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EEOC Proposes To Add Pay Level Information To Required EEO-1 Reports

The Obama Administration has recently focused on eliminating pay discrimination by mandating increasing employee pay level disclosure. Building on this emphasis, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), in conjunction…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

HSR Notification Thresholds Increase for 2016

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced the annual revisions to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (HSR Act) thresholds, which will become effective on February 25, 2016. The revised thresholds will apply…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Mergers & Acquisitions

Supreme Court Rules Settlement Offer Does Not Moot Class Action Lawsuits

Resolving a question left open by its 2013 decision in Genesis HealthCare Corp. v. Symczyk, as well as a split among the circuit courts, the Supreme Court on January 20, 2016 held that defendants cannot moot and defeat class…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection

Implementation Day: What Does It Mean for U.S. Companies Interested in Iran?

This Saturday, January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) certified that Iran satisfied their obligations under their nuclear-related interim obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

OFCCP Regulations Prohibiting Pay Secrecy Policies & Required Posting Effective Now

Executive Order 13665 & Pay Transparency Regulations Effective Now - Following the NLRB’s lead on employee rights regarding discussion of confidential wage issues, Executive Order 13665 and the Office of Contract Compliance…more
| Civil Rights, Government Contracting, Labor & Employment Law, Military Law

U.S. Department of Justice Expands Worker Endangerment Initiative

On December 17, 2015, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates issued a memorandum to all 93 U.S. Attorneys urging federal prosecutors to work with the Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resource Division (ENRD) to pursue…more
| Criminal Law, Environmental Law, Labor & Employment Law

Immigration Issues Included in the Omnibus Appropriation Bill

Congress has agreed on the omnibus appropriations bill, which will provide discretionary funding for the government through the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2016. The bill includes a number of immigration-related…more
| Elections & Politics, Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

FAST Act Impact on Community Banks

Last week, President Obama signed into law a $305 billion bundle of legislation referred to as the FAST Act. While the FAST Act was conceived as a transportation bill, it came to contain a number of provisions targeted towards…more
| Finance & Banking, Securities Law

FAST Act - Capital Markets Provisions

On December 4, President Obama signed a $305 billion transportation bill, referred to as the FAST Act, into law. While primarily a transportation bill, the FAST Act includes a number of key capital markets provisions aimed at…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

SEC Issues Report on Increasing Use of Outsourced Chief Compliance Officers

In November 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released its Outsourced CCO Initiative Report. The report addressed the increased trend of outsourcing compliance activities to third-party consultants within the…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

SEC Proposes Rules Requiring Public Disclosure of Operations and Activities of Alternative Trading Systems, Broker-Dealer Operators, and Affiliates

On November 18, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued Release No. 34-76474 (the “Proposing Release”) in which the SEC proposed rules designed to enhance operational transparency and regulatory oversight of…more
| Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Dangerous Waters in the Safe Harbor: The EU-U.S. Safe Harbor for Data Transfer is Safe No More

On October 6, 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ), abolished the 15 year old Safe Harbor agreement between the EU and the U.S. Over 5,000 businesses have relied on the Safe Harbor to receive personal data from EU member…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

IRS Issues Final Regulations Regarding Allocation of Bond Proceeds to Mixed-Use Projects; SLGS Window Reopens

On October 26, 2015, the IRS released final regulations (the “Final Regulations”) regarding allocation and accounting rules for purposes of the private activity bond restrictions applicable to tax-exempt bonds issued by state…more
| Finance & Banking, Securities Law, Taxation, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

New Audit Rules May Impose Tax Liability on Partnerships

On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015 (the “Act”), which includes major changes to the partnership tax audit rules (the “New Audit Rules”). The Act repeals the current…more
| Business Organizations, Taxation

Obtaining Diminution in Value Damages for Seller Misrepresentations in M&A Agreements: New Ruling in the Southern District of New York

On September 28, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued an Opinion and Order (the Opinion) in favor of our client, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (SB&D), in its litigation arising from SB&D’s…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions
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