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Supreme Court Update: Bravo-Fernandez V. United States (15-537) And Order List

12.2.2016 Greetings Court Fans! The Court issued its first signed opinion of the term this week, a unanimous decision in Bravo-Fernandez v. United States (15-537) holding that the Double Jeopardy Clause does not bar the...more

Stevens Transport Sued By EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Company Refused to Hire Air Force Veteran With Bipolar Disorder as Truck Driver, Federal Agency Charged - DALLAS - Stevens Transport, the largest refrigerated trucking company in Texas and one of the top four largest...more

Applying Kentucky Law, Sixth Circuit Finds Continued Employment Constitutes Assent To Arbitration Agreement

During the time Plaintiffs Aldrich and Nolan worked as recruiters for the University of Phoenix, they allegedly signed an electronic form acknowledging their understanding of updated terms to the employee handbook. The...more

Returning Veterans to Work: Reemployment Obligations for Employers under USERRA Vary Based on Length of Service

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

CFPB issues report on servicemember complaints

A new CFPB report, “A snapshot of servicemember complaints,” focuses on issues related to VA mortgage refinancing. The report indicates that as of November 1, 2016, the CFPB had received over 12,500 mortgage complaints...more

Military Disability Benefits May be Wrongfully Taxed by the IRS

To help reduce the tax burden of those who bravely serve our country, the Internal Revenue Code provides that a pension, annuity, or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the armed...more

State Laws Encourage Employers to Honor Veterans

The tradition of annually recognizing the courage and contribution of veterans dates back to November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. November 11 became a national holiday in 1938, and employers in...more

Appeals Court Explains Punitive Damages Awards For Extreme Reprehensibility Or Unusually Small, Hard-To-Detect Or Hard-To-Measure...

In Nickerson v. Stonebridge Life Ins. Co. (No. B234271A, filed 11/3/16), (“Nickerson II”) a California appeals court outlined the requirements for complying with the single-digit multiplier annunciated as a Constitutional...more

Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulation, a/k/a Federal Contractor Blacklisting Regulation

On July 31, 2014, without much public attention, President Obama issued a far-reaching Executive Order, No. 13673, which requires bidders on federal contracts to disclose adverse labor law decisions under more than a dozen...more

The FAR Councils Drop 10 FAR Amendments in End-of-Fiscal-Year Blitz

On September 30, 2016, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Councils issued 10 FAR amendments (nine final and one interim) on a broad range of topics. One rule imposes new risks for contractors with delinquent taxes or...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2016 #4

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Amendments to Department of Defense (“DOD”) Mentor-Protégé Program DOD has issued a proposed rule which will amend the DFARS to implement Section 861 of the NDAA 2016, which provides amendments...more

D.C. Circuit Rules That the 8(a) Program is Constitutional, But Its Reasoning Raises Questions

On September 9, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) issued a split decision holding that § 8(a) of the Small Business Act does not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the...more

Ballard Spahr Partner Dee Spagnuolo Joins CFPB OMWI Director on Panel at ABA Meeting

Ballard Spahr Partner Dee Spagnuolo joined Director Stuart Ishimaru of the CFPB’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion and other industry leaders for the panel discussion "Diversity and Dodd-Frank Section 342," on September...more

Ballard Spahr partner Dee Spagnuolo joins CFPB OMWI Director on panel at ABA meeting

Members of Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Financial Services group recently participated in the American Bar Association Business Law Section Annual Meeting held in Boston, Massachusetts. On September 8, Ballard partner, Dee...more

Proposed Amendment to NYC Human Rights Law Would Prohibit Discrimination Against Uniformed Service Members and Veterans

An amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) introduced before the City Council this week would add current or prior service in the uniformed services as a protected class under the law. If approved by the...more

Massachusetts Leave Entitlements Change Yet Again

Massachusetts long has required that employers provide leave to military veterans wanting to participate in Veterans Day or Memorial Day exercises, parades, or services in their communities of residence. Previously, employers...more

Pennsylvania Tax Changes and Tax Amnesty Program

As part of the budget package, the Pennsylvania General Assembly made many significant changes to various Pennsylvania tax laws and the unclaimed property law (including a tax amnesty program) that are estimated to generate...more

The “Rule of Two” Rules the Day in Supreme Court’s Decision Against the VA

The recently decided case of Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States marks a big win for small business-owning veterans. The Supreme Court unanimously decided that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)...more

Time to start filing your EEO-1 and VETS-4212 reports!

It’s that time of the year! No, back-to-school is still a few weeks away. It’s time for employers to start filing their EEO-1 and VETS-4212 reports. The filing period for the EEO-1 and VETS-4212 Reports is now open....more

Veterans Returning to Work After Military Service May Not Be Discharged Except “For Cause”

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

Massachusetts Governor Signs Act Granting Paid Leave to Veterans Participating in Veterans Day Activities and Adds “Veteran...

Seyfarth Synopsis: In July 2016, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law An Act Relative to Housing, Operations, Military Service, and Enrichment (“The HOME Act”). The HOME Act requires employers to provide paid leave to...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

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

New Louisiana Laws Will Impact Employers

In recent months, the Louisiana Legislature has passed several bills that have been signed into law, which will affect Louisiana employers. These new laws are effective August 1. In addition, the governor signed an executive...more

Reemployment Rights of Employees Returning from Active Duty in the Armed Forces

David C. Henderson, a partner in Nutter’s Litigation Department and a member of the firm’s Labor, Employment and Benefits practice group, weighed in on the reemployment rights of employees returning from active duty in the...more

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