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The First Amendment Silences the Iowa “Ag-Gag Law”

In 2012, the crime coined “agricultural production facility fraud” was created by the Iowa Legislature.  Creation was prompted by Iowa’s seat in the national spotlight resulting from undercover investigations of industrial farms which revealed treatment of animals that shocked most viewers.  Then Governor Terry Brandstad signed the bill into law on March 2, 2012.  The

Hybrid Test Determines Employee or Independent Contractor Status under FMLA, ADA and ADEA

BY CHARLIE WITTMACK Executive Summary By their own terms, the FMLA, ADA and ADEA apply only to employees and not independent contractors. However, since these laws were enacted, there has been an ambiguity regarding the appropriate test to use when determining whether an individual has been properly classified by an employer as an employee or

San Francisco Soda Warnings Cases On Hold Pending Supreme Court Ruling

San Francisco soda warnings case on hold pending Supreme Court ruling STORY BY: Nate Raymond (Reuters) – A federal appeals court will hold off on deciding whether to block a San Francisco law mandating health warnings for soda and other sugary drinks until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a free speech case involving anti-abortion

Analysis: Arming Florida school staff could expose them to suits -experts

STORY BY: TINA BELLON (Reuters) – A bill passed by Florida lawmakers empowering some personnel in public schools to carry firearms to guard against attacks like last month’s massacre near Miami could expose these employees to potentially costly civil lawsuits, legal experts said. Public employees are generally immune to civil suits, but those authorized to

Uber Drivers Win Nationwide Class Action Over “Safe Rides” Fee

STORY BY: DANIEL WIESSNER (Reuters) – A federal judge in California has ruled that Uber Technologies Inc violated its agreements with drivers by subtracting a one-dollar “safe rides fee” from their pay on some trips. U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in Oakland on Thursday granted the plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment and said that

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