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The Paley Rothman Blog

Paley Rothman shares this library of resources with clients and friends of the firm to help them stay ahead of legal and business developments and trends. Here, you will find helpful tips and tools written by our attorneys.

Estate Planning

Court declines to rule on constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans

The Supreme Court declined to hear appeals from Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Utah and Oklahoma regarding the legality of same-sex marriages effectively paving the way for same-sex marriage recognition in those states as well as Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, which were also affected by the lower court rulings.

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Employment Law, Government Contracts

Order Requires Contractors to Report Labor Violations

The recent Executive Order on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, signed by President Obama on July 31, 2014, has major implications for the way that federal government contractors treat their employees. Failure to comply with the new rules could exclude a contractor from consideration by a soliciting agency.

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Employment Law

Managing Pregnant Employees:  EEOC Offers New Guidance on the Treatment of Pregnant Workers

Regardless of industry, size, or geography most employers will, at some point, be faced with the issue of how to handle a pregnant employee. On July 14, 2014, the EEOC issued new enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination. This is the first new guidance that the EEOC has published on this issue in over 30 years and has important implications for employers and employees alike.

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Employment Law

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Key Employment Cases:  What This Will Mean for Employers

The Supreme Court agreed to hear a controversial case next year on the EEOC’s obligation to conciliate or negotiate with employers prior to the EEOC filing suit. While most EEOC charges result in the individuals seeking private counsel to pursue their claims, if the EEOC itself seeks to sue your company, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires the EEOC to conciliate in good faith before bringing suit.

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Employment Law

Supreme Court Term Ends with Employment Decisions:  What They Mean for Employers

On its last day of the term, the Supreme Court for the first time ruled, 5-4, that privately held corporations can have religious beliefs and concluded that the government cannot make all private employers cover the cost of contraceptive services. This decision undercuts a provision of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) that requires that certain preventive services, including birth control, be included in all health insurance plans.

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