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North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative long session on January 14 and adjourned September 30. Lawmakers will return to Raleigh for the short session April 25, 2016. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on...more

The Oman Update - Official Gazette 1126

Sultani Decrees - Sultani Decree No. 48/2015 Endorsing the Oil Agreement between the Government of the Sultanate of Oman and Oman Lasso Exploration & Production Karawan Limited for Block No. 54....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

News from the Vermont Statehouse - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - January 2016 #1

Labor Commissioner Proposes Independent Contractor Legislation - Few issues have proven to be as perennially vexing to the legislature as the definition of “independent contractor.” Legislators hear repeated complaints...more

Energy Newsletter - December 2015

Guaranteed Sunshine: Performance and Testing of Solar Power Projects - This article is the third of three articles on solar power projects and discusses testing and performance guarantees in the context of engineering,...more

Can I Be Criminally Prosecuted for Violating Federal Safety and Health Regulations?

Earlier this month, a federal jury in West Virginia found Don Blankenship, former Chairman and CEO of the Massey Energy Company, guilty of a misdemeanor charge of conspiring to willfully violate safety and health standards...more

Increased Criminal Enforcement for Worker Safety Violations?

In 2010, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) let employers know there was a new sheriff in town. Now there will be a new police force as well. On December 17, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)...more

2016 Legislative Preview Issues the Vermont Legislature will face in the coming year.

Legislators this session will grapple with an estimated $58 million budget gap for fiscal year 2017, of which $53 million is attributed to Medicaid. With Vermont’s Medicaid program now covering one in three Vermonters, the...more

Can I Print a Retraction: A Cautionary Tale of the Lingering Pitfalls of Memoranda and Email Correspondence

On December 3, 2015, a jury empaneled in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia convicted Donald L. Blankenship of conspiracy to violate federal safety standards, and although he will...more

Congress breathes new life into expired tax provisions and adopts other changes

Permanence for R&D credit, small business expensing and other popular tax provisions - The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, or as it is more commonly known, the "Omnibus," does more than just fund the federal...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, December 2015.

EPA Issues Final Rule Adding 1-Bromopropane To EPCRA Section 313 List: On November 23, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule adding 1-bromopropane to the list of toxic chemicals subject to...more

New OSHA Field Operations Manual Impacts Energy Industry

U.S. OSHA recently released its new Field Operations Manual (“Manual”), with several changes of particular importance to oil and gas operations. The Manual is the field guidance that directs the work of OSHA’s Compliance,...more

Is an Offshore Rig a Single Site of Employment Under WARN?

A federal judge in the Eastern District of Louisiana recently issued an important ruling for oil field employers conducting layoffs. In Voisin v. Axxis Drilling, Inc. (October 21, 2015), the court held that for the purposes...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. Oversight Committee’s Investigation into Good Will-Hinckley Hiring Controversy Concludes - On...more

OSHA Vows Continued Enforcement As Work Fatalities Rise

Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez has sworn to continue the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (“OSHA) stepped up enforcement campaign in the construction and oil and gas industries after newly released data...more

Lower Oil and Gas Prices Met With an Uptick in Unpaid Overtime, Worker Misclassification, and Other Wage Suits

On Monday, the United States Energy Information Administration released a Drilling Productivity Report. The report projects that total oil output from seven major U.S. shale regions will fall by 118,000 barrels per day to...more

Alert: Climate Change and Pension Fund Investments

On October 22 the US Department of Labor ("DOL") issued Interpretive Bulletin 2015-01 (published in the Federal Register on October 26 and effective on that date) setting forth its supplemental views concerning the legal...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House 11/6/2015

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Maine Pulp and Paper Industry Summit on November 17 - “These are not your grandfather’s paper...more

Energy Insights: An Update from the Third Quarter of 2015

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”?

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

Energy Insights: An Update from the Third Quarter of 2015

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

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

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

Wage and Hour Claims Menace Producers

It’s common knowledge: Fair Labor Standards Act audits from the U. S. Department of Labor and lawsuits from workers for overtime violations are coming faster than a blitzing safety on a third and long. Native Oilfield...more

Procurement Pulse - September 2015

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

The latest challenges in health and safety in the mining industry

We recently attended the Health, Safety, Environment and Community Conference convened by the NSW Minerals Council. The Conference drew together participants from across the mining industry in NSW to look at what miners are...more

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