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    Deadline for Individuals to Sign up for Insurance under the Affordable Care Act Extended

    The Obama Administration is extending the time period for some individuals to sign up for insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Case Act (“PPACA”). Previously, individuals who did not enroll in a qualifying health insurance plan by March 31, 2014 would pay a penalty on their 2014 taxes when filing next year. However, individuals […]

    Supreme Court Expands Whistleblower Protections

    On March 04, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court significantly expanded the scope of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and ruled that in addition to protecting employees of public companies, federal whistleblower law protects employees of private companies (e.g. lawyers, investment advisors, or accountants) that perform work or contract to do business for public companies. Congress passed the […]

    Putting Windows XP to Sleep: The Ripple Effect on Banks and ATMs

    Windows XP. Windows 7. Windows 8. Windows 8.1? It appears that Microsoft fails to cease developing newer and more advanced operating systems. However, since users often operate their devices using the system that was initially installed, and maintain security by frequently installing Microsoft’s system updates, there is generally no pressing need to upgrade to one […]

    UPDATE: New York City Council Passes Legislation Protecting Unpaid Interns From Sexual Harassment

    In December 2013, we discussed the Southern District’s decision to dismiss an unpaid intern’s claim for sexual harassment against her former employer.[1] In this case, Lihuan Wang v. Phoenix Satellite TV US,[2] Judge Kevin Castel held that protections against workplace sexual harassment under the New York City Human Rights Law extend only to employees, and […]

    A Game-Changing Moment: Collegiate Athletes Win the Right to Unionize

    The notion of classifying collegiate student-athletes as “employees” of the university, therefore enabling them to unionize, has consistently been rejected. However, this once seemingly illogical concept has suddenly gained significant traction. This Wednesday, Peter Sung Ohr, the Regional Director for the Chicago District of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”), issued a ruling stating that […]

    Did the 9th Circuit Drop the Ball? Court Rules in Favor of College Athlete for Video Game Likeness

    It’s 10 p.m., do you know where you children are? Given today’s vast popularity of both video games and college sports, it is likely that your children are playing NCAA Football video games. While this activity helps keeps your children safe at night, recent controversy has emerged regarding whether the companies who produce these games […]

    UPDATE: Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal Regarding Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelets and the First Amendment

    Over the last few years, this blog has followed a 2011 case that erupted when junior high school students wore breast cancer awareness bracelets with the slogan “I (Heart) Boobies.” School officials quickly banned the bracelets on the grounds that the slogan caused a substantial disruption to classroom activity. Students argued that the ban amounted […]

    New Jersey Mandate: Employers Must Post and Distribute Gender Equity Notice

    In September 2012, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed legislation mandating employers to post and distribute a gender equity notice to be promulgated by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (“NJDLWD”).[1] Recently, the NJDLWD finalized the actual notice, entitled “Right to be Free of Gender Inequity or Bias in Pay, Compensation, Benefits […]

    EEOC Seeks to Sever Certain Severance Agreement Language

    A severance agreement is a contract in which an employee receives post-employment benefits in exchange for agreeing to certain conditions. These agreements are often effective tools which enable employers and employees to amicably part ways. However, if the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) gets its say, these agreements may have to undergo a […]