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New Illinois Employment Laws Taking Effect January 1, 2015

Along with decorations, holiday feasts, and other merriment, employers in Illinois get to celebrate the close of another year by updating their policies and practices to comply with several recently enacted laws that will...more

Medical Marijuana Roundtable: Top Ten Takeaways

Minnesota recently became the latest state to permit the limited use of medical marijuana for treating certain health conditions. In early October, the Department of Health issued proposed regulations to implement the new...more

California Becomes Second State to Mandate Paid Sick Leave

With the passing of AB 1522, California became the second state in the nation to require employers to provide paid sick leave to employees. The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, which takes effect on July 1,...more

The New York State Department of Financial Services Issues Regulations against Abusive, Deceptive and Unfair Debt Collection...

The New York State Department of Financial Service has issued new regulations against abusive, deceptive, and unfair debt collection practices. These new regulations, which are effective on March 3, 2015, will provide new...more

New York Announces New Regulations of Abusive Third-Party Debt Collection Practices

On December 3, New York Governor Cuomo announced that the DFS finalized regulations to help end abusive debt collection practices. The new regulations will (i) require debt collectors and debt buyers to provide enhanced...more

New York Issues Far-Reaching Debt Collection Regulations

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) published its final debt collection regulations on December 3, 2014, following an extensive rulemaking period. The regulations impose requirements on third-party debt...more

Blog: Disclosure Modernization and Simplification Act of 2014

This week, the House passed the “Disclosure Modernization and Simplification Act of 2014.” Among other things, the bill would require the SEC...more

Final regulations on qualified longevity annuity contracts

An ongoing focus for the IRS and the DOL has been trying to ensure that individuals have a regular stream of income for the duration of their lives. In connection with this goal, in July of this year, the IRS released final...more

New State Oil-By-Rail Regulations Take Effect, While Rail Capacity Is Squeezed

As we reported earlier, consideration of proposed federal rulemaking concerning crude oil-by-rail transportation recommended by the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration and Federal Railroad Administration is...more

Double Whammy for State Fuel Suppliers

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is poised to readopt the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) regulation in early 2015. With its readoption, CARB hopes to put to rest challenges that required a redo of the environmental...more

New Ontario Member Statement Requirements

New Regulations Under the Ontario Pension Benefits Act Soon to be in Force - On November 27, 2014, the Ontario Government filed amendments to the regulations under the Ontario Pension Benefits Act (PBA) which will soon...more

Milestone date for the UK’s working parents – 1 December 2014

In a significant move away from the tradition of birth-related leave being the preserve of a woman, from 1 December 2014, the UK’s new shared parental leave regime will, for the first time, allow parents to share up to 50...more

N.J. Sales Tax—New Software Regulations Adopted

On Monday, December 1, the New Jersey Division of Taxation will release its final regulations concerning the sales tax treatment of software and related services. The new rules represent a significant change from historical...more

City of Oakland Joins Two Other California Cities in Mandating Paid Sick Leave

On November 4, 2014, voters in the City of Oakland passed a measure mandating paid sick leave for eligible employees. The city has become the third city in California (after San Francisco and San Diego) to require paid sick...more

New Federal Chemical-Disclosure Regulations? Public-Comment Period Has Ended

In our July/August newsletter, we wrote that in May 2014, the Obama administration began to accept comments regarding potential federal hydraulic-fracturing regulations. The EPA, through an advance notice of proposed...more

Local Government, Industry Reps Mull Challenges to Section 6409(a)

BB&K Partner Gerard Lederer quoted by Telecommunications Reports Daily in coverage of webinar on wireless towers and the new FCC rules. Local government officials and those in the wireless industry are closely...more

Celebrity Endorsements, Online Poker and the FTC

Last week, without much attention, four new regulations affecting online gaming operations in New Jersey became effective under the authority of the Division of Gaming Enforcement. The rules include changes to directives on...more

EPA Announces New Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule for Oil and Gas Sector

On Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new rules for reporting greenhouse gas emissions that will apply to the oil and gas sector, part of EPA’s plan to institute a comprehensive strategy for...more

Finally, a Minimum Wage Comes to Germany. Are Employers Ready?

Employers should act now to ensure all employees — including contractors’ employees — receive adequate pay to avoid risk of significant fines. 21 of the 28 member states of the European Union have minimum wage laws....more

How to project gainful employment rates - Part 1

On October 31, the U.S. Department of Education promulgated its new “gainful employment” or “GE” regulations. As we discussed in a prior post, the new rules apply to all programs offered by for-profit, proprietary...more

New Requirements for J-1 Program Mandates Annual Audits and Reports to Department of State

The devil is in the details. J-1 program sponsors need to be aware of upcoming changes by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) to the J-1 program. Specifically, beginning January 5, 2015, J-1 program sponsors will be required...more

Amended Clery Act Regulations Mandate New Disclosures and Procedures

The Department of Education has published new regulations interpreting and applying the newly modified Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). The rules include a...more

Mexico Issues Reporting Regulations for Broad Range of Greenhouse Gases

Last week, beneath the fanfare surrounding issuance of internal regulations for Mexico’s new oil and gas agency[1] and a suite of conforming amendments to more than half a dozen environmental regulations, the Secretariat of...more

Governance Responses to the PCAOB’s New Related Party Rule

Last week the SEC approved new PCAOB rules regarding: - Company relationships and transactions with related parties, - “Significant unusual transactions”, and - Company relationships and transactions with its...more

New Municipal Advisor Supervision Requirements Adopted

Rule G-44, proposed earlier this year by the Municipal Securities Regulation Board (MSRB) and approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this month, requires that municipal advisors develop internal supervisory...more

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