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On This Date in Legal History

On September 9, President Eisenhower signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1957. The Act established a Commission to investigate whether persons were being denied their voting or equal protection rights under the law because of their race, color, … Continue reading

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An Entertaining Way to Celebrate Black History Month

The movie Selma is a riveting historical drama that traces the events leading up to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Act struck down voting restrictions in federal, state and local elections. The film deserves the critical acclaim … Continue reading

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The Civil Rights Act of 1957

On September 9, President Eisenhower signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1957. The Act established a Commission to investigate whether persons were being denied their voting or equal protection rights under the law because of their race, color, … Continue reading

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Federal Employees’ Compensation Act of 1916

On September 7, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (the “FECA”). The law was enacted to provide compensation for federal employees injured on the job. Learn more at http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1981&context=key_workplace.

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ERISA

On September 2, President Ford signed into law the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, otherwise known as “ERISA”.  Learn how this law protects an employee’s retirement assets at http://www.pbgc.gov/about/who-we-are/pg/president-ford-signing-erisa-of-1974.html.

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The Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act

On July 27, 1965, Congress passed the “Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act.” The Act provides that all cigarette containers must have a conspicuous warning—“Caution: Cigarette Smoking May Be Hazardous to Your Health.” You can read the law at http://1.usa.gov/1et8g6D.

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On This Date in Legal History

On July 17, 1984, President Reagan signed into law the Minimum Drinking Age Act. The Act mandates that “States prohibit persons under 21 years of age from purchasing or publicly possessing alcoholic beverages as a condition of receiving State highway … Continue reading

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The Social Security Amendments of 1965

On July 30, 1965, fifty years ago today, President Johnson signed the “Social Security Amendments of 1965” Act into law.  Medicare and Medicaid were established. Both are health insurance programs.  Medicare is for the elderly. Medicaid is for low income … Continue reading

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