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Congress Passes FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill: What it Means for Labor and Employment Agencies

Narrowly averting a federal government shutdown, on December 13 in a rare Saturday evening session the Senate passed the massive 1600 page, $1.1 trillion FY2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill that will fund government operations...more

Administration Publishes Fall 2014 Unified Regulatory Agenda

We expect 2015 to be a very busy year for actions on new or proposed federal regulations in the absence of congressional legislation. That was confirmed on November 21, 2014, when the administration published its “Unified...more

New York City Expands Living Wage Law for City Contractors

As we covered in a recent blog post on the living wage requirements for city contractors, on September 30, 2014, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order that: (1) raises New York City’s “living wage”...more

Task Force on Governmentally-Mandated Standby Letters of Credit

Unfortunately, as bankers in West Virginia know, these forms are in several respects at odds with letter of credit law and practice. Thus the forms not only are problematic from the standpoint of issuers, but also, they may...more

Department of Defense Renewable Energy Program - Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities

Orrick and Clean Energy Pipeline have launched a series of reports dedicated to exploring investment opportunities and challenges in the U.S. renewable energy sector. In this first issue, we analyze the exciting investment...more

Russian Legislation Update - 10 February – 2 March 2014

In This Issue: - Banking - Anti-Money Laundering - Concession Agreements - Public Procurement - Employment/Foreign Citizens - Court Practice: Bankruptcy - Excerpt from Banking - On 25...more

Have You Noticed? Pilot Program Protects Federal Grant Workers from Whistleblower Retaliation

A pilot program enacted by Congress went into effect last spring to protect whistleblowers who are working on federal grants. While it remains under the radar, this program is worth your review, as it not only imposes new...more

Joint Standards Proposed for Assessing Diversity Policies and Practices of Dodd-Frank Covered Entities

Last month the six federal agencies ("Agencies") that are subject to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 ("Dodd-Frank" or "the Act") released jointly proposed standards for assessing the...more

Beanie Baby Founder Pleads Guilty to $53-Million Tax Evasion

Beanie Baby Founder Pleads Guilty to $53-Million Tax Evasion by Frank L. Brunetti on October 7, 2013 Ty Warner, founder of the iconic Beanie Baby empire, has agreed to plead guilty to federal tax evasion charges. His...more

Department of Justice Considers Personal Benefit an Important Factor in Prosecuting Employment Tax Cases

Department of Justice Considers Personal Benefit an Important Factor in Prosecuting Employment Tax Cases by Frank L. Brunetti on September 24, 2013 Since 2008, the U.S. economy has struggled and employers faced with the...more

DIA Urges Detroit to Stay Away from Art Collection

DIA Urges Detroit to Stay Away from Art Collection by Joel R. Glucksman on September 6, 2013 Several creditors and pension groups have teamed up to challenge the constitutionality of the Detroit bankruptcy filing....more

New Disclosure Requirements for Massachusetts Pension Investments

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has started implementing pension reform legislation enacted in 2011 that imposes demanding contracting and disclosure requirements on state and local pension fund boards. The new pension fund...more

OFCCP Announces 2013 Agenda

On December 21, 2012, the Office of Federal Contracts Compliance Programs ("OFCCP") published its 2013 regulatory goals in the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions ("Unified Agenda"), as required by Executive...more

An Update on Sequestration and Government Contractors

Overview. “Sequestration” refers to automatic federal spending cuts put in place by the Budget Control Act of 2011. The cuts go into effect January 2, 2013, unless Congress passes legislation to avoid that result. The...more

Section 342 of Dodd-Frank Intersects With Employment Law

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Act”) celebrated its two-year anniversary this past July. At that time, the Act drew much attention from the media and political pundits because of its...more

Client Alert: WARN Act and Sequestration—What Course to Follow?

If you provide goods or services to the Department of Defense as a prime contractor or subcontractor, you may be concerned about the sequestration of funds beginning January 2, 2013 and its impact on your business. Worrying...more

Corporate Counsel: How to Stop Bluster, Boilerplate and BS in RFP Responses

We’re seeing huge increases in the number of RFPs corporate legal departments are issuing to try to get the best law firms, lawyers and service. But we’re not seeing huge increases in the quality or effectiveness of those...more

Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act Requires Federal Financial Agencies to Address Diversity and Fair Inclusion of Minorities and...

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, signed into law on July 21, 2010, created some of the most sweeping changes to the financial industry since the Great Depression. Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank...more

The Transparency Monster Strikes Again: New Reporting Requirements For Executive Compensation And First-Tier Subcontract Awards

On July 8, 2010, the FAR Councils issued an interim rule, effective immediately, that requires contractors to report information regarding executive compensation and first-tier subcontract awards. See 75 Fed. Reg. 39414. The...more

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