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March 30, 2015
The Pao v. Kleiner Perkins case, which garnered national attention for its salacious allegations and high-profile players, reached an end following weeks of testimony and days of deliberation. The jury found Ellen Pao was not discriminated against by her former employer because of her gender or because of her complaints of discrimination.
March 30, 2015
Following Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s decision to sign the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), a decision by Texas District Court Judge Reed O’Connor adds to the controversy and conversation surrounding the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights movement.
March 26, 2015
On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules to amend Regulation A intended to modernize the current framework by increasing the access to capital for smaller companies. The final rules implement Title IV of the JOBS Act.
March 25, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a long-awaited decision today in a case involving whether an employer must provide light duty to pregnant employees if it provides light duty to certain other employees. The Supreme Court ruled that it might be discriminatory for an employer not to do so.
March 23, 2015
On March 23, 2015, the Ohio Department of Medicaid issued a notice on its website that approximately 4,200 Ohio Medicaid Providers mistakenly received letters stating that they had been terminated and/or excluded from Ohio Medicaid.
March 20, 2015
West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D) has signed HB 2002 into law, thus changing the state to one utilizing the modified comparative fault standard and no longer the joint and several liability standard for computation of allocation of fault.
March 12, 2015
During Personnel Season this year, which is coming to a close, there were a number of questions and concerns during the reduction-in-force and transfer process regarding how to handle needed personnel changes for the 2015-16 school year in the Early Childhood Classroom Assistant Teacher (“ECCAT”) classification. This was the first personnel season (and school year) for the ECCAT classification. Those questions included issues related to the calculation of seniority, whether there were multiple ECCAT classifications depending on temporary vs. permanent, multiclassification issues (ECCAT/Aide), issues relating to the impact of the grandfather provision, etc.
March 10, 2015
March 9, 2015
After issuing an Interim Final Rule over three years ago, and receiving and considering public comments on the interim rule, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued its Final Rule governing whistleblower claims under Section 806 of the Corporate Fraud Accountability Act of 2002, a part of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX). The Final Rule implements the procedures and timelines for handling whistleblower complaints under SOX, which was necessitated by amendments to SOX by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The Final Rule became effective March 5, 2015.
March 9, 2015
In today’s 9-0 decision, the United States Supreme Court reversed the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association. The question at the heart of the case was whether or not the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) was required under the Administrative Procedures Act to engage in notice and comment procedures when it issued an Administrator Interpretation involving the exempt status of typical mortgage brokers.