Chambers USA Recognizes Bowditch & Dewey’s Labor & Employment Attorneys as Among the Most Notable in Massachusetts

In early June, Chambers & Partners released the 2016 edition of its USA Guide, which ranks the best lawyers and law firms in the United States. Bowditch & Dewey is pleased to announce that Chambers USA has recognized its Labor & Employment Practice Area as among the most notable in Massachusetts. In addition, the publication recognized Bowditch Labor & Employment attorney Tim Van Dyck as a leading lawyer in his field.

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Newly Issued Guidance on Campaign-Related Activities for 501(c)(3) Institutions

Earlier this year, the American Council on Advocacy (ACE) issued a guidance document illustrating the “do’s” and “don’ts” of campaign-related activities by 503(c)(3) certified Colleges and Universities (“Institutions”). The document, titled “Political Campaign-Related Activities of and at Colleges and Universities,” is not legally binding or exhaustive, but lists examples of prohibited and acceptable conduct that […]

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Appeals Court Upholds Illogical Definition of “Sex Discrimination” Under Title VII

On July 28, 2016, the 7th Circuit became the latest circuit court to rule that Title VII does not bar workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. The case, Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, was the first to extensively address the “groundswell of questions” raised by the EEOC’s conflicting interpretation of “sex” discrimination under Title VII. […]

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Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action in College Admissions

On June 23, 2016, the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark decision upholding the race-conscious admissions program at the University of Texas. Under UT’s plan, approximately 25% of an incoming class is filled through a combination of applicants’ “Academic Index” (SAT scores, high school grades) and their “Personal Achievement Index.” The Personal Achievement Index […]

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“Dear Colleague” Letter Provides Guidance on Avoiding Sex-Discrimination in Career and Technical Education Programs

On June 15, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and its Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) released a joint Dear Colleague Letter regarding sex-based discrimination in Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs. This letter clarifies existing legal obligations placed on CTE programs by Title IX and its […]

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