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New California Labor and Employment Laws for 2018

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The California Legislature passed numerous labor and employment bills that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in 2017. • Many of the new laws relate to wages and hours, leaves and benefits, hiring practices, health and...more

New Legislation Increases Access to Medical Products for Military Applications

by Hogan Lovells on

Yesterday, the President signed new legislation that gives the Department of Defense (DoD) new opportunities to advocate to FDA for expedited development, review, and Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for medical products...more

DOJ Sues Foreclosure Trustee for Illegally Foreclosing on Homes of Servicemembers

by Goodwin on

On November 9, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) annou?nced its lawsuit against a foreclosure trustee for wrongfully foreclosing on at least twenty-eight servicemembers in violation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - November 2017

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - SBA - Backlash to SBA Regulatory Research Contract Is Growing - Critics are raising significant concerns about the award of a federal contract to study regulatory costs to two researchers whose...more

USERRA Requires Bonus Payment to Reservist Who Missed Training

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) imposes on employers the strictest requirements of any federal leave law. Reservists, National Guard members, and other employees who leave work for...more

D.C. District Court Issues Injunction Against Transgender Military Ban

by FordHarrison on

As previously reported by these authors, on July 26, 2017, President Trump announced via Twitter that transgender individuals will no longer be permitted to serve in the military. President Trump issued an official memorandum...more

Happy Veterans Day! Celebrate the Benefits of Hiring California Veterans

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Countless California employers have found that veterans make outstanding employees. As we approach the Veterans Day holiday, read on for a list of the benefits of hiring veterans, as well as helpful...more

CFPB October 2017 “special edition” complaint report highlights servicemember complaints

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB’s October 2017 complaint report, which the CFPB calls a “special edition” monthly complaint report, departs from the format of the CFPB’s standard monthly reports. (The CFPB’s June and July 2017 complaint reports...more

Cordray’s Letter to President Trump Distorts Impact of Arbitration Rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

CFPB Director Richard Cordray yesterday sent a letter to President Trump asking him to uphold the Bureau’s arbitration rule even though the Senate recently joined the House in authorizing a repeal of the rule under the...more

Massachusetts Veterans May Be Entitled to Paid Leave on Veterans Day

Massachusetts employers are reminded that, per legislation signed by Governor Charlie Baker in July 2016, qualifying veterans scheduled to work on Veterans Day who wish to participate in Veterans Day activities in their...more

FTC settles Section 5 claims against company promoting schools to military servicemembers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The FTC has entered a proposed consent order with Victory Media, Inc. (VMI) to settle the FTC’s charges that VMI violated Section 5 of the FTC Act by engaging in deceptive acts or practices in connection with its promotion of...more

Transgender Men and Women in the U.S. Military: The Effect of the Presidential Memorandum

by Bowditch & Dewey on

What exactly is the effect of the Presidential Memorandum? Let’s take this step-by-step - To which military services does it apply?...more

Impact on military of CRA override of CFPB arbitration rule continues to be distorted

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Enough is enough! I recognize that reasonable minds can differ with respect to whether the Senate should override the CFPB arbitration rule. However, it is inexcusable when plaintiffs’ lawyers and consumer advocates...more

Step by Step: Employee Benefits in the Supreme Court

In conjunction with the start of the Supreme Court’s new term, Eversheds Sutherland took a look back at the Court’s work in employee benefit cases since the enactment of ERISA. We found an astonishing 128 decisions, spanning...more

CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman issues sixth annual report

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has released the sixth annual report of the CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman containing an analysis of approximately 12,900 federal student loan complaints, 7,700 private student loan complaints, and 2,300 debt collection...more

Dieselgate: Bringing a Face to Scandal Impacting Volkswagen Owners

A Volkswagen manager pleaded guilty to conspiracy and violating the Clean Air Act and could get seven years in prison. A Volkswagen engineer who agreed to testify against the Volkswagen manager was sentenced to three years in...more

Best in Law: Houston Has a Problem; Make Sure You Don’t - Partner D. Brian Reider Writes About Disaster Preparedness for the...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As the horrible hurricane Harvey and Irma disasters unfolded recently, and wildfires have raged all over the West, we are reminded that the time is now to think carefully about disaster preparedness. Here in California, our...more

Uniformed Service Members To Become A Protected Class Under The New York City Human Rights Law

by Cole Schotz on

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently signed into law an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (the “NYCHRL”) prohibiting discrimination on the basis of uniformed service. The amendment takes effect on...more

Auto-finance companies agree to pay nearly $800,000 to settle Justice Department allegations regarding SCRA auto repossession...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The United States Department of Justice announced last week that Westlake Services LLC and its subsidiary, Wilshire Consumer Capital LLC, have agreed to pay $760,788 to resolve allegations the companies violated the...more

MLA Compliance Deadline For Credit Card Accounts Is Tuesday, October 3

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Military Lending Act (MLA) will apply to credit card accounts starting Tuesday, October 3. The final rule took effect last October but provided a one-year exemption for “credit extended in a credit card account under an...more

Secretary Mattis to Convene Panel of Experts to Study Transgender Service in the Military – Can He Do That?

by Bowditch & Dewey on

On August 25, 2017, President Trump released a memorandum banning transgender individuals from the military. Following this announcement, Secretary of Defense James Mattis (“Secretary Mattis”) said he would convene a “panel...more

FTC launches military task force webpage

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The FTC has launched a new page on its website dedicated to its Military Task Force. According to the FTC, it created the Task Force “to focus on identifying the particular needs of military consumers and developing...more

Protection of servicemembers, Equifax data breach provide mistaken justifications for CFPB arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a mistaken attempt to justify the CFPB’s arbitration rule, supporters are pointing to the need to protect the rights of military servicemembers and the recent Equifax data breach. On September 20, Democratic Senator Jack...more

Why does the military get to discriminate against the transgender community? Is this even legal?

by Bowditch & Dewey on

This question is the most recent culmination of a long line of military-related issues with the LGBT community that far pre-date the Trump Administration. Historically, the military took the position that transgender people...more

Transgender Men and Women and the U.S. Military

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Assuming that our readers read, watch, or listen to the news, then you already know what is happening. But in case you do not: the Trump administration issued a Presidential Memorandum that forbids transgender individuals...more

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