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A Sign of Things to Come? Trump’s Regulatory Freeze and Other Early Actions

Behind the pomp and circumstance of Friday’s inauguration, President Donald J. Trump and his administration set their sights on deploying a new guard of regulatory and economic policies focused on reducing burdensome...more

2017 Is Still Young, But California Legislative Proposals Are Already Here

Although we have barely scratched the surface on 2017, the California Legislature is already active on the labor and employment front, with a number of new (or not so new) proposals being introduced in the first weeks of the...more

President Trump Takes First Step Toward Dismantling Affordable Care Act - For Employers, It’s Business As Usual…For Now

Shortly after being sworn in on Friday, President Trump signed an executive order which appears to begin to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), following through on one of his primary campaign promises. However, the...more

A New Year and a New Administration: Five Employment, Labor & Workforce Management Issues That Employers Should Monitor

President Donald J. Trump has given few details regarding his administration’s plans for new policies; however, employers can expect several areas to be impacted based on his campaign platform. In this issue of Take 5,...more

Another Great Unknown: the Future of LGBT Protections Under President Trump

During the first few weeks (or even months) in office, President Trump will have a lot of key issues (e.g., healthcare and immigration) on his agenda. What we do not know is whether President Trump and his administration will...more

The “New York Promise Agenda” Promises to Increase Employee Protections

On January 9, 2017, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo proposed a package of reforms to promote his vision of social justice within the state. The wide ranging set of proposals included two Executive Orders focused on...more

Employee Benefits Legislation Proposed (But Not Passed) by the Obama Administration

In February of 2015, the Department of Treasury issued a reported entitled “General Explanation of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2016 Revenue Proposals” (the “General Explanation”). The General Explanation is several...more

Post-Inauguration Outlook: ACA, Fiduciary Rule and Retirement-Related Tax Provisions

President Donald Trump took the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2017, officially ushering in Republican control of the executive and legislative branches of government. With Republican control of both houses of Congress, and a new...more

The Election’s Tilt on the Supreme Court and The Impending Ruling in McLane v. EEOC

President-elect Trump’s election injects uncertainty into the Supreme Court’s makeup and its future rulings, including for employment-related cases. Because the Senate has not held confirmation hearings on Merrick Garland,...more

Inauguration Day 2017: President Donald Trump

One year ago, few people outside of candidate Donald Trump and his closest and most loyal supporters imagined that January 20, 2017, would mark his inauguration as the 45th president of the United States. Regardless, today an...more

Expect Pro-Business, Pro-Employer Changes Under Trump Administration

When Donald Trump won the presidential election in November, management-side labor and employment lawyers everywhere scrambled to figure out what the changing administration would mean for our nation's employers and our...more

The First ACA Shoe Drops

Only hours into the new administration, steps were taken to eliminate, or at the very least minimize the impact of, the Patient Protections and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). In his first Executive Order, President Trump...more

New Administration Orders Freeze of Pending Regulations, Takes Aim at the Affordable Care Act

One of the first acts of the new Administration on Inauguration Day was to issue a memorandum putting the brakes—at least temporarily—on federal regulations that have not yet taken effect, and to release an executive order...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. Work Gets Underway at Maine State House - Momentum is building in the Maine Capitol as...more

Manufacturing Law Predictions for 2017:  Labor and Employment

As has been our tradition, January is the time to predict the big developments in the coming year which will impact on manufacturers. Notwithstanding my “Lawyer’s Shrug,” here is my take on 2017....more

Lien Claimants Ring in New Year With Blizzard of Declarations Under 2017 Legislation

In September 2016, Governor Brown signed SB 1160. This bill is intended to streamline emergency medical services and treatment for accepted industrial injuries. To offset the expected costs of less control over early...more

The Trump Card: What’s In Store for the Workplace in 2017 and Beyond?

On November 3, 2016, the National Labor Relations Board issued a Decision and Order in Trump Ruffin Commercial, LLC, finding that the Trump International Hotel, Las Vegas unlawfully refused to bargain with UNITE HERE...more

The (Hopefully) Short, Costly Life of President Obama’s Executive Orders

For companies frustrated with the increasingly complex and burdensome compliance obligations imposed on government contractors, the elimination of some or all of the burdensome rules, which are both expensive and distinct...more

"UK Prime Minister Outlines Objectives for Exiting the EU"

On January 17, 2017, UK Prime Minister Theresa May delivered a speech in London outlining the government’s objectives for exiting the European Union (EU). She set out a “Plan for Britain”, including 12 priorities for the...more

Two New Sets of DOL Fiduciary Rule FAQs

DOL releases additional guidance on fiduciary rule in the waning days of the Obama administration. The US Department of Labor (DOL) has released two new sets of frequently-asked-questions (FAQs) regarding the conflict of...more

Dear Littler: Can A Boss Fire Someone for Off-Duty Political Activities?

Dear Littler: I saw one of my employees on the local news the other night participating in a political rally over the weekend. We try to maintain a tension-free workplace. Can I discipline him for this conduct? Can I at least...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - January 2017

The Supreme Court of the United States is, of course, known for landmark decisions affecting the lives of Americans. When we hear “SCOTUS” we think of famous civil rights cases such as Marbury v. Madison, (1803) which...more

New Guidance Restores 1994 ERISA Proxy Voting Interpretation

The DOL bulletin also clarifies the ability to consider ESG factors in proxy voting and shareholder engagement. On December 29, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued Interpretive Bulletin 2016-1 (IB 2016-1),...more

Health Care Reform in Transition While Congress Deliberates

Changes are imminent for the Affordable Care Act and a range of other laws and regulations affecting the health care industry. Ballard Spahr attorneys established a Health Care Reform Initiative in 2008 to monitor and analyze...more

Department of Labor Refuses to Let the Clock Run Out on the Persuader Rule…How about Overtime?

On January 12, 2017, the Department of Labor filed a notice of appeal of District Judge Sam R. Cummings’ November order that blocked the Department of Labor’s controversial “persuader rule.” The rule, discussed by HRLegalist...more

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