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Senate HELP Committee Holds Confirmation Hearing for Nominee Acosta to Head Labor Department

The Senate Health, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on March 22, 2017, held confirmation hearings on the nomination of R. Alexander Acosta, President Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Labor. Acosta was introduced...more

Supreme Court Holds that Lafe Solomon Improperly Served as NLRB General Counsel

The Supreme Court has dealt another blow to the stability of the National Labor Relations Board. In a 6-2 decision, in, National Labor Relations Board v. SW General, Inc. DBA Southwest Ambulance, USSC Case No. 15-1251 (March...more

Supreme Court Uses Labor Case To Again Stifle Presidential Power

In a decision released today, a 6 to 2 majority of the Supreme Court restricted the president’s power to fill high-level administrative positions without the Senate’s advice and consent, handing a victory to an employer in a...more

Wyden’s C-THRU Act – Publicizing PBM Rebate Data

Last week, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D- Ore.) introduced the “Creating Transparency to Have Drug Rebates Unlocked (C-THRU) Act of 2017.” As its name suggests, it seeks to require parties (e.g., PBMs)...more

President Trump Signs Second “Travel Ban” Executive Order; Hawaii and Maryland Federal Courts Block Ban Temporarily; DOJ Expected...

On March 6, 2017, President Donald Trump signed a new “Travel Ban” Executive Order with an effective date of March 16, 2017. The order revoked a previous executive order signed on January 27, 2017, which was blocked by the...more

DOL Announces Temporary No Enforcement Policy of Fiduciary Rule

Earlier this month, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a 60-day delay of the April 10, 2017 effective date of its (much debated) fiduciary rule. The fiduciary rule – a vestige of the Obama Administration – was thought to...more

Recycling Infrastructure Assets to Spur Infrastructure Investment

The Trump Administration has the admirable goal of encouraging infrastructure investment. One policy it may want to consider is promoting the recycling of existing municipal infrastructure assets. This policy was developed...more

The Future of the Affordable Care Act Week 7: The American Health Care Act

On March 6, 2017, after years of promising, GOP lawmakers in the House of Representatives introduced the “American Health Care Act” (AHCA), the first concrete legislative proposal detailing the initial provisions designed to...more

Norm Coleman: A Business-like Approach To Politics

The links between business and politics are legion. If anything, they’re getting more pronounced. The path between the boardroom and public office is well-trodden. People look at the contents of their pockets before...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - March 2017

President Trump’s Trade-Related Nominees Confirmed - Several nominees selected by President Trump for key positions that will participate in the development of U.S. trade policy during his administration have been...more

The Draft International Arbitration Bill will be tabled in parliament soon

The Justice and Constitutional Development Department published the draft bill's explanatory summary in Government Gazette 40687. The proposed legislation seeks to...more

Congress, FCC Weigh Measures to Repeal ISP Privacy Rules

Last October, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved new privacy rules governing how Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are permitted to use and share its customers’ personal information. The rules have been...more

Brexit – The Japanese perspective

"There are numerous Japanese businesses operating in Europe, which have created 440,000 jobs. A considerable number of these firms are concentrated in the UK. Nearly half of Japanese direct investment intended for the EU in...more

The Employment Law Authority - March/April 2017

EXECUTIVE ORDERS MARK A RISING, ROILING TIDE OF IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS - In his first week in office, President Donald Trump launched a series of executive orders (EO) directing large-scale changes on...more

2016 Recap: A Busy Year for Employment Law

In case you missed it, 2016 was a banner year for the California Legislature in enacting new employment laws. Here are the highlights...more

Expect Focus - International, Spring, March 2017

Rules of the (International) Road - An Overview - Going international is a complicated undertaking. Your specific situation and concerns will determine the steps required. The following outlines, very generally,...more

Insurance Sector Trends: Forecast for 2017 and 2016 Year End Review

The insurance industry faced strong headwinds, crosswinds and (a few) favorable tailwinds in 2016. It was a dramatic, unpredictable year, which saw political upheaval, an extremely challenging commercial environment,...more

The Transition to Value-Based Health Care: A View from Washington of President Trump’s First 60 Days

“A View from Washington of President Trump’s First 60 Days,” the inaugural segment of our value-based health care teleconference series, was hosted by Thomas Bulleit, who heads the Ropes & Gray health care practice in the...more

Night Note: The 1st 100 Days

The President’s nascent trade policy has already drawn sharp rebukes from key trade partners that threaten the competitiveness of American exporters and investors. The refusal of the U.S. to endorse ...more

Beltway Briefing: Agenda for Remaining First 100 Days

Blake Rutherford, Mark Alderman, and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discuss the recent developments in politics and policy in Washington, D.C. Blake: Thank you very much and welcome to our ongoing...more

SCOTUS Upholds Federal Vacancies Reform Act

On March 21, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the case of NLRB v. SW General, Inc., dba Southwest Ambulance. This case concerns the operation and application of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998...more

EU Commissioner - President Trump Set To Discuss Future Of Privacy Shield Accord

European Union (“EU”) Commissioner Vera Jourová will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump this month to discuss the future of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (“Privacy Shield”) accord which imposes obligations on U.S. companies...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - March 2017 #3

House Republicans append a Manager's Amendment to the AHCA; HHS tells states they will have increased flexibility on Medicaid; and Florida previews its 1115 waiver amendment requests....more

European Commission Publishes White Paper on the Future of Europe

The European Commission published a White Paper on the future of Europe. The White Paper outlines possible drivers of change and scenarios in which the current 27 member states could evolve by 2025...more

Market Solutions, Volume 26, No. 1

Sanctions: Will the Trump Administration Stay the Course? President Trump made many statements during the campaign regarding actions he plans to take to reverse Obama administration sanctions policies. These included...more

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