Supreme Court Rules on the Application of Federal Age Discrimination Law

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 does apply to state and local governments of any size, the ABA Journal reports. The case is Mount Lemmon Fire District v. Guido.  It involved the layoff of the district’s two oldest full-time firefighters. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the 8-0 opinion which was the first of the term. She said that only private employers with less than 20 employees are exempt from the law. Ginsburg has written the first opinion of the term for three years in a row.

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TDEC Seeks Transactional Attorney for General Law Team in Nashville

This Tennessee Department of Energy and Conservation (TDEC) is seeking a transactional attorney to join its General Law Team in Nashville. The successful candidate will serve as a member of the General Law Team in the Office of General Counsel and will report directly to the General Law Team Leader. The attorneys on the General Law Team include five experienced attorneys who represent TDEC by providing representation relative to real property transactions, procurement, employment law, liability claims, law enforcement, fiscal administration, hospitality operations, public records and legislative matters.

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Tennessee’s ‘Fresh Start Act’ Signed into Law

Last Friday, Gov. Bill Haslam signed Tennessee SB2465, relative to occupational licenses, into law. The bill, known as the "Fresh Start Act," creates a uniform process that all licensing authorities must follow and requires that denials and refusals to renew occupational and professional licenses based on a criminal conviction must only occur when the offense relates to the offender's ability to perform the occupation or profession. This bill Amends TCA Title 62, Chapter 76, Part 1 and Title 63, Chapter 1.

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