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Double Deja Vu: AB 219 is Reinstated!

PREVAILING WAGE LAW is California’s “other” minimum wage. It requires workers to be paid union wages on publicly funded construction projects. ...more

First Circuit Revives Class-Action Overtime Lawsuit over Absent Comma

by PretiFlaherty on

Sometimes, small things can turn out to be very big. Take punctuation, for instance. Just recently, the First Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision that proves the point: finding that an absent comma created an...more

The Aggressive Push For Broad New Interpretations Of California’s Wage And Hour Laws

by Fisher Phillips on

The past several years have been a difficult time for many California employers when it comes to wage and hour compliance. But if enterprising plaintiffs’ attorneys have their way, times will get even worse in the coming...more

Billboard Regulations: Cities and Counties

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

No State Preemption of Local Billboard Regulations, California Appellate Court Finds - The Outdoor Advertising Act does not preempt local regulation of billboards, a California appellate court has ruled. In a decision...more

The Latest Word on Subsequent Legislative History and the GAAR

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Two recent decisions of the Tax Court involving the general anti-avoidance rule (GAAR), Univar Holdco Canada ULC v The Queen, 2016 TCC 159 [Univar] and Oxford Properties Group Inc v The Queen, 2016 TCC 204 [Oxford...more

Estate Tax Changes Past, Present and Future

by McGuireWoods LLP on

INTRODUCTION - This outline is a selective and evolving review of the history of the modern federal estate tax. It originated during the attempts to repeal the estate tax in President Clinton’s second term and...more

Congress Extends Internet Tax Freedom Act as part of Short-Term Spending Bill

On September 30, the U.S. House of Representative voted in favor of H.R. 719, which includes provisions extending the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) through December 11, 2015. The bill, passed earlier in the day by the...more

Here We Go Again—The Robert C. Byrd Mine Safety Protection Act

For the fourth time since the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion in April 2010, a Congressional bill proposes to further amend the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977. The Robert C. Byrd Mine Safety Protection Act...more

President Obama Signs Trade Measures

It was not easily accomplished, but on June 29, 2015, President Obama signed into law a series of trade measures, including Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), providing the administration with rules governing the negotiation of...more

Independent Contractors And Overtime: The DOL Steps Into The Ring With Jarring New Regulations

by Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has recently taken a firm stance on two of the most controversial issues facing American employers: overtime compensation and misclassification of employees as independent contractors. ...more

An Overview, A Summary And An Update To The Latest Patent Reform

Just four years ago in 2011, President Obama signed the America Invents Act (AIA) into law. Since the enactment of the AIA, there has continued to be steady pressure for further reform. In 2013, the Innovation Act was...more

China Primer Series: Anti-Monopoly Law 2015

China’s adoption of the Anti-Monopoly Law (“AML”)is a landmark in the evolution of China's economic transformation. The AML was a carefully thought-out, negotiated, strategic development dictated by the central government, a...more

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

by K&L Gates LLP on

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

The Origins of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

Summer is the time for movies about superheroes. Often, after a couple of episodes in a movie franchise come out, the producers make a film about the origins of the protagonist, so the audience can better understand the...more

A Brief History of the Patent Law of the United States

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

Public perception of the patent system has swung widely over the years from highs, such as those in the late nineteenth century when Mark Twain could write “a country without a patent office and good patent laws was just a...more

The Supreme Court Downplays the Blue Book’s Interpretative Value

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On December 3, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States dismissed the applicability of the Blue Book, a commentary of recently passed tax laws prepared by the Joint Committee on Taxation, as little more than a law review...more

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