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Barack Hussein Obama is the 44th President of the United States. President Obama is a Democrat and was originally elected to the Presidency in 2008. He was elected for a second-term in November of 2012.

Trump Recasts U.S.-Cuba Policy

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Friday, June 16, President Trump announced policy changes towards Cuba while speaking in Miami. Trump’s new policy directive reverses many of the Obama administration’s policies with Cuba. ...more

The Paris Agreement: Where We Were, Where We Are, Where We Are Going

On June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Agreement (the “Agreement”), describing it as “disadvantaging the United States” and indicating that the United States...more

Restoring the Power of Persuasion – The DOL Takes Another Step Toward Ending the Persuader Rule

The Department of Labor (“DOL” or “Department”) has continued its efforts towards eliminating the “Persuader Rule”, a controversial Obama-era regulation which requires employers to report arrangements made with third parties...more

Federal Court Halts Lawsuit Consideration over Obama’s Clean Water Rule; Pruitt Recruits Governors to Shape New EPA Water...

One of President Trump’s early campaign promises was to dismantle the 2015 Clean Water Rule, the Obama administration’s regulation asserting federal power over navigable bodies of water and aiming to replace polluting...more

The War on Employee Misclassification: Will Trump Call a Cease Fire?

by LeClairRyan on

During its two terms, the Obama Administration declared war on misclassification of employees as independent contractors. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued additional guidance on the proper classification of workers....more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Appeals court upholds California’s cap-and-trade system - Sacramento Bee - Apr 6 - A state appeals court handed a major victory to California’s signature climate-change program on...more

Climate Change Executive Order: What's Next?

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On March 28, 2017, President Trump made good on his campaign promise to take action to repeal President Obama’s climate agenda, including the Clean Power Plan (CPP). In his “Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence...more

Congress Invalidates New FCC Privacy and Data Security Rules

by Morgan Lewis on

Following actions by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to suspend the effective date of the FCC’s data security rules, the US Congress—pursuant to the Congressional Review Act—passed a resolution to block the...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News: March 2017

by Mintz Levin on

Our March edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and features a list of upcoming energy industry events throughout the nation. If you enjoy learning about new technology as much as we...more

Mind the Gap: Automatic Work Authorization Extensions Help Foreign National Employees Stay Productive Following EAD Expiration

In the last months of President Barack Obama’s administration many regulatory changes were made that were meant to improve the functioning of the business immigration system, including changes to the process for Employment...more

Finally! Government Contractor Blacklisting EO and Implementing Regulations Bite the Dust . . Perhaps Forever!

It's official. On March 27, 2017, President Trump signed the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution (H.J. Res. 37) invalidating the regulations that implemented President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive...more

Beltway Briefing: March 21

by Cozen O'Connor on

Blake Rutherford, Mark Alderman, and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discuss the recent developments in politics and policy in Washington, D.C. Blake: Thank you very much, and thanks to everyone...more

Supreme Court Rules that Former Acting NLRB General Counsel Became Ineligible to Perform Duties After President Obama Nominated...

by FordHarrison on

The U.S. Supreme Court has held that Lafe Solomon did not validly serve as Acting General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) after former President Barack Obama nominated him to permanently fill that...more

Son of Noel Canning? Worst Blog Title Ever? Supreme Court Takes Another Shot at NLRB Vacancy History

How important are the titles “temporary” or “permanent” when it comes to an appointee to run a federal agency? Apparently, very important. On March 21, the U.S. Supreme Court waded back into the messy timeline of President...more

The Supreme Court - March, 2017 #2

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases today: SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC, No. 15-927: Petitioner SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag (“SCA”) brought a...more

Supreme Court Upholds Decision to Vacate NLRB Order Due to Improper Appointment of NLRB General Counsel

by Benesch on

On March 21, 2017, the Supreme Court upheld an August 2015 opinion by the D.C. Circuit under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act holding that former acting National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Lafe Solomon improperly...more

ITC Section 337 Update – March 2017

by King & Spalding on

Commission Reverses ALJ’s Dismissal Of U.S. Steel’s False Designation Of Origin Claim And Sets Hearing On U.S. Steel’s Antitrust Claim In Certain Carbon Steel; U.S. Steel Withdraws Trade Secret Theft Claim – 2017 has produced...more

Environmental deregulation under President Trump: Business as usual?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The Trump Administration is expected to issue a high-profile executive order that seeks to eliminate a major Obama-era environmental measure, the Clean Power Plan....more

Cuba Sanctions Eased, but too Early for a ‘Gold Rush’

As much of the world now knows, beginning in January 2015, the Obama Administration began easing some of the sanctions that have been imposed on Cuba for generations. Since that easing, there has been a great deal of interest...more

OFCCP Revises Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Pursuant to President Obama’s pay transparency executive order (Executive Order 13665), which amended Executive Order 11246, federal contractors must incorporate the OFCCP-prescribed Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination...more

House Republicans and Trump Administration File Joint Motion to Delay Suit Challenging Obamacare Subsidies

by Ruder Ware on

An interesting development transpired Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in a case pending in Federal District Court in the District of Columbia that challenges subsidy payments from the Federal Treasury to support Obamacare. The...more

Trump Administration Rescinds Guidance on Transgender Rights under Title IX

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Trump Administration has announced that the Department of Education (DOE) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) rescinded the Obama Administration’s May 2016 Dear Colleague Letter directing that schools “treat a student’s...more

Trump’s Executive Order on Ethics

Takeaways - Trump’s Executive Order on Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Appointees supersedes and revokes Obama’s Executive Order. It requires appointees to sign a similar Ethics Pledge relating to receipt...more

Changes to Sudanese Sanctions Program Could Benefit U.S. Life Sciences Companies (A Little)

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On January 13, 2017, President Obama signed the Executive Order “Recognizing Positive Actions by the Government of Sudan and Providing for the Revocation of Certain Sudan-Related Sanctions” that revoked many U.S. economic...more

One of Obama OSHA’s Last Acts – An Update to the Walking-Working Surfaces Rule Decades In the Making

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

On January 17, 2017, OSHA’s new Walking-Working Surfaces Rule took effect, updating OSHA regulations that have been in place for nearly a half century. OSHA’s new rule, commonly referred to as the “Slips, Trips and Falls”...more

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