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Final Anti-Trafficking Rule to Impose New – and Uncertain – Obligations on Contractors

In late January, the FAR Council issued its long-awaited final rule amending the FAR to strengthen the U.S. Government’s policy against human trafficking. As discussed below, the amendments may have far-reaching compliance...more

DOL Expands FMLA Rights for Same-Sex Spouses

On February 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (DOL) published a final rule to revise the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993’s (FMLA) definition of “spouse,” expanding FMLA leave to employees...more

FMLA Modified to Protect Same-Sex Spouses Regardless of State of Residence

Among its many protections, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) affords certain covered workers job-protected leave to care for a spouse who has a serious health condition. Since enactment of the FMLA, the law of...more

DOL Issues Final Rule Extending FMLA Leave Rights to Same-Sex Couples: Here's Everything Employers Need to Know

The Department of Labor has issued a final rule that will allow an employee to take FMLA leave to care for a same-sex spouse, regardless of whether the employee lives in a state that recognizes their marital status. This...more

Repair Reg Relief for Small Businesses? Not So Fast.

January 1, 2014, marked the date that the final Repair, Maintenance and Disposition Regulations (Regulations) went into effect and apply to any business with material and supplies, repairs or depreciable fixed assets. Since...more

Canada Publishes Hazardous Products Regulation

On February 11, 2015, the Government of Canada published in Gazette II (Vol. 149, no. 3) the final regulation for adopting the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). ...more

New FMLA Rule Will Give Rights To Same-Sex Spouses Based On “Place Of Celebration”

The U.S. Department of Labor announced today its Final Rule changing the definition of “spouse” in the Family and Medical Leave Act to include most same-sex married couples. I blogged about the proposed rule in June, and the...more

DOE Issues the Part 810 Final Rule: Summary and Compliance Steps for Industry

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued the final rule amending its regulations at 10 C.F.R. Part 810 on “Assistance to Foreign Atomic Energy Activities” (“Part 810”). The rule takes effect on March 25, 2015....more

Health Law Pulse - February 2015

On January 23, 2015, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) filed a notice of appeal with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (District Court) challenging two rulings in the case of Home Care...more

Healthcare Legal News: Volume 5, Number 1

CMS ANNOUNCES NEW RULES THAT MAKE OWNER DOCTORS LIABLE FOR ALL PRACTICE MEDICARE DEBTS - Even after they leave the Practice. CMS announced its final rules on "Medicare Provider Oversight" on December 3, 2014....more

Strategizing to Operationalize the Medicare Advantage and Part D Final Rule

More than a year ago, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed significant regulatory changes to the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D Programs, many of which were the subject of significant...more

SEC Publishes Rules for Reporting Security-Based Swaps

On February 11, the Securities and Exchange Commission published the texts for two final rules and one proposed rule relating to the reporting of security-based swaps (SBS) that were adopted by the SEC in a meeting on January...more

Simplified International Filing of Design Patents Coming in May

The United States has finally taken the steps necessary to join a major international treaty concerning the protection of design patents. This will mean significant changes in the protection of designs in foreign countries....more

CFPB Seeking Public Comment on Proposed Amendments to 2013 Mortgage Rules

The CFPB is currently seeking public comment on several proposed amendments to its final rules issued in 2013, which went into effect in January 2014. The comment period is open through March 16, 2015, so mortgage servicers,...more

CMS Finalizes Policy Rules For Medicare Parts C and D

Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rules on policy and technical changes to the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Prescription Drug Benefit programs (Part D) for contract year...more

Federal Agencies Revise Killer Whale Listing to Include Whales Held in Captivity

On February 10, 2015, the National Marine Fisheries Service and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (“Services”) issued a final rule (pdf) to include captive killer whales in the Southern Resident killer whale...more

CMS Finalizes Changes to Medicare Advantage and Part D Programs

On February 6, 2015, CMS released a final rule revising certain requirements for the Medicare Advantage and Part D programs. The changes will be effective for Contract Year 2016. According to CMS, the final rule implements...more

Final rules for international trade data highlight issues for routed export transaction

The International Trade Data System (ITDS) is intended to create a single window for reporting international trade activities to all government agencies that may have regulatory authority over a transaction. The Bureau of the...more

DC Court Rejects Unilateral DOL Regulation of Home Care Workers in Sharply Worded Rebuke; DOL to Appeal

In a pair of welcomed decisions for third-party employers in the home care industry, Judge Richard J. Leon of the D.C. Federal District Court vacated major provisions of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Home Care Final...more

New Rule on Medicare Reimbursement for Chronic Care Management Services

In November 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a final regulation with changes intended to ensure Medicare’s payment system “reflect[s] changes in medical practice and the relative value of...more

Finding Liberation in the Big Picture of the Employer Shared Responsibility Tax

Introduction - So much energy has been spent on what the final regulations on the employer shared responsibility tax and the related final reporting regulations (the ‘‘ESRR’’) say, that some of the most significant...more

EPA Promulgates SNUR for Polymer of Terephthalic Acid and Ethyl Benzene with Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube (Generic)

On February 2, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated through a direct final rule significant new use rules (SNURs) for 27 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs)....more

"Risk Retention Rules Impact Registered Fund Tender Option Bond Financings"

In October 2014, several regulatory agencies approved final rules to implement the risk retention requirement mandated by Section 941 of the Dodd-Frank Act. (See "Regulators Adopt Final Risk Retention Rules for Asset-Backed...more

"Regulators Adopt Final Risk Retention Rules for Asset-Backed Securities"

In October 2014, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Housing...more

Minimum Wage Increases for Federal Government Contractors

Executive Order 13658 increases the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, effective January 1, 2015, for certain workers providing services under new contracts with the federal government. The Final Rule, the Fact Sheet, and the...more

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