to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013

On June 16, 2016, the New York Legislature passed A10365-B approving further changes to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act (the “Revitalization Act” or “Act”), including major changes to the rules on independent directors and...more

Down to the Wire for Proposed Non-Compete Reform Legislation in Massachusetts

Massachusetts finally may enact non-compete reform legislation. The current session of the General Court, the state’s legislature, ends on July 31, and the House and Senate have passed versions of non-compete reform...more

Health Alert (Australia) July 25, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Commonwealth 21 July 2016 - NRM Corporation Pty Ltd v Australian Competition and Consumer Commission [2016] FCAFC...more

California Legislative Update: Heading Into The 2016 Session's Final Month

The California Legislature will return from its July recess on August 1, and will devote that month to final consideration of legislation for 2016. The session has entered a somewhat anticlimactic stage for employment...more

Massachusetts Governor Supports Noncompete Reform, But Not Abolition

According to The Boston Globe, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has publicly voiced his support for some restrictions on noncompete agreements, but he does not want to abolish them entirely. Specifically, Governor Baker...more

President Obama to sign Housing Opportunities through Modernization Act of 2016

On July 19, 2016, bill H.R. 3700, more commonly known as the Housing Opportunities through Modernization Act of 2016 (“HOTMA”), was presented to President Obama for signature after being unanimously approved by the U.S....more

Pensions Round-Up: June 2016 (UK)

Welcome to the latest edition of Pensions Round-Up which provides an overview of developments in pension legislation, case law and regulatory guidance. In this edition we look at key developments from June 2016 including...more

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