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Combating Trafficking in Persons (CTIPS): What Contractors Need to Know

Objectives - - Explore the requirements of FAR subpart 22.17 - Understand what it means to participate in trafficking in persons - Define prohibited conduct for contractors, subcontractors, and employees -…more

Rapper rumble leads to legal rumble over use of tweet

If you have any remaining doubts that even tiny tweets can lead to major litigation, consider the “Ri-Ri’s Rumble” case. The case has everything: rappers, Rihanna, an eruption at a nightclub and the threat (or maybe non-threat)…more

Important Regulatory Changes On The Horizon

2016 has certainly started out to be an active year for employers. Of particular note, New York lawmakers and regulators, as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), have been busy promulgating impactful new…more

Reform Of The Arbitration Law In Myanmar - The Wait Is Over

On 5 January 2016, the Parliament of Myanmar passed its new and much awaited Arbitration Law. This Arbitration Law follows and gives effect to Myanmar’s ratification of the New York Convention in April 2013. One of the aims of the…more

The New E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield: What You Need To Know

The European Union (E.U.) College of Commissioners has approved an agreement between the E.U. and the United States regarding the transatlantic data flow of E.U. citizens' personal information. Referred to as the E.U.-U.S. Privacy…more

Biotechnology: APHIS Seeks Comment on Potentially Significant Changes to Regulations Regarding GE Organisms

According to a Federal Register notice published on February 5, 2016, 81 Fed. Reg. 6225, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced its intent to "prepare a programmatic…more

Supreme Court Holds That Unaccepted Offer of Judgement Does Not Moot Class Action

As many employers facing wage and hour class and collective actions are aware, defendant employers often attempt to make an offer of judgment to a named plaintiff in an attempt to moot class and collective actions. On January 20…more

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Advisory: IRS Notice 2015-87 Provides Much-Needed Guidance for Account-Based Plans and ACA Employer Shared Responsibility Requirement (IRC 4980H)

In IRS Notice 2015-87, the agencies provided further clarification on the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) group health plan market reform provisions on account-based plans and much needed guidance on the Section 4980H employer…more

Act 312: Federal Court Holds That Plaintiff Cannot Pocket “Additional Remediation Damages” Without Express Contractual Provision

On February 1, 2016, a federal district court issued a ruling in Moore v. Denbury, — F.3d — (W.D. La. 2016), with important implications for “legacy” lawsuits in Louisiana…more

Court Report - February 2016

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Astellas Pharma Inc. et al. v. Apotex Inc. et al. 1:15-cv-00857; filed September 22, 2015 in the District Court of…more

Canada Eases Iran Sanctions and Opens Trade for Key Industrial Sectors

The Government of Canada today announced important amendments that loosen its economic sanctions against Iran. The amendments follow on the successful implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on January 16 by the P5+1…more

Georgia Weekly Legislative Update - February 2016 #2

The author of legislation that would facilitate a major expansion of MARTA into Atlanta’s public transit-starved northern arc, the Emory/CDC corridor and east on I-20, has introduced a slightly revised measure after the original…more

What Must Be Done for Wind and Solar Projects to Have “Begun Construction” under the New PTC and ITC?

With the recent extension of the federal income tax credits available for renewable energy projects, practitioners and industry participants have raised questions as to how the “begun construction” rules will apply under these new…more

Super Bowl Ads, and More Super Bowl Ads?

What is a Super Bowl ad? Typically a Super Bowl ad refers to the ad of a brand that has paid lots of money to air its ad on network television during the Super Bowl, a/k/a The Big Game…more

How Have Dealerships Fared In Fight Against Union "Quickie" Elections?

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) “quickie” election rules took effect on April 14, 2015, substantially expediting the union election process. Among other things, the new rules cut the time period between representation…more

FTC’s Proposed Settlement with Dental Practice Software Provider Marks Latest Data Security Action Against a Product Supplier

On January 5, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) reached an agreement with Henry Schein Practice Solutions, Inc. (“HSPS”) to settle allegations that HSPS misrepresented that its dental practice software provided industry-standard…more

The SFO’s Seize and Sift Procedure

R (on the application of Colin McKenzie) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office saw a failed application for permission to apply for a judicial review of the SFO’s currently in-use procedure for dealing with material that it has…more

More Non-Compete Nonsense: Journalist Fired in Non-Compete Debacle

Last week, the Wall Street Journal ran a story about non-compete agreements making it difficult for younger journalists to get new jobs and move up in the news world. The article focused substantially on a young journalist named…more

Will Congress Come Together for Telemedicine?

