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The Fight For Legal Services Corporation

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Describing the value of legal services, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan once said, "As a society, we do not do nearly as well as we ought to in enabling low-income, and for that matter middle-income, Americans to...more

NAFTA Renegotiation Faces a Lengthy, Uncertain Future

by Perkins Coie on

On May 18, 2017, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that he is seeking to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The notification triggers a 90-day consultation...more

Governor Signs Amendment to Tennessee Data Breach Notification Law

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

During the recent 110th Regular Session of the Tennessee General Assembly, Governor Bill Haslam signed into law an amendment to the Tennessee Identity Theft Deterrence Act of 1999....more

Uber and Lyft to Return to Austin, Texas?

by Fisher Phillips on

One year after Uber and Lyft terminated operations in Austin, Texas, the ride-sharing platforms may be ready to return. The issue stems from a City of Austin ordinance that requires all “transportation network companies”...more

A Sea of Change: The Congressional Review Act and Energy Regulation

The beginning of 2017 has brought a sea change within the US regulatory regime, with yet unknown global effects. While Congress and the administration targeted many regulations, only 15 were reviewed and only 14 were...more

Health Care Reform Weekly Roundup – Issue 2

Below are key health care reform developments from the week of May 15th: ACA Repeal Efforts. Efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue despite slowing down as the House of Representatives’...more

U.S.-China “100-Day Plan” On Trade

by King & Spalding on

On April 6-7, 2017, President Trump hosted President Xi Jinping of China at Mar-a-Lago for the first meeting between the two leaders. The meetings covered a number of important topics including economic and trade issues, and...more

New York DFS proposes to restrict auto insurers' use of education and occupation as rating factors

by Dentons on

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has proposed a regulation restricting the use of education and occupation criteria by private passenger auto insurers in setting rates. The proposed DFS regulation...more

FY2018 Massachusetts Budget Update: The Senate Ways and Means Budget

On May 16, 2017, the Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee proposed a $40.791 billion FY2018 budget. The budget, which increases spending by 3.3% over FY2017 levels, spends $280 million more than Governor Charlie...more

Lawmakers Re-Introduce Bill to Overturn NLRB's Micro Bargaining Unit Decision

by Littler on

As expected, Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) has reintroduced a bill targeting the National Labor Relations Board's decision in Specialty Healthcare, 357 NLRB No. 83 (2011). The Representation Fairness Restoration Act (S.1217)...more

The Potential Declawing of the SEC: The Financial CHOICE Act

The Financial CHOICE Act (or “CHOICE Act 2.0”), which would significantly narrow the SEC’s ability to bring enforcement actions and make it more challenging for it to prevail in such actions, is inching its way towards...more

Trump’s FY 2018 Budget Subjects CFPB to Congressional Appropriations Process

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Tuesday, President Trump released an outline of his FY 2018 Budget entitled “A New Foundation for American Greatness”. There is good news and bad news for the CFPB, although most of it is bad news. The good news for the...more

Illinois Bills to Watch

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Just days away from the May 31 close of its regular legislative session, the Illinois General Assembly has yet to enact the comprehensive series of tax and budget reforms that were first proposed by the Illinois Senate...more

Philadelphia Earned Income Tax Credit Bill Signed

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has signed a bill expanding employers' notice requirements to employees concerning the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)....more

What Is The New U.S.-China Trade Deal and How Will It Affect Exporters?

by Baker Donelson on

On May 12, Wilbur Ross, the U.S. Commerce Secretary, announced that the U.S. and China have reached a new trade deal with four components that are supposed to boost U.S. exports and close America’s trade gap with China. The...more

Governor Scott Signs Public Records Bill: Relief for Florida Agencies

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

Florida public agencies have made tremendous efforts in training their staff to comply with their responsibility under the Florida Public Records Act. Unfortunately, one technical mistake has turned this law into the Lawyer’s...more

Are you ready for the Criminal Finances Bill 2017?

by Hogan Lovells on

In December 2016 we considered the changes proposed by the Criminal Finances Bill (the Bill) in "All change for money laundering regulation? - Impact for the private equity industry." On 27 April 2017, the Criminal Finances...more

Executive Order Establishes American Technology Council

by Locke Lord LLP on

On May 1, 2017, President Trump signed the Presidential Executive Order on the Establishment of the American Technology Council (the ATC EO). The ATC EO is intended to “promote the secure, efficient, and economical use of...more

The Financial CHOICE Act Is Approved by US House Financial Services Committee

On May 4, the Financial CHOICE Act (the FCA) — which was introduced to the House of Representatives on April 26 by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Texas-5), and co-sponsored by seven of his Republican colleagues and referred for...more

Politics in the Workplace

by Baker Donelson on

Employees are complaining that they are being discriminated against or harassed by management or other employees based on their political beliefs because an employee's political beliefs may relate to, or be intertwined with,...more

Trumpdate: Proposed Budget Shows “Yuuuge” Changes Afoot In Labor And Employment Arena

Yesterday, the Trump Administration released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018, which runs from October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018. Here are the highlights related to labor and employment law, and there are a...more

President Trump's Budget Includes Proposed Merger of EEOC and OFCCP

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On May 23, 2017, the White House released its proposed budget for the 2018 Fiscal Year. Included in the proposal, which would impose deep cuts to many programs administered by the Department of Labor, was...more

Decrypting the New Whistleblower Law in France

by Littler on

On December 9, 2016, France enacted a statute broadly granting whistleblower protections to employees. This new law represents the next step in the evolution of such protections in France. The focus on this area of law...more

Federal Contractor Agency To Be Radically Overhauled Under Trump Budget Proposal- OFCCP Will See Budget Slashed, Merger With EEOC...

by Fisher Phillips on

The proposed federal budget released earlier this week would have a dramatic impact on the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), the watchdog agency overseeing the federal government’s...more

Night Note: The 1st 100 Days: USTR Seeks Comments and Holds Hearing on NAFTA Renegotiation

by Alston & Bird on

On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) officially announced in a Federal Register notice that the United States intends to commence negotiations with Canada and Mexico over modernization...more

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