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House Subcommittee Holds “Disruptive” Drone Hearing

The House of Representatives Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing on the impact of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), or drones, on consumers and manufacturers. Although the Subcommittee’s charge...more

A Thanksgiving Turkey or Should Employers be Grateful for Limited Reform?

It took more than two years but the first amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 under this Government, which passed both Houses of Parliament on 11 November 2015, came into effect on Friday 27 November 2015, coinciding with...more

If Governor Did These 10 Things, He Could Ruin His Popularity in No Time

Charlie Baker has been our governor for 11 months and hasn't yet met a poll he didn't like. In the past week alone, there were two news reports on polls showing that Baker enjoys a level of popularity most pols only...more

News from Second and State

Despite hopes that a state spending plan could be on its way to enactment by Thanksgiving, this week was another budget bust. Amid reports that budget talks had broken down on Tuesday night, Senate Republicans threatened to...more

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 Repeals ACA Automatic Enrollment Provision

Despite a marked lack of success for efforts in Congress and through the courts to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) completely, or substantially interrupt its implementation, the Bipartisan...more

Health Care Update - November 2015 #3

Drug Pricing Issues Heat Up Following HHS Forum - Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hosted a forum on prescription drug costs which featured players from every corner of the industry, including...more

New Bill Would Ban GPS Location Tracking Applications And Limit Other Tracking

On Tuesday, November 10, U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) reintroduced legislation that would ban GPS location tracking applications. The legislation goes much further, however. It also would require companies to get...more

Groundbreaking, Multilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Talks Conclude – Enactment Pending Lawmakers Assessment of the Deal

After nearly a decade of talks, the United States and eleven other negotiating partners announced on October 5, 2015 the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, marking an important milestone toward...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review, November 2015

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On November 21, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule entitled “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and...more

The Nuts and Bolts of Reauthorization

As most in higher education are aware, Congress is currently working to reauthorize the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), the seminal legislation that created and governs the administration of the federal...more

Maine Is Latest State To Restrict Employer Access To Personal Social Media Accounts

Recently, Maine became the latest state to enact legislation restricting an employer’s access to employees’ and job applicants’ personal social media accounts. The new statute prohibits an employer from requiring, coercing or...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Congress tries to put together a tax extender package, which may provide an opportunity for some Affordable Care Act changes... HHS releases final rule on bundled payment for Joint Replacement Comprehensive Care...more

End of Year Legislative Agenda

With the House and Senate in recess this week for the Thanksgiving holiday, there are now only a very limited number of scheduled legislative days left for the year – 12 in the House and 15 in the Senate – and there is...more

FDA Commits to Moving Forward with LDT Regulation

Last Tuesday, Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, announced at a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health that...more

Update on Government Fiscal Issues Impacting Government Contractors

With the threat of a government shutdown avoided by Congress’ passage of a short- term Continuing Resolution on September 30, Congressional focus has turned to the debt ceiling, the spending caps imposed by the Budget Control...more

Zum Referentenentwurf eines Gesetzes zur Änderung des Arbeitnehmeru¨berlassungsgesetzes und anderer Gesetze vom 16.11.2015

I. EINLEITUNG - Der flexible Einsatz von Fremdpersonal mittels Arbeitnehmeru¨berlassung und Werkverträgen ist zwar als notwendiges Instrument in einer arbeitsteiligen Wirtschaft anerkannt, begegnet jedoch seit Jahren...more

Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Laws on the Rise

Several states and cities across the county have passed laws requiring employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave. Statewide laws have been passed in Connecticut, California, Massachusetts and Oregon....more

Treasury and U.S. Trade Representative Notify Congress of Intent to Initiate Negotiations on Covered Agreement With EU Regarding...

On Friday, November 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) notified the chairs of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee, House Ways and Means Committee, Senate Banking...more

Lobbying: Important amendments to the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct

On December 1, 2015, a number of amendments to the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct (the Code) will come into force. The amendments have the potential to alter the ability of certain persons in the private sector to communicate...more

The Impact of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 on Off-Campus Hospital Outpatient Departments

On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (“Act”) into law significantly impacting how Medicare pays certain off-campus hospital departments. Specifically, Section 603 of the Act provides...more

Congress Clears Controlled Substances Act Scheduling Legislation

On November 16, 2015, the House of Representatives approved HR 639, the Improving Regulatory Transparency for New Medical Therapies Act, clearing it for the President. The legislation would amend the Controlled Substances...more

Seeking Net Benefits: President Obama Issues New Federal Policy on Addressing and Mitigating Environmental Harm Early in the...

On November 3, 2015, the White House released a Presidential Memorandum intended to encourage federal agencies to consider land use planning more holistically, clearly and consistently, addressing mitigation needs before they...more

OMB Releases Fall 2015 Regulatory Agenda

Earlier today, the White House Office of Management and Budget released its semi-annual Unified Regulatory Agenda and Regulatory Plan for Fall 2015, covering 59 Federal departments, agencies, and commissions. Entries are...more

Congressional Hearing Examines Competition in the PBM Industry

Last week, pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) and independent pharmacy representatives provided testimony to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law in a congressional hearing examining...more

ITC Initiates Investigation Into Likely Impact Of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has requested pursuant to section 105 of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, that the U.S. International Trade Commission (the ITC)...more

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