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Saudi Arabia Update – April 2016

Legal Developments - New incentives for achieving Saudization requirements - The Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), which is an affiliate of the Ministry of Labor (MOL), has proposed a new system to reward...more

Pending California Legislation Threatens to Eviscerate Consumer and Employment Contractual Choice of Law and Venue Provisions

Out-of-state companies doing business in California would be well-advised to look closely at a new bill pending in the California State Legislature. If you are concerned about defending litigation cases in the most...more

China Aims to Strengthen Regulations on Commercial Bribery

Recently, the Legal Affairs Office of the State Council released draft amendments (Draft Amendments) to the Anti-Unfair Competition Law (AUCL) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for public comments. The Draft Amendments...more

New Fiduciary Rule: It’s all politics

You read articles about the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) new fiduciary rule and experts will tell you that it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread, the worst thing since Caddyshack II, or somewhere in between. I learned a...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. Maine State Legislature Considers Supplemental Budget - The Maine State Legislature held late...more

What’s Cooking at the General Assembly in 2016 (Part II)

So last week I provided a recap of a few of the labor & employment law bills still being kicked around the legislature. From talking with a few folks in on the process, here are some other bills to keep an eye on (whether in...more

DOL published Final Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) issued their final new Fiduciary Rule on Wednesday, April 6th that will have far reaching changes to the retirement plan industry. Aside from some paperwork, disclosure, and effective date...more

A Mandatory Retirement Plan for Maryland Employers

“Obamacare, but for retirement plans” is one way to describe recent state initiatives to establish automatic enrollment into individual retirement accounts (IRAs). One big difference, of course, is that the Affordable Care...more

Reports Emanate From Washington That Financial Regulators Poised To Promulgate New Restrictions On Community Bank Executive...

In June of 2010 bank regulatory agencies issued final guidance relating to incentive compensation arrangements at all financial institutions. Shortly thereafter in July, President Obama signed into law the Dodd-Frank Act....more

Federal Budget 2016 – Pension Issues

PENSION BENEFITS STANDARDS ACT (PBSA) – 30-PER-CENT RULE AND BILATERAL AGREEMENTS - The Budget announces that the federal government will shortly be launching a public consultation on the usefulness of the 30-per-cent...more

Germany Adopts EU’s Pension Directive, and May Place Burdens on Employers’ Use of Temporary Workers

Pension Law - On December 18, 2015, the German legislature approved a law that adopted the pension provisions of the EU Mobility Directive. The Directive was passed to enhance worker mobility between EU countries by...more

The Whistleblower Augmented Reward and Non-Retaliation Act of 2016

Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) recently introduced the Whistleblower Augmented Reward and Non-Retaliation Act of 2016 (“WARN Act”), which aims to bolster whistleblower protections under both...more

Get the basics on two federal bills affecting employee benefits

Recently, two bills with confusingly similar names were introduced in Congress. They are both worth mentioning regardless of whether or not they are ultimately enacted in their current form. The SAVE Benefits Act...more

2016 Ontario Budget Provisions Affecting Registered Pension Plans and the ORPP

On February 25, 2016, the Ontario government tabled its 2016 budget (Budget), which included a number of provisions affecting registered pension plans and the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP). On that same day, the...more

Washington, D.C. Update – February 2016

Entering 2016, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) agreed to make FY17 appropriations the centerpiece of this year's legislative agenda. Both pledged "regular order" in the FY17...more

Proposed “Exit Premium” on Withdrawing From Underfunded Multiemployer Defined Benefit Plans Would Penalize Employers That Played...

Employers withdrawing from an underfunded multiemployer defined benefit pension plan may soon face not only an assessment of withdrawal liability, but also an additional payment called an “exit premium.” The Obama...more

The Fight against a new Fiduciary Rule continues

It should come as no surprise that the Senate and the House of Representatives are trying to do their best to make sure that the Department of Labor (DOL) is thwarted with implementing a fiduciary rule for retirement plan and...more

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

State Retirement Plans (2.5 of 3) Carrots instead of Sticks — marketplaces, prototypes and “closed MEPs”

This is Part 2.5 of a 3-part series on state retirement plan legislation. Part 1 was an Overview. Part 2 focused on recent Department of Labor guidance making it easier for states to get a bit heavy-handed by mandating...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

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