Consistent with what we have been seeing in our own practice, and consumers’ growing demand for better access to telemedicine services, a bi-partisan movement is growing in both houses of Congress to expand telehealth services, improve…more

Worth Another Look: GO-TIME

One year ago today, Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order establishing the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME). The Executive Order sought to increase coordination between agency heads…more

CSA re: Non-GAAP, TSX NCIB FAQs and Other Acronyms

Recently, the CSA (Canadian Securities Administrators) released revised guidelines regarding the disclosure of non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) financial measures and the TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) published…more

Advisors Advantage - February 2016

Avoiding The “Bumps” Of Being A Retirement Plan Provider - I’m a big fan of business history and every successful company that has ever been founded has had a few bumps along the way. For example, Apple almost went out of…more

Committees to Examine Administration’s HHS Budget Proposal, Other Health Policy Issues Next Week

On February 9, 2016, President Obama is scheduled to submit his proposed fiscal year 2017 budget to Congress. Two Congressional committees have planned hearings to examine provisions of the proposed budget involving the Department of…more

Judicial Redress Act Would Extend Privacy Act Remedies to Citizens of Designated Foreign Nations

The pending legislation would authorize the US Department of Justice to designate foreign countries to allow the citizens of such countries to bring civil actions against certain US agencies to access, amend, or redress unlawful…more

Health and Welfare Plans: Big Compliance Burdens, Big Penalty Exposures

Health and welfare have been around for a long time, and they are ubiquitous. Employees have come to expect medical, dental, life, and other insurance as part of their benefits packages. Employers offer coverage in order to reward…more

Recent Decisions Applying the Covalt and Hartwell Test

Two California Courts of Appeal recently reviewed decisions involving the California Public Utilities Commission in a pair of cases that build on the principles established by the California Supreme Court in Covalt and Hartwell…more

Thirty States and Numerous Other Interested Parties Seek an Immediate Supreme Court Stay of the EPA’s “Clean Power Plan”

On January 26, 2016, 29 states and state agencies, including Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia, Ohio, Colorado, and Mississippi (the “29 States”), submitted an application (the “29 States Application”) to the United States Supreme Court…more

Business Succession Planning - February 2016

The transition of a family owned or closely-held business is a significant undertaking even with the best laid plan. This article will outline the issues that should be considered by the business owner in transitioning a business…more

A Sea Change on the Horizon for California’s Food Court? FDA Calls for Comment on Use of the Term “Natural” for Food Products

At long last, FDA has called for public comment from the food and beverage industry, citizens, and other stakeholders on the use of the term “natural” on food labeling. As many readers of this newsletter know all too well, there have…more

Judge Mostly Denies Deutsche Bank National Trust Co.’s Motion to Dismiss in RMBS Class Action

On February 3, Judge Alison Nathan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York largely denied Deutsche Bank National Trust Co.’s (the “Trustee’s”) motion to dismiss in a proposed class action brought by…more

Florida Lenders Not Required to Compete with Homeowner Associations to Foreclose Where Lender’s Lis Pendens is Recorded First

It is not uncommon for a homeowner association (“HOA”) to file a separate claim of lien foreclosure action against a resident even though the bank’s mortgage foreclosure action remains pending. Therefore, a homeowner can potentially…more

New IRS Form Required for Estate Basis Reporting Due Feb. 29

On January 29, 2016, just as tax season is heating up, the IRS released the final version of Form 8971 "Information Regarding Beneficiaries Acquiring Property From a Decedent," and its instructions. As a part of the Surface…more

A New Year's (Awaiting) Resolution

As we close the books on the first chapter of our 2016 year, many investors cling to their New Year’s resolutions, hoping to make a material change that catalyzes a happy, healthy, and productive New Year. Yet it is a proposed change…more

Employers Are Put On Notice: EEOC Issues Proposed Retaliation Guidance

On January 21, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“Commission” or “EEOC”) released proposed guidance to update and clarify its position on retaliation and related issues under EEOC-enforced laws, including these…more

