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White House Announces Another Round of Sweeping Regulatory Adjustments to Cuban Sanctions

Although Congress has remained cautious of taking any action to ease the American-imposed embargo on the majority of business interactions with Cuba, President Obama’s administration continues to push forward with the…more
| Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade

Recordkeeping and Reporting Post-BFI

In a prior OSHA Bulletin, we wrote about the National Labor Relations Board’s decision in the case of Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc., d/b/a BFI Newby Island Recyclery, and FPR-II, LLC, d/b/a Leadpoint Business…more
| Labor & Employment Law

OSHA Violations: Managers and Others May Have Personal Civil and/or Criminal Liability

Historically, there are few criminal convictions for violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, and the majority of those violations were related to dishonesty during OSHA inspections and interviews. Though…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Will “Host Employers” Face Increased Scrutiny from OSHA? Recent NLRB ruling may expand OSHA’s focus on host employers.

For the past several years, the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA has put in place initiatives, formal and informal, relative to temporary employees in the workplace. The upshot of those initiatives is that OSHA cited both the…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Government Latin Lessons

A couple of years ago, we discussed in an article in this publication the willingness of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (“CMS”)and the United States Attorneys’ Office to pursue actions for violations of the False Claims Act in…more
| Government Contracting, Health

DOL Facing Backlash over Proposed Increase in Overtime Pay

Friday, September 4 is the final day to provide comments on the legislation. As the end of 60 day period for public comment on the proposed revisions to the U.S. Department of Labor's ("DOL") overtime rule approaches, the…more
| Labor & Employment Law

New Texas Law Lists Requirements for Condominium Defect Litigation

The Texas Legislature recently passed House Bill 1455 which addresses defect and design claims relative to condominiums and condominium associations. Among the key issues are a series of new steps that must be accomplished…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Construction Law, Real Estate - Residential

OSHA Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in Response to Court Ruling

On July 29, 2015, the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking clarifying its position on an employer’s obligation to make and maintain “accurate” records of each…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Supreme Court Takes on Housing Discrimination

Court rules that actions that disproportionally affect minority groups can support lawsuits under the Fair Housing Act. The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that certain actions that adversely affect minorities in poor…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

OSHA Issues Temporary Enforcement Policy for Confined Spaces in Construction

On July 9, 2015, the United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a 60-day temporary enforcement policy of its Confined Spaces in Construction standard which becomes…more
| Construction Law, Labor & Employment Law

Appointing Legacy Contacts for Facebook

Earlier this year (Feb. 2015), Facebook announced a new feature that allows Facebook users to designate a legacy contact to manage their Facebook account when they pass away. According to, a legacy contact is,…more
| Communications & Media Law, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

OSHA Targets Workplace Violence

For decades, acts of workplace violence were viewed as being limited to altercations between employees and "active shooter" situations involving a disgruntled employee or former employee. Generally speaking, those incidents…more
| Administrative Law, Labor & Employment Law, Health

OSHA Issues New Guidance for Healthcare Entities

According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”), 2013 statistics demonstrate that healthcare workers have a rate of work-related illness and injury that is nearly twice as high as the overall rate seen in…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Health

Cracking the Overtime Code, Part I

If there is one law that gives employers fits—including physician practices—it is the Fair Labor Standards Act, the federal minimum wage, and overtime law. The FLSA, as it is commonly known, was passed in the 1930s. In…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Health

Confusion Surrounds the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

The United States Supreme Court recently declined to review Crawford v. LVNV Funding, LLC, 758 F.3d 1254, 1257 (11th Cir. 2014) cert. denied, No. 14-858, 2015 WL 246891 (U.S. Apr. 20, 2015), an Eleventh Circuit decision that…more
| Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection
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