Barack Obama

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.
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Cuba Revisited

On December 17 President Obama announced a plan to normalize relations with Cuba and open a US Embassy in Havana. The President also asked Congress to reconsider the trade embargo with Cuba which has been in place since...more

President Obama Announces Sweeping Changes to United States’ Diplomatic Relationship with Cuba

No changes in connection with the U.S. – Cuba embargo and sanctions will be effective until OFAC and the Commerce Department formally revise their respective regulations and general licenses to implement the President's new...more

U.S. Announces Major Policy Shift on Cuba

On December 17, 2014, President Obama announced the beginning of major reforms regarding the relationship between the United States and Cuba. In a statement made from the White House, President Obama announced that the...more

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Status and Financial Services Issues

On June 17, 2013, President Obama, European Council President Van Rompuy and European Commission President Barroso agreed to open negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement. Since then,...more

Obama to Sign Venezuela Sanctions Bill

Last week, the U.S. Congress passed S. 2142 (the “Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014”) and presented the legislation to President Obama for signature. White House officials have indicated that...more

U.S. Embargo Against Cuba: Historic Changes Ahead

On December 17, 2014, President Barack Obama announced sweeping changes in the diplomatic and trade relationships between the United States and Cuba. These changes, outlined below, will require time to implement; certain...more

President Obama’s Announcement on U.S.-Cuban Relations Could Create Strategic Opportunities for American Companies

On December 17, 2014, the United States announced its intention to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba. President Obama stated that, after nearly 54 years of economic and political isolation, his administration will be...more

New Channels of Economic Opportunity to Follow U.S.-Cuba Policy Changes

On December 17, President Obama announced sweeping changes to U.S.–Cuba policies that will usher in a new era in bilateral relations between the two countries. In the coming months, the United States will move to re-establish...more

A New U.S. Course for Cuba Relations: What Does It Mean for Business?

President Obama made an unexpected announcement this week signaling a “new course” for Cuba after more than fifty years of comprehensive U.S. sanctions. Reestablishing diplomatic relations is a major change. In terms of...more

US and Cuba Seek to Normalize Relations; US to Ease Certain Restrictions

President Obama announced on December 17, 2014 that the United States and Cuba will open talks seeking to restore full diplomatic relations, and that the United States will be taking a number of steps to ease restrictions in...more

US Announces Liberalization of Cuba Sanctions Policy

On December 17, 2014, President Obama announced the relaxation of certain aspects of the comprehensive trade embargo against Cuba that the United States has maintained since the early 1960s. As set forth by the White House,...more

A New Latitude: Charting a Course for Cuba

Today President Barack Obama made a stunning speech announcing steps the United States will take to reduce U.S. sanctions against Cuba. The announcement followed the release of two U.S. citizens held by the Cuban government....more

Employers Should Start Preparing Now for Big Changes Coming to Multiemployer Pension Plans

Yesterday, President Obama signed into law the most comprehensive legislation affecting multiemployer pension plans since the Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act of 1980. The Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014...more

Top 10 Things to Know About President Obama’s Cuba-Related Announcement

While signalling a dramatic shift in the US-Cuba relationship, the President’s authority to lift sanctions is limited in several key respects. On December 17, 2014, President Obama announced that the United States will...more

Administrative Changes Will Create Opportunities for Startups

As we recently reported, on November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions broadly covering immigration law. One such action relates to the implementation of a parole system for inventors,...more

Here's How Obama's Immigration Actions Will Affect Employers

When President Obama announced his Executive Actions On Immigration (to take effect in about 90 days), he said that the changes were intended to “make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates and...more

Federal Contractors Beware – Part 7

In response to President Obama’s July 2014 Executive Order discussed here, on December 3, 2014, the Department of Labor announced a new rule prohibiting discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of gender identity or...more

OFCCP Publishes Final Rule Prohibiting Discrimination against LGBT Employees of Federal Contractors

On December 9, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs published its Final Rule implementing Executive Order 13672, which extended protection against workplace discrimination to lesbian, gay, bisexual and...more

Blog: OFCCP Opens LGBT Final Rules to Notice and Comment in Response to Pressure from Lawmakers

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) decided to seek public comment on its Final Rule for LGBT workers after being pressured by two Republic Congressmen over its rulemaking process. OFCCP had initially...more

LGBT Rule Affecting Federal Contractors Will Become Effective April 8, 2015

Last week, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs announced a Final Rule prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by federal contractors and subcontractors. The Rule implements...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - December 2014

White House Announces Action Items To Strengthen U.S. Manufacturing - On October 27, President Obama unveiled new executive actions aimed at strengthening U.S. manufacturing. The actions were announced at a meeting of...more

Guidance on the President’s Immigration Initiatives

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a number of executive orders impacting US immigration policy. The Shapiro Law Group stands ready to assist anyone impacted by President Obama’s executive actions with respect to...more

Lauren McFerran Confirmed To National Labor Relations Board — Obama Union-Friendly Agenda Likely to Continue

On Monday December 8, 2014, the U.S. Senate voted along party lines to confirm President Obama nominee Lauren McFerran to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). McFerran, currently the chief labor counsel for the Senate...more

Guidance on the President’s Immigration, Deportation, and Deferred Action Executive Orders

Among other executive actions, on November 20, 2014, the President announced significant changes to removal and deportation policies, as well as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. ...more

Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration to Affect the Hiring and Retention of Highly Skilled Foreign Employees

The executive actions on immigration that President Obama announced in late November include a hodgepodge of new policies and directives that will impact millions of foreign nationals—both documented and undocumented—now...more

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