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Tax Developments Affecting Health Care Organizations and Investor-Owned Hospital Companies [Video]

Several Treasury regulations, revenue procedures, and other developments have recently been released, which may have important consequences for businesses, including health care organizations. Moreover, changes in regulatory...more

Changes of the Amended Regulations on Supervision and Administration of Medical Devices

The Regulations on Supervision and Administration of Medical Devices was amended and promulgated by the State Council on March 7th, 2014, effective June 1st, 2014. The last version is from 2000. The following highlights the...more

Idaho Bill Regulates Payday Loan Terms

On March 26, Idaho enacted SB 1314, which, among other things, prohibits payday lenders from making a loan that exceeds 25% of the borrower’s gross monthly income at the time the loan is made....more

FINRA Requests Comment on Rules Regarding Communications with the Public and Gifts, Gratuities and Non-Cash Compensation

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has issued Regulatory Notice 14-14 and Regulatory Notice 14-15 announcing that it will initiate a review of certain of its rules to ensure that its rules remain relevant and...more

Chicago Extinguishes E-Cigarette Use In Enclosed Places

The city of Chicago has decided that electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) should be treated the same way as more conventional cigarettes. Effective April 29, 2014, e-cigarettes will be banned in enclosed public places and...more

Top Regulatory Issues for the Insurance Industry in 2014?

The answer depends on whom you ask, of course - and, as Hilary Rowen, partner at law firm Sedgwick LLP, noted: it can also differ by insurance industry sector. Here’s what we heard back....more

Pension News - November 2013

In This Issue: - Automatic enrolment - The Pensions Regulator - Pension Protection Fund - Department for Work and Pensions - Case law - Other News - On The Horizon - Contact Details -...more

FDA Deputy Commissioner Details Agency’s Priorities In Recent Speech

In This Issue: - Snapshot of the Agency: FDA-regulated products - Recent Public Health Milestones - Innovative Programs at FDA ..A. FDA has a number of programs intended to speed the availability of...more

Spain: Approval of a simplified system for the fulfillment of regulatory duties by the gambling industry

The Spanish Parliament has approved this week the so-called Market Unity Act. This piece of legislation is aimed at simplfying the difficulties of providing services or manufacturing or distributing goods connected with...more

CPSC Adds Burden Reduction Work, ATV Study, and UL 250 Voluntary Standard Involvement to 2014 Operating Plan at Chairman...

CPSC’s November 20, 2013 Commission hearing started with an emotional farewell from Chairman Inez Tenenbaum and high praise from her fellow Commissioners for her dedication to consumers and the agency. I joined the Chairman’s...more

FDA Issues Final Guidance on Mobile Medical Apps: “De-Regulatory” Move Helps Clarify Certain Key Questions, But Leaves Others Open

On September 25, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its long-awaited final guidance on health-related software applications intended for use on mobile devices. Under the guidance, FDA will regulate only those...more

NFA Commences New Filing Requirement for Commodity Trading Advisors

On September 16, the National Futures Association (NFA) issued a notice to inform its members that NFA’s new quarterly reporting requirement for commodity trading advisor (CTA) member firms pursuant to NFA Compliance Rule...more

New OFCCP Regulations Published—Effective Date Currently March 24, 2014

Yesterday, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published its revisions to the current disability and veterans regulations in the Federal Register. These controversial rules become effective 180 days...more

New EU Cosmetics Regulation already in effect – 9 things for manufacturers and importers to know

A new European Union cosmetics regulation, already in effect, more broadly defines what a cosmetic is and changes the EU’s approach to cosmetics safety, holding that a cosmetic product must be safe for human health....more

Department of Education Publishes Court-Mandated Changes to Misrepresentation Rule

Earlier today, the Department of Education (Department) published a Federal Register notice (the official publication will likely be tomorrow) amending the misrepresentation rule that was published on October 29, 2010 as part...more

EPA To Withdraw All Appropriate Inquiries Rule And Issue New Final Rule

EPA is poised to withdraw the direct final rule it published on August 15, which would have added a new ASTM standard for conducting Phase I Environmental Site Assessments to the list of “all appropriate inquiries” that must...more

Department of Education Announces New Negotiated Rulemaking – With More to Follow

Yesterday, the Department of Education (Department) announced the intention to establish a negotiated rulemaking (neg reg) committee to “prepare proposed regulations to address the changes to the campus safety and security...more

Companionship-Exemption Regulation To Be Released

Months after its April 2013 target date, the U.S. Labor Department announced this afternoon that it is issuing a Final Rule re-stating the requirements for and limitations upon the "companionship" exemption in the federal...more

FDA Regulatory Update: What Does “Natural” Mean? Courts Divided on Whether to Seek FDA’s Input

As we previously reported, consumer litigation challenging “natural” and Genetically Modified Organisms (“GMOs”) advertising and labeling claims has steadily been on the rise. In recent months, a number of class action...more

New regulation on foreigners' exit and entry administration takes effect on 1 September 2013 in China

After the new PRC exit-entry law has come into force on 1 July 2013, the State Council issued a new regulation on the administration of foreigners' exit and entry (New Regulation) on 12 July 2013 to clarify the rules relating...more

Construction Is Complete On Much Of The Repair Regulations

On September 13, 2013, the IRS and Treasury Department released final regulations regarding the deduction and capitalization of expenditures related to tangible property. Rules were also released regarding accounting for and...more

OFCCP Publishes New Affirmative Action Requirements For Protected Veterans And Individuals With Disabilities - What Federal...

On August 27, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced Final Rules that make changes to the regulations implementing the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment...more

HUD Announces New Reverse Mortgage Program Requirements

On September 3, HUD announced changes to the reverse mortgage program that are intended to strengthen the FHA Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund and to ensure that it provides a financially sustainable option to senior citizens....more

Health Alert (Australia) - September 16 2013

In This Issue: - Judgments - Legislation - Reports - Excerpt from Reports: Australia. Department of Health & Ageing - ..7 September 2013 - Request for expression of interest for a clinical...more

FERC Issues New Rules on Selling Ancillary Services to Promote Energy Storage

To promote use and development of energy storage technologies, FERC recently revised its market-based rate regulations, OATT ancillary services requirements, and accounting and reporting requirements....more

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