Corporate whistleblower protections provided to employees of publicly traded companies by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act also extend to employees of the companies’ private contractors, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on March 4, 2014. The…more
Last fall, the federal Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) issued new rules (Rule) regulating municipal advisors and underwriters, now scheduled to become effective July 1, 2014.
In 2010, President Obama signed into law…more
On January 9, 2014 the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) issued proposed Rule G-42 on the standards of conduct and duties of municipal advisors when engaging in municipal advisory activities other than making…more
Employment and labor lawyer Richard Warren discusses how employers can better protect one of their most valuable assets—their trade secrets…more
Recent changes to the Michigan Election Law will require municipalities and school districts to certify ballot language two weeks earlier than previously required.
Michigan Public Act 253 of 2013, which amends the…more
The Securities and Exchange Commission is incorporating economic and technology-based data analytics and statistical analyses to support its regulatory functions, SEC Chair Mary Jo White revealed at the 43rd annual “The SEC…more
Protecting a trademark can often create as many new problems for a brand owner as it solves, if not handled properly.
Recently, King.com, owner of the popular game app Candy Crush Saga, received an avalanche of negative…more
The 2012 law that changed Michigan public school employee pension requirements has been upheld by the Michigan Court of Appeals.
The new requirements enacted in PA 300 of 2012 will remain in effect for the foreseeable…more
The National Labor Relations Board has moved quickly to reissue proposed representative election rules identical to the rules the board proposed in 2011.
Last month, the NLRB rescinded the original proposal, which had…more
The deadline to file for Michigan’s new Personal Property Tax Exemption is next Monday, February 10, 2014.
In 2012, Gov. Snyder signed the law providing a personal property tax exemption to taxpayers who own equipment…more
Notice Posting Requirement Fight Abandoned: On January 6, 2014, the NLRB announced it will not seek Supreme Court review of two U.S. Court of Appeals decisions invalidating the Board’s Notice Posting Rule.
Putting on and taking off protective clothing is considered “changing clothes” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on January 27, 2014. The ruling allows employers and unions to exclude time…more
Most foreign direct investment projects will be treated the same as their domestic counterparts with regard to governmental approval requirements under new rules passed by China’s State Council. The move substantially relaxes…more
Chinese companies may be able invest up to US $1 billion overseas without approval of the Chinese government unless the investment is in a sensitive country or industry under new rules passed by China’s State Council in December…more
The Arms Export Control Act (AECA) requires the President of the United States to periodically review controls set for munitions on the United States Munitions List (USML). If the controls no longer remain warranted, the…more
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