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Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - July 2017 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a decision by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice addressing a...more

Contract of Work for IUPK OP: A Tough Decision

by White & Case LLP on

The Indonesian government ("Government") has issued a number of regulations to implement its mining policy, including GR 1/of 2017. In moving towards a single Special Mining Permit Operation Production license (IUPK...more

Sunset for day rates?

by DLA Piper on

It is common, if not industry standard, for companies in oil and gas to utilize a "day rate" structure. For example, drillers may agree to pay a contractor $600/day per employee for certain services. That contractor will...more

Top 10 Considerations for Iowa Employers Post Election

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

There has already been a great deal written about the outcome of the 2016 election. Polls, long considered lagging indicators, were not indicators at all. As the dust settles and the recounts conclude, personal, professional...more

When Can Employee Policies Be Amended?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Thinking about changing an employee policy in Texas? Kubala v. Supreme Production Services, Inc. says you can do it (almost) whenever you want. Want to make employees arbitrate their disputes? You can do that too....more

Forgery May Not Constitute “Theft” Under an Employee Dishonesty Coverage

by Cozen O'Connor on

Ruling in favor of the insurer on a motion for summary judgment, on July 29, 2016 the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that under the terms of a commercial crime policy, proof of a forgery by the insured’s employee in...more

Tenth Circuit Drills Down Into Roots Of Moral Hazard, Comes Up Dry

by Carlton Fields on

Moral hazard (one of this blog’s preoccupations) usually comes up in disputes over the scope of coverage under an insurance policy. But state legislatures often address it, too—for example, by imposing limits on agreements...more

Unsecured Creditor Perspectives in Energy Restructurings

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

This Practice Note provides guidance and advice to unsecured creditors in energy restructurings. This Note specifically addresses restructurings in the oil, gas, and coal industries and the strategies that unsecured creditors...more

Minerals Matters - Winter 2016

by DLA Piper on

Welcome to the latest edition of Minerals Matters and the first one of 2016. Last year was, on the whole, positive for the sector. We had the drama of the UK General Election and the surprisingly decisive outcome which...more

New Orleans WHD to Aggressively Investigate Oilfield, Maritime Employers

The United States Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, administers the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). That authority includes the power to investigate employers, their customers and payroll practices. ...more

Energy Insights: An Update from the Third Quarter of 2015

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In this edition of Seyfarth Shaw’s Energy Insights Newsletter our Energy and Clean Technologies team covers important developments in Q3 2015 for the energy industry including 1) the latest initiatives from the Environmental...more

What Exactly Is “Constructive Engagement”?

by Allen Matkins on

Yesterday, I wrote about SB 185 (De León) which mandates that California’s two giant pension funds to liquidate their investments in thermal coal companies on or before July 1, 2017.  One aspect of the bill that I didn’t...more

California’s New “Thermal Coal” Divestment Law Forces Fiduciary Duty Question

by Allen Matkins on

Public pension funds exist to provide retirement benefits to public employees.  Cal. Const. Art. XVI, § 17(a).  In 1992, the voters of California tried to eliminate political interference with the state’s retirement funds by...more

Procurement Pulse - September 2015

by DLA Piper on

Draft regulations have been issued for consultation, to implement both the Utilities Directive and the Concessions Directive - expected to be in force April 2016. There has been some interesting case law on application of...more

Oil Price Decline: Positioning for Turnaround or Sale

by Reed Smith on

As a reaction to the dramatic oil price volatility, many energy companies plan to streamline operations by reducing work force and shedding assets. Those who do so face tightening credit and decline in asset value that may...more

The 2016 Federal Budget: Targeting Independent Contractor Misclassification as Part of the “Fissured Workplace”

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The President released his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget today, February 2, 2015. In furtherance of the President’s budget request, the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division provided a 32-page budget justification to Congress...more

The Sixth Circuit Holds That an Arbitration Clause in an Expired Contract Still Applies

by K&L Gates LLP on

Does the duty to arbitrate survive the expiration of a contract? The United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit recently held “yes.” The Sixth Circuit became the first federal appeals court to examine whether a contract’s...more

If You Are Planning Layoffs – Here Are Five Things You Need to Know

by Cozen O'Connor on

Unfortunately, when the price of oil goes down, the employment numbers also move downward in Houston. Many clients in the oil and gas industry are either planning or considering downsizing measures, which means that it is a...more

The Construct - December 2014

In This Issue: - Another Perspective: Constructing (and Eating) a Piece of the Energy Sector Pie - An Interview with Melvin Stroble, REM, Project Manager, Energy for Black & Veatch - Executive Order 13658...more

Saskatchewan Prime Contractor Regulations Coming into Force January 1, 2015

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On January 1, 2015, The Occupational Health and Safety (Prime Contractor) Regulations will come into force in Saskatchewan (the Prime Contractor Regulations). If you are doing business in Saskatchewan, you should...more

Mexico's New E&P Contracts

by King & Spalding on

Historical Background - Early Mexican E&P: Early in the last century, Mexico became both an important oil producing nation and trendsetter in nationalization of oil industries. In the process it told a...more

Weekly Update from the NC State House - June 2014: After giving its final approval to their version of the state budget just after...

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Conflicting Budgets - After giving its final approval to their version of the state budget just after midnight Saturday morning, the Senate took a long weekend, not returning to Raleigh until Wednesday. The budget...more

The Construct - May 2014

In This Issue: - Green Law Corner - You Decide: Green Globes vs. LEED: The U.S. General Services Administration recently added Green Globes as an additional third-party green building certification system for...more

Recent Supreme Court Decisions Could Prove Favorable For Oklahoma Business Climate

by GableGotwals on

Recent United States Supreme Court decisions making it more difficult to certify lawsuits as class actions have the potential to create a more business friendly climate in Oklahoma. In theory, a class action lawsuit saves...more

Energy Newsletter - September 2013

by King & Spalding on

In This Issue: - New Rule Proposed By OSHA Regarding Silica Exposure Likely To Impact Fracking And Increase Risk Of Litigation - Texas Supreme Court Reaffirms Minerals Estate's Superior Rights -...more

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