WASHINGTON — The bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation known as the “First Step Act” put in place improvements in the care of pregnant inmates, but advocates say it was a baby step and are calling for more to be done. The new law bans restraining federal inmates during pregnancy, labor and postpartum recovery unless the…

A federal judge in Mississippi on Friday blocked a state law that prohibited abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, around six weeks into pregnancy. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves said in the ruling that the law “prevents a woman’s free choice, which is central to personal dignity and autonomy.” “S.B. 2116 threatens immediate harm…

The state’s attorney general wants to avoid a troubled rollout, à la Obamacare, when the far-reaching restrictions on user data go into effect on Jan. 1. SAN FRANCISCO — California is embarking on a new era of privacy on the internet, and Xavier Becerra can’t stop thinking about the failed debut of Obamacare. Back in…

Days after Alabama passed the nation’s strictest anti-abortion laws, President Donald Trump said he supports pro-life measures that include exceptions for victims of rape or incest. In a series of tweets, Trump said his abortion policies are similar to those of late Republican President Ronald Reagan. “As most people know, and for those who would…

When the Legislature passed the California Consumer Privacy Act last year, it touched a match to a tinderbox of concerns about how much of our personal information is outside the protection of federal laws. Now companies of all kinds are lining up to support federal data-privacy rules — so long as those would preempt the…

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would decide whether a federal law prohibits employers from discriminating against gay and transgender workers. The law, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, forbids employment discrimination based on sex. The question for the justices is whether that language bars discrimination based on…

The best thing about the National Association of Law Placement (NALP) annual conference is that it gives you a very broad sense about where the legal industry is going. The law firm representatives there are thinking about what their needs will be, years down the line. The law school personnel are thinking about what their…

At least 11 states, from California to Vermont, passed new protections addressing workplace harassment in 2018 — and many of them go into effect in the new year. California also passed a new law requiring women on corporate boards by the end of 2019. The reforms come as the #MeToo movement has raised the curtain…

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