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New California Legislation Mandates Paid Sick Days for Employees.
Authors: Paula M. Weber, Laura K. Latham, Thomas N. Makris, Erica N. Turcios

On September 10, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 1522, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (“the Act”). The Act grants nearly all California employees the right to at least three days of paid sick leave per year and imposes new requirements on private employers, with enforcement set to begin July 1, 2015.

Aurora Energy Decision Deems Discharges Prohibited, Leaves Open Question of Permit Shield Applicability
Authors: Alina J. Fortson, Margaret Rosegay, Norman F. Carlin

On September 3, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued its opinion in Alaska Community Action on Toxics v. Aurora Energy Services, LLC, holding that the Clean Water Act General Permit for stormwater discharges prohibited the defendants’ releases of coal and reversing the District Court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Aurora Energy. Although the District Court found that defendants benefited from the so-called “permit shield,” the Ninth Circuit declined to decide the issue, concluding that the discharges in this case would fall outside the permit shield even if it did apply. The question of whether the permit shield defense applies to general permits remains open.

Supreme Court Roundup: Recent Environmental Law Rulings and Pending Cases
Authors: Anthony B. Cavender, Amanda G. Halter

Scaling back considerably from the October 2012 Term, the United States Supreme Court issued only a few rulings affecting environmental law during the October 2013 Term. With significant pronouncements regarding EPA’s Clean Air Act regulatory authority among them, however, the October 2013 Term was far from uneventful. Several more cases slated for the October 2014 Term presage rulings across a broad spectrum of environmental and administrative law issues.

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