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The U.S. Department of Labor Moves to More Than Double Minimum Salary Levels: Proposed changes may impact millions of exempt employees.
On July 6, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor published a long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations implementing the exemption from minimum wage and overtime pay for…more
Today CMS announced steps to help physicians prepare for the switch to ICD-10 coding on October 1, 2015. Most significantly, CMS announced that during the first year after ICD-10 implementation, Medicare contractors will not deny…more
The Second Circuit’s ruling provides employers with greater leeway for unpaid internship programs and a stronger defense for class-action lawsuits brought by unpaid interns. In a long-awaited decision, the US Court of Appeals for…more
A press release by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and Thomson Reuters reports a significant jump in the number of VC-backed IPOs during the second quarter of 2015. The release notes a 59 percent increase by number of…more
On July 1, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Calendar Year 2016 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Proposed Rule (CMS 1633 P). In response to stakeholder concern, CMS proposes to expand a…more
Why it matters - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its final rule providing oversight of larger participants in the nonbank auto-financing ecosystem, along with examination procedures for covered entities…more
On 2 July 2015, the UK’s financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), published its annual report and accounts 2014/15. Overview The annual report highlighted a number of areas in which the FCA has been active over…more
CBM that Recites Scanning Receipts, Encrypting the Data and Transmitting Not Patent-Eligible - Fidelity Nat’l Info. Servs., Inc. v. DataTreasury Corp.
Addressing the subject-matter eligibility of a business-method patent for scanning receipts, encrypting the data, and then transmitting it to a cloud server, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) concluded that the patent…more
Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - July 2015
This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update includes an update on the Department of Justice’s initiation of an antitrust investigation of alleged pricing and capacity collusion among the major U.S. airlines, the…more
While many Americans were celebrating the country’s 239th birthday and preparing for an amazing World Cup victory, the U.S. Department of Labor issued its long awaited proposal for new Fair Labor Standards Act regulations. Although…more
Texas Joins Majority of States Holding that EPA’s CERCLA Proceedings Constitute a 'Suit' under Standard-Form CGL Policies
In response to a certified question from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the Supreme Court of Texas ruled that proceedings conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Comprehensive Environmental Response…more
Two Congressional hearings are scheduled this week on health policy issues: ..On July 7, 2015, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has scheduled a hearing on “Small Business Health Care Challenges and…more