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The Elevator Speech Overview

The House and Senate were both in session this week, although it had a slow start due to the snowstorm in Washington, D.C. on Monday. On Tuesday the President released his $3.9 trillion budget request followed by several...more

Closing Time: The Government Shutdown's Impact on Key Trade Agencies

With no Cinderella story last night, as of October 1, 2013 at 12:01 AM, the Federal Government is officially shut down. As a result, all “non-essential” federal workers will be furloughed and federal agencies cannot continue...more

Immigration Reform Marches On

August has been a busy, productive month for immigration reform advocates. From the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s historic March on Washington, to Women’s Equality Day in Seattle, to town halls across the country, a broad...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 6-7-13

In This Issue: Governor LePage Veto Streak Continues; Governor LePage and Maine International Trade Center Announce Next Trade Mission; Senator Goodall Appointed to Small Business Administration’s Regional Spot, Resigning...more

This Week in Washington - February, 2013

In This Issue: - DOMESTIC POLICY MATTERS - U.S. Economy. Preliminary figures released this week revealed that the U.S. economy contracted at an annual rate of 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, marking...more

El Congreso de México Aprueba la Iniciativa de Reforma a la Ley Federal del Trabajo: Qué Impacto Tendría la Reforma Para las...

Después de mucho debate ante las Cámaras de Diputados y Senadores, con manifestaciones públicas de apoyo y rechazo, el día 13 de noviembre de 2012, el Congreso aprobó la iniciativa de reforma a la Ley Federal del Trabajo...more

Mexico's Congress Approves Initiative to Reform the Labor Law: What the Reform Will Mean for Employers with Operations in Mexico

After much debate before Mexico's House of Representatives and Senate, as well as public demonstrations both in support and in opposition, on November 13, 2012, Congress approved an initiative to reform the Federal Labor Law...more

Key Bill of Amendments to the Mexican Federal Labor Law and Its Potential Impacts on Employers in Mexico

On September 1, 2012, President of Mexico Felipe Calderón submitted to the Mexico House of Representatives a bill of amendments to the Federal Labor Law (FLL), which was thereafter approved almost in its entirety by the House...more

Fall Management Update -- August 31, 2012

In This Issue: Avoiding Workplace Headaches During this Political Season; Post-Macy Best Employment Practices for a Transgender Workforce; and Legal Risks Arising from International Expansion. ...more

Reducing the burden on business – changes to employment law in the UK? By Matthew Howse and Emma Damiral

Introduction - The UK labour market is one of the least regulated labour markets among developed countries, with only the US and Canada having lighter overall regulation. Nevertheless, the UK government is concerned to do...more

This Week in Washington - August 3, 2012

In This Issue: - DOMESTIC POLICY MATTERS - Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Appropriations/Sequestration. On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced...more

Senator Grassley Lifts Hold on Chaffetz Bill

On July 11, 2012, Senator Charles Grassley lifted his hold on HR 3012, the "Chaffetz bill" that will eliminate the per country caps on immigrant visas, presumably speeding immigration for people from India and China, and...more

This Week in Washington - July 6, 2012

In This Issue: - DOMESTIC POLICY MATTERS - Congress is in recess this week in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. Both chambers will return Monday. Budget/Sequestration. Six Republican Members of...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - April 2012

In This Issue: 01 Second Annual Conference On The Renaissance Of American Manufacturing; 02 Congress Passes Legislation To Overturn The Federal Circuit’s GPX Decision; 03 President Obama Establishes The Interagency...more

This Week in Washington - January 8, 2012

In This Issue: Domestic Policy Matters: Congress is in pro forma session, with the House scheduled to reconvene fully on January 17 and the Senate on January 23. Last Friday (December 30th), the White...more

After Eight Month Gap, Trade Adjustment Assistance Extended with Key Modifications and Program Reductions

President Obama signed the Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011 (“TAA Extension Act”) into law on October 21, 2011. The new law took effect immediately. Passage of the TAA Extension Act by Congress was...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - May 2011

In This Issue: - 01 U.S.-Colombian Accord On Labor Issues And U.S.-Panamanian Accord On Tax Information Open Way For Congressional Action On Three FTAs; Timing And Legislative Process Still Uncertain - 02 Federal...more

Shared Parental Leave – what will it mean for the City of London?

Shared Parental Leave – what will it mean for the City of London? The advent of shared parental leave will bring about a major cultural change. HR practitioners will no doubt be keen to learn from countries that have...more

The “I” Word – Changes to Immigration rules in the UK

The “I” Word – Changes to Immigration rules in the UK The “I” word has been on tip of many a tongue since the general election, and with a crescendo of calls for change to the immigration system, the new year will bring with...more

EU consultation on the Working Time Directive

EU consultation on the Working Time Directive Back in September 2009, the incoming Commission announced that it would launch a new review of the Working Time Directive (WTD), based on a two-stage consultation of the social...more

The territorial scope of Employment Tribunals – The Court of Appeal decisions in British Airways plc v Mak

The territorial scope of Employment Tribunals – The Court of Appeal decisions in British Airways plc v Mak The territorial scope of Employment Tribunals has seen many challenges over the years, usually from employees in the...more

Responding to a business need, or an excuse to change the Bribery Act?

Responding to a business need, or an excuse to change the Bribery Act? An announcement in January that the UK government will review the Bribery Act may indicate that No.10 intends to reverse the trend towards tackling...more

Hutton report on Public Service Pension Provisions in the UK

Hutton report on Public Service Pension Provisions in the UK Lord Hutton of Furness has recently published his final report on public service pension provision in the UK in which he set out his recommendations to the...more

New “European Pact” for gender equality for the period 2011-2020

New “European Pact” for gender equality for the period 2011-2020 On 7th March 2011 the Council of the European Union (at a meeting of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council) adopted a new...more

UK Government to free business from red tape

In a speech in mid March to the Federation of Small Businesses in Liverpool, Mark Prisk (Minister of State for Business and Enterprise) revealed Business Secretary Vince Cable’s (who was recalled to a meeting at 10 Downing...more

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