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New Brunswick Reforms MLAs Pensions to Shared Risk

On March 26, 2014, the New Brunswick legislature introduced for first reading Bill 51, An Act Respecting Members’ Pensions, which proposes to move Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) to the shared risk pension plan...more

Alabama Legislative Update - Week 10: As Session Moves Towards Close, Budgets Take Center Stage

The 2014 session of the Alabama Legislature is winding and grinding down as lawmakers hammer out the General Fund and Education Trust Fund budgets. Last week saw progress, albeit slow. ...more

Alabama Legislative Update - Week 6: Halfway Through the Session, Tax Bills Take Center Stage

Last week marked the halfway point in this legislative session, with Tuesday being the 15th of 30 legislative days. Legislative leaders still expect the 2014 session to end on April 7....more

What the Pension Reform Decision in Arizona May Mean for Illinois

Today the Arizona Supreme Court has handed down its much-anticipated decision in Fields v. The Elected Officials’ Retirement Plan. In Fields, the Court unanimously struck down a pension reform package enacted by the...more

MyRA Will Offer Retirement Accounts to Employees Without Access Through Employers

It is estimated that nearly half of American employees do not have access to retirement plans sponsored by their employers. President Obama announced in his State of the Union address that he would be ordering the Department...more

U.S. Department of Treasury Directed to Create "myRA"

New Retirement Savings Account Aimed at those Without Access to Such Plans Through Their Employer - President Obama announced in his State of the Union address that he would be ordering the Department of the Treasury...more

MyRA: A nice idea, but it won’t become popular

Regardless of which side of the political aisle created it, I like any product or plan that allows rank and file employees to save for retirement. President Obama made good on his State of the Union speech promise by...more

Illinois General Assembly Passes Pension Reform Bill

Both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly adopted the Conference Committee Report to Senate Bill 1 on December 3, 2013. The bill provides comprehensive pension reform for four state retirement systems – the Teachers’...more

Private Fund Adviser Receives Exemptive Relief from Two-Year Compensation Ban under Pay-to-Play Rule Triggered by Contribution to...

An SEC-registered adviser (the “Adviser”) was granted exemptive relief pursuant to Rule 206(4)-5 (the “Rule”) under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advisers Act”) from the Rule’s two-year prohibition on receiving...more

Capital Thinking: Budget and Appropriations

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Federal Government Shutdown Continues - As the federal government enters the second week of a shutdown, there has been no progress to end the stalemate between Democrats and Republicans,...more

First Thoughts: Live-(Nearly)-Blogging the Oral Argument in Kanerva

This morning, a seemingly skeptical Illinois Supreme Court appeared ready to side with the State in a dispute over 2012 amendments to the State Employee Group Insurance Act. Several Justices peppered the two attorneys...more

2013 Summary Of New Maine Laws & Carried Over Legislation

As an on-going service to our clients, Pierce Atwood is pleased to provide this updated summary of selected new Maine laws enacted during the 126th Maine Legislature’s 1st Regular Session and 1st Special Session, as well as...more

Marketing Investment Management Services to Public Retirement Systems: Complying with Applicable Laws and Regulations

It is well-known that high-profile jurisdictions such as California and New York City have in certain instances placed lobbyist registration requirements on investment managers that solicit investment advisory business from...more

CalPERS Officials Travel The World Despite Executive Order

Two years ago and in light of a daunting structural budget deficit, Governor Jerry Brown issued Executive Order B-06-011. His order banned both in-state and out-of-state travel by government agencies unless it was “mission...more

Senators Request CFPB Issue Guidance and Rulemakings, Bring Enforcement Actions Relating to Payroll Card Programs

Last week, 16 Democratic Senators sent a letter on regulation of payroll cards to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) Director Richard Cordray and Department of Labor (“DOL”) Acting Secretary Seth Harris. The letter...more

Supreme Court Will Resolve Questions About Obama Recess Appointments and CFPB Authority

As anticipated, the United States Supreme Court has granted certiorari in National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, signaling the next chapter in the challenges that have been raised as to the legitimacy of certain...more

Minnesota Legislative Interim Activities

The Minnesota Legislature has an unusually long interim period between sessions this time around. The 2013 session ended on May 20th and the 2014 session is set to convene on February 25, 2014 – more than nine months later....more

Supreme Court agrees to take on recess appointment controversy

On June 24, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review the D.C. Circuit’s decision in Noel Canning v. NLRB invalidating President Obama’s January 4, 2012 appointment of three NLRB members....more

Legislative Update 2013 -- SC Tax Incentives Legislative Update

In This Presentation: - A.Economic Development: 1.Film 2.Port 3.Abandoned Buildings 4.Angel Investors 5.Nascar/Darlington Speedway 6.Unemployment Insurance - B.Practice and...more

Update: Third Circuit recess appointment decision ups the ante on certiorari

Last week’s News Flash alerted readers that a second federal appellate court has now invalidated a NLRB recess appointment as incompatible with the meaning of the phrase, “the Recess of the Senate” in the Recess Appointment...more

Second Ruling against NLRB Recess Appointments Raises More Questions for CFPB

A second circuit court ruling invalidating one of President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board could provide additional ammunition to anyone inclined to challenge the validity of his choice to...more

2013 Florida Legislative Session Recap

Prior to the start of the 2013 Florida legislative session, President Gaetz and Speaker Weatherford outlined a joint agenda that included tackling ethics, elections, campaign finance, state pensions and higher education. The...more

Pension Changes Proposed in Ontario Budget

On May 2, 2013, the Liberal government in Ontario released its proposed budget. While the NDP has not yet lent the proposed budget support in order to ensure its passage, the Heenan Blaikie Pensions, Benefits and Compensation...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 5-3-13

In This Issue: Legislature Enters Final Stretch; Appropriators Receive Bad News Regarding Revenue Forecast; Tax Reform Proposal Officially Rolled Out; Major Initiatives of the Governor Topic of Debate... ...more

Legal Alert: President's 2014 Budget Includes Employee Benefits Proposals

On April 10, 2013, the White House released its Fiscal Year 2014 Budget (the Budget), which includes a number of proposals related to employee benefit plans. Although it is unlikely that all of the proposals will ultimately...more

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