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The UK and the World Trade Organization (WTO): What Happens After Brexit?

On 29 March 2017, the UK will formally trigger the Article 50 process to begin the negotiations for Brexit. If there is a 'hard Brexit' in 2019, the UK would trade with the EU – along with most of the rest of the world – on...more

House Votes to Repeal Antitrust Exemption for Health Insurers Under the Mccarran-Ferguson Act

On March 22, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017, which would repeal the current limited federal antitrust immunity for health insurers. The bill would amend the...more

New Jersey Bill Seeks to Expand Employer’s Obligations to Disclose Wage Information to Employees

On February 15, 2017, a bill that would require all public and private employers to provide their employees with additional information regarding wage calculations advanced in the New Jersey General Assembly. Under current...more

Trump executive order on domestic energy policy

U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order affecting domestic energy policy. His March 28, 2017 Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth includes a variety of...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

A group of current and former Citizen Bank branch employees from five states has admitted to fabricating information about the results of the Bank’s much-touted “Citizens Checkup” program (in which real customers are invited...more

President Trump Rolls Back Climate Change Policies to Support Domestic Energy

On March 28, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order titled "Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth" that reverses or materially alters many of the actions that the federal government undertook during the...more

BREAKING: Blacklisting Rule Is Officially and Completely Dead

This week (March 27, 2017), President Trump signed into law a Congressional Joint Resolution of Disapproval (the Resolution”), revoking the rules implementing the controversial Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order,...more

Brexit: Article 50 Triggered

The UK Government today formally triggered the process of leaving the EU by invoking Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. How are the negotiations likely to affect your business? Defining your priorities, developing...more

Texas' Pending LGBT-Related Legislation: What it Means for Employers

Issues pertaining to LGBT rights have been a focal point of public debate and discourse for several years, but since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, these issues increasingly have also been the...more

President Trump Officially Ends Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

On March 27, President Trump signed a bill formally rolling back the Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Executive Order signed by President Obama in July 2014 that was to apply to certain government contractors and subcontractors....more

The Impact of the New Administration on International Trade and IP Rights

As we finished out the first month of the New Year, President Donald Trump completed his first few weeks in the Oval Office. Critics and supporters alike watched and analyzed every move the new Commander in Chief made, while...more

Blacklisting Regulations for Government Contractors

On March 27, 2017, President Trump signed a joint resolution from Congress invalidating the “blacklisting” regulations that implemented President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. The president also issued...more

House votes to eliminate antitrust exemption for health insurers

While the House of Representatives put repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on hold last week, it passed legislation that would eliminate the 70-year-old "McCarran-Ferguson" antitrust exemption for the insurance industry....more

Brexit: It’s Finally Official After nine months of discussion and debate, Article 50 has been triggered

Nine months after a majority of the United Kingdom’s electorate voted to leave the European Union (EU) in the referendum of 23 June, 2016, the country’s government has today (29 March, 2017) formally notified the European...more

The Latest Executive Order: Any Kind of Consistency Is the Hobgoblin of Little Minds

Make no mistake, the Executive Order signed by President Trump at EPA yesterday is a big deal. Time will tell whether the Administration’s U-turn on the Obama rules currently in litigation, such as the Clean Power Plan and...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - March 2017 #4

States react to the failure of the AHCA; the HHS Inspector General launches an investigation into the Trump Administration's suspension of Marketplace enrollment outreach efforts; and the Kansas Legislature sends a Medicaid...more

"UK Serves Notice of Withdrawal From the EU, Triggering Two-Year Negotiation Period"

UK Prime Minister Theresa May today served formal notification of the UK’s intention to withdraw from the European Union (EU) pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon. This action commences a period of up to two years...more

American Health Care Act Pulled From House Floor: No New Legislation to Repeal and Replace ACA

The much-anticipated vote by the U.S. House of Representatives on the “American Health Care Act,” also known as “AHCA” or the “Obamacare replacement bill,” was cancelled last week, leaving many to ask “what now?” As noted in...more

Brexit: Step-by-step guide to the UK's exit from the EU

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has today triggered Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) by formally notifying the European Council of the United Kingdom's intention to leave the European Union. The timelines...more

US Supreme Court Invalidates NLRB Acting General Counsel Appointment

Employers should assess the impact of this decision in any NLRB case that was prosecuted by former acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon. On March 21, the US Supreme Court in a 6-2 decision in NLRB v. S.W. General, Inc....more

Our Top Ten Tips On Following The Brexit Process

Nine months after the UK voted to leave the EU, the formal exit process has finally started. Within two years, the UK will be out of the EU either on agreed terms or cast adrift with no deal. The negotiating rhetoric...more

2017 Federal Budget measures affecting the energy industry

There are several measures in this year’s Canadian Federal Budget that directly affect the energy industry. This is a highlight of these proposed changes....more

Brexit: No Turning Back

On March 29, 2017, the United Kingdom submitted its formal notice to the European Union in order to trigger Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (the Article 50 Notice). This is the formal mechanism which begins the...more

Congress Repeals New OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Rule - President Trump Blocks Fair Pay and Safe Work Places Executive...

Last week, the Senate approved a resolution killing a recordkeeping rule finalized by OSHA in December 2016, and this week, President Trump signed a congressional resolution invalidating the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces...more

Contractor Blacklisting Rule Trump-smacked

Yesterday President Trump signed into law a resolution that officially kills the Obama-era “Blacklisting Rule.” The Rule promised to wreak havoc among federal contractors by requiring certain government contractors and...more

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