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FMLA’s New Definition of “Spouse” Halted in Four States

The Department of Labor’s revised definition of “spouse” under the FMLA was recently struck down in Texas. On March 26, 2015, in Texas v. United States, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas...more

EPA’s Final Startup, Shutdown, and Malfunction (“SSM”) Rule: The Emperor’s New Clothes, Part II

The Final EPA Rule under the Clean Air Act (“CAA”) emissions standards for the Startup, Shutdown, and Malfunction (“SSM”) Rule is out. EPA issued the Final Rule on May 22, 2015 and it’s even worse than when proposed. I...more

SEC Adopts Final Rules to Implement "Regulation A+"

As part of its mandate under the JOBS Act to facilitate capital raises by smaller companies and emerging businesses and its continuing effort to broaden the number of investment options for investors, the Securities and...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2015 #4

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - CRS Issues Report: Contracting with Inverted Domestic Corporations Answers to Frequently Asked Questions - The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report, “Contracting with...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: OCC Integrates Licensing Rules for National Banks and Federal Savings Associations

On May 18, 2015, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released a final rule to integrate the policies and procedures for corporate activities and transactions of national banks and Federal savings associations....more

Final Rule Implements HIV Organ Policy Equity Act

On May 8, 2015, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) published a final rule to implement the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act (HOPE Act), which modifies standards related to Organ Procurement Transplantation...more

USCIS Publishes Long-Awaited Filing Guidance for H-4 EAD Applications

On May 20, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published long-awaited information to help eligible H-4 dependent spouses apply for employment authorization documents (commonly known as “EAD cards”) under...more

OSHA Announces New Rules for Confined Spaces (Effective August 3, 2015)

On May 4, 2015, the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a new final rule in the Federal Register intended to increase protection for construction workers in confined spaces (e.g.,...more

Preliminary Injunction Motion Filed To Stop BLM’s Final Fracking Rule

Last Friday, the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and the Western Energy Alliance (WEA) opened their arguments on a preliminary injunction motion to halt the federal Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) final...more

U.S. OSHA HCS 2012 Deadline Less Than Two Weeks Away

On March 26, 2012, OSHA issued a final rule modifying its HCS to conform to the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), Revision 3. In the final rule, OSHA drastically...more

Federal Agencies Issue Final Rule on Standards for Appraisal Management Companies

The CFPB along with five other federal agencies have issued a final rule that establishes minimum state registration and substantive requirements for appraisal management companies (AMCs), as required by Section 1473 of the...more

Revisions to the Securitisation Framework: Final Rules published by the Basel Committee

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (the “Basel Committee”) has published the revised securitisation framework setting out the standards for regulatory capital requirements for securitisation exposures held in the...more

Beware Change to RCE Practice Hidden in USPTO’s Final Rules for Hague Agreement Implementation

Summary: Effective May 13, 2015, a US national stage application for which an inventor’s oath or declaration (or substitute statement, as applicable) has not been filed is not eligible for an RCE filing. On April 2,...more

OFCCP Clarifies Invitation to Self-Identify and Protected Veterans Reporting Requirements – New VETS-4212 Form

The Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) has issued its Final Rule revising its regulations implementing reporting requirements under the Vietnam-Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of...more

EPA Direct Final Rule Includes SNURs for Several Biobased Chemicals

On May 8, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated through a direct final rule significant new use rules (SNUR) for 25 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN). ...more

OSHA Final Rule for Confined Spaces in the Construction Industry

Last week the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced and issued a 161 page final rule to increase protections for construction workers in confined spaces. 80 Fed. Reg. 25366 (May 4, 2015), which is effective...more

DOL Final Rule Prohibiting Discrimination against LGBT Individuals in Government Contracting Effective April 2015

On December 3, 2014, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The final rule implements Executive Order (EO)...more

Agencies Issue Final Rule Implementing Minimum Requirements for Appraisal Management Companies

On April 30, six federal regulatory agencies jointly issued a final rule establishing minimum requirements for state registration and supervision of appraisal management companies that provide appraisal management services to...more

In Wake of Supreme Court Ruling, EPA Issues Direct Final Rule Allowing Rescission of Some Clean Air Act Permits

On May 7, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a direct final rule in the Federal Register. The rule allows for rescission of certain Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permits under the Clean Air...more

DOT Tank Car Rule Reflects Refined Cost-Benefit Analysis

On May 1, 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation, acting through the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, issued a much-anticipated final rule on the enhanced tank car standards and operational...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2015 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue Final Rule to Amend FAR: Equal Employment and Affirmative Action for Veterans and Individuals With Disabilities - The Department of Defense (DoD), General Services...more

Crude-by-Rail Update: The DOT’s Final Rule Is Out—How Can Producers and Midstream Transporters Comply with the New Classification...

On May 1, the Department of Transportation—through its operating agencies the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration—issued its final crude-by-rail rule. The rule...more

Amendments to "Regulation A" - A Step Toward Middle Ground in Smaller Company Capital Formation

On March 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission) adopted final rules amending Regulation A. These new rules, which are often referred to as Regulation A+, were mandated by Title IV of the Jumpstart our...more

Reminder: Important (and Imminent) Tax Deadline for Parent Organizations of Tax-Exempt Health Care Systems [and All Other Section...

As you may recall, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final regulations regarding Section 501(c)(3) supporting organizations in December 2012. The imposition of an annual notice requirement for all “Type III Supporting...more

Federal agencies issue final rule on standards for appraisal management companies

The CFPB along with five other federal agencies have issued a final rule that establishes minimum state registration and substantive requirements for appraisal management companies (AMCs), as required by Section 1473 of the...more

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