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Author Archives: Kimberly Atkins

Proposed FMLA reg would require benefits for same-sex couples (access required)

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A proposed federal regulation requiring employers to provide legally-married same-sex couples with benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act regardless of their employees’ state of residence could help clear up some complications caused by conflicting federal and state laws. ...

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EEOC’s background check rules remain controversial (access required)

A two-year-old EEOC policy warning employers against the overly broad use of criminal background checks to screen potential new hires continues to draw fire. Employers, business groups and lawmakers say it is cumbersome at best and dangerous at worst. The ...

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Employer background check guidance from EEOC attracts renewed scrutiny (access required)

Two years after a guidance warning employers against the overly-broad use of criminal background checks to screen potential new hires was issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it is drawing renewed criticism from employers, business groups and lawmakers ...

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Hobby Lobby ruling bodes well for nonprofits also challenging law (access required)

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling this week on employer-funded health plans is a blow to the Obama administration that may hint at how a similar challenge will play out next year. The court held that the Affordable Care Act’s requirement ...

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Buffer zone laws on shaky ground after Supreme Court ruling (access required)

The constitutionality of several state and local laws creating protester-free buffer zones around entrances and patients at abortion clinics is in question after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on June 26 striking down one of the most expansive buffer zone ...

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Supreme Court leaves most greenhouse gas regs in place (access required)

States and business groups challenging controversial Environmental Protection Agency regulations aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions won a battle, but largely lost the war, after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling left the agency’s regulatory scheme largely intact. “The court’s holding ...

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High court ruling leaves open questions on patenting software (access required)

The U.S. Supreme Court held last week that some, but not all, computer-implemented software functions are too abstract to qualify for a patent. But the court’s ruling in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, No. 13-298, did not clearly define ...

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POM Wonderful case heads to federal court (access required)

The legal food fight between a fruit juice manufacturer and soft drink conglomerate Coca-Cola Co. will continue in federal court now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a false advertising claim was not precluded by federal law. The ...

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New high court rulings could create problems for ‘patent trolls’ (access required)

The U.S. Supreme Court has handed down a pair of decisions that could make it more difficult to bring patent infringement claims in some circumstances, further hampering suits brought by so-called “patent trolls.” But while the justices’ rulings in Limelight ...

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Admissions ruling may affect same-sex appeals (access required)

The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding a state law barring the consideration of race in public university admission decisions is having an immediate effect on a set of closely watched appeals involving an entirely different issue: the constitutionality of ...

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