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Reporting of COVID-19 deaths by nursing homes inconsistent

Dozens of elderly residents have died from COVID-19 in Monroe County nursing homes, and advocates are questioning both the handling and reporting of those cases and the state’s Emergency or Disaster Treatment Protection Act, which partly shields nursing homes from ...

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Brunetti case attempts to further determine what constitutes ‘unprotected speech’ (access required)

For over 50 years the U.S. Supreme Court (Court) has wrestled with defining what speech is “obscene,” “immoral” or “pornographic” under law. Such grappling led to one of the most famous phrases uttered by a Supreme Court Justice: “I know ...

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New guidance on status of on-demand service providers as independent contractors (access required)

The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (DOL) released new guidance in the form of an opinion letter on the hot-button issue of whether individuals who provide “on-demand” services for companies in the gig economy are independent contractors ...

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Facebook lawsuit underscores importance of transparent collection and use of data (access required)

The District of Columbia attorney general sued Facebook in December in connection with the well-publicized Cambridge Analytica scandal, alleging the company violated the District’s consumer protection statute by failing to protect user privacy. The action is the first significant state-level ...

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Permitting for discharges of pollutants to groundwater not always a clear issue (access required)

For years, different federal appeals courts have grappled with the question of whether discharges to groundwater are regulated under the Clean Water Act (CWA). While the question remains unanswered, recent cases have come down on both sides of the issue ...

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IRS approves 401(k) plan contribution tied to student loan repayment (access required)

The IRS recently approved an employer’s proposal to offer a “student loan repayment nonelective contribution” under its 401(k) plan. The ruling provides welcome guidance to plan sponsors seeking to provide employees with the opportunity to save for retirement while repaying ...

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New immigration policy potentially increases chances of being placed in removal proceedings (access required)

For years, U.S. immigration authorities have issued Notices to Appear (NTA) to foreign nationals deemed “removable” from the country due to a lack of lawful immigration status, a criminal conviction, or any number of other immigration violations. As the name ...

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