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Hospice and Home Health Update: Recent Legislative and Regulatory Efforts Continue to Change the Regulatory Landscape for Hospice...

October and November 2014 have been marked by several legislative and regulatory efforts impacting the hospice and home health industries: - President Obama signed the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation...more

Privacy Tuesday - November 2014 #2

Here are three privacy stories to start your week - 1. Dear “financial institution” : how is your data security?! Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) announced (press release) that on November 18 the Senator...more

Senate HELP Committee Issues Scathing Report on EEOC

Yesterday the Republicans on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions issued a Minority Staff Report entitled, “EEOC: An Agency on the Wrong Track? Litigation Failures, Misfocused Priorities, and Lack of...more

Transportation Policy In The 114th Congress

After their overwhelming success in the 2014 mid-term elections, Republicans are preparing to assume their new majority in the Senate, while their House colleagues have secured an expanded majority that exceeds their World...more

2014 Midterm Elections: Implications for U.S. LNG Exports

Federal elections held nationwide on November 4 ushered in Republican control of the U.S. Senate and expanded the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Republicans now hold majorities in both houses of...more

Health Alert (Australia) - November 24, 2014

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. Excerpt from Reports: Australia. Department of Health - Media releases - 20 November 2014 - Healthy sporting clubs recognised with Good...more

Spanish Labour Law Updates And Other Legal Current Issues

In the past two months a range of relevant legislation developments in the field of labour have occurred, including the approval of the Spanish Strategy of Employment Activation for 2014-2016. Furthermore, there have been...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights: November 2014 #2

With the conclusion of the midterm elections last week and open enrollment just around the corner, this week’s news highlights both renewed pledges from the opposition and a flurry of implementation activity in the states....more

FOFA reforms rejected by the Senate

The Abbott Government’s Future of Financial Advice policy has been rejected by the Senate after support for the reforms were withdrawn by Senators Jacqui Lambie and Rick Muir. ...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights: November 2014 #3

With the 2015 Open Enrollment Period (OEP) officially launched as of November 15, this week’s news highlights Marketplaces’ preparation for and tracking of outreach and enrollment – including 100,000 applications submitted on...more

Governor Patrick Proposes State Budget Cuts; Speaker DeLeo Opposes

This morning Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo indicated that he will not support the Governor’s plan to trim the state budget to close a projected $329 million mid-year budget gap....more

The State and Local GMO Regulatory Landscape – Post-Election Edition

The November election changed the regulatory landscape for genetically modified organisms (“GMO”). Though none of the proposed GMO labeling laws on state ballots succeeded, two counties were successful in passing either a ban...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly adjourned “sine die” on Wednesday, August 20. During the interim, the MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed biweekly to keep you up to date on the latest legislative...more

The “Show” in 2015 – Pass the Popcorn, Please

Anyone trying to read the tea-leaves of the recent elections might want to take a step back and slow down before predicting how they will impact American manufacturers in 2015. The recent, dramatic drop in oil prices may...more

Cybersecurity Policy in the Lame Duck and Beyond

There are two categories of cybersecurity legislation awaiting Congressional consideration during the lame duck. First, there are a number of non-controversial, narrowly focused bills that are likely to be adopted as part of...more

Energy & Environment Update - November 2014 #3

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Defense - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Department of State -...more

ML Strategies Energy and Environment Update: Week of 11/17/2014

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE - President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping jointly pledged November 11 in Beijing to make significant CO2 reductions in the next two decades. The United States will reduce its net...more

Energy & Environment Update - November 2014 #2

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Commerce - Department of Defense - Department of Energy - Environmental Protection...more

McNees Insights - Estate Planning - Fall 2014

In This Issue: - Year-End Tax Planning 2014 - Pennsylvania Makes Significant Changes to Power of Attorney Law - Have You Reviewed Your Estate Plan Recently? - Excerpt from Year-End Tax...more

The Keystone Pipeline – It’s About Time

Representative Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La.) continue to fall over themselves to see who can be more supportive of legislation forcing President Obama to approve construction of the Keystone Pipeline....more

A Bridge To Somewhere: Public Private Partnerships and America's Infrastructure Dilemma

Deferring infrastructure investment is not a viable option. Studies show that deferring timely maintenance, repair, and replacement can greatly increase the total cost of infrastructure repairs by a ratio of 15:1 to more than...more

Federal Trade Secrets Legislation: What Is It? Will It Pass? What Does It Mean for Employers?

Theft of trade secrets is a constant concern for many employers. Congress has listened, and over the course of this year, it has been moving forward with federal legislation aimed at protecting trade secrets. ...more

New Groundwater Legislation Update: Comments Recommended Regarding Groundwater Basin Prioritization

Public Agencies Wishing to Dispute Basin Prioritization or Boundaries Should Submit Comments As Soon As Possible - Under the new groundwater legislation, the California Department of Water Resources must establish the...more

Health Care Update - November 2014 #2

In This Issue: - Smoother Open Enrollment Sets Stage for Shift in Congressional Focus - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional...more

Ohio Elections Yield Mixed Results on Local Hydraulic Fracturing Bans

Last week’s Election Day in Ohio produced victories for fracing supporters and opponents alike. Proposed hydraulic fracturing bans were on the ballot in four different municipal contests. Voters in one city, Athens, approved...more

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