Compliance Challenge: The Links Between Corruption and Human Trafficking

Companies are increasingly being required to disclose how they assess and respond to the risks of human trafficking in their product supply chains. Statutes like the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act and the U.K. Modern…more

SciClone Pharmaceuticals: A Textbook Case of FCPA Violations for Gifts, Meals, Entertainment and Travel

The Securities and Exchange Commission continues its steady march as the prominent FCPA enforcement agency against corporations.  The Justice Department has not brought any enforcement actions this year and continues to reevaluate its…more

Defend Trade Secrets Act Clears United States Senate Judiciary Committee

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) has cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee with broad bipartisan support. Currently, state law governs civil claims for trade secret misappropriation, generally under a particular state’s version…more

Supreme Court Rules that FERC Wholesale Markets Can Compensate Demand Response Providers

In late January, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission v. Electric Power Supply Association, et al., 577 U.S. __, slip. op. (2016) upholding Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order No…more

FHFA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Announce Independent Dispute Resolution Program

On February 2, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (the “FHFA”) announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have implemented an independent dispute resolution process for resolving repurchase disputes. The process would allow lenders to…more

Federal Appellate Court Rules that Certain Foreign Currency Options Are Subject to the Section 1256 Mark-to-Market Regime

Recently, in Wright v. Commissioner, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has reopened the question of the application of Section 1256 to foreign currency options (and also, possibly, to foreign currency swaps or…more

Can Technology Help Prevent Trucking Accident Fatalities?

Inattentive drivers cause accidents every day. When a truck is involved, those accidents often result in heavy property damage, serious injuries or fatalities. Recent annual Illinois crash data shows that tractor trailers with semis…more

FCC Delays Effective Date of Oklahoma Tribal Lifeline Change to June 8

This past Tuesday, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau issued an Order delaying for 120 days the effective date of the agency’s new interpretation of “former reservations in Oklahoma” for purposes of delineating the area in that…more

CLIENT ALERT: EEOC Proposes to Require Large Employers to Report Wage and Hour Data

On January 29, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the “EEOC”) announced proposed rule changes that would require all “large employers” (i.e., employers with 100 or more employees) and federal contractors to report…more

New York State’s New Pregnancy Accommodation Law Takes Effect

As of January 19, 2016, the Protect Women from Pregnancy Discrimination bill is in effect in New York. The bill, which was signed by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo in October 2015, requires employers to provide reasonable…more

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Rejects Hospital’s Religious Exemption from ERISA

On December 29, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit decided in Kaplan v. Saint Peter's Healthcare System, No. 15-1172 (3d. Cir. Dec. 29, 2015) that the pension plan for Saint Peter’s Healthcare System in New…more

What Good Compliance Looks Like: Part III

I concluded Part II of “What Good Compliance Looks Like” with “compliance and tone at the top are more than stated values, it’s about operational and unspoken values. It’s about a seat at the table of business strategy.”…more

Insurer Prevails on Rescission Claim Against H.J. Heinz Co.

On February 1, 2016, Judge Arthur J. Schwab of the Western District of Pennsylvania overrode a jury verdict and ruled that Starr Surplus Lines Insurance Company (Starr) can rescind its policy covering H.J. Heinz Co. for up to $25…more

Will Peyton Manning Have a Storybook Ending or Will SuperCam Prevail? Tuah the Orangutan picks the Panthers while the Unemployment Statistics side with the Broncos….and Some Other Super Bowl Tidbits for Employers.

We are back with our annual Super Bowl prediction post. As noted in prior years, people are increasingly making their predictions based on two indicators: unemployment rates and the whims of Utah zoo animals. They each have pretty…more

EU Nations Extend Electric Car Rebates, Consider New Ones

While Europe has been the land of small diesels for decades, air quality concerns and consideration of fossil fuels’ impact on global warming has led EU nations to offer incentives to purchasers of electric vehicles. In recent weeks…more

NJ Lawmakers Propose Legislation to Raise Minimum Wage To $15 Per Hour

On February 4, 2016, in Trenton, New Jersey State Assembly Leader Vincent Prieto, Assemblyman John Wisniewski and State Senator Ray Lesniak proposed a bill to raise the state minimum wage from $8.38 to $15 for all New Jersey workers…more

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