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Foreign Agents Registration Act Enforcement

by Michael Volkov on

One consequence of the ongoing Russia investigation against the current administration is increased focus and probable enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). For Washington insiders, FARA was a known...more

No Longer FARA-way: Heightened Exposure of the Foreign Agent Registration Act

by K&L Gates LLP on

Recent “above the fold” headlines generated from Robert Mueller’s investigation of lobbyists and consultants connected to possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election have shined the spotlight on the...more

Increased Focus on FARA Registrations Is Likely – What Businesses Need to Know

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

A once-overlooked federal criminal law, the Foreign Agents Registration Act (“FARA”), is now at the top of the news. Enacted in 1938 to control Nazi propaganda, FARA requires U.S. firms that represent foreign entities to...more

Dear Littler: Can We Discipline An Employee Who "Took a Knee" During the Anthem?

by Littler on

Dear Littler: I work for a prominent company in a small city here in the Hoosier State, and we are very involved in our local community. We sponsor a corporate softball team, and last night one of our team members “took a...more

The Foreign Agents Registration Act: Rising Out of Obscurity

Who would have thought that a little-known, 1930s-era law would suddenly become a household name? Not me. Not even as an attorney who counsels clients on compliance with the law and maintains a healthy (read: nerdy) interest...more

Department of Justice Posts Foreign Agent Informational Materials Online

by Perkins Coie on

The Foreign Agents Registration Unit of the U.S. Department of Justice has updated its website to make available to the public searchable and downloadable informational materials filed by foreign agents. Informational...more

Charities Participating in Policy and Protest: 2017 and Beyond

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

Recent demonstrations highlight a significant passion for expressing dissent and opposition to the Trump administration and its public policy positions. Given the dramatic increase in queries we have received from our clients...more

Employer Guide for Election Season

by Lewitt Hackman on

The 2016 presidential election season has provided fodder for often impassioned conversations among friends, family and co-workers. While we may not always agree with all points of view, it is important to remember that...more

Prohibited Campaign Intervention: Stay Alert in the Final Stretch

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

Engaging in any political electoral campaign activity on behalf of or in opposition to a candidate for public office is a prohibited activity for all charities and private foundations that are exempt under Internal Revenue...more

Taylor English victory in litigation against IRS

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

Our client, Linchpins of Liberty, is a non-profit organization that, along with roughly 37 other clients, applied for non-profit status under IRC Sections 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4). Because of their names, the IRS failed to...more

Congressional Hearing Examines Free Speech and Tax Constraints on Campus Political Activity

by WilmerHale on

Campuses across the country are wrestling with how free speech, tolerance, diversity and politics mix in a higher education environment. Recently, the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee examined the...more

No Party for IRS: Court Certifies Class of Conservative Nonprofits

by Carlton Fields on

If you thought that the political controversy over alleged IRS targeting of Tea Party organizations was confined to the media, think again – the issue has reached the courts. The Southern District of Ohio recently granted...more

U.S. Supreme Court’s October 2015 Term Promises Slew of Significant Labor and Employment Cases

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Each year, the U.S. Supreme Court begins its term on the first Monday in October. Although known as the “October Term,” the term in fact continues, alternating between two-week “sittings” and “recesses,” until late June or...more

Harassment and Political Belief

by Dechert LLP on

In the case Henderson v GMB, the UK's Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) had to consider whether the claimant had been subjected to harassment related to his beliefs. The claimant in the case was a trade union official who had...more

GOP Gives EEOC Epic Smackdown

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The Republican members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (“HELP”) Committee recently released its study of the EEOC, and the results aren’t pretty for the Agency. The study blasts the EEOC for “litigation...more

Sixth Commandment of Government Contracting: Thou shalt avoid political intervention

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In the Third Commandment, “Thou Shalt Start as Low as Possible,” I discussed the challenges associated with seeking political intervention to solve a Government contracting problem. This topic deserves treatment on its own...more

Morgan Lewis Analysis: The 2014 State of the Union Address

by Morgan Lewis on

President Obama used the opening of his State of the Union address to acknowledge the current political divide in Washington. One of his first attempts to move the government from partisanship to partnership was a brief...more

Election Day Consideration: Legal Risks Associated with a Politically Contentious Workplace

This year voters go to the polls to elect governors in Virginia and New Jersey, mayors in New York City, Boston, Detroit and other municipalities, and decide on a host of ballot issues across the country. With all of the...more

Clinton: SCOTUS Myriad Genetics Decision 'Terrific'

by Bloomberg Law on

June 14 (Bloomberg) -- Former President Bill Clinton discusses the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. with Trish Reagan at the Clinton Global Initiative in Chicago....more

Abuse Of Government Power — The IRS Targets Political Groups

by Michael Volkov on

Just to show my age and my fascination with history – the recent flap over the IRS targeting of Tea Party-affiliated groups reminds everyone in my age bracket (and above) of the legendary Nixon(ian) scandals during the...more

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