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New Jersey Supreme Court embraces worker-friendly test for determining employee or independent contractor status

Employers should note a recent decision from the Supreme Court of New Jersey regarding the proper test to apply when determining an individual’s status for purposes of the New Jersey wage and hour laws. The court chose to...more

OSHA Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements: New Rules Effective January 2015

As of January 1, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) requires employers to comply with new reporting and recordkeeping requirements. There are two major changes....more

Because you are asking . . . DOL Says New Proposed Rule On White Collar Exemptions Under The FLSA Will Be Issued In February 2015

As many of you know, last year President Obama directed the DOL to issue new regulations to “modernize and streamline” the white collar exemptions to the minimum wage and overtime requirements under the FLSA. (Keep in mind...more

As the Late, Great Joan Rivers Would Say, "Can We Talk" (About Our Salaries)? The Answer May Soon Be "Yes"

Employees of federal contractors, who previously have dwelled silently – and often unknowingly – in the gender and race pay chasm, may soon have a new tool to help them build a bridge across the gap....more

IRS Issues Final Regulations on Requirements for Charitable Hospital Organizations

On December 29, 2014, Final Regulations providing guidance regarding the requirements for charitable hospital organizations were issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The ACA, enacted March 23, 2010, added new...more

Oil Patch Regulators Order Bakken Crude “Stabilized,” A Step to Enhance Oil Train Safety

On December 9 the North Dakota Industrial Commission issued an Order requiring production facilities to separate volatile gases, the so-called “light ends,” like propane and butane, from crude oil before it is shipped to...more

SEC Adopts New Rules, Regulatory Framework for Swap Data Repositories

On January 14, the SEC adopted new rules for security-based swap data repositories (SDRs), which store swap trading data. The rules require SDRs to register with the SEC and set reporting and public dissemination requirements...more

SEC Adopts New Rules for Security-Based Swap Market

On January 14, the SEC adopted new rules that will require security-based swap data repositories (SDRs) to register with the SEC and prescribe reporting and public dissemination requirements for security-based swap...more

Department of Labor regulations narrowing companionship care definition vacated

In a second decision in the case challenging federal Department of Labor regulations relating to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) companionship care exemption, the US District Court for the District of Columbia vacated...more

FINRA’s New Background Investigation Rule Will Likely Increase Firms’ Costs and Potentially Increases Exposure for Firms in...

Recently, the SEC approved FINRA’s proposed new Rule 3110(e) relating to background investigations of registered persons. FINRA Rule 3110(e), which replaces NASD Rule 3010(e) and goes into effect on July 1, 2015, streamlines...more

OEHHA Proposes New Proposition 65 Warning Regulations

On January 12, 2015, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) published two notices of proposed rulemaking regarding the State’s Proposition 65 warning regulations. OEHHA proposes to repeal...more

Will proposed drug, alcohol clearinghouse for truckers make our roads safer?

A recent report from the Illinois Department of Transportation indicated that in 2013, 10 percent of all fatal crashes involved tractor trailers. While the factors playing a role in these crashes vary, many Chicago truck...more

Alert: Mandatory Reporting Requirement Regarding Foreign Direct Investment in the United States

Under a new rule, US business enterprises are required to report certain types of foreign direct investment in the United States to the US Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis ("BEA"). Reporting is accomplished...more

California Insurance Commissioner Issues Emergency Regulations Affecting Narrow Provider Networks

On January 5, 2015, Commissioner Dave Jones issued emergency regulations affecting health insurers with respect to access to provider networks in response to consumer complaints that appointments with physicians are hard to...more

Bay Area Blues: San Francisco's Employers/Franchisees Face Retail Workers Bill of Rights

Doing business in San Francisco can be difficult, to say the least. At $10.74/hour, the city already had the highest minimum wage in the country at the end of 2014. On January 1, 2015, San Francisco employers began shelling...more

“Start Spreading the News”: Recent New York Regulations Impact Debt Collection and Default Servicing

Last month, the New York Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) finalized a regulation with a number of novel requirements affecting debt collection (including servicing delinquent loans) in New York. Previously, debt...more

Swap Dealers Will Face Significant Challenges from Reproposed Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps

Dealers and major industry participants may be subject to new margin requirements beginning as early as December 1, 2015. Regulators are expected to finalize rules regarding margin requirements for uncleared swaps...more

SB 4 Well Stimulation Treatment Permanent Regulations Finalized

On December 30, 2014, the California Office of Administrative Law (“OAL”) approved the Final Permanent Well Stimulation Treatment Regulations (“Permanent Regulations”). The regulations go into effect on July 1, 2015, and the...more

Online Merchants Beware: There’s a New FTC Rule on Internet Purchases

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a new rule, 16 C.F.R. § 435, covering Internet purchases. It became effective December 8—just in time for holiday shopping. The new rule expanded the FTC’s previously issued rule...more

EPA Significant New Use Rule for Benzidine-Based Substances Signals Broader Approach to Regulating Chemicals in Articles

On December 29, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a final significant new use rule (SNUR) with potentially broad implications for future chemical management policy under the Toxic Substances Control...more

Broker-Dealer Beat - January 2015

New FINRA Rule 3110(e) streamlines and clarifies members' obligations relating to background investigations of registered persons and adds a requirement to adopt written procedures to verify the accuracy and completeness of...more

Bridging the Week - January 2015

ICE Futures U.S. and Canada Amend Rules to Expressly Prohibit Disruptive Trading Practices - ICE Futures U.S. and ICE Futures Canada proposed new rules expressly prohibiting disruptive trading practices and...more

New Year Brings New Coal Ash Regulations and New Legislative Proposals

December 19, 2014 marked the deadline for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to announce its final decision regarding a new regulatory scheme for coal ash disposal (Coal Combustion Residuals or CCR). The new...more

HUD Publishes New Rule Governing Federal Procurement and Contracting

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently published a rule that made numerous changes to grant administration, procurement, and contracting requirements. The rule repealed the requirements found at...more

New York, Zombie Debt and the CFPB

Earlier this month, New York adopted enhanced consumer debt collection regulations proposed by the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS). The regulations, among other things, require debt collectors to...more

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