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Texas Court Puts a Halt on DOL Enforcement of the New FMLA Rule Extending Leave Rights to Same-Sex Couples

A federal judge in Texas granted an injunction on Thursday that (for the time being) has stopped enforcement of the DOL’s final rule regarding the definition of spouse. Under the new rule, which was scheduled to take effect...more

Nonprofit Hospitals Face Additional Regulatory Burdens in Financial Assistance and Debt Collection

Roughly 60 percent of hospitals nationwide either have received or are seeking tax-exempt status under the United States Treasury Department (Treasury) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules and regulations. With new final...more

CFTC Approves Final Rule on Residual Interest Deadline for FCMs

On March 17, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved a final rule amending CFTC Regulation 1.22 to remove the December 31, 2018 automatic termination date relating to the phased-in compliance period for the Residual...more

NLRB Says “Mere Maintenance” of Employee Handbook Rules May Violate the NLRA

In recent years the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has aggressively sought to emphasize that its reach extends beyond solely unionized workforces.  On March 18, 2015, NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin released a...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - March 2015

In This E-Note: - Expanding Eligibility: Is Your FMLA Policy Ripe for Misinterpretation? - New Year’s Resolution Continued: The Multi-State Non-Compete Agreement - The Corporate Board: The False Claims...more

Interior Department Releases Final Rule Regulating Fracking on Federal and Tribal Lands

On Friday, March 20 the Obama Administration announced a final rule from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regulating hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands. Key components of the rule, which will take effect in...more

Regulation SBSR: The Compliance Guide to Reporting Security-based Swaps

SEC has published reporting obligations for SBS without a finalized compliance schedule. Reporting rules for cleared and platform-executed SBS and certain cross-border transactions have not yet been finalized. On...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: BLM Issues Final Rule on Hydraulic Fracturing Operations on Federal and Indian Lands

On March 20, 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) released its long-awaited final rule for hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian land. The rule establishes new requirements to ensure wellbore integrity, protect...more

What Employers Should Know about the FMLA and Same-Sex Marriages under New Department of Labor Rules

After the 2013 Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor, federal agencies have been moving to align federal policies and procedures with the holding of that case. ...more

CFTC Approves Final Rule on Residual Interest Deadline for Futures Commission Merchants

On March 17, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission) unanimously approved a final rule removing the December 31, 2018 automatic termination of the phased-in compliance period for the Residual Interest...more

Federal Government Issues Long-awaited Final Rules Governing Fracking on Federal Land and Indian Land

On March 20, 2015, the Department of the Interior’s (DOI’s) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued its long-awaited “final” rules governing hydraulic fracturing operations on federal lands and land owned by Indian tribes. The...more

DOL Provides Flexibility in Timing of Annual Participant Fee Disclosures for Retirement Plans That Provide for Participant...

On March 18, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a direct final rule that revises the annual disclosure requirement in the participant-level fee disclosure regulations under ERISA Section 404(a). The guidance provides...more

Obama Administration Releases Federal Fracking Regulations

Today, Friday, March 20, the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”), an agency within the Department of the Interior, published regulations for hydraulic fracturing on Federal and Indian lands.  The Final Rule becomes effective in...more

BLM Issues Final Rule Governing Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands

On March 20, Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the release of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) final rule, titled, “Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands,” which BLM announced will...more

United States Coast Guard Guidance May Encourage Use of Liquefied Natural Gas as a Marine Fuel

On February 25, 2015, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) published two final policy letters on the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. Released in draft form in February 2014, the policy letters address...more

Independent Producers Lead Legal Challenge Against BLM’s Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

After a regulatory review process lasting more than three years, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued today a final rule purporting to govern hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands. Given BLM’s failure to...more

DOL Issues Final Rule Regarding the Definition of "Spouse" Under the FMLA

In another effort to remedy the chaos caused by the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturn of the DOMA in June of 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) has issued its final rule defining who is a “spouse” for purposes of the federal...more

CMS Finalizes SMART Act MSP Appeals Provisions

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a final rule that implements Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) appeals provisions under the Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers Act of 2012 (SMART Act). ...more

FMLA Rights Extend to Same Sex Spouses

The Department of Labor recently published its final rule amending the definition of “spouse” in the Family Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") regulations to include eligible employees in legal same-sex marriages. Beginning on March...more

CMS Publishes Final Rule Establishing Appeal Process for Applicable Plans in Medicare Secondary Payer Cases

On February 27, 2015, CMS published a final rule, effective April 28, 2015, to establish a formal, multilevel administrative appeals process for applicable plans against which Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) recovery demands...more

CMS Publishes Corrections to OPPS and ASC Payment System for CY 2015

On February 24, 2015, CMS published corrections to the hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and the ambulatory surgical center (ASC) payment system Final Rule that was published in the November 10, 2014...more

FMLA Recognizes Same-Sex Marriages

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has revised the definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to include marriages legally entered into by same-sex couples. This revision expands the FMLA’s reach...more

Redefining the Term "Spouse" Under the FMLA

For employers that operate in states that do not recognize same-sex marriage and for those that operate in multiple states, the Family Medical Leave Act's (FMLA) application to same-sex partners of employees has been a...more

OSHA Issues Long-Awaited SOX Whistleblower Rule

On March 5, 2015, OSHA issued a long-awaited Final Rule regarding SOX whistleblower procedures and related matters. The new Final Rule will replace the Interim Final Rule enacted in 2011, after Dodd-Frank amended SOX. The...more

United States Patent and Trademark Office Final Patent Term Adjustment Rules

On January 9, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published its final rules implementing changes to patent term adjustment (PTA), in view of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit...more

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