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Oklahoma governor signs bill blocking minimum wage increase
April 16, 2014
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on Monday signed into law a bill banning cities within the state from creating a mandatory minimum wage. The bill also prohibits cities from enacting various mandatory employee benefits, such as sick and vacation time. Supporters of the legislation believe that it will....... [more]

University requests review of student-athlete unionization ruling
April 10, 2014
Northwestern University on Wednesday asked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to review a recent decision that the university's football players have the right to unionize. The attorneys for Northwestern stated, "n this unprecedented decision, the Regional Director set out to alter the under....... [more]

Causal Analyses in ERISA 510 and the Affordable Care Act 1558
April 10, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Jia Li, Indiana University Maurer School of Law Class of 2014, discusses the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and how it may potentially interact with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.ERISA 510 is an anti-retaliation provision that prevents e....... [more]

NCAA and the Foundation for Generated Revenue Sharing
April 9, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Aubry Dicks, University of Richmond School of Law, Class of 2014, discusses recent decisions by the National Labor Relations Board concerning student athletes' rights to unionize...In January, the National College Players Association (NCPA) filed a petition on behalf of Kain....... [more]

Obama to sign executive actions targeting gender wage gap
April 9, 2014
US President Barrack Obama said Tuesday that he will be signing two executive actions aimed at helping combat pay discrimination between men and women. According to the White House's press release, US Census statistics show, "on average, full-time working women still earn 77 cents to every dollar ea....... [more]

UN experts urge countries to ratify treaty on rights of migrant workers
April 8, 2014
UN experts on the rights and status of migrant workers on Monday renewed calls to states urging the signing and ratification of a treaty more than 10 years old. The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families has only been ratified by....... [more]

Maryland lawmakers pass bill to decriminalize marijuana
April 6, 2014
The Maryland state House of Representatives passed a bill on Saturday that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The House voted 78 to 55 to impose civil fines, rather than criminal sanctions, on those caught with less than 10 grams of marijuana. Those in favor of the bil....... [more]

Supreme Court hears oral arguments on fiduciary duties for employee stock ownership plans
April 3, 2014
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday on the requirements to allege breach of fiduciary duties over an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). In Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer, the court will determine the scope of the fiduciary duties that the trustees of an ESOP owe to the benef....... [more]

Five Madoff associates found guilty for connections to Ponzi scheme
March 25, 2014
A federal jury in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Monday returned a guilty verdict for five former associates of Bernard Madoff on charges they aided and profited from the Ponzi scheme that defrauded billions of dollars from investors. The former co-workers include: ex....... [more]

CarMax v. Fowler and the Federal Arbitration Act
March 24, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Rae Vann of Norris, Tysse, Lampley & Lakis discusses CarMax v. Fowler and the Federal Arbitration Act...It is now well settled that the use of mandatory arbitration in the employment context is legally permissible. In fact, many would say that the Federal Arbitration Act ....... [more]

UK appeals court rejects call for investigation into 1948 Malaysia killings
March 19, 2014
The UK Court of Appeal on Wednesday rejected a bid for an inquiry into the shooting of 24 Malaysian rubber plantation workers at Batang Kali on December 12, 1948. The petition brought by the families of the deceased allege that British troops "massacred" the workers during the campaign against commu....... [more]


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