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President Signs E-Warranty Statute Amendment

In a rare display of bipartisanship, the U.S. Congress has passed and, on September 24, 2015, President Obama signed, an amendment of the federal statute regulating warranties on consumer products, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty...more

Redevelopment 2.0... This Time for Real!

AB 2 Appears to be the Long-Awaited Redevelopment Replacement Law - Since the demise of redevelopment in 2012, and the assurance of a “replacement” by Gov. Jerry Brown, we have been waiting. We saw valiant efforts by...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Double Whammy in Maine’s Paper Industry - This past week, two northern Maine paper mills...more

The North Carolina Employee Fair Classification Act

During the 2015 legislative session, North Carolina devoted a great deal of attention to the employment classifications of independent contractors. After working its way through several revisions in the House and Senate, The...more

Special Budget Edition: North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

In the early morning hours of September 30, 2015, the House and Senate gave final sign off on the Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 721, Adjournment Resolution. The resolution ended the “long” session, which began in January of...more

News from Second and State

Having both the House and Senate in Harrisburg made for a busy week, and there’s news to report on a number of fronts. The headliner this week, once again, was the state budget. By the end of last week, the General Assembly...more

E-Verify Program Status

Hours before the government was due to shut down, the President signed into law a stopgap measure which will fund the federal government through December 11, 2015.   The possibility of a government shutdown would have...more

Drought: Congressional State of Play at the End of the Fiscal Year

A number of proposals aimed at addressing the California drought were introduced this Congress. Two bills in particular, H.R. 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act, and S. 1894, the California Emergency...more

House Passes Significant ACA Amendment by Voice Vote

With little apparent Democrat opposition, the U.S. House of Representatives on September 28 routinely passed a bill to allow employers of 50 to 100 employees to avoid the ACA’s especially heavy regulation of small group...more

Africa Update - September 2015 #5

Leading the News - Burkina Faso: On September 25th, the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council issued a statement welcoming the reinstatement of President Michel Kafando and the transitional authorities of Burkina...more

U.S., China Announce Cybersecurity Agreement During Xi Jiping’s Visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping made his first state visit to the United States last week, and his itinerary included meetings with U.S. technology company leaders as well as President Barack Obama. Not surprisingly, his hosts...more

California Fair Pay Act: New Obligations for Employers or a Paper Tiger?

Widely lauded as the strongest equal pay legislation in the nation, California’s Fair Pay Act (Senate Bill 358) is now law. Effective January 1, 2016, the new law modifies California’s existing wage discrimination measures by...more

California Poised to Expand State Equal Pay Law

On Sept. 1, California’s legislature sent Senate Bill No. 358 (the “Fair Pay Act”) to Governor Jerry Brown for signature. The Fair Pay Act amends California’s existing Equal Pay Act (Labor Code section 1197.5) in several...more

The Consumer Rights Act 2015: what businesses in the UK need to know

The legal relationship between business and the consumer will be fundamentally reshaped by the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (CRA), the key sections of which came into force on 1 October 2015. This important piece of...more

EB-5 Regional Center Program to Get Short-Term Reprieve with Passage of Continuing Resolution

Coinciding with the end of the current fiscal year, the EB-5 regional center program is set to expire on September 30, 2015 but will get a temporary reprieve with expected final passage of a Continuing Resolution (CR) that...more

US Implements Additional Measures to Liberalize Cuba Sanctions

On September 21, 2015, the United States further amended existing regulations to implement the changes announced by President Obama on December 17, 2014 liberalizing US sanctions and export controls targeting Cuba. As a...more

Stacy Allen Speaks: Newsroom Victories During the 2015 Texas Legislative Session

Sometimes, killing a bad bill can be as important as enacting a good one. So it was for newsrooms during the 2015 session of the Texas Legislature. My partner Paul Watler and I were privileged to assist the Texas Association...more

New Regulations Further Ease Maritime Transport and Travel Restrictions on Cuba

Action Item: The Administration further implemented its new Cuba policy facilitating passenger vessel service to Cuba and opening opportunities in Cuba’s maritime, telecommunications, and construction sectors. Considering the...more

Business Incentive Changes in Recent North Carolina Legislation

The North Carolina General Assembly passed two significant pieces of legislation affecting corporate activity, expansion and new investment in North Carolina. First, the General Assembly passed the state budget...more

White House Announces Another Round of Sweeping Regulatory Adjustments to Cuban Sanctions

Although Congress has remained cautious of taking any action to ease the American-imposed embargo on the majority of business interactions with Cuba, President Obama’s administration continues to push forward with the...more

Treasury updates sanctions

Treasury has updated the sanctions lists in respect of Ukraine....more

A&B Healthcare Week In Review, September 2015

On September 25, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule entitled “Medicare Program: Medicare Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests Payment System”. This proposed rule would...more

Temporary Reauthorization Expected for EB-5 Regional Center Program

The EB-5 Regional Center Program is set to sunset on September 30, 2015, at close of the federal fiscal year. Temporary funding legislation introduced in Congress to fund the Federal Government through December 11, 2015,...more

Congress Extends Internet Tax Freedom Act as part of Short-Term Spending Bill

On September 30, the U.S. House of Representative voted in favor of H.R. 719, which includes provisions extending the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) through December 11, 2015. The bill, passed earlier in the day by the...more

Global Tax News: US Congress: tax reform emerging as major 2016 campaign issue – financial industry a prime target

Tax reform is emerging as a major issue in the 2016 US presidential campaign, and in the growing wave of populist anger at the establishment elite in Washington and Wall Street, the financial industry has become a prime...more

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