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The Legislative Analyst’s Office, LAO, is similar to the federal Congressional Budget Office. It is a nonpartisan fiscal and policy advisor and has performed this duty admirably for 75 years. The LAO is known for its fiscal and programmatic expertise and for providing very important and nonpartisan analyses of the California state budget to the Legislature. The office often acts as the eyes and the ears of the Legislature to ensure that the executive branch…
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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced that it will resume issuing charge closure documents again, effective August 3, 2020. On March 21, 2020, the agency temporarily stopped closing charges, which includes furnishing right-to-sue notices. These Notices give complainants 90 days to file their lawsuit in court or lose the ability to litigate federal claims. The EEOC’s reasoning for suspending charge closures was to avoid “negative impacts” on complainants’ and respondents’ “ability to protect and…
As elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools race to prepare programs and campuses for the return of students amid a pandemic, it would be easy to lose sight of other looming compliance challenges.  However, earlier this summer, the federal Department of Education issued sweeping changes to Title IX regulations that significantly change how schools must respond to, investigate, and address allegations of sexual harassment. The federal Department of Education’s new Title IX rules are scheduled to go…
The judicial branch of California government engages in policymaking through the Judicial Council. The Judicial Council is chaired by the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court. It pursues a number of different goals, including: providing access, fairness, and diversity in our court system; ensuring independence and accountability of the judiciary; modernizing the management and administration of the state’s court system; ensuring quality of justice and service to the public; and providing adequate, stable, and…
Recently, I reviewed a response by the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) responded to a request for interpretative guidance, or in the alternative, specific license authorization. Here is a run down of the basic facts that were responded to: a U.S. entity sought to collaborate and partner with Iranian universities to facilitate the study of Iranian students at U.S. universities. The services to be provided as part of…
On July 17, 2020, the USDOL’s Wage and Hour Division published a “Request for Information” (RFI) in the Federal Register, seeking input for its examination of the effectiveness of the current regulations in meeting the FMLA’s statutory objectives.   According to WHD, “Results of employee and employer surveys continue to show an ongoing need for education and awareness in the administration and use of FMLA leave. Information from the public on what is and is not…
How to Get Driver’s License Back After Losing It Due to Money Owed From an Accident  Accidents happen to everyone, and sometimes one accident can grow into several problems. This is especially true of car accidents. In addition to loss of the use of your car as well as the aggravation and cost of getting it repaired, you may also have to deal with the greater aggravation……
The final weeks of the legislative session are the proverbial sprint to the finish line. Policy committees have finished the bulk of their work, but many bills get significant amendments that require the policy committees to hear additional bills as the session winds down. The main focus then becomes the fiscal committees and their votes on measures that are pending on the respective suspense files in the appropriations committees of the Senate and Assembly. Then,…