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South Carolina Legislative Update - February 21, 2014

Ethics Legislation - The Senate advanced an ethics reform bill, H. 3945, late Thursday, agreeing that lawmakers should not have political action committees, anonymous political groups must reveal their donors and...more

Italy Regulatory Update 1/2014

In this update: 1. ITALIAN LAW 1.1 Primary legislation 1.2 Implementing measures 2. EC/EU LAW 2.1 Primary legislation 2.2 Implementing measures Please see full Chart below for more information....more

North Carolina Legislative Report - February 14, 2014

The General Assembly has officially completed its business for the 2013 long session. The 2014 short session will begin on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2013-24 -- Dec 27, 2013

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more

BVI passes new Arbitration Act

On 17 December 2013 the British Virgin Islands House of Assembly had the third and final reading of the new Arbitration Act 2013. The new Act will come into force on a date to be announced. The following analysis is based on...more

Senate and House Committees Pass Legislation that Would Reform the Sustainable Growth Rate Formula

On December 12, 2013, the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee both approved legislation that would reform the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula currently used for Medicare physician payments. ...more

New California Law Expands Protections for Whistleblowers

On October 12, 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 496, which, along with two other new laws (SB 666 and AB 263), expands protections for whistleblowers in California by significantly altering California...more

Legislature Amends Washington Anti-Rebate Statute

In a thoughtful amendment to Washington’s Anti-Rebate Statute, the Legislature has aligned the parameters of chapter 19.68 RCW with those of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, granting greater protection for EHR donation...more

New Law Punishes New Jersey Employers That Fail To Timely Or Adequately Respond To Unemployment Agency Requests For Information

Traditionally, New Jersey employers have been free to challenge erroneous unemployment benefit charges even if the error was a result of the employer’s untimely or inaccurate response to the Department of Labor’s request for...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2013-22 -- Nov 22, 2013

In This Issue: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more

Malaysia’s Personal Data Protection Act Finally in Effect

Malaysia’s first ever comprehensive privacy law, the Personal Data Protection Act of 2010 (“PDPA“), came into force on November 15, 2013. The Malaysia Parliament passed the PDPA in 2010. However, it was passed with...more

Congress Passes Compounding Quality Act

The Senate approved a human prescription compounding bill (H.R. 3204) Monday by voice vote, sending it to President Obama for his signature. The bill had been in the works since last year, when a meningitis outbreak from...more

New York Enacts Consumer Protections For Convenience Checks

On November 13, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed AB 3601, a bill intended to protect payment card holders from liability for unauthorized use of unsolicited convenience checks. Effective immediately, cardholders are held...more

Infrastructure Alert - November 6, 2013

On October 23, the House passed H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 by a vote of 417-3. The near-unanimous vote on a bill with significant authorizations is notable considering the recent...more

Did You Know…California Raises Minimum Wage

On September 25, 2013, Governor Brown signed AB 10 into law, raising California’s minimum wage from $8 per hour today to $10 per hour by 2016. The bill will raise the minimum wage in two separate one-dollar...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2013-19 -- Oct 11, 2013

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and...more

California Insurance Laws Enacted in 2013

October 13, 2013 was the deadline for Governor Jerry Brown to act on bills passed by the California Legislature this year. Here are summaries of noteworthy insurance-related bills which Governor Brown signed into law. Unless...more

Raising the Floor: California Increases its Minimum Wage

For the first time since 2006, California's Legislature passed legislation increasing the state's current minimum wage of $8 per hour. Governor Brown signed the bill on September 25, 2013....more

The Quimby Act is Amended to Allow Cities and Counties to Create Greater Park Access

Quimby Act Fees Can Be Used for Parks in Neighborhoods Other Than Near Developer’s Subdivision - Governor Jerry Brown recently signed Assembly Bill 1359 (AB 1359) into law allowing cities and counties to use developer...more

Tweaked & Overhauled: The Latest on Virginia Construction Law

Each year, Virginia’s legislature overhauls or tweaks existing legislation and occasionally enacts entirely new legislation of which construction industry operators should remain aware. This year was no exception. The...more

Passage of Increase in California’s Minimum Wage Could Impact More Than Just Hourly, Minimum Wage Workers

On September 25, 2013, California Governor, Jerry Brown, signed a bill (Assembly Bill No. 10) that will raise the hourly minimum wage up 25% over the next few years. First, the minimum wage will increase in less than one...more

Die Verwandlung: How The Legislature Likely Raised The Bar On Securities Fraud Actions

With the availability of a private cause of action under SEC Rule 10b-5, is there any reason to include a cause of action under California Corporations Code Sections 25401 and 25501? Until the most recent legislative...more

October’s key changes in employment law

Nicholas Jew, a Partner in our Birmingham office comments: One of the less welcome employment law reforms implemented by the Coalition government has been the decision to do away with the practice that new employment law is...more

Capital Thinking: Agriculture and Food

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - House Nutrition Title Bill - Last week, the House passed its nutrition title bill, the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013 (H.R. 3102), by a vote of 217 to 210. The bill...more

The New Electronic Payment Services Landscape: Developments in EU Legislation

On July 24, 2013, the European Commission issued legislative proposals to update and complement the current EU legal framework on payment services to develop further an EU-wide single market by promoting more competition,...more

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