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  • November 20, 2014
    Earlier this evening, President Obama announced executive action that would significantly impact employment and investment-based immigration. To implement these directives, the White House released its plan on immigration reform, outlining in detail specific changes to many areas that would impact businesses.
  • November 19, 2014
    Job applicants lack standing to bring whistleblower retaliation claims under the False Claims Act (FCA) and the Energy Reorganization Act (ERA) because they are not “employees,” according to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • November 17, 2014
    Many non-profit organizations, public agencies, and other employers rely upon volunteers. But what happens when an organization decides to terminate a volunteer’s affiliation with it because of the volunteer’s religion? Such conduct towards an employee is, of course, prohibited by Title VII. So are volunteers “employees” for the purposes of Title VII?
  • November 11, 2014
    The United States and the People’s Republic of China will jointly increase the validity of short-term business and tourist visas, as well as student and exchange visas, issued to each other’s citizens in an initiative that starts Wednesday, November 12.
  • November 3, 2014
    An employee who has a registration identification card issued under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) may collect unemployment benefits if he is fired for a positive marijuana test, the Michigan Court of Appeals recently ruled in Braska v. Challenge Manufacturing Co.
  • October 28, 2014
    Municipal securities issuers have the opportunity to self-report material misstatements in official statements regarding prior compliance with continuing disclosure undertakings under a new initiative introduced by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Enforcement Division.
  • October 23, 2014
    The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a significant decision clarifying the pleading standards in securities litigation, clarifying what must be alleged to impute a corporation with knowledge of alleged misconduct by its agents and employees.
  • October 16, 2014
    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has raised the minimum wage for federal service and construction contract workers to $10.10, in a final rule that takes effect January 1, 2015.
  • October 8, 2014
    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) recently restated and refined its approach to determining whether workers are independent contractors, reaffirming that independent contractor status is based on common law agency principles with no one factor being decisive.
  • October 3, 2014
    A recent National Labor Relations Board decision could significantly increase the damages that employees can recover against an employer that acquires a business but refuses to hire the employees of the predecessor.