Day: January 30, 2018

RLG Reacts to the Restraining Excessive Federal Enforcement and Regulations of Cannabis Act (REFER Act)

Denver, CO, January 30, 2018 –(– A bill has been introduced in the House that would protect states with cannabis laws from interference by the Federal government. Known as the Restraining Excessive Federal Enforcement and Regulations of Cannabis Act (REFER Act), the bill would protect both medical and recreational cannabis at the state level by blocking efforts by the Justice Department to use federal funding to interfere with those states’ cannabis laws. The bill, HR 4779, was introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Rep. Don Young (R-AK), and was co-sponsored by Reps. Jared Polis (D-CO), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and Dina Titus (D-NV). Rep. Polis has previously introduced legislation in March 2017 that would de-schedule marijuana, removing it from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), and regulating it like alcohol. That bill was also co-sponsored by Titus. According to the text of the REFER Act, interference includes efforts by the federal government to “detain, prosecute, sentence, or initiate civil proceedings against an individual, business, or property that is involved in the cultivation, distribution, possession, dispensation or the use of cannabis in accordance with the law or regulation of the state or unit of local government in which the individual is located.” The REFER Act also provides protection for financial institutions who provide financial services to an entity operating in states where cannabis has been legalized. This is of utmost importance...

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EEOC Administrative Judge Awards $250,000 to Disabled USPS Employee

Washington, DC, January 30, 2018 –(– Hosea Legal PLLC announced today that it received a decision from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission finding that the United States Postal Service failed to accommodate a disabled employee, retaliated against her, and subjected her to a hostile work environment in violation of federal law. The USPS employee returned from her honeymoon in November 2011 to work as a letter carrier in the D.C. Metro Area. The young woman, who had a serious back condition, asked the Postal Service to follow her medical restrictions so that she could perform her job safely. The Postal Service ignored her requests for accommodation and repeatedly threatened to send her home without pay. As a result, the employee worked in pain for months and suffered substantial injury to her back. Administrative Judge Julie Procopiow Todd presided over the employee’s four-day EEOC hearing last January. In her decision, Judge Todd emphasized the severity of harm, stating that the Postal Service’s unlawful conduct “ultimately rendered Complainant incapable of carrying a pregnancy – this is a devastating prognosis for someone, like Complainant, who had hoped to have a child of her own with her husband.” Judge Todd ordered the Postal Service to pay $250,000.00 in non-pecuniary compensatory damages, pay $958.00 in pecuniary compensatory damages, provide in-person EEO training to managers, and take other corrective action. Stephanie Hosea, founding attorney of...

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Allied Real Estate Schools Launches Appraiser Trainee Professional Development Program

Laguna Hills, CA, January 30, 2018 –(– Allied Real Estate Schools is proud to announce, in conjunction with Metro-West Appraisal Company, LLC, the launch of the Real Estate Appraiser Trainee Professional Development program, designed to provide career development and a hands-on work site experience for appraiser students. “This exclusive program picks up where the training finishes and is a seamless next step to get our students educated and then out in the field alongside industry leaders,” said Mike Eagan, director of sales and marketing. “It reinforces our primary goal of providing live student support from start to finish.” The professional development program provides students with the opportunity to learn the day-to-day expectations and responsibilities of the Appraiser Trainee position, from professional development to on-the-job experience, including: 1. Students will receive an overview of the various State Board requirements leading to licensure, gaining experiential hours and completing CE requirements. 2. Students will find helpful and useful tips for a successful training experience. 3. Students will develop a professional portfolio, as required for the interview process. 4. Students will develop a professional networking profile. 5. Upon completion of the professional development program, students will utilize their job search abilities and learn how to negotiate for employment as an Appraiser Trainee, if not already enrolled in an apprentice program. 6. Students who are accepted into the Associate Program with Metro-West Appraisal will...

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JCF Capital Advisors LLC Acts as a Financial Advisor in Securing & Closing Out of $2.0M Series A Equity Round

Carlsbad, CA, January 30, 2018 –(– JCF Capital Advisors LLC (or “JCF Capital Advisors”) announced that it has served as financial advisor to Precise Real Estate Solutions, Inc, a Los Angeles, CA – based loan life cycle management platform for the lucrative real estate lending industry, in securing and closing out the $500,000 remainder of its $2.0M Series A equity investment round. JCF Capital Advisors had previously identified a lead venture capital firm based in San Francisco, CA focused on early stage software as a service investments and assisted to close an initial $1.5M investment. The additional $500,000 funds raised will be used primarily for business development and marketing teams to expand the customer base rapidly. More information on the initial $1.5M Series A closing see initial press release: Led by Yanir Ram, Founder and CEO, PRES is a unique, patent-pending technology that delivers a secured document management and workflow Software as a Service (SaaS) solution, which substantially reduces the time to fund while reducing errors and non- compliance issues prevalent within the loan process, saving lenders, processors and borrowers’ time, effort and resources. As a loan life cycle management platform, PRES is first to market and has gained significant traction since inception in September 2013, by signing contracts with some of the largest institutional lenders in the Real Estate investor and commercial space. To learn more about...

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Local Community Leaders and Stakeholders Celebrate Groundbreaking of the New Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin Facility

Madison, WI, January 30, 2018 –(– Stakeholders holders and city officials broke ground at the new Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin (LEBW) facility at 5003 Tradewinds Parkway, in Madison Wisconsin, on Thursday, January 25. Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin, Executive Director, Darice Langham, kicked off the ceremony by describing the impact LEBW has on the community “2018 is not only an exciting year for us because we will be occupying this new facility, but it marks our 50th year serving donors, their families, and transplant recipients.” LEBW is on pace to serve more than 1,200 donors and families, fiscal year 2017-2018, and expect to place more than 1,700 corneas for transplant, research and education. LEBW was honored to have Deputy Secretary Eric Esser, Department of Safety and Professional Services, and Dr. Neal Barney, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences as guest speakers. Also present was Secretary Jay Risch, Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions, representatives from UW Organ and Tissue Donation, and RTI Donor Services, several Wisconsin Lions Club members and other various stakeholders. In addition to daily operations, the new 14,000-sq. ft. facility will allow for expansion of services to benefit professionals dedicating their lives to the vision impaired. The facility will also house wet lab training space, and act as a resource for ocular surgeons to learn new procedures, and perfect their techniques prior to performing procedures in...

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