Publication - 02/28/2012

Congress Gives the Green Light to Incentive Auctions

Telecommunications Alert

On February 17, both the House and the Senate passed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. Among other things, the Act provides for the extension of the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits and prevents cuts in Medicare physician payment rates. To help offset the cost of the Act, the legislation includes significant spectrum provisions centered around preparations and details of a future auction of spectrum currently held by broadcast television licensees to other users, likely including commercial wireless carriers. This process is ultimately expected to raise billions of dollars for the Treasury, while also helping to fund the creation of a nationwide public safety broadband network for emergency first responders, another subject of the Act.

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Departments of Education and Justice Release Guidance on Maintaining Nondiscriminatory Educational Communities for Transgender Students

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John R. Przypyszny, Jonathan D. Tarnow

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) generally prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs and activities conducted by institutions that receive federal funds.Recently, the specific nature of that prohibition as it applies to transgender students has come under scrutiny.

Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Finally Passes

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James Sawyer, Mollie D. Sitkowski

In a rare demonstration of bipartisan politics, on May 20, 2016, President Obama signed into law the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (the “Act”) which includes long-awaited amendments to the process for requesting duty reductions under a Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB).

Wellness Program Compliance – It’s Time to Review Your Program Under New ADA and GINA Final Rules (and HIPAA and…)

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Summer Conley, Karen E. Gelula, Monica A. Novak, Dawn E. Sellstrom

On May 17, 2016, the EEOC issued new rules regarding the nondiscrimination requirements applicable to certain wellness programs under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA Final Rule”) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (“GINA Final Rule” and, collectively, the “Final Rules”).

DOL Exemption Rules to Take Effect December 1, 2016

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By Stephanie Dodge Gournis, Dennis M. Mulgrew, Jr. and Shavaun Adams Taylor


Stephanie Dodge Gournis, Dennis M. Mulgrew, Jr.

Making good on a 2014 directive from President Obama “to modernize and streamline” existing overtime regulations, the Department of Labor (DOL) today published its highly anticipated Final Rule Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees.

Supreme Court Holds That Plaintiffs Need Concrete Harm In Order To Seek Statutory Damages

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The Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, in which it was asked whether plaintiffs have Article III standing if they allege a bare violation of a statute (i.e., an injury in law) but no concrete harm (i.e., an injury in fact).