The Regulatory Week in Review: November 13, 2015

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The Fifth Circuit affirms a preliminary injunction against a DHS-implemented immigration program, HUD issues a proposed rule banning smoking in public housing, and more…

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IN THE NEWS

  • As the Obama Administration reportedly backed legislation that would add “sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity” as protected classes under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a rule that would extend the discrimination ban within registered apprenticeship programs by prohibiting discrimination based on “age (40 or older), genetic information, sexual orientation, and disability.”
  • One week after coming under fire for allegedly leading the defeat of a San Francisco ballot measure that would have curbed short-term rentals, home-sharing company Airbnb released the Airbnb Community Compact, a document outlining Airbnb’s pledge to collaborate with local governments by paying its fair share of taxes, providing data to cities to help inform their home-sharing policies, and educating hosts and guests about the company’s policies, among other plans.
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Administrator Dr. Mark Rosekind announced a series of initiatives designed to ensure that all school buses include seat belts, including research projects geared towards enhancing data on school bus safety, collaborating with safety advocates, and discussions with representatives from states that already mandate seat belts on school buses.

WHAT WE’RE READING THIS WEEK

  • New research from the American Action Forum and Empire Center considered a proposed New York law that would raise the minimum wage to $15. It found that although the increase would benefit those workers who receive pay increases, it could result in many employees being unable to retain jobs.