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U.S. DOL Announces Two-Year TRICARE Moratorium Extension

by FordHarrison on

On May 18, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a press release announcing an Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Directive that extends by two years the enforcement moratorium pertaining to the...more

New Comptroller’s Handbook Booklet and Rescissions

On May 11, 2018, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC“) issued the “Military Lending Act” (“MLA“) booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook. ...more

OFCCP Extends TRICARE Moratorium to 2021

According to a May 18, 2018, press release, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has extended its moratorium on enforcing the affirmative action obligations of TRICARE...more

OFCCP Extends Moratorium on TRICARE Enforcement for Two More Years

by Littler on

On May 18, 2018, the U.S. Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued a directive ending uncertainty as to whether efforts to audit TRICARE participants will resume in 2019 and signaling an encouraging...more

OFCCP Extends TRICARE Moratorium

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

As we recently reported, OFCCP is evaluating affirmative action obligations for TRICARE providers and expects to publish rulemaking on this front next year. In connection with this, to allow time for the rulemaking process,...more

Proskauer and A&E Assist Los Angeles Area Vets

by Proskauer For Good on

My 16-year-old daughter, Helena, recently expressed an interest in helping veterans for a high school service project. I immediately took out my phone and emailed my partner Colleen Hart, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, who is...more

While Veteran-Friendly, USERRA’s Anti-Discrimination Provision Still Requires Adverse Employment Action For Employer Liability

With Memorial Day around the corner, it is an appropriate time for employers to review their management of employees who are members of the military....more

Department of Defense FY18 research funding for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program

by Hogan Lovells on

The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program within the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command that is a partnership formed by Congress, the military and the manages billions of dollars in Congressional...more

DOJ brings suit against indirect auto lender alleging its repossession practices violated the SCRA

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On March 28, the Department of Justice (DOJ) brought another lawsuit against an auto finance company alleging the company violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) by repossessing vehicles owned by servicemembers...more

DOJ Brings Suit Against California Auto Lender Under SCRA

by Goodwin on

?On March 28, 2018, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced it had filed a lawsuit in the Central District of California against an auto lender for allegedly repossessing??? the vehicles of members of the armed forces...more

More industry groups petition Department of Defense to withdraw MLA interpretation on GAP insurance financing—is a response...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

We previously reported that several trade groups had sent letters petitioning the Department of Defense (DoD) to rescind or withdraw Question and Answer #2 (Q&A 2) from its 2016 interpretative rule for the Military Lending...more

Recent Healthcare Fraud Suit Puts Private Equity Industry on Notice as to Potential Liability for Portfolio Company Conduct

by White and Williams LLP on

In February, the Department of Justice (DOJ) intervened in a False Claims Act case alleging healthcare fraud, a common enough event. The case in question, originally began in 2015 as a whistleblower case brought by two...more

Update to MLA Website Expands Search Functionality

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Yesterday, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Military Lending Act website was temporarily taken offline to accommodate various “security and performance enhancements.” ...more

DOJ Settles $2 Million SCRA Action with Auto Lender

by Goodwin on

?On February 22, 2018, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that it had entered into a settlement with an auto financial services company for alleged violations of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”), 50...more

Washington state legislature passes bill to expand coverage of service member protections and provide additional protections

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Washington state Senate and House of Representatives have passed a bill (House Bill 1056) that would expand the coverage of the Washington Service Members’ Civil Relief Act (WSCRA) and provide additional protections to...more

DOJ announces settlement of SCRA claims for auctioning of towed vehicles without court orders

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Justice recently announced it had entered into an agreement with the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii (Honolulu) and its general contractor for towing services to settle a lawsuit filed by the DOJ...more

New VA Policy Guidance for Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loans

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

On February 1, 2018, the Department of Veterans Affairs issued Circular 26-18-1, in which it announced a new policy regarding certain disclosures for the VA Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loans (IRRRL). In general, for...more

Does Being Fit Increase Your Company’s Risk of Security Breaches?

by Fisher Phillips on

As we are early into the new year, for many, hope springs eternal to get in shape during 2018. Many of us wear some kind of fitness activity tracker that monitors steps, heart rate, calories, sleep patterns, etc. Recent news...more

Trade groups ask Defense Dept. to rescind MLA interpretation on GAP insurance financing

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Four trade groups have sent letters to the Department of Defense (DoD) asking the DoD to rescind or withdraw Question and Answer #2 (Q&A 2) from its 2016 interpretative rule for the Military Lending Act final rule (MLA Rule)...more

When Military Wills Do Not Contemplate Future-Born Children

Estate planning probably isn’t high on the priority list for many 20-year-olds, even if they are 20-year-olds serving in uniform. While the Armed Forces may make it easy for those serving our country to get a will, these...more

FDA and DoD Launch Priority Development Program for Medical Products Essential for the Urgent Care of U.S. Military Personnel

by K&L Gates LLP on

On January 16, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Office of Health Affairs (“Health Affairs”) launched a joint program to help expedite the development and availability of...more

Extended Consideration of Accommodation Request OK in Unusual Circumstances

Employers understand their obligation to engage in an interactive process to address accommodation requests made by disabled employees. How long does the employer have to reach a conclusion with regard to the accommodation...more

CFPB Update: January 2018

by Burr & Forman on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”) is a U.S. government agency created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The CFPB is the first federal agency tasked solely with the...more

The Weekly Round-Up: Skilled Immigrants Dominate Silicon Valley, White House Squares Off Against Sanctuary Cities, and Immigrant...

Immigrant Workers a Majority in Silicon Valley - Silicon Valley, known around the globe as a technology hub with headquarters for many companies, including Google and Apple, is heavily dependent on foreign skilled...more

Assembly Bill 1710 Expands Military Personnel Employment Protections

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Effective January 1, 2018, AB 1710 amends Section 394 of the Military and Veterans Code by including protection against discrimination in all terms, conditions or privileges of employment due to membership or service in the...more

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