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Immigration Enforcement Costing Millions of Dollars for Local Governments

While President Trump has vowed to strongly enforce the southern border and deportation laws in the United States, states and counties have been picking up sizable portions of the costs for doing so....more

House Panel Approves Groundbreaking Federal Autonomous Vehicle Legislation Draft

by Perkins Coie on

The House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection reached bipartisan agreement on July 19, 2017, regarding major aspects of legislation to address the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles. The...more

Tip-Pooling Restrictions Slated To Be Rescinded, Labor Department Announces

by Fisher Phillips on

The U.S. Department of Labor plans to propose a full rescission of the controversial tip-pooling restrictions impacting employers who pay tipped employees the full minimum wage directly sometime in August, according to a...more

Michigan Adopts New Incentive Tool for Economic Development

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A new tax incentive program targeting large job providers passed the Michigan legislature last week with bi-partisan support, and is expected to be signed soon by Governor Rick Snyder, who strongly supported the legislation....more

Trump and the GOP Planning to Cut Legal Immigration in Half

President Trump, along with White House Aide Stephen Miller and Republican members of Congress, are seeking to cut legal immigration in half by the year 2027. According to Politico, Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David...more

Proposed Draft Legislation Clamps Down on Soil Pollution in China

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 22 June 2017, Chinese legislators released draft proposals to combat soil pollution in China at a bimonthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress. The legislation complements the State...more

Special Immigration Alert - July 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

USCIS Releases Revised Version of Form I-9 and Accompanying Form I-9 Handbook for Employers - On July 17, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) released a new version of Form I-9. Form I-9 is used...more

US House Subcommittee Greenlights Proposal to Preempt State Regulations for Autonomous Vehicles

by Dentons on

A House panel on Wednesday unanimously advanced a sweeping proposal that would carve out new exemptions for thousands of experimental autonomous vehicles from existing federal auto safety standards, marking Congress's most...more

Online Terrorist Propaganda: France and UK Put Internet Giants in the Cross-Hairs

by Jones Day on

On June 14, 2017, British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron held a joint press conference to declare the implementation of a "very concrete" antiterrorist plan. One of the plan's three main...more

A Blogster's Miscellany: From Flatterers to Casino Boozing to Angus vs. Scottie

by PretiFlaherty on

Kissing Not Welcome in this Room. Here’s another reason to like Tackey Chan, the Quincy rep just appointed House chair of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure: he does not like to be...more

DOJ Places Website Rulemaking on the “Inactive” List

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Trump Administration’s first Unified Agenda reveals DOJ has placed web accessibility, medical equipment, and furniture rulemakings under Title II and III of the ADA on Inactive List....more

STRONGER Patents Act of 2017 Likely Too Heavy Lift for Congress

by Orrick - NorCal IP Group on

It may be late July, but the impending Congressional recess has not lessened potential interest by lawmakers in patent reform. On June 21, 2017, Sen. Christopher Coons (D-Delaware) introduced Senate Bill 1390, entitled the...more

The Trump Administration's Intellectual Property and Competition Objectives for NAFTA Renegotiation: What Was Wrong with the TPP?

On July 17, 2017, the United States Trade Representative released the summary of its objectives for NAFTA renegotiation, including its objectives for the intellectual property and competition provisions of the agreement. As...more

Texas Breaks Telemedicine Gridlock

by Bryan Cave on

For the past seven years, the permissible use of telemedicine[1] in the Texas healthcare industry has been uncertain, at best. But certainty finally came at around noon on July 17, 2017 when the General Counsel of the Texas...more

USFWS Tentatively Supports ESA Reform Bills

by Nossaman LLP on

On July 19, 2017, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a full committee legislative hearing on five bills that would amend portions of the Endangered Species Act (ESA)....more

The Turn of the “Made in America” Claim Enforcement

It has recently been reported by Reuters that President Donald Trump is looking for ways to defend American-made products by certifying legitimate U.S. goods and aggressively going after imported products unfairly sporting...more

CHOICE Act 2.0 Passes the House: What Is the ‘CHOICE’?

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 8, 2017, the House of Representatives passed an amended version of H.R. 10, the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017, or CHOICE Act 2.0, which scales back or eliminates many of the post-crisis financial reforms that were...more

Federal Agencies Scale Back Their Workplace Regulatory Ambitions

by Littler on

During the prior administration, congressional gridlock prevented many significant labor and employment bills from advancing. Federal agencies picked up the slack, issuing several rules to help carry out much of President...more

NAFTA: USTR Summary of Objectives Released July 17, 2017

by Dickinson Wright on

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) modernization process advanced on July 17, 2017 with the release by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) of the NAFTA negotiating objectives summary....more

Department of State Updates “Close Familial Relationship” definition for Executive Order 13780 based on Hawaii District Court...

by Cozen O'Connor on

On July 17, 2017 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced updates regarding the implementation of President Trump’s Executive Order 13780, in response to a ruling by the U.S....more

Trump Administration Re-Certifies Iranian Compliance with Nuclear Agreement; Imposes Sanctions on Additional Entities for Other...

by Hogan Lovells on

On July 17, the Department of State communicated to Congress that Iran remains in compliance with its obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear agreement reached over Iran’s nuclear program...more

Speculation heats up over Director Cordray’s departure plans

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

According to news reports yesterday, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill has told media sources that he was informed by an unnamed mutual friend that Director Corday plans to enter the 2018 Democratic primary for Ohio...more

NLRB Nominees Kaplan, Emanuel Advance To Senate Vote

Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel, President Trump’s nominees to fill the two vacant seats on the National Labor Relations Board, cleared another hurdle Wednesday by making it out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and...more

Hate Those EEOC Regs? Here’s Your Big Chance!

In February, President Trump issued Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” which directs federal agencies to establish regulatory reform task forces to make recommendations about repealing,...more

Another San Francisco Treat: Mayor Lee Signs Salary History Ban

by Littler on

On July 19, 2017, Mayor Ed Lee signed an ordinance that will significantly affect the hiring practices of San Francisco employers. When Ordinance No. 170350 becomes operative on July 1, 2018, it will be illegal for employers...more

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