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Mexican government proposes tax incentives on IT services and R&D activities for 2017

As part of the 2017 economic budget and proposed tax reform, the Mexican government intends to incentivize a couple of activities that may be intertwined: first, by allowing information technology (IT) services to qualify as...more

A Subtle Snare of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act for Businesses Indirectly Supporting International Terrorism

While countless news outlets have reported the recent Congressional override of President Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), few have given much thought to the more nuanced consequences...more

Tough Talk: What is the difference between hard Brexit and soft Brexit - and why does it matter?

There remains a vast array of possibilities and potential scenarios as to the contours of the UK's relationship with the EU and its remaining 27 member states following any negotiated settlement for the UK's withdrawal....more

Connecticut Governor appoints State Cybersecurity Czar

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy recently appointed Democrat Arthur H. House the state’s first cybersecurity czar. House moves into the role after serving as the chairman of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority for the past four...more

Election 2016: A Reminder About New York’s Voting Leave Law and Posting Requirements

On November 8, 2016, voters across the country will cast their votes for president and vote in state and local elections. In New York, employers should ensure that they comply with New York’s voting leave law. Under N.Y....more

Final Debate Yields Few Details on Candidates’ Tax Policy

Key Points - - Tax policy has not been an issue of primary debate during this campaign season, although both presidential candidates have advanced significant tax policy initiatives that are likely to gain...more

New Jersey Tax Law Update

The new tax law raises the gas tax to increase state revenue, but also includes provisions that are designed to reduce taxes for New Jersey residents. On October 14, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law...more

US Implements Sixth Round of Eased Cuba Sanctions

On October 17, the US Departments of Commerce and the Treasury announced the sixth round of eased sanctions and export controls designed to bolster trade between the United States and Cuba. The amendments by the Bureau of...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. Independent PAC Spending on Legislative Races Nears $500,000 - Political Action Committee and...more

Proposed Regs May Limit US Estate Plan

On August 2, 2016, the US Treasury issued long-awaited pro- posed regulations under Code section 2704 that make comprehensive and very significant changes to the valuation of interests in many family-controlled entities for...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap: - One week down, one to go. This was the second to last week scheduled for legislative action in 2016, and both chambers were in Harrisburg for three days of voting session. There was plenty of activity on...more

Agreement on Continuing Resolution Includes $37 Million (Annualized) to Fight Opioid Epidemic

In July, after months of negotiation, Congress overwhelmingly passed compromise legislation authorizing nearly $900 million in spending to help fight the growing opioid abuse crisis. The measure, which passed the Senate 92 to...more

Governor Scott Extends State of Emergency For Zika Virus, Providing Additional Extension Opportunity for Certain Development...

This summer Governor Scott issued an emergency declaration applicable to 24 Florida Counties, due to an outbreak of the Zika virus. Florida Statute 252.363 provides an extension for permits and authorizations when the...more

Price hikes and product hype: Big Pharma’s relentless push

Just how rapacious can Big Pharma be? Makers hype more drugs as nation faces opioid drug abuse epidemic - In the face of an epidemic of opioid painkiller abuse, the drug industry’s answer appears to be: push even...more

Where the 2016 Presidential Candidates Stand on Immigration

For those of you who missed the third and final Presidential debate, immigration was an important topic discussed by the 2016 Presidential candidates. Moderator Chris Wallace asked both candidates about their positions and...more

EU Competition Newsletter – October 2016

'Great Repeal Bill' more likely to be 'Great Preservation Bill' - After what seemed like an eternity, but in reality has only been a few months, the Prime Minister announced on 2 October 2016 that Article 50 of the...more

"Peanut Buttering is Better than Firebombing"

Hard to argue with the logic of someone drunk on blackberry brandy! Thankfully, as the deputy wryly notes, she didn't use chunky peanut butter ... oh the carnage!!...more

Congress Agrees to Spend $500 Million on Disaster Recovery Efforts

As part of the agreement over the CR, Congress agreed to spend $500 million to help Louisiana and other states recover from recent flooding. At least $400 million is expected to go to Louisiana, where August flooding killed...more

Federal Pay Equity Legislation Promised

Legislation coming to the Federally Regulated Employment Sector (and possibly provincially-regulated employers enrolled in the Federal Contractors Program) - The Canadian pay equity model requires employers to assess the...more

Hensarling seeks assurance of CFPB compliance with limits on executive agencies

Republican Congressman Jeb Hensarling, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, has sent a letter to Director Cordray asking him to provide written assurance by October 26, 2016 that, as a result of the D.C....more

Pennsylvania Legislature Seeks to Limit Access to Police Video Recordings

The bill establishes a more restrictive process for obtaining video than the courts have provided for under the Right to Know Law. The Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill on October 19 that would prohibit police body...more

Workplace Law Discussed During Final Presidential Debate

Workplace law was once again a topic of discussion during last night’s third and final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. While not covered as extensively as during the first debate on September 26,...more

Let’s Be Blunt: Recreational Marijuana Will Bring New Regulatory Challenges to Gaming Licensees in Nevada

As Nevada voters are bombarded with messaging both for and against the legalization of recreational marijuana leading up to the vote on “Question 2” on the November state ballot, Nevada’s gaming industry watches with what we...more

Lifting of Myanmar sanctions

On October 7, 2016, U.S. President Barack Obama issued an executive order lifting U.S. sanctions against Myanmar (also known as Burma) imposed under earlier executive orders and setting aside other statutory blocking and...more

Senate Committee Membership

Key Points for Consideration - ..Sitting committee Chairs/Ranking Members are listed first in each column. ..Republicans have term limits of 6 years for Chairmanship (C) and 6 years for Ranking Membership (R)....more

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