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Author Archives: KIMBERLY ATKINS, BridgeTower Media Newswires

Kimberly Atkins is the Washington bureau chief for the Wisconsin Law Journal and its sister publications. She can be reached at kimberly.atkins@lawyersweekly.com.

Background-check guidance attracting renewed scrutiny

Two years after the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a guidance warning employers against the overly-broad use of criminal background checks to screen potential new hires, it is drawing renewed criticism from employers, business groups and lawmakers who say it is cumbersome at best and dangerous at worst.

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Police chase case raises concerns among defense bar

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that police did not violate the Fourth Amendment by shooting more than a dozen rounds into the car of a fleeing unarmed suspect is making defense attorneys and civil liberties advocates uneasy.

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NLRB memo could signal litigation priorities

Labor and employment attorneys are taking special notice of a recent memorandum issued by the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board that requires regional officers to seek guidance from the board’s Division of Advice before proceeding on a broad array of matters.

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Court sheds light on aiding, abetting standard

In its ruling in Rosemond v. U.S. that accomplice liability requires advance notice and the opportunity to withdraw, the U.S. Supreme Court tightened the standard the government must meet for a conviction under one of the most commonly used federal aiding and abetting statutes on the books.

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