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In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Congress passed and the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March 2020, which included the creation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a $349 billion economic stimulus initiative to provide small businesses and non-profit...
What Is The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act? In addition to rewarding whistleblowers who report securities violations within the United States, the Dodd-Frank Act also requires the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) to reward whistleblowers who voluntarily provide original information regarding bribes paid to foreign...
Who Qualifies For SEC Whistleblower Rewards? In order to qualify for an SEC whistleblower award, you must voluntarily provide the SEC with original information that assists the SEC in bringing an enforcement action that results in sanctions of more than $1 million. Here are some of the more important requirements contained in...
Employment laws can seem confusing. For those who might have an employment claim but aren’t sure where to start, we’ve compiled this list of resources to help you better understand the process as well as the rights and protections granted to you as an employee. If you’d like further information, please contact us. Additional...
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Title IX protections extend to both students and employees, and include protections against discrimination, sexual harassment, and assault. If you feel that you are being discriminated...
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law designed to allow workers to take leave from their jobs to attend their own serious health conditions or those of immediate family members (child, spouse, or parent), pregnancy complications, the birth or adoption of a child or the placement of a foster child in one’s...
Prior to 1995, the United States Congress and its associated agencies in the legislative branch were exempt from the various civil rights, labor, and workplace safety and health laws that protected employees who worked in the private sector and in the federal government. In 1995, the 104th United States Congress passed the...
In 1938 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. § 201 et seq., into law, he characterized it as “the most far-reaching, far-sighted program for the benefit of workers ever adopted in this or any other country.” Over 70 years later, the FLSA remains the centerpiece of U.S....
On January 29, 2009, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 (“Act”), superseding the Supreme Court’s decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Inc., 550 U.S. 618 (2007). Ledbetter had required a compensation discrimination charge to be filed within 180 days of an employer’s decision...
A non-compete agreement is a type of “restrictive covenant” generally used by employers to limit an employee’s freedom to pursue a similar profession if and when the employment relationship ends. The non-compete is one of a variety of contracts or agreements an employee may be asked to sign by his or her employer, and these...

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