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Department of Justice says Seattle not violating consent decree on police use of force – new burden of proof language no impediment to effective discipline

After an arbitrator overturned the termination of a Seattle police officer accused of punching a handcuffed suspect (award), the District Court judge overseeing a consent decree concerning police use of force issued an Order to Show Cause questioning whether the … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Labor Updates Its Guidance on “Side Work” and the FLSA’s Tip Credit Continue Reading…

As we previously shared in this blog, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) issued an opinion letter in November 2018 changing the Department’s position regarding whether and when an employer with tipped employees, such as a … Continue reading

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Defense Department Releases Artificial Intelligence Strategy

(This article was originally published in Global Policy Watch.) On February 12, 2019 the Department of Defense released a summary and supplementary fact sheet of its artificial intelligence strategy (“AI Strategy”). The AI Strategy has been a couple of years … Continue reading

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Dismissal of Kansas Police Department Secretary Who Gave Testimony Against Department Not a Violation of First Amendment

By: Loyd Willaford and Matt Baker In Helget v. City of Hays, a former administrative secretary to a police department claimed that her First Amendment rights were violated after she was terminated for testifying about confidential information. The department argued that … Continue reading

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In a Justice Department Shutdown, Some Agencies Can Still Litigate

This most recent government shutdown was the longest ever, but it was only partial. Many agencies—including the U.S. Departments of Energy, Defense, Labor, and others—had already received appropriations for 2019. Those agencies continued to operate normally—except when they were affected … Continue reading

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