Feb 6, 2019 Client Update

Online Pizza Ordering App Must Be Accessible to the Blind or Visually Impaired

Guillermo Robles, a blind man who used screen-reading software to access the internet, also used apps on his smartphone.   Robles attempted at least two times to use a website and app to order Domino’s Pizza for delivery (at an exclusive online discount) but was unsuccessful.  

Feb 6, 2019 Client Update

School Board’s Prayers and Religious Commentary Violated U.S. Constitution’s Establishment Clause

The Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution protects an individual’s freedom of religious expression by prohibiting the government from establishing any form of religion. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found that a school board’s policy and practice of permitting religious exercise during public board meetings, including prayer and religious commentary, violated the Establishment Clause.  

Feb 6, 2019 Client Update

Consortium Call of the Month

Members of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore’s employment relations consortiums may speak directly to an LCW attorney free of charge regarding questions that are not related to ongoing legal matters that LCW is handling for the agency, or that do not require in-depth research, document review, or written opinions.  Consortium call questions run the gamut of topics, from leaves of absence to employment applications, disciplinary concerns to disability accommodations, labor relations issues and more.  This feature describes an interesting consortium call and how the question was answered.  We will protect the confidentiality of client communications with LCW attorneys by changing or omitting details.

Feb 6, 2019 Client Update

IRS Issues Notice Regarding Anticipated Guidance on Individual Coverage HRAs

Last month, we reported on proposed regulations issued by the IRS and other federal agencies expanding permitted uses for health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). In follow up to these proposed regulations, the IRS has issued Notice 2018-88, describing approaches the government may take in developing certain guidance related to HRAs that are integrated with – and may be used to reimburse premiums for – individual health insurance coverage. Such HRAs, which the Notice refers to as “Individual Coverage HRAs,” are currently prohibited, but may become permissible, subject to certain requirements, if and when final regulations are issued.   

Feb 6, 2019 Client Update

Congratulations On Your Retirement, Melanie Poturica

While many individuals spend years contemplating what they want to do with their careers, Melanie Poturica knew exactly what she wanted to do at 10 years old – become an attorney.   From working tirelessly as a passionate litigator to becoming the firm’s first female Managing Partner, Melanie Poturica paved the way for future Liebert Cassidy Whitmore attorneys and staff. A fierce advocate and dedicated leader, Melanie helped grow the firm from six passionate attorneys to nearly 100 trusted advisors and experts in offices across California.  Harmonizing an incredibly successful professional career filled with victories on behalf of her clients with the equally rewarding responsibilities associated with motherhood, Melanie’s unique ability to create long-lasting relationships with Liebert Cassidy Whitmore attorneys and clients is a major contribution to the firm’s continued success. 

Feb 5, 2019 Blog Posts
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