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    Canadian Supreme Court Strikes Down Anti-Prostitution Laws

    Canada rang in the New Year quite loudly this year. In the closing days of 2013, the Canadian Supreme Court held in a 9-0 decision that the nation’s anti-prostitution laws were unconstitutional as they interfered with the life and liberty of sex workers.[1] The ruling provided the Canadian Parliament with one year to draft legislation […]

    IRS Determines that Certain Scholarship Funds are Not “Taxable Payments”

    It is scholarship award season and students throughout the nation are receiving college acceptance packages informing them that they have received financial aid to help cover tuition costs. It is undeniable that many of these students will turn to scholarships to help reduce the significant and skyrocketing costs of obtaining a higher-education degree. The federal […]

    Social Media and E-Discovery Preservation Tips

    As access to technology and social media sites has become increasingly fluid with everyday functions, it is only natural for such internet sites to contain information pertinent to legal actions. Correspondingly, due to the number of media sites available and the varying types of media content and retention policies each site possesses, it has become […]

    University of Maryland Announces Massive Data Breach

    Last week, the University of Maryland reported a massive cyber-attack on university networks that puts students, faculty and staff at a serious risk for identity theft. The names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, and university identification numbers of more than 300,000 students and staff members were stolen in this “sophisticated” security attack. The database that […]

    U.S. Department of Education Decides to Investigate the University of Connecticut’s Sexual Assault Policies

    The U.S. Department of Education recently decided to launch a federal investigation into the University of Connecticut’s (“UConn”) sexual assault policies, in response to a formal Title IX complaint that was filed by seven current and former UConn students. The Title IX complaint alleges the UConn administration was deliberately indifferent to issues of sexual violence […]

    More Than 100 Elite Schools Violate The Higher Education Act

    More than 100 colleges and universities have been implicated for allegedly violating the Higher Education Act by creating illegal hurdles for students seeking financial aid. The Higher Education Act prohibits any entity from charging a fee for “the collection, processing or delivery of financial aid through” the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known […]

    Near-Naked Sculpture Causes “Brief” Controversy at Wellesley College

    A man, clad in only white underwear briefs, has recently appeared on the campus of Wellesley College, an all-women’s liberal arts school in Massachusetts, and he’s causing quite the controversy. The sculpture, appropriately titled “Sleepwalker,” depicts a barefoot male, dressed in white underwear briefs, standing with his eyes closed and his arms outstretched. It was […]

    Further Delays to the Employer Mandate Provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

    In early February, the Obama Administration decided to further delay the effective date of the “employer mandate” provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (“PPACA”) for certain employers. Originally scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2014, and then previously delayed until January 1, 2015, the IRS has now passed new Regulations […]

    Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights

    In December 2013, U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced legislation that seeks to provide protections for students with federal or private education loans. This proposed legislation, known as the Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights (the “Bill”), would provide six basic rights for all federal […]

    Unwrapping Holiday Bonuses: Employer Tricks or Employee Treats? A Review of the Regulations

    With the tax season underway, employers and employees alike throughout the nation are reviewing their financial records. One piece of financial information that pertains to them both are holiday bonuses (given or received) during the prior year. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), non-exempt employees are entitled to overtime pay at a rate of […]