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Long-awaited regulations for fracking on federal land: what they mean for business

This client alert is part of an ongoing series by DLA Piper attorneys on the legal, regulatory and policy issues related to hydraulic fracturing and shale gas production in the US and internationally....more

New Investment Canada Act Thresholds and National Security Review Periods

The Canadian government has adopted new regulations and implementing orders that: - significantly alter the existing review thresholds under the Investment Canada Act (ICA) for most investors....more

Statutory Paternity Leave Introduced in Hong Kong

The Employment (Amendment) Ordinance was passed on 24 December 2014 and came into force on 27 February 2015. It amends the Employment Ordinance (Cap 57) and entitles working fathers and fathers-to-be up to three days of paid...more

State Water Board Significantly Expands Scope of Authority to Investigate Water Rights

As widely anticipated, on March 17, 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board approved a resolution to impose state-wide mandatory water conservation measures, including restricting the number of days that irrigation of...more

Employers Need to Prepare for Oakland's New Paid Sick Leave Law

Effective March 2, 2015, Oakland businesses and any other employers who have employees working within the City’s boundaries will need to comply with Oakland’s new Paid Sick Leave law, which mandates up to 72 hours (9 days...more

FTC Rule Change Simplifies Process Following a Denial of a Preliminary Injunction Motion

On March 14, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced procedural revisions governing the FTC process when it loses an injunction bid in federal court, to block the consummation of a merger pending its in-house...more

Are you ready for California’s new paid sick leave law?

Effective July 1, 2015, California's new mandatory paid sick leave law requires virtually all employers to provide workers a minimum of three days of paid sick leave per year. And, beginning January 1, 2015, a poster...more

IVASS Regulation no 8 of 3 March 2015 - Simplification of procedures

A few days ago, IVASS issued Regulation no. 8 of 3 March 2015 describing the simplified procedures and compliance obligations applying to relationships between enterprises, intermediaries and clients. The document...more

New Pipeline Safety Rules: What You Need to Know

Executive Summary - New regulations for pipeline construction, safety and transportation issued by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), which is an agency of the Department of...more

Commercializing Financial Products to Retail Clients in Belgium

On 12 June 2014, the Royal Decree of 12 April 2014 regarding certain information requirements governing the commercialization of financial products to non-professional (retail) clients was published in the Belgian Official...more

Reed Smith's Government Contracts Weekly Rundown - March 2015

Spring forward with a rundown of last week’s top developments related to government contracts. 1. Proposed Rule to Change Price-Reduction Clause - The General Service Administration (GSA) proposed a new rule to...more

DC's Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Takes Effect

D.C. employers are now required to accommodate pregnant workers. The District of Columbia’s Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act of 2014 (the Act) took effect on March 3. The new law requires D.C. employers to...more

D.C.’s New Law Protecting Pregnant Workers Is Now Effective

On March 3, 2015, the D.C. Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act of 2014 became effective. The Act provides increased protections for pregnant workers and requires employers to provide reasonable workplace accommodations...more

N.Y. DFS Provides Insight on Key Provisions of Its Debt Collection Regulations

At a recent DBA International Symposium on New York State’s debt collection rules and regulations, New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) Executive Deputy Superintendent Joy Feigenbaum clarified certain provisions in...more

Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) Order 2015

On February 25, 2015, the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) Order 2015 (SI 2015/369) was published with an explanatory memorandum. The Order comes into force on April 1, 2015, and...more

New Montgomery County, Md., Legislation Further Regulating Community Associations

The Montgomery County Council has focused a lot of attention on the regulation of common ownership communities. Recently approved legislation mandates board member training and certification of payments of common ownership...more

SEC Approved FINRA Public Arbitrator Rule

On February 26, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved a rule proposed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”). The rule, originally proposed by FINRA on June 17, 2014, amends...more

The 2014 LCIA Rules

The modernised and improved LCIA rules offer greater efficiency and flexibility and include some entirely new provisions. The 2014 Rules include some completely new provisions, with no equivalent in the previous (1998)...more

New Rule Ahead for Farm Animal Antibiotics

A new rule concerning the use of antibiotics on farm animals is nearly finalized. The rule will require producers and distributors of antibiotic products to work more closely with veterinarians to determine whether...more

EUROPE: New Provisions on Customer Protection in the Proposed EC Regulation

The Legislative Resolution of the European Parliament dated April 3rd, 2014 relating to the telecom sector, following the European Commission’s proposed “Connected Continent Legislative Package” dated 2013, includes a wide...more

China Issues New CBRC Guidelines: Disclosure Requirements Affect Foreign IT Suppliers, Foreign Banks

A new set of regulations issued by the China Banking Regulatory Commission has fuelled concerns that China intends to squeeze foreign investment in its banking industry....more

DOL Amends Rules to Extend FMLA Benefits to More Same-Sex Spouses

Last week, the Department of Labor issued new regulations changing the definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Eligible employees may take FMLA leave to care for a spouse with a serious health...more

NLRB Revised Election Rules Set to Take Effect in April

The revisions to the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) union election rules that will make it much easier for unions to organize employees are set to take effect on April 14, 2015. These revisions include, but are not...more

FCA And PRA Senior Managers And Certification Regime –March 2016 Implementation Date Announced

Rules due to come into force in March 2016 Yesterday HM Treasury announced the commencement date for the new FCA and PRA Senior Managers and Certification Regime. Relatively limited information has been released, but...more

Are China’s New Data and Cybersecurity Regulations a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?

As the Year of the Sheep gets underway, it is already apparent that the Chinese government will not be living up to the meek reputation of its zodiac representative—at least not as far as data and cybersecurity are concerned....more

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