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EEOC Releases Fiscal Year 2016 Enforcement and Litigation Data

Agency Adds Statistics Detailing LGBT Charges - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today released detailed breakdowns for the 91,503 charges of workplace discrimination the agency...more

'Twas the Night Before Christmas - Not a Creature Was Stirring, Except EPA - EPA Releases Final Fracking Report and General...

As the Obama era comes to a close, on Christmas eve the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued its final report on "Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on...more

Task Force Report: Taxation and Pricing of Cannabis

On June 30, 2016, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and the Minister of Health announced the creation of a nine-member Task Force on Cannabis...more

Geo Political Cyber Warfare And Your Business

The cyber war battlefield has expanded, and your business is now a fighter and a target. A new U.S. Government report explains many reasons for identifying and penalizing Russian hackers, the Russian intelligence...more

CFPB Complaint Report Returns to Debt Collection

The CFPB recently issued its monthly report of consumer complaints and turned its focus back to debt collection. The Report is a high level snapshot of trends in consumer complaints and provides a summary of the volume of...more

End of the Year News from the EEOC

The EEOC closed out 2016 with several reports that provide interesting reading for employers heading into the new year. The first is the EEOC’s annual performance report, which provides a snapshot of how the EEOC views...more

Tips for Implementing Drones in Public Safety

The Office of Justice Programs’ (OJP) National Institute of Justice (NIJ) released a report this week examining issues related to the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drones) for public safety purposes. “Considerations...more

CFPB issues tenth Semi-Annual Report

The CFPB has issued its tenth Semi-Annual Report to the President and Congress covering the period April 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016....more

OCR Complaints – Trends and Predictions

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued two reports highlighting its work during both fiscal year (FY) 2016 and President Obama’s entire eight-year term of office. The number of OCR...more

HHS-OIG reports on impact and vulnerabilities of Medicare's Two-Midnight Rule

On December 19, 2016, the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) issued a report, "Vulnerabilities Remain Under Medicare 2-Midnight Hospital Policy" (OEI-02-15-00020). The report is...more

UK Payment Systems Regulator Consults Further Remedies for Competition Issues Relating to Bank Ownership of Payment...

The Payment Systems Regulator published proposals for remedying the lack of competition in the provision of UK payments central infrastructure for Bacs, FPS and LINK which means that the incumbent provider, VocaLink, faces...more

Obama Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity Provides Recommendations to Next Administration

In April 2016, President Obama appointed the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity (the “Commission”) to assess the state of our cybersecurity and develop actionable recommendations for securing the digital economy...more

CFPB Releases Status Update Regarding Fall 2016 Rulemaking Agenda

On December 2, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a status update regarding various initiatives that were proposed in its fall 2016 rulemaking agenda. The update provides readers with an overview...more

General Assembly Committee Releases Report Critical of CHRO Complaint Processing

Last week, the Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee released a 129-page report on the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, with a focus on Discrimination Complaint Processing. ...more

OSHA Reports Continuing Decrease in Workplace Injuries

Over the past decade, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has reported a steady decline in the number of reported workplace injuries and illnesses in the U.S. Initially, the agency attributed this drop to...more

FERC energy trading compliance white paper

Enforcement staff at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have released a white paper presenting their view of effective practices to ensure energy trading complies with prohibitions against market manipulation. The...more

Study Finds Companies May Do Too Much For Data Breach Victims

A recent study at the University of Arkansas suggests that organizations should avoid doing too much for individuals affected by a data breach. That is, when organizations provide compensation to breach victims that exceeds...more

Companies Perceived By FTC As Emerging Threats

As discussed in the previous section, the FTC collects complaints about organizations that allegedly violate the data privacy, data security, advertising, and marketing laws. Each month DPI creates a “Surge” report that...more

World Bank’s Integrity Vice President (INT) Releases Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2016

On October 7, 2016, the Integrity Vice President (INT) of the World Bank Group (the “Bank”) released its annual report for fiscal year 2016 (the “Report”). In the Report, INT provides insight into the Bank’s efforts to combat...more

Cyber Fatigue: New NIST Study Reveals Consumers Feel Overwhelmed by Security Messages, Compliance

Data breaches. Stolen passwords. Confidential data compromised. We’ve all heard the cybersecurity horror stories. In fact, we may have heard them too often. According to a new study by National Institute of...more

New Report Shows Continued Increases in Enhanced Audit Committee Disclosures Among S&P 500

The Center for Audit Quality and Audit Analytics recently released their 2016 Audit Committee Transparency Barometer. The report is based on a review of proxy statements filed through the end of June 2016 by companies in the...more

Newly Implemented Changes Adding Pay Data Information to Annual EEO-1 Reports Will Increase Reporting Burden and Potential...

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) recently approved the EEOC’s revised proposal to collect summary employee pay data information through the Employer...more

Bipartisan Policy Centers Releases Report on Financial Regulation

The Bipartisan Policy Center, a US-based non-profit organization, issued a paper entitled “Did Policymakers Get Post-Crisis Financial Regulation Right?” The paper analyzes the effects of financial regulation post-financial...more

Potential Secondary Effects of Regulatory Examinations: Evidentiary Issues and Preclusion in Parallel Litigation

Increasingly aggressive and adversarial examinations by state regulators can expose insurers to troubling evidentiary issues in subsequent individual and class action litigation. Plaintiffs’ counsel may seek to admit into...more

Post-Aliso Canyon gas storage report

A task force has released its report on the safety of underground natural gas storage, following the Aliso Canyon leak in California. The Interagency Task Force on Natural Gas Storage Safety was formed by Congress and the...more

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