Monthly Archives: July 2019


Supreme Court Provides Guidance on First Amendment Restrictions

In a case involving patent and trademark restrictions, the U.S. Supreme Court, in the case of Iancu v. Brunetti, addressed a First Amendment issue with implications for public employers. In a 6-3 decision the court invalidated the Patent and Trademark Office’s (“PTO”) bar on registering trademarks for “immoral or scandalous” content.  The PTO was acting [...]

2019-07-12T13:09:29-04:00July 12th, 2019|Newsletter|

The Plain View Project and the Importance of Social Media Policies in Law Enforcement

The Plain View Project has been in the news recently and serves a reminder to law enforcement agencies of the importance of a social media policy.  The Plain View Project was started by a Philadelphia based attorney and examined the social media accounts of roughly 2,900 active and 600 retired police officers from eight departments [...]

2019-07-12T13:05:15-04:00July 12th, 2019|Newsletter|

Senate Bill 149 May Further Complicate the Hiring Process

Ohio SB 149 was introduced on May 13, 2019 and aims to prevent employers from considering a prospective employee’s wage or salary history when making hiring decisions. If passed, the legislation would prohibit employers from refusing to interview or consider applicants based on their wage or salary history. It also prevents any attempts to request [...]

2019-07-12T13:08:43-04:00July 12th, 2019|Newsletter|