April 2019


PRACTICAL GUIDANCE

 

Labor & Employment

 

New Step-by-Step: Prepare for & Take Oral Depositions in employment cases surfaces more than 50 resources on Bloomberg Law for defense and plaintiffs' attorneys who must question complainants, defendants, and witnesses in a variety of situations. The resources include sample questions, tips on conducting depositions, and sample litigation documents. This page is located on the Labor & Employment Practice Center, under the Labor & Employment Practical Guidance Library, as well as on the Practical Guidance Homepage.

 

Patents & Trade Secrets

 

A new Practical Guidance page – Allowance and Fees – includes guidance on amendments and relevant filing and maintenance fees. It is available on the Patents & Trade Secrets Practice Center, the Patent Prosecution Practice Page, and the Practical Guidance Homepage. Additional guidance on Patent Examinations, addressing expedited examinations, examiner interviews, and continuation applications has been added to the same locations. Also, patent prosecution Practical Guidance – including professional perspectives, overviews, and checklists – has been added to the existing Patent Application page. 

 


CHART BUILDERS

 

Health

 

The new Certificates of Need Chart Builder surveys regulations by state and addresses regulated entities, prohibitions, and licensing agencies. It is available on the Health Practice Center’s Health Chart Builders page under Hospital & Provider Regulation, as well as on the Chart Builder Homepage.

 

The new Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice Chart Builder compares how states regulate the scope of practice for nurse practitioners, and provides information about prescriptive authority and authority to practice as primary care providers. It is available on the Health Practice Center’s Health Chart Builders page under Hospital & Provider Regulation, and on the main Chart Builder Homepage.

 

The new Physician Assistant Scope of Practice Chart Builder compares how states regulate the scope of practice for physician assistants and provides information about prescriptive authority and supervision requirements. It is available on the Health Practice Center’s Health Chart Builders page under Hospital & Provider Regulation, and on the main Chart Builder Homepage.

 

Banking & Finance

 

The General Lending: Compliance Issues Chart Builder covers certain generally-applicable lending laws in all 50 states (plus DC) such as recordkeeping requirements, annual reporting requirements, license renewal fees and forms, and lending limits. The new Chart Builder is available on the Banking & Finance Homepage in the Chart Builders drop-down list, as well as on the Chart Builders Homepage.

 

The Student Loan Servicers: Licensing Requirements Chart Builder provides a survey of state laws regulating entities that service private education loans. The Chart Builder provides fast answers about which states require licenses for student loan servicers; which activities fall within the definitions for “servicing” student loans under state law; and what requirements must be satisfied by applicants for such licenses – such as licensing fees, net worth requirements, and surety bond requirements. The new Chart Builder is available on the Banking & Finance Homepage in the chart builders drop-down list, as well as the on the Chart Builders Homepage.

 

The General Lending: Fees Chart Builder provides a survey of the various fees that may be charged by lenders of general consumer loans such as late fees, dishonored payment fees, and prepayment penalties. This Chart Builder addresses loans that don’t fit within the labels of “small loan”, “payday loan”, or “title loan”. It is available on the Banking & Finance Homepage in the Chart Builders drop-down list, as well as the on the Chart Builders Homepage.

 


TRACKERS

 

Labor & Employment

 

Three new tools for monitoring litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act are now available on the Labor & Employment Practice Center: Latest FLSA Cases on Federal Dockets; Latest Court Decisions on the FLSA; and FLSA Settlements in the News. The Trackers allow users to quickly monitor new lawsuits, recently issued opinions in federal and state courts, and reported settlements of claims. These tools utilize Bloomberg Law’s extensive and continuously updated court and news databases and can be found on the Labor & Employment Practice Center’s Homepage and the Employment Practice Page  under Trackers & Practice Tools.

 

Three new tools for monitoring verdicts and settlements in employment discrimination cases are available on the Labor & Employment Practice Center: Employment Discrimination Verdicts & Settlements News; Discrimination Verdicts & Settlements Case Law; and Discrimination Settlements on Federal Dockets. The new Trackers allow users to quickly monitor recent verdicts and settlement activity in employment discrimination cases based on court opinions, federal dockets, and news reports. They are available on Labor & Employment Practice Center Homepage and on the Employment Practice Page under Trackers & Practice Tools.

 


IN FOCUS

 

Benefits & Executive Compensation

 

The In Focus: ERISA Litigation page includes essential background information on this federal law; a link to a search that replaces the ERISA Litigation Tracker (retired 3/31/19); and links to Practical Guidance, news searches, and more. This new resource can be accessed on the Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice Center Homepage, as well as on the In Focus Resources Homepage.

 


NEWS

 

A new tool for monitoring case law developments in the area of intellectual property is available on the IP Law news channel on Bloomberg Law. The continuously updated In Brief tab on this channel allows users to gain the latest information on new IP-related decisions from the courts and the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeals Board. Significant decisions from the Patent Trial and Appeals Board will also be added to the In Brief tab soon. The IP Law News Channel is also available on the Patents & Trade Secrets Practice Center and on the Trademarks & Copyrights Practice Center under News.

 


PRACTICE CENTERS

 

Labor & Employment

 

A new Labor & Employment practitioners' resource page on Wages, Hours, and Leave on the  Labor & Employment Practice Center provides quick, single location access to secondary content, Practical Guidance, opinions and dockets, and other tools relating to the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and related federal and state laws.

 

A new International Whitepaper, Gender Equality in the Workplace: How Far Will France Go?, has been added to the International Page on the Labor & Employment Practice Center. The authors, attorneys Julien Haure and Marine Hamon with Mayer Brown in Paris, provide an overview of French legal provisions that seek to promote gender equality in the workplace along with the latest reforms to reach and ensure “real and effective gender equality” as announced by the Ministry of Labour.

 

Two quarterly reports have been added to the Labor & Employment Practice Center: Job Absence & Turnover, 4th Quarter 2018, covers worker’s unscheduled absences and turnover in the fourth quarter; Employment Outlook, 2nd Quarter 2019,covers hiring prospects for the current quarter. Both reports are available under Surveys & Reports under the Human Resources Link on the Labor & Employment Homepage.

 

Benefits & Executive Compensation

 

A new book, ERISApedia: Who’s the Employer? eSource, is live on the Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Center’s Books and Treatises Page and the Retirement Plans Practice Page.

 

Banking & Finance

 

A new Banking Portfolio, BPS 450 – Federal Regulation of Affiliate Transactions by Financial Institutions by Gordon Miller of Buckley LLP, was added to the Banking Practice Portfolio Series, featured on the Banking & Finance Practice Center. This Portfolio provides an overview of laws and regulation governing transactions between a financial institution and its affiliates – primarily sections 23A and 23B of the Federal Reserve Act, and the Federal Reserve Board’s Regulation W. The Portfolio also includes 17 practice tools that help the reader visualize the different organizational structures that may result in an affiliate relationship.