Trump Administration Rescinds Obama-era Transgender Bathroom Use Rules

Already subject to an injunction and ongoing litigation, the joint rule by the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) mandating free bathroom choice at public schools was rescinded today by the administration of President Donald Trump. The rule would have allowed students to choose their bathroom based on self-proclaimed gender identity. […]

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DOJ Withdraws Appeal of Transgender Bathroom Rule Injunction

On Friday, Feb. 10, the Department of Justice (DOJ) under new Attorney-General Jeff Sessions withdrew its challenge of an injunction that blocked that department’s Obama-era regulation seeking free access to bathroom-of-choice use at public schools. At issue is what’s known as gender identity. If a boy or girl identifies as the opposite sex despite physical […]

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DOJ Asks for Delay in Overtime Rule Appeal to Reconsider Whether to Proceed

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Jan. 25 asked the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals for a 30-day delay in submitting its brief in the ongoing appeal of a federal judge’s injunction that stopped a new overtime rule from taking effect on Dec. 1, 2016. The delay is meant to give the Trump administration […]

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DOJ Asks Appeals Court to Lift Injunction Against Administration’s Transgender School Bathroom Ruling

On Friday, Jan. 6, lawyers for the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed papers with the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to lift a federal judge’s injunction against the Obama administration’s 2016 school bathroom ruling, which gave transgender students free choice to use the facility they preferred. The injunction was issued by U.S. District Judge Reed […]

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DOJ, EEOC Focus on Diversity in Law Enforcement

The Justice Department (DOJ) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have released a comprehensive report that examines barriers and promising practices — in recruitment, hiring and retention — for advancing diversity in law enforcement. The report, developed with support from the Center for Policing Equity, aims to provide law enforcement agencies, especially small and […]

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U.S. Judge in Texas Puts Hold on Obama’s Transgender School Bathroom Rule

Late Sunday, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor sided with Texas and 12 other states in their lawsuit against the Obama administration’s directive that transgender students be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice by placing a temporary hold on the ruling. Judge O’Connor in essence said the directive was not interpretive of existing law but […]

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I-9 Fines to Jump Upward Along with Other Federal Penalties

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have published final rules that will raise monetary penalties for Form I-9 and H-1B violations dramatically beginning Aug. 1. The penalty structure for I-9 violations will rise from $110-to-$1,100 per instance to $216-to-$2,156. H-1B application violation fines will go from $1,000 per to […]

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11 States Sue Administration Over Transgender Bathroom Mandate

Following directives by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) detailing how public school bathrooms and locker rooms must be gender-neutral, 11 states have filed suit against the Obama administration to stop the mandate. The lawsuit argues that the directive conspires “to turn workplace and educational settings across the country into laboratories […]

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EEOC, DOJ Celebrate 25th Anniversary of ADA

Today, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) jointly with the Department of Justice (DOJ) at an event at DOJ headquarters. During the event, the two agencies will announce a memorandum of understanding (MOU) designed to strengthen EEOC and DOJ’s Civil Rights Division’s enforcement […]

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OSHA to Convene Its Advisory Committee for Input

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH), June 17-18, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The Temporary Workers Work Group will meet June 17 and the full committee will meet June 18. The tentative agenda for the committee meeting includes an update […]

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