Facebook will use postcards to check identity of election-ad buyers | Fed's Powell reportedly hires 2 monetary-policy advisers | N.Y. seeks to offset impact of federal tax law
February 19, 2018
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Facebook will use postcards to check identity of election-ad buyers
Facebook will send postcards via US mail to verify the identities of those who wish to buy election advertising on the site. The action will apply only to those who want to mention specific candidates in ads.
Reuters (2/17) 
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Financial and Tax Update
Fed's Powell reportedly hires 2 monetary-policy advisers
Fed's Powell reportedly hires 2 monetary-policy advisers
Powell (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has chosen two monetary-policy specialists -- Jon Faust, a professor of economics at Johns Hopkins University, and Antulio Bomfim, an economist in the Fed's monetary-affairs division -- to assist him as senior advisers, people familiar with the matter said. Faust is among those suggesting that the Fed reconsider its approach to targeting inflation.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (2/18) 
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N.Y. seeks to offset impact of federal tax law
Caps on deductions for state and local taxes introduced in the new federal tax law could take a toll on New York residents, so Gov. Andrew Cuomo has introduced amendments to the fiscal 2019 budget to address the issue. Among other things, the amendments would create charitable funds to which taxpayers could donate to claim deductions.
ThinkAdvisor (free registration) (2/16) 
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Employment Focus
NLRB attorney: Google's firing of Damore did not violate law
A National Labor Relations Board attorney says Google did not violate labor law in firing software engineer James Damore after he sent a memo to colleagues stating women were not as fit for coding jobs as men. Damore is seeking class-action status for a lawsuit he filed against Google claiming the company discriminates against white, male and conservative employees.
Wired (tiered subscription model) (2/16) 
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Calif. bans salary-history questions
A new law in California bars employers from asking job applicants about their previous compensation, and similar laws are going into effect in several other states. "This means employers may need to enact significantly new internal hiring and interviewing policies -- and enforce them," writes Kelly Kinnard of Battery Ventures.
Battery Ventures (2/15) 
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Supreme Court and Federal Court Watch
Supreme Court weighs whether to hear DACA case
The Supreme Court could announce Tuesday whether it will hear the Trump administration's appeal of a decision blocking a plan to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The justices discussed the matter Friday.
Reuters (2/16) 
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Other Legal News
Intel faces class-action suits related to Spectre, Meltdown
Intel is facing 30 class-action consumer lawsuits related to the Spectre and Meltdown flaws in the company's microchips. The company also faces two lawsuits alleging violations of securities laws.
Reuters (2/16) 
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Bill would require written notice before suing businesses under ADA
A bill that gained House approval Thursday would block lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act if a business has not received written notice with a subsequent chance to respond or make improvements. The bill would allow six months for businesses to respond or make changes, which critics say is excessive given that the ADA has been in effect since 1990.
The Hill (2/15) 
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Professional and Business Development
Training is needed to avoid making a cultural faux pas
Cross-cultural training is important for anyone who visits other countries or receives visitors from abroad, writes training expert Donna Steffey. "Utilizing awareness-in-action is also required -- the ability to read people around you and to know when it is necessary to self-correct or make amends for your mistake," she writes.
SmartBrief/Leadership (2/15) 
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Do less in your next presentation
Speakers lose their charm when they are bogged down by too much detail, which can be because they're trying to show off or going too far into specifics for the audience, writes Anett Grant. "If someone asks, 'Could you give me an update on that project?' that's not an invitation to go through your work step by step," she writes.
Fast Company online (2/15) 
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PLI News
Providers of Legal Services Go on Counter-Offensive Against Cybersecurity Challenges
Legal services providers are under pressure from regulators and clients to insure that sensitive client data stored in servers is secure. The SEC is taking a closer look at cybersecurity breaches in public companies -- viewing them as fiduciary lapses. Legal services providers are required to adhere to the same security standards. Watch Cybersecurity Best Practices for Legal Services Providers to learn about the technical, ethical, and security challenges legal services face in guarding against cyberattacks.
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Antitrust Issues With Joint Ventures
There are potential antitrust ramifications of joint ventures and other collaborations between competitors. Register for the Feb. 22 One-Hour Briefing, Antitrust Issues With Joint Ventures, as faculty will discuss recent cases and agency guidance regarding "naked" transactions, competitive restraints, information sharing, and more.
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