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H-1B visa logjam leaves employers, clients stuck (access required)

As lawmakers prepare to debate immigration reform, employment lawyers are hoping for a solution to the persistent bottleneck in the visa program for highly skilled workers that they say hurts their clients, particularly small businesses and startups seeking the talent ...

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U.S. Supreme Court ruling on unfair debt collection claims could quell suits (access required)

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing successful defendants in civil unfair debt collection claims to be awarded attorney fees and costs without a showing that the plaintiff brought the claim in bad faith will likely spur lawyers on both sides ...

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Scaled-back drywall safety bill signed into law (access required)

President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill toughening the safety standards for drywall imported and used in the United States. But the final version of the legislation, intended to address the problem of contaminated drywall imported from China, ...

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New SEC whistleblower data draws mixed reaction (access required)

In its first full year, a federal whistleblower program that boosted the amount of awards to employees and others who report credible information about fraud and other securities violations spurred more than 3,000 tips and resulted in one five-figure payout. ...

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FTC scrutinizes data brokers over use of consumer info (access required)

In an effort to bring more transparency to the consumer data collection industry, the Federal Trade Commission has issued orders to nine data brokerage companies directing them to supply the agency with information about how they collect and use consumers’ ...

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New Year brings uncertainty over estate tax (access required)

As the budgetary wrangling between the White House and Congress continues, the only thing that is clear is that an agreement on long-term estate tax reform is unlikely. That means federal estate tax rate hikes and the loss of certain ...

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Decision could affect consumers’ ability to sell their stuff (access required)

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. could have a direct effect not only on copyright law, but also on consumers’ ability to do things as commonplace as hold garage sales, see works at ...

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National Labor Relations Board scrutinizing at-will agreements (access required)

In most American workplaces, at-will employment clauses in employee handbooks and agreements are as common as break room water coolers. But recent cases brought by the National Labor Relations Board alleging that some at-will policy agreements violate federal law have ...

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U.S. Supreme Court set for another blockbuster term (access required)

With attorneys still analyzing the health care ruling and the other big decisions from last term, the U.S. Supreme Court is preparing for a new term with even more major issues on its docket, from affirmative action to the standards ...

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