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U.S. Supreme Court Rules That New York General Business Law § 518 Regulates Free Speech Provided for in the ...
JD Supra (press release)April 1, 2017

Schneiderman, Attorney General of New York, et al., the United States Supreme Court held that New York General Business Law (“GBL”) § 518, which prohibits the ability of a merchant to impose a surcharge on a credit card user in lieu of payment of cash, ...more »

Obituary: Robert Montague, attorney and veteran, dies at 73
Minneapolis Star TribuneApril 1, 2017

Montague spent the bulk of his legal career practicing securities law and corporate finance at Robins Kaplan after moving the family to the Twin Cities in the mid-1980s and spent much of his career working for Best Buy. That meant a steady diet of late ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Behind the veil: The racism of Princeton's affirmative action
The Daily PrincetonianApril 21, 2017

There is no denying that Princeton, like many of its peers, uses race-based affirmative action in its admissions decisions, a process that has engendered an apparent quota on students of Asian descent. Ron Unz, writing in the New York Times, calls the ...more »

Government Employees
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'Significant discrimination': Government accuses Google of underpaying female workers
Business InsiderApril 8, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Government investigators looking into how Google pays its employees accused the tech giant of shortchanging women doing similar work to men. A U.S. Department of Labor official disclosed the agency's allegations during a Friday ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Teachers union sues to challenge Iowa's new collective bargaining law
Iowa City Press CitizenApril 4, 2017

An Iowa teachers' union announced Tuesday it is suing state officials over a new law that dramatically weakens the rights of many public employees to collectively bargain for health care and other workplace benefits. Tammy Wawro, president of the Iowa ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Brown: Advocates say TRUST us, immigrant bill gives no sanctuary
Chicago Sun-TimesApril 3, 2017

Rauner has declared himself a supporter of comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. But the governor has been cautious about spending political capital on immigration issues, especially in the wake of ...more »

Labor Disputes
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NFL loses iconic, yet unassuming Rooney
Gwinnett Prep SportsApril 14, 2017

He also was a key consensus builder in the selection of commissioners, and was the man most responsible for building a bridge between the owners and the players union to settle labor disputes in the '80s. Memorably, it also was Rooney who pushed the ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Missouri lawmakers continue battle over discrimination bill | Political ...
STLtoday.comApril 4, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY • The fight over a controversial measure that would make it harder for Missourians to sue for workplace discrimination continued in a House ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Disability benefits program backlogged in Roanoke, judges say ...
Roanoke TimesApril 3, 2017

People who have appealed a denial of Social Security disability benefits wait an average of nearly two years for a final decision from the Roanoke claims center, ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Kansas Court of Appeals hands Gov. Sam Brownback a win in open records case
The Garden City TelegramApril 8, 2017

KORA allows government agencies to block access to “personnel records…pertaining to employees or applicants for employment” except “names, positions, salaries or actual compensation employment contracts or employment-related contracts or ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Lawyer For Victims Of Fox Harassment: Trump Is Empowering Harassers
Media Matters for AmericaApril 6, 2017

The advertising industry traditionally are the ones who get blamed for the objectification of women based on the images they show, and they've done so much research on it. You now see them making choices about the roles women play in ads, the images ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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5th Circ. Rejects GM Employee's FMLA Interference Claim
Law360 (subscription)April 12, 2017

Law360, Dallas (April 12, 2017, 5:18 PM EDT) -- The Fifth Circuit has affirmed a quick win for General Motors LLC after an employee claimed the company had interfered with his Family and Medical Leave Act rights, saying the act requires employees to ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Sessions pushes for crackdown on illegal immigrants who commit crimes
The HillApril 11, 2017

The Department of Justice on Tuesday instructed prosecutors to crack down on undocumented immigrants who commit crimes, directing employees to step up "criminal immigration enforcement." The Justice Department will add 50 immigration judges this ...more »

Federal Personnel
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ShotSpotter to Showcase its Gunfire Detection and Alert Solutions for Airports and University Campuses at ISC WEST
Yahoo FinanceApril 4, 2017

Ideal for airports and transportation hubs, SiteSecure is a unique gunfire detection system that quickly alerts Airport Security Operations' Center personnel and law enforcement first responders, enabling them to respond more quickly to an attack, with ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Teachers' union claims CCSD altered new salary system
Las Vegas Review-JournalApril 11, 2017

The Clark County Education Association plans to file an unfair labor practice complaint against the Clark County School District over changes in the Professional Growth System that dictates how and when teachers can advance on the salary schedule.more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Fund Client Explains Decision to Fire Morgan Lewis
Bloomberg Big Law BusinessApril 3, 2017

It turns out they represent the Trump Hotel in trying to reduce the tax bill, and I'm sorry, that's a deal killer.” That law firm, which ultimately lost the bid to represent the Wallace Global Fund was Arnold & Porter, and the attorney involved was Jim ...more »

Murray Pitches Revised Soda Tax; Labor Union and Soda Companies Promise to Fight It
TheStranger.comApril 27, 2017

Soda companies and some labor unions are vowing to fight the tax. Jennifer Cue, the CEO of Jones Soda, said she feels Seattle is targeting soda companies when it should instead tax all sugary products, like candy, if it's really trying to decrease ...more »

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