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Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – May 2017

We are half way through May – are we having fun yet? There is a lot of activity this week in addition to ongoing talks in the Senate regarding their version of the American Health Care Act. The reauthorization of FDA User...more

Supreme Court Decides Cooper v. Harris

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On May 22, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Cooper v. Harris, No. 15-1262, holding that a three-judge district court panel did not err in concluding that race furnished the predominant rationale for North Carolina’s...more

Understanding Special Counsel Mueller’s Authorization

by Michael Volkov on

Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein’s appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller last week was a blockbuster development in the investigation of the administration....more

The Trump Administration Pursues NAFTA Renegotiation

by Cozen O'Connor on

On May 18, 2017, the Trump administration formally notified Congress of its intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The notification started the clock on a 90-day period that must elapse before...more

U.S. Considers NAFTA Renegotiation

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Those on TN “visas” and the employers who rely on them can breathe a sigh of relief— for now. While President Donald Trump has issued his recent notice to Congress of his intent to begin the process of renegotiating NAFTA,...more

Travel Agencies Hail Proposed Legislation Providing Overtime Exemption, But Employment Bills in General Face Uphill Battle

by Littler on

Last week Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) introduced a bill that would remove travel agents from the Department of Labor's list of workers that cannot qualify for the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) overtime exemption for retail...more

Ninth Circuit Hears Challenge To Trump’s Travel Ban Again

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

President Donald Trump’s own statements and deference to the Executive regarding travel ban Executive Orders are again the focus of oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. On May 15, 2017, in...more

Tennessee Is Protecting Grandma with New Legislation

Tennessee is protecting Grandma! Two pieces of legislation were approved this year: the Elder and Vulnerable Adult Protection Act, which is on its way to Gov. Haslam to be signed into law, and the Elderly and Vulnerable Adult...more

Ambassador Lighthizer Notifies Congress of the Administration’s Intent to Enter into NAFTA Renegotiations

Yesterday morning, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) formally notified Congress that the administration intends to initiate renegotiations with Mexico and Canada on the North American Free Trade...more

Less Is More or More Is More? Differing Regulatory Ethos in the United States and United Kingdom Pose Challenges for Financial...

The United States is poised to usher in an era of decreased regulation of financial institutions while the trend in the United Kingdom maintains relatively robust regulation of the financial services sector in line with...more

Update on US Federal Tax Reform Proposals and Their Effect on the Renewable Energy Industry

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

While tax reform has been a stated focus of the Trump administration and Congress, details remain elusive. The administration has recently reaffirmed its desire to enact comprehensive corporate and individual tax reform, but...more

IRS Budget Cuts Continue to Worsen

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

As I have reported in my previous blog posts, the IRS continues to get hit with severe budget cuts. The result is not pretty: (i) tax collections are on the decline; (ii) the Tax Gap is growing; (iii) taxpayer non-compliance...more

Trump Administration Announces NAFTA Renegotiation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

After months of public pronouncements on the future, including threatened withdrawal from, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Trump Administration announced on May 18, 2017, its intention to begin...more

Roundtable on Geopolitical Risks and Effective Response Strategies

On May 4, 2017, 15 business leaders gathered at Skadden’s Palo Alto office to discuss the current political and policy environments in the U.S. and abroad, as well as their implications for the technology sector. Participants...more

GOP in D.C. Shaping Up as the Major Problem for Charlie Baker

by PretiFlaherty on

Charlie Baker sent a letter to key members of the U.S. Senate this past Friday, an ominous document concerning matters with the potential to cause enormous harm in Massachusetts: federal cost sharing reduction payments, and...more

Reminder: N-PCL and EPTL Amendments To Go Into Effect May 27, 2017

Last year, we posted about amendments to the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (the “NPCL”) and the New York Estates, Powers and Trusts Law (the “EPTL”). As we noted, the amendments were signed into law last year and...more

House Passes Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017, which would allow private sector employers to offer eligible employees compensatory time off in lieu of compensation for overtime...more

Tax Reform Pushing Ahead

Despite the political controversy swirling around the firing of James Comey and the appointment of a special prosecutor, the White House and Republicans are determined to push forward with tax reform. Later this week,...more

NAFTA Renegotiation Goes Live

USTR Lighthizer last week delivered the Administration’s official 90-day notice to Congress that it will renegotiate NAFTA. The notice says that the process will be carried out “consistent with Congressional priorities...more

U.S. House passes bill to substitute overtime pay with time off

by McAfee & Taft on

On May 2, 2017, the Executive Office of the President issued a statement supporting a new House bill, H.R. 1180. H.R. 1180, the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017, proposes to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”)...more

Key Tax Changes in the American Health Care Act

by Dickinson Wright on

The American Health Care Act ("AHCA"), passed by the House of Representatives on May 4, 2017, repeals many of the taxes added by the Affordable Care Act ("ACA") and makes changes to other tax rules. Some of the notable...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - May, 2017 #3

by Brooks Pierce on

This week at the General Assembly the Senate focused on moving legislation through committees while House Budget leaders focused on the budget bill (S 257). House leaders have indicated they hope to hold votes on the budget...more

Trump Administration Notifies Congress of Intent to Renegotiate NAFTA

The White House formally notified Congress on Thursday of the Trump administration’s intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The notification letter from U.S. Trade Representative Robert...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Spokesperson Says Governor Paul LePage Will Not Seek Senator King’s U.S. Senate Seat - A...more

White House wants to inflict pain on the poor to force Democrats to bargain on health care

The Trump Administration raised major weekend alarms among some of the biggest players in health care with the president’s reported willingness to try a risky gambit by cutting off crucial federal subsidies to help millions...more

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