Here's One Good Way to Anticipate Top Business & Legal Trends in 2014

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Whereof what’s past is prologue, what to come
In yours and my discharge.
- William Shakespeare, The Tempest

Here's a list of the 50 most popular topics on JD Supra during all of 2013.

These well-visited categories (holding a truly diverse mix of analysis and commentary written on important matters over the past year) are presented here for your general interest and also as a way to anticipate what's to come in 2014.

If what's past is prologue, what better way to consider the interests, needs, and concerns of business leaders and consumers in the new year than to look at what captured their attention in 2013? And so...

The 50 Biggest Reader Interests on JD Supra in 2013:

  1. Healthcare Reform (aka the Affordable Care Act or PPACA)
  2. The Dodd-Frank Act
  3. Hiring & Firing
  4. Foreclosure
  5. The HIPAA Omnibus Rule (as well as HIPAA in general)
  6. Social Media & the Law
  7. Compliance Matters
  8. The National Labor Relations Board (aka NLRB)
  9. The American Taxpayer Relief Act
  10. Discrimination
  11. Mortgages
  12. Whistleblowers
  13. Same-Sex Marriage (as well as DOMA-related matters)
  14. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (aka CFPB)
  15. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (aka EEOC)
  16. Cybersecurity
  17. The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (aka FATCA)
  18. Class Action Matters
  19. Independent Contractors
  20. Patents
  21. The Family Medical Leave Act (aka FMLA)
  22. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act
  23. Estate Planning
  24. The Securities & Exchange Commission (aka SEC)
  25. FICA Taxes
  26. Data Breaches
  27. The United States Supreme Court (aka SCOTUS)
  28. Form I-9
  29. The Federal Trade Commission (aka FTC)
  30. The False Claims Act
  31. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (aka FCPA)
  32. The America Invents Act (aka AIA)
  33. The Fair Labor Standards Act (aka FLSA)
  34. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (aka ERISA)
  35. Non-Compete Agreements
  36. Copyrights
  37. Mobile Apps
  38. Trade Secrets
  39. Notice Requirements
  40. Business Associates
  41. Data Protection
  42. Estate Tax
  43. Retaliation
  44. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (aka CMS)
  45. Employer Mandates
  46. Employee Handbooks
  47. Termination
  48. Reasonable Accommodation
  49. The Internal Revenue Service (aka IRS)
  50. Protected Concerted Activity (aka post what you want on Facebook)

And, heck - because we're having fun building this list - here's a quick look at what almost made it into the Top 50. Hot topics nonetheless in 2013: crowdfunding, fracking, immigration reform, oil & gas issues, and arbitration.

To our expert contributors/writers and our readers we say a heartfelt thank you for a fascinating and fun year. See you on the other side for more of the same.

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