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The Most Dangerous Cities in America

“Over 400 violent crimes per 100,000 residents were reported in the United States in 2010. The rate has fallen every year since to a four-year low of 366 violent crimes per 100,000 residents in 2014. Though the decline in violent crime nationwide has made the country safer, a number of American cities are still especiallyContinue Reading

Patent Searching Guide

Via Amy Riegelman – University of Minnesota: Patent Searching Tutorial – includes Google Patents and USPTO Patent Database.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Supreme Court: A Legal Analysis of Young v. United Parcel Service

CRS – The Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Supreme Court: A Legal Analysis of Young v. United Parcel Service. Jody Feder, Legislative Attorney. September 25, 2015. “In 2015, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Young v. United Parcel Service. In the case, a United Parcel Service (UPS) worker named Peggy Young challenged her employer’sContinue Reading

School Shootings in America Since Sandy Hook

“Everytown is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. Gun violence touches every town in America. For too long, change has been thwarted by the Washington gun lobby and by leaders who refuse to take common-sense steps that will save lives. But something is changing. More than 3Continue Reading

Federal Transit Administration Issues Proposed Rule for Transit Agencies to Achieve State of Good Repair, Improve Safety

“The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today issued a proposed rule that would require public transportation agencies to monitor and manage their capital assets to achieve and maintain a state of good repair.  Identifying and prioritizing maintenance and repair needs of transit vehicles and infrastructure could lower costs, increase reliability and performance,Continue Reading

Report – Corporate America is not on a path to gender equality

“Women in the Workplace is a comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America. The study is part of a long-term partnership between LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company to encourage female leadership and foster gender equality in the workplace. One hundred eighteen companies and nearly 30,000 employees participated in this 2015 study, buildingContinue Reading

EPA Revisions to the Worker Protection Standard – Pesticides

“EPA is announcing stronger protections for the nation’s two million agricultural workers and their families working on farms, forests, nurseries, and greenhouses. These revisions to the 1992 Agricultural Worker Protection Standard will afford farmworkers similar health protections that are already afforded to workers in other industries….There is a clear need for better protection for farmworkers.Continue Reading

Modern Immigration Wave Brings 59 Million to U.S.

“Fifty years after passage of the landmark law that rewrote U.S. immigration policy, nearly 59 million immigrants have arrived in the United States, pushing the country’s foreign-born share to a near record 14%. For the past half-century, these modern-era immigrants and their descendants have accounted for just over half the nation’s population growth and haveContinue Reading

Majority Says Any Budget Deal Must Include Planned Parenthood Funding

Pew – “With the prospect of a government shutdown apparently decreasing, the public by a wide margin says that any congressional budget agreement must maintain funding for Planned Parenthood. The latest national poll by the Pew Research Center, conducted Sept. 22-27 among 1,502 adults, finds that 60% say that any budget deal must maintain funding forContinue Reading

Does Governance Have a Role in Pricing? Cross-Country Evidence from Bitcoin Markets

Viglione, Robert, Does Governance Have a Role in Pricing? Cross-Country Evidence from Bitcoin Markets (September 25, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: “I investigate the effects of social technologies related to governance on cross-country differences in Bitcoin prices. Investors pay a persistent premium over global prices in countries with less economic freedom, particularly whenContinue Reading

Legal Issues with Federal Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food: In Brief

Legal Issues with Federal Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food: In Brief. Emily M. Lanza, Legislative Attorney. September 22, 2015. “Genetically engineered (GE) foods, sometimes referred to as genetically modified foods (GMO foods), are foods that are derived from scientific methods used to introduce new traits or characteristics to an organism. The labeling of GE foodsContinue Reading

Social Norms and Legal Design

Social Norms and Legal Design – Bruno Deffains and Claude Fluety. This version, September 2015. “We compare fault-based and strict liability offences in law enforcement when behavior is influenced by informal prosocial norms of conduct. Fault tends to be more effective than strict liability in harnessing social or self-image concerns. When enforcement relies on finesContinue Reading