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House Passes Encouraging Employee Ownership Act

On February 3, 2016, the House passed H.R. 1675, the Encouraging Employee Ownership Act of 2015. The bill directs the SEC to revise regulations to require an issuer to furnish investors with additional specified disclosures...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - January 2016 #9

FCA updates IPRU-INV, FC and EG - FCA is updating its Handbook on its website to convert the Interim Prudential sourcebook for Investment Businesses (IPRU-INV), the Financial Crime Guide (FC) and the Enforcement Guide...more

Congress Considers Changes to FCRA to Expand Consumer Credit Files and Limit Use of Credit Reports for Employment Decisions

Two bills amending the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) intended to benefit consumers are making their way through Congress. H.R. 4172, "The Credit Access and Inclusion Act of 2015," has bipartisan support, although it is...more

State of the Union 2016 – What Will the President Focus on in his Final Year in Office?

While much of last night's State of the Union Address focused on big-picture issues, President Obama did make some specific employment-related comments during the annual speech to the country. One underlying purpose of this...more

The PATH Act Brings Federal Income Tax Changes - The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 Enacted in December 2015

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015, also known as the PATH Act, was enacted by Congress at the end of 2015. Below are the highlights from that legislation. TAX EXTENDERS - Tax extenders are...more

DOL's Fiduciary Duty Rule Survives Year-End Appropriations Process

The insurance industry’s short-term strategy to oppose the Department of Labor’s proposed investment advisor fiduciary duty rule centered on a defunding initiative as part of the year-end appropriations process. That...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. Legislative Council Meets in Advance of 2016 Second Regular Session - Maine’s Legislative...more

Reacting to Our Failure to Effect Sound Retirement Policy

Ever since ERISA was first promulgated, and notwithstanding consequential economic, societal and demographic changes, efforts at improving the nation’s employer-based retirement structure have had fits and starts mostly due...more

Spotlight on Belgium - Issue 8, Fall 2015

As this issue of spotlight on Belgium shows, this is sometimes a correct perception. ongoing economic sanctions against Russia, as described by Jeroen Jansen and valerijus ostrovskis, demonstrate that legislation can add to...more

Washington, D.C. Update – November 2015

In the final week of October, congressional leaders and the White House reached an agreement on a wide variety of measures to "clean the barn" for Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) successor. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015...more

Bipartisan Budget Act Extends MAP-21 Pension Funding Relief and Increases PBGC Premiums

On Monday, November 1, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the “BBA”) which brings familiar changes for sponsors of defined benefit pension plans. Similar to the Moving Ahead for Progress...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

Last Monday night the Senate passed HB 774, Restoring Proper Justice Act, 33-16. According to HB 744’s supporters, the bill will allow executions to resume in the state. The last execution occurred in 2006. ...more

Rhode Island Enacts Legislation Authorizing the Use of Electronic Pay Cards

On July 10, 2015, the Rhode Island General Assembly sent Governor Gina Raimondo a compromise measure (House Bill 5590/Senate Bill 351) that would allow Rhode Island employers—for the first time in the state’s history—to pay...more

The DOL and the Proposed Fiduciary Rule: A Prediction

Public comments regarding the Department of Labor’s proposed new fiduciary rule were due and the process will continue. I have said all along that the Department of Labor (DOL) will get a new fiduciary rule in place...more

Gov. Christie’s Cuts in N.J.’s Mandatory Public Pension Funding Found to be Legal

A recent study estimated that state public pension plans are underfunded by $4.7 trillion (yes, that’s a “T”). Ten states have plans in which less than 30-percent of benefit obligations are funded, and only three states have...more

Alberta's NDP Government's Flagship Bill Bans Corporate and Union Donations to Political Parties in Alberta

On June 23, 2015, the Alberta legislature unanimously passed the first bill of Alberta's new NDP government. Bill 1, An Act to Renew Democracy in Alberta passed in third reading with the unanimous support of all parties,...more

PA Budget Watch

On Tuesday June 30th, Republican majorities in the Pennsylvania House and Senate passed a 2015-16 budget with no new taxes and sent it to Democrat Governor Tom Wolf who promptly vetoed the bill and called upon legislative...more

N.J. Supreme Court Finds Chapter 78 Did Not Create an Enforceable Contract Right

In Burgos v. State of New Jersey, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that the 2011 pension and health benefit reform statute, known as Chapter 78, did not create an enforceable contract that was binding on the State to make...more

News from Second and State

It was a busy weekend in the commonwealth’s capital city, and there are about 36 hours left until the end of the 2014-2015 fiscal year.  In case you missed any blink-and-you-miss-it action, we offer the following Budget...more

Appropriations Subcommittee Rejects Efforts to Strip Funding Bill of Pro-Employer Riders

The day after the House Appropriations Committee released a draft bill that would significantly limit certain federal agency rules and initiatives, the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education held a...more

Developments on the EB5 Program: the Administration, House and Senate Weigh In

The Regional Center part of the EB-5 immigrant investor program is set to sunset on September 30, 2015. Recent actions by the Obama Administration, the Senate and the House demonstrate this program now has significant...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. Budget Negotiations Run Hot and Cold - Late last Friday evening, the Appropriations Committee...more

Alberta's NDP Government and Potential Labour and Employment Policy Changes

On May 5, 2015, Rachel Notley and her New Democratic Party (NDP) were elected to a majority provincial government in Alberta. This is the first change of the governing political party since the 1971 election. Changes to...more

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