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Energy Tax Alert: Congress Extends Renewable Energy Credits

Congress this week passed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which extends a number of expired or expiring tax provisions through the end of 2014. The President is expected to sign the Act soon. The Act renews several…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Taxation

Fresno County Aggregate Mine Fends Off Court Challenge

In Friends of the Kings River v. County of Fresno, No. F068818 (Cal. Ct. App. 5th Dist., Dec. 8, 2014), the Fifth Appellate District upheld Fresno County’s (County) approval of the Carmelita Mine and Reclamation Project…more
| Agriculture, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Minnesota Stakes its Claim as a National Leader on Energy Regulatory Reform with Release of e21 Report

Today marks the release of the highly anticipated report from the Minnesota e21 Initiative (e21 stands for 21st Century Energy System). The Great Plains Institute assembled a diverse range of stakeholders, including utilities,…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Solar Installer Alert: US Dept. of Commerce Issues Affirmative Final Determinations in Chinese and Taiwanese Solar CSPV Products Dumping and Subsidy Investigations

On December 16, 2014, the U.S. International Trade Administration (ITA, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce) issued Affirmative Final Determinations in the alleged unfair subsidy investigation against Crystalline Silicon…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, International Law & Trade

High Speed Rail Moves Forward Without CEQA Review

The Surface Transportation Board (“STB”) issued a declaratory order in a 2-1 vote last Friday, finding that the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) is categorically preempted by federal law, as it relates to the…more
| Civil Remedies, Conflict of Laws, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Transportation

To Need or Not to Need, that is the Question: MN PUC Answers in the Affirmative

On Monday, the MN PUC addressed whether ‘tis nobler in the pocketbook to suffer the slings and arrows of the MISO market or to invest in new generating units against a sea of uncertainty…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

NLRB Final Rule: “Quickie” Elections are Now Reality

As anticipated, on December 12, 2014 the NLRB announced that the final “Quickie” Election Rule will be published in the Federal Register on December 15, 2014 and will take effect on April 14, 2015. Among other changes, the rule…more
| Labor & Employment Law

U.S. Supreme Court Finds Post-Shift Security Checks Noncompensable in Integrity Staffing v. Busk, But Employers Shouldn’t Get Too Excited

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a rare unanimous decision earlier this week in Integrity Staffing Solutions v. Busk, held that time spent by warehouse employees at Amazon.com warehouses waiting to go through security checks at the…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

Solar Installer Alert: USITC Holds Final Phase Public Hearing in Chinese and Taiwanese Solar CSPV Panels Import Injury Investigations

On December 8, 2014, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden testified on behalf of some U.S. solar cell manufacturers at a public hearing of the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC). The USITC scheduled the hearing as part of its final…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

With Updated FAA Drone Regulations Imminent, California Legislature Introduces Three New Drone Bills

As discussed in a recent NPR report, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is planning to release proposed new drone operation regulations by the end of this month. Safety is a major FAA concern, with the agency reportedly…more
| Administrative Law, Transportation

New State Oil-By-Rail Regulations Take Effect, While Rail Capacity Is Squeezed

As we reported earlier, consideration of proposed federal rulemaking concerning crude oil-by-rail transportation recommended by the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration and Federal Railroad Administration is…more
| Energy & Utilities, Transportation

NLRB Reverses Sodexo Off Duty Access Decision – a Crack in the Door After Noel Canning…Or Not?

Employers often maintain policies prohibiting off-duty employees from accessing their facilities. The NLRB has maintained its “Tri-County Medical” rule for nearly 40 years: an employer’s rule barring off-duty employee access…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Health

How to Speak Storm Water in 2015: Terminology from the New Industrial General Storm Water Permit

As my colleague Missy Foster recently reported, the deadline for compliance with California’s new Industrial Storm Water permit (2014 Permit) is fast approaching. There is a lot to learn about the 2014 Permit before it takes…more
| Construction Law, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Residential, Real Estate - Commercial

Nostradamus, Minimum Wage, and Paid Sick Leave

Allow us to pat ourselves on the back for a moment. Prognosticating from 2013 into the future, we accurately predicted that in 2014 the Seattle Seahawks would win the Super Bowl and that the public would continue to strongly…more
| Labor & Employment Law

EEOC’s Tough Stance on Employee Separation Agreements

Employers like separation agreements. Separation agreements, of course, are contracts that employees sign when their employment is terminated that allows them to be paid severance and in exchange they usually give up the right…more
| Labor & Employment Law
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