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EEOC focus on national origin bias could signal new guidance (access required)

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s recent focus on compliance and enforcement issues surrounding laws barring national origin-based job bias has some attorneys wondering if new guidance may be forthcoming. The EEOC held a meeting on Nov. 13 to address the ...

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U.S. Supreme Court considering limits of SOX protection (access required)

Just how far do “whistleblower” protections extend? The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are wrangling with that question – specifically, whether an employee of a private contractor or subcontractor hired by a public company is covered by whistleblower protections ...

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U.S. Supreme Court justices take up patent burden of proof (access required)

In a case that could have a significant impact on patent litigation, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court seemed disinclined to shift the burden of proof onto patent licensees to prove non-infringement in declaratory judgment actions. During oral arguments ...

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Another big year on tap for U.S. Supreme Court (access required)

After two U.S. Supreme Court terms full of high-profile cases involving closely watched issues ranging from the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act to the fate of same-sex marriage laws, no one is calling the upcoming term a blockbuster. But ...

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DOMA guidance could spur new litigation wave (access required)

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a statutory provision banning the recognition of same-sex marriages for federal purposes in June, business owners and their attorneys have been awaiting guidance from federal agencies as to how that ruling would ...

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EEOC puts new focus on severance agreements: Enforcement action serves as warning (access required)

For most employers, severance agreements are essential tools for ensuring that the end of an employment relationship does not lead to litigation. But a recent lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that an overly broad severance agreement ...

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Phone privacy inches toward U.S. Supreme Court (access required)

The U.S. Supreme Court may soon address an issue it has carefully avoided until now: how much privacy Americans enjoy regarding their cellphones. With 4G speed, the issue is on its way to the Supremes – “probably this upcoming term,” ...

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Attorneys lay out immigration reform wish list (access required)

When congressional lawmakers return from the summer recess on Sept. 9, they could decide to take up an issue that has stalled in Washington for decades: immigration reform. Although the momentum that existed earlier this year among lawmakers of both ...

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Agencies, Congress turn up heat on debt collectors (access required)

The rise in health-care-related consumer debt, student loans, shoddy record keeping by creditors and abusive practices by debt collectors are leading federal regulators and lawmakers to crack down on third-party debt collectors and call for tighter rules applying to them.

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EEOC background check suits wake-up call for employers (access required)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s lawsuits against two companies alleging unlawful and discriminatory use of criminal background checks in their hiring policies should serve as a reminder to employers to tread carefully. “Under the new, more aggressive stance the ...

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