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California Legislative Wrap-Up – Next Stop: Governor’s Desk!

by Fisher Phillips on

The Legislature worked into the wee hours of the morning Saturday as it hit its deadline to pass legislation and send bills to Governor Brown for signature or veto....more

Engaging in Political Activities? Know Your Safe Harbors and Stay Compliant

Interacting with public officials and public employees is necessary for many businesses and nonprofit organizations. No one should be discouraged from engaging public officials and public employees on public policy. In fact,...more

Are The OFCCP And The EEOC Merging? Signs Point To “No."

Based on a recent Senate appropriations bill, it appears that the Trump Administration’s plan to merge the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has stalled. The...more

Summer Is Over...Time For Connecticut Health Care Providers To Get Up To Speed On Recent Changes

by Murtha Cullina on

Although much of the latest Connecticut legislative session focused on the budget, and while fewer health care bills passed than we have grown accustomed to in recent years, we still ended up with a number of public acts...more

Legal Update: Trump’s One-offs to Labor Regulations Change the Big Picture

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

When Trump was a brand-new President (or force of nature, depending on how you look at it), we observed that the dawn of his administration would not necessarily augur wholesale changes to the overall landscape of legal...more

The End is Near! – Follow These Labor and Employment Bills as the California Legislative Year Wraps Up

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s a time of high-drama in Sacramento. With less than two weeks to go in the legislative year, many of the hot-button labor and employment bills we have been tracking all year await final action. Many bills are...more

Two-Minute Warning: Preparing for a Possible Government Shutdown

In May, President Trump tweeted: the “country needs a good shutdown in September.” That prospect is now upon us. For Government contractors, the fallout from a threatened shutdown—let alone an actual one—ranges from...more

Eighth Circuit Rejects Sovereign Immunity Defense to FCA Qui Tam Action

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Last month the Eighth Circuit considered and rejected an Eleventh Amendment sovereign immunity defense to a qui tam action under the False Claims Act. In United States ex rel. Fields v. Bi-State Development Agency, No....more

White House Blocks Revised EEO-1 Report - Employers’ Pay Data Reporting Halted – For Now

by Fisher Phillips on

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced late Tuesday that it was implementing an immediate stay of the revised EEO-1 Report, putting a halt to long-awaited pay data reporting requirements. The stay creates much...more

New EEO-1 Form Put On Hold: Employers Have Until March 31, 2018 To Submit Prior Version Of EEO-1 Form

Key Points: The OMB has stayed the implementation of the new EEO-1 Form, which added compensation and hours worked components to the annual EEO-1 submission.....more

Trump Administration Signals Delay in Merger of EEOC and OFCCP

As we previously reported, President Trump, as part of his Fiscal Year 2018 Budget request, proposed a merger of the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

Executive Order Set to Expedite Permitting and Authorization of Infrastructure Projects

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

During the campaign and thus far in the current administration, the President has prioritized the modernization of the Nation’s infrastructure and promised a $1 trillion investment plan to help fund that vision. There is rare...more

USTR Requests Input on Impact of Trade Agreements on Government Procurement

by Hogan Lovells on

On August 21, 2017, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a request for public comment on the impact of government procurement provisions of U.S. trade...more

The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017: A potential mandate for security standards applicable to...

by Hogan Lovells on

On 1 August 2017, a bipartisan group of four U.S. senators (Steve Daines (R-MT), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017....more

340B Update: HRSA Delays Final Rule on 340B Pricing and Manufacturer CMPs Yet Again

by K&L Gates LLP on

On August 21, 2017, the Health Resources and Services Administration (“HRSA”) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to further delay the effective date of final rules on drug pricing calculations and civil monetary...more

Beltway Buzz - August 18, 2017

EEO-1 News . . . Maybe. Rumors are rampant that the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) may soon take action on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) changes to its EEO-1 form, which will...more

Trump Signs Executive Order to Streamline Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On August 15, President Donald J. Trump signed a second executive order "streamlining" the federal environmental permitting process with a goal of making construction of transportation, water, and other infrastructure...more

New Requirements for Planned Developments in Chicago

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Yesterday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued an executive order requiring all applicants seeking Planned Development (PD) approval to report intended and actual employment of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) as...more

What Is Going On With The Revised EEO-1 Form?  Acting EEOC Chair Provides Insight Into Its Status

As loyal readers of our blog are aware, in February 2016, the EEOC released a rule to amend the Form EEO-1. The new rule requires private employers (including federal contractors) with 100 or more employees to submit pay...more

US lawmakers introduce bill to address cybersecurity flaws in the Internet of Things

by DLA Piper on

A bipartisan group of US senators has introduced the Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017, which seeks to impose baseline cybersecurity standards for IoT devices sold to the US government. Notably,...more

Applicability of the Buy American Act and Trade Agreements Act

President Trump made headlines in April by signing an Executive Order urging federal agencies to “Buy American and Hire American.” While this Order makes no substantive legal changes and, for now, appears to be more bark...more

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Bill to Impose Baseline Security Requirements for IoT Devices Provided to U.S. Government

by Hogan Lovells on

On August 1, a bipartisan group of four senators introduced a bill that would impose specific cybersecurity requirements on providers of Internet of Things (IoT) devices when doing business with the U.S. Government and...more

DOL Introduces Dual Fringe Rates for SCA

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced its annual adjustment for the SCA Health and Welfare (H&W) Fringe Benefits rate for all wage determinations issued on or after August 1, 2017. While DOL typically adjusts this...more

Post-Repeal and Replace: What’s a Sponsor to Do?

by Epstein Becker & Green on

In the wake of the demise of recent Affordable Care Act “repeal and replace” efforts, both “skinny” and full boat, health care financial sponsors may wonder how they should be thinking about opportunities and threats related...more

The Travel Ban – A Quick Update

The Supreme Court’s decision on June 26 to take up the travel ban cases this fall, and in the meantime partially lift the injunction on the President’s travel ban, has created renewed uncertainty for certain travelers....more

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