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Do new regulations for promotional games apply to your company?

Issued last year, Decree 2104 of 2016 modified the request procedure for authorizing promotional games. We outline everything you need to know about complying with these regulations....more

ERISA Disability Claim Regulations Get a Facelift

Employers providing disability benefits to their employees should note that the U.S. Department of Labor recently changed how disability benefit claims are administered. The new disability claim rule will apply to...more

New Jersey’s “New” Termination of Child Support Statute

On February 1, 2017, New Jersey’s “new” Termination of Child Support Statute went into effect. The new statute, N.J.S.A. 2A:17-56.67, which was signed into law on January 19, 2016 by Governor Christie, has potential to...more

New York State Industrial Board of Appeals Invalidates New Regulation Governing Payment of Wages by Direct Deposit or Debit Card

On February 16, 2017, the New York State Industrial Board of Appeals (“IBA”) issued an order revoking changes to New York State’s regulation governing employers that pay their employees by direct deposit or debit card. This...more

UK Policing and Crime Act Receives Royal Assent

The Policing and Crime Act 2017 was enacted. The Act has wide reaching implications, including for the financial services industry. Among other things, the Act creates new civil monetary penalties and increases the maximum...more

New Disability Claims Procedures Rules Applicable to ERISA Plans

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued new regulations affecting how disability claims are handled under ERISA plans that provide disability benefits or base receipt of benefits on the existence of a disability. While most...more

President Trump Issues Executive Order Aimed at Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs

On January 30, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order No. 13771, entitled “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.” A link to Executive Oder 13771 appears here. The Order provides...more

Occasional remote work

New rules introducing occasional remote work allow employees to work from home or any other place in order to deal with occasional situations and to improve their work-life balance. ...more

US Patent & Trademark Office Issues New Trademark Use Rule

On January 19, 2017 the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a notice in the Federal Register introducing new requirements for declarations of use in commerce filed pursuant to Sections 8 and 71 of the...more

Do Tax Regs Have an Out From the New 2-1 Rule?

As I previously discussed (here), President Trump issued an Executive Order requiring government agencies to identify two regulations for repeal for every new regulation that they wish to issue. The initial reaction of this...more

Trump’s 2 for 1 Regulatory Reduction Challenged in Court

President Donald Trump’s Executive Order requiring two regulations be repealed for every new one adopted and related OMB guidance have been challenged in a law suit commenced in the U.S. District Court for the District of...more

New Kenyan Mining Act: A big step forward

Background - This article examines the new Mining Act 2016 in Kenya (the Act) which, after a lengthy legislative process, was finally signed into law by President Uhuru Kenyatta on 6 May 2016. The Act replaces the...more

Right to Work Law Passes in Missouri

Missouri is now the 28th Right to Work state after Governor Eric Greitens signed Senate Bill No. 19 into law. The law becomes effective on August 28, 2017....more

Missouri Becomes 28th Right-to-Work State

On February 6, 2017, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed Senate Bill 19, making Missouri our nation’s 28th right-to-work state. In the last five years, five other states have passed right to work legislation (Indiana,...more

The New Issue Price Regulations: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Late last year, the Treasury Department released final Treasury Regulations (the “New Regulations”) relating to the “issue price” of tax-exempt bonds, effective for bonds sold after June 7, 2017. Because the changes imposed...more

Missouri Joins Ranks Of Right-To-Work States

Governor’s Signature Means Missouri Will Become 28th Right-To-Work State - Earlier today, Governor Eric Greitens signed a bill into law that will lead Missouri to join the ranks of states that are governed by...more

Alberta Securities Commission Replaces Key Blanket Order for Over-the-Counter Derivatives

On January 30th, 2017, the Alberta Securities Commission (the "ASC") announced in its weekly notice that, effective as of February 1st, 2017, it is replacing Blanket Order 91-506 entitled Over-the-Counter Trades in...more

Port package III adopted - How the port service business is affected

European Council adopted the Regulation establishing a framework on market access to port services and financial transparency of ports, the so-called "port package III". After expected signing in February, the act will be...more

Philadelphia Joins Trend of Jurisdictions Prohibiting Inquiries on Wage History

On January 23, 2017, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed the Wage Equity Law (“Law”), which prohibits Philadelphia employers from asking prospective employees about their wage history, among other things. The Law will become...more

German Copyright Law Sets Limitations on Exclusive Licenses

The German parliament adopted a series of amendments to copyright law designed to protect authors of copyright works (“authors”) against the perceived superior bargaining power of the copyright industry. The new rules...more

UAE passes federal bankruptcy law - what has changed?

The UAE has succeeded in creating a dynamic economy known for its entrepreneurial spirit. In recent years, however, the rapid development of the business community has outpaced corresponding changes to its legal...more

House Passes Fair RATES Act to Provide for Rehearing and Judicial Review of FERC Inaction on Rate Filings and to Reverse Public...

On January 23, 2017, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 587, the Fair Ratepayer Accountability, Transparency, and Efficiency Standards Act (“Fair RATES Act”), which would amend Section 205 of the Federal Power Act (FPA)...more

Puerto Rico Redesigns its Business Environment Through an Overhaul of its Employment Regime

In an effort to become more competitive in the face of a flagging economy, an attractive jurisdiction for establishing businesses and creating employment opportunities, and to increase talent acquisition and retention...more

New UAE Federal Law on mortgaging moveable properties

The UAE has issued the new Federal Law No. 20 of 2016 on Mortgaging Moveable Properties as Surety for Debts (new mortgage law), which was published in the latest issue of the Federal Official Gazette (number 609) on 15...more

President Trump Administration Freezes New Regulations

Soon after Donald Trump officially became the forty-fifth president of the United States, Reince Priebus, the President’s Chief of Staff, issued a memorandum freezing all pending regulations. This memorandum is similar to...more

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