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Groundbreaking ruling recognizes same-sex common-law marriage in Utah | The Salt Lake Tribune

The best gift Nicki Bidlack got for Christmas in 2015 was a piece of paper. It’s an amended birth certificate for her 2-year-old son that lists both Bidlack and the late Sara Clow as the boy’s mothers. Source: Groundbreaking ruling … Continue reading

Wisconsin bill would penalize immigrant ‘sanctuary cities’ – Washington Times

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Republican legislators in Wisconsin say they will continue pursuing a bill penalizing communities that block law enforcement from inquiring about immigration status or cooperating with federal immigra Source: Wisconsin bill would penalize immigrant ‘sanctuary cities’ – Washington Times

Judge Tosses Copyright Suit Against Notorious B.I.G. Estate | New York Law Journal

A Southern District judge has dismissed a songwriter’s copyright infringement lawsuit against the estate of rapper Notorious B.I.G. and several publishing and record companies. Read more: http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/id=1202745819587/Judge-Tosses-Copyright-Suit-Against-Notorious-BIG-Estate#ixzz3voY6AI7C   Source: Judge Tosses Copyright Suit Against Notorious B.I.G. Estate | New York … Continue reading

Unemployment On Rise For Those With Disabilities – Disability Scoop

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Despite strong job growth last month, new federal data suggests that unemployment among people with disabilities ticked up sharply. Source: Unemployment On Rise For Those With Disabilities – Disability Scoop

FBI Reports Rise In Disability-Related Hate Crimes – Disability Scoop

New federal data indicates that the number of reported hate crimes targeting people with disabilities has ticked up. Source: FBI Reports Rise In Disability-Related Hate Crimes – Disability Scoop

Lunch break gives Texas employers indigestion

The question of whether lunch breaks are compensable recently surfaced in a case from the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas). The court’s decision is instructive and provides a timely reminder that the Fair … Continue reading

​Tennessee Supreme Court stands by employers in workers’ comp case – Memphis Business Journal

Workers’ Compensation is both a personally sensitive and legally charged issue, but a recent Tennessee Supreme Court ruling offered a big win for employers. Source: ​Tennessee Supreme Court stands by employers in workers’ comp case – Memphis Business Journal

Employee’s Request for a Disability or Religious Accommodation Is Considered Protected Activity Under Change to the Fair Employment and Housing Act | The National Law Review

Effective January 1, 2016, an employee’s request for an accommodation for a disability or for religious reasons is considered to be “protected activity” for a retaliation claim und Source: Employee’s Request for a Disability or Religious Accommodation Is Considered Protected … Continue reading

Texas Agency: 4 Districts Violated Law On Disabled Students « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

Four Texas school districts violated federal law by not properly evaluating students with disabilities before sending them to court for missing school, a state agency’s investigation has found. Source: Texas Agency: 4 Districts Violated Law On Disabled Students « CBS … Continue reading

Wells Fargo to pay $81.6 million to bankrupt U.S. homeowners | Grand Forks Herald

Wells Fargo & Co <WFC.N> will pay $81.6 million to homeowners for denying them a chance to challenge mortgage payment increases imposed during their bankruptcy proceedings, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. Source: Wells Fargo to pay $81.6 million to bankrupt U.S. homeowners | Grand Forks Herald