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SCOTUS redefines WOTUS: The Impact of the Sackett Decision on Federally Regulated Wetlands and Waterways

SCOTUS redefines WOTUS: The Impact of the Sackett Decision on Federally Regulated Wetlands and Waterways

Posted By: Terresa Bakner, Charles Gottlieb and Jordyn ConwayIntroduction:On May 25, 2023, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) released an opinion, in Sackett v. EPA, seeking to clarify the definition of “Water of the United States” (WOTUS) for the purposes of federal regulation. [1] The decision, written by Justice Alito, confronts years of uncertainty and confusion regarding the “significant nexus” test that has been relied on by the Biden, Trump, and [...]
Tags:   Environmental / WOTUS / Wetlands /
Practice Area(s):   Land Use and Development Environmental
Can you prove your independent contractors are employees?

Can you prove your independent contractors are employees?

On June 13, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) issued a decision modifying the independent contractor standard under the National Labor Relations Act (the “Act”). The modified standard may make it more difficult for employers to establish that its workers are independent contractors, rather than employees, and therefore, excluded from the Act’s protections. In its The Atlanta Opera, Inc. decision, the Board ruled that the Atlanta [...]
Practice Area(s):   Labor and Employment Law
THE REPORT IS IN: COMMISSION RECOMMENDS SWEEPING CHANGES TO ABC LAW/LICENSING PROCESS

THE REPORT IS IN: COMMISSION RECOMMENDS SWEEPING CHANGES TO ABC LAW/LICENSING PROCESS

Posted By: Alexandra Becker
The Commission to Reform the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law (the “Commission”) was created, to vote on whether to recommend changes to the New York State Alcoholic Beverage Control Law (the “ABC Law”) to among other things, assist the New York State Liquor Authority (the “SLA”) with processing applications faster, as well as general industry reform and modernization proposals. The Commission was first convened in August 2022 and issued its final report on [...]
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Practice Area(s):   Alcoholic Beverages
Reform of the H-1B Lottery and H-1B-System is Vital to the U.S. Economy

Reform of the H-1B Lottery and H-1B-System is Vital to the U.S. Economy

Posted By: Seth Leech
The H-1B lottery and the H-1B system are broken. A recent Wall Street Journal article highlights some of the major deficiencies with the selection process. But these are not the only deficiencies within the system. Every year, even during the height of the COVID pandemic, the demand for H-1B professionals has been very high and is apparently growing. U.S. businesses have a continuing and strong need for professionals in specialized fields. This need cannot be satisfied by the U.S. workforce [...]
Tags:   H-1B / immigration /
Practice Area(s):   Immigration
Madison Square Garden v. The SLA: Round 1 to the SLA
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Madison Square Garden v. The SLA: Round 1 to the SLA

Posted By: Alexandra Becker
The SLA has emerged victorious from the first round of the ongoing battle with James Dolan with respect to the issues involving his use of facial recognition software to enforce his policy of preventing attorneys from firms handling suits against his properties from entering his venues. On March 30, the Supreme Court dismissed Dolan’s lawsuit on the grounds that the matter was not yet ripe for review. Dolan filed suit against the SLA to vacate the SLA’s pending charges against [...]