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Congress Tackles Federal Paid Leave with Flexible Work Standards Bill

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

U.S. Representative Mimi Walters (R-CA) last week introduced bill H.R. 4219, "Workflex in the 21st Century Act," which, if passed, will create a voluntary program through which employers can opt to offer employees a...more

D.C. belatedly releases Bill of Rights for student loan borrowers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The District of Columbia Student Loan Ombudsman Establishment and Servicing Regulation Act of 2016 (Servicing Act) became effective February 18, 2017. The Servicing Act set an October 1 deadline for the Student Loan...more

Medical Cannabis May Lose Protection in Upcoming Spending Bill

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

All eyes in the medical cannabis industry are watching a December deadline faced by Congress. A short-term funding deal signed into law on September 8 by President Donald Trump not only kept the government running, it also...more

Federal Judge Blocks President Trump’s Effort to Punish Sanctuary Cities

On Friday, United States District Court Judge Harry Leinenweber blocked the U.S. Department of Justice from refusing to provide federal grant money to localities that had enacted “sanctuary city” laws protecting immigrants...more

Protection against DOJ interference with state medical cannabis programs extended until Dec. 8

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

A bipartisan short-term funding deal signed into law by President Donald Trump on Sept. 8 extended the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment protections for lawful medical cannabis programs that allow producers, retailers and...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - September 2017#2

- U.S. High Court Asked to Review WV Justice's Role in Gas Royalties Case - "The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to review West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Beth Walker's participation in a high-stakes natural gas...more

Illinois Sanctuary Jurisdiction Law: What It Means for Local Governments

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The new Illinois TRUST Act limits state and local government officials from 1) complying with immigration detainer requests, or 2) stopping, arresting, searching or detaining an individual solely based on immigration...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - August 2017

Welcome to Spilman Thomas & Battle's weekly energy news e-blast - Currents. The purpose of this communication is to provide a synopsis of the top news stories for the week, but with a twist. We recognize that you may already...more

St. Louis Minimum Wage Out, Statewide Preemption In (Eff. 8/28/17)

by Messner Reeves LLP on

Local minimum wage ordinances in Missouri will become invalid on August 28, 2017, when House Bill 1194, which bans local minimum wage ordinances, becomes law. Importantly, this change in law affects both the St. Louis...more

SELF DRIVE Act Cruises from Committee to Full House

by Jones Day on

On July 27, 2017 the first federal bill that addresses autonomous vehicle technology advanced to the full U.S. House of Representatives. Only eight days after advancing out of a subcommittee, the House Energy and Commerce...more

WPI State of the States: Statehouses Continue to Release Summer Blockbusters

by Littler on

Despite recent publicity surrounding bills pending in the U.S. Congress, state legislatures have not lost their focus. More than 30 states have concluded their legislative sessions, and another half-dozen are in recess. But...more

US House Subcommittee Greenlights Proposal to Preempt State Regulations for Autonomous Vehicles

by Dentons on

A House panel on Wednesday unanimously advanced a sweeping proposal that would carve out new exemptions for thousands of experimental autonomous vehicles from existing federal auto safety standards, marking Congress's most...more

Florida Enacts Law to Keep Local Governments from Regulating Drones

On July 1, 2017, a new law in the State of Florida became effective in order to keep “local governments from regulating drone and model aircraft operations” in the State, while in turn, “protecting those who fly safely and...more

Banking for Marijuana Businesses on the Rise

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCen”) issued a Marijuana Related Business update in June with data from the first quarter of 2017. FinCen reports that the number of depository institutions that are actively...more

New Georgia Law Preempts Predictive Scheduling Ordinances

Georgia’s Minimum Wage Law (O.C.G.A. § 34-4-1 et seq.) already prohibits local governments from requiring employers to pay employees a wage rate that exceeds what is required under state or federal law. This same law also...more

Florida’s New Medical Marijuana Law and Telemedicine Exams

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Following a special session, the Florida Legislature on June 9, 2017 passed two important bills regarding medical marijuana in the Sunshine State: SB 8A and SB 6A. Together, these bills implement Article X, section 29 of the...more

AG Sessions seeks repeal of Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Since the new Presidential administration took office late last year, the cannabis industry has received a mixed set of signals from this administration as to how it will treat the growing cannabis industry in relation to the...more

Marijuana For Everyone? Society’s Changing Attitude Reflected In Workplace Practices

by Fisher Phillips on

We’ve entered a new era of acceptance when it comes to the legally permitted use of marijuana. As of today, 28 states have legalized medical use of the drug, and eight states permit its recreational use. With over half of the...more

[Acapulco] Gold* Rush for California Cannabis Trademarks Countdown to January 1, 2018

Last week the California Assembly passed Assembly Bill 64 (AB 64), an omnibus bill regarding medical and recreational marijuana, sending it to the State Senate for review....more

Georgia Enacts New Laws Relating to Paid Sick Leave and Pay for Schedule Changes

by Jones Day on

On May 8, 2017, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed two employment-related laws, both of which become effective on July 1, 2017. First, he signed the employee-friendly Act 203 (S.B. 201). Under the new law, if an employer...more

Interpreting the renewed Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment: A loophole for enforcement?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In 2013, the U.S. federal government shut down while federal legislators debated about various political issues of the year. However, during that debate, an amendment was added to the final spending bill that stated as...more

The Battle Over Paid Sick Leave – Pittsburgh’s Paid Sick Leave Law Suffers Another Blow – Is Philadelphia Next?

by Fisher Phillips on

There have been many recent, important developments in the area of paid sick leave in Pennsylvania. Recently, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania (the “Appeals Court”) affirmed the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny...more

WPI Wage Watch: Minimum Wage and Overtime Updates (May Edition)

by Littler on

Just under halfway through 2017, minimum wage and overtime developments have shifted into overdrive. Proposals submitted by federal legislators from both sides of the aisle highlight the different approaches the country’s...more

Efforts to Shore up MassHealth Should Favor Simplicity and Avoid Potential Conflict with Federal Law

In an effort to make up for a funding shortfall in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Medicaid program, state policymakers have proposed solutions that include a “play-or-pay” option under which employers who fail to offer...more

Minnesota Legislature Gives Up on Bill to Preempt Cities’ Safe and Sick Leave Ordinances

In the waning hours of the 2017 legislative session, Republicans who control both houses of the Minnesota Legislature reached an agreement with Democratic Governor Mark Dayton on a budget bill that removed from a provision...more

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