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Defending Employers’ Access to Legal Advice: Comments Filed Supporting DOL’s Rescission of Controversial Persuader Rule

August 11, 2017, was the deadline for interested parties to submit comments regarding the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposal to formally rescind its controversial persuader rule, which was issued in 2016 under the...more

The OCC Takes Initiative on Seeking Public Comment for Changes to the Volcker Rule

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), which regulates national banks and, as such, is responsible for administering the Volcker Rule with respect to the largest banking entities in the United States, has...more

Regulation of Natural Gas Gathering Lines In the Face of Unprecedented Demands on US Pipeline Infrastructure

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Existing gathering line regulation reflects collaboration between pipeline operators and regulators, a model useful for new regulatory efforts as well. Background - America’s natural gas pipeline network transports...more

Regulators Seek Comment on Proposed Jump in Appraisal Threshold

The federal banking regulators proposed an increase in the threshold for commercial real estate transactions requiring an appraisal from the current $250,000 to $400,000, a move the agencies said was in response to “concerns...more

FTA Proposes New Rule to Encourage P3s

by Nossaman LLP on

As part of an effort to facilitate the use of public-private partnerships (P3s) in public transportation capital projects, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued on Monday a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that...more

FCC Proposes Rules to Fight Fraudulent Robocalling

by Perkins Coie on

Unsolicited robocalls are the top consumer complaint made to the Federal Communications Commission, which receives over 200,000 complaints a year. An estimated 2.5 billion robocalls are being made to consumers each month,...more

USDOL To Propose Modified Tip-Pooling Regulation

by Fisher Phillips on

Readers will recall our prior posts regarding the U.S. Department of Labor's regulatory position adopted in 2011 saying that an employer may not retain any of an employee's tips even if it...more

Regulatory Alert: Debt Collection

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Among the announcements in its Spring 2017 rulemaking agenda, which was just released on July 20, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that later this year it plans to issue a Notice of Proposed...more

FCC Focuses on Consumer Protection From Robocalling and TCPA Violations

by Carlton Fields on

On July 13, the FCC issued a second notice of inquiry, following its March 23 adoption of a notice of proposed rulemaking, aimed at protecting consumers from robocalls. The rulemaking proposes express authorization for...more

What’s on the Agenda? Tips and OT

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Each spring and fall, Washington waits with bated breath as the Executive Branch releases its regulatory agenda. As the first pronouncement of some of the specifics of the Trump Administration’s regulatory plans, this year’s...more

FCC Proposes Increased Service Obligations on Wireless Licensees Seeking Renewal

by Hogan Lovells on

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has released a draft Second Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on renewal requirements and permanent discontinuance rules for a variety of wireless...more

July 2017 FCC Meeting Recap: FCC Plans to Strengthen and Expand “Slamming” and “Cramming” Rules

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

At its July 2017 Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) designed to strengthen and expand consumer protections against “slamming” and “cramming.” Slamming...more

What to Expect at the FCC’s July 2017 Open Meeting

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

This is Kelley Drye’s preview of the items under consideration at the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC’s) upcoming monthly Open Meeting, to be held on July 13, 2017. Consistent with the trend since he took over the...more

Methane Rule Can’t Be Paused, But Maybe It Can Be Stopped

This week, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (DC Circuit) vacated the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 90-day stay of an Obama-era rule regulating methane emissions from oil and...more

OSHA Proposes To Delay Electronic Submission Of Recordkeeping Forms Until December

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

As part of the final rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illness, issued in May 2016, employers had a phased in compliance deadline for the electronic submission of record keeping forms. For 2017, employers...more

FERC Proposes Reforms to Large Generator Interconnection

by Williams Mullen on

Late in 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Proposed Rule), which contemplates revising the pro forma Large Generator Interconnection Procedures (LGIP), the pro forma...more

USDOT Proposals May Help Reduce the Shortage of Drivers by Making it Easier to Obtain a Commercial Driver's License

by Holland & Knight LLP on

It is common knowledge that a shortage of qualified drivers is a chronic problem in the trucking industry. For instance, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) has estimated that there are 48,000 open jobs in the...more

NTSB Publishes Two Rules Governing Agency Investigative Regulations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on June 29, 2017, published a final rule covering 49 C.F.R. 831 subparts A-D and an interim final rule for 49 C.F.R. 831 subpart E, both of which are effective July 31, 2017...more

Here We Go Again! DOL Proposes to Rescind the Permanently Enjoined “Persuader” Rule (and Perhaps Revise It)

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) moved one step closer to undoing President Obama's permanently enjoined “persuader activity” regulation when, on June 12, the agency issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for reverse...more

June 2017 FCC Meeting Recap: FCC Seeks to Exempt Threatening Calls from Ability to Mask Number Using Caller ID Privacy Protections

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

At its June 22, 2017 Open Meeting, commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to start a proceeding that will consider proposed changes to the agency’s rules regarding Caller ID privacy. Specifically,...more

June 2017 FCC Meeting Recap: Commission Adopts “Blue Alerts” Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

At its June Open Meeting the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to create a new “Blue Alert” code for the nation’s Emergency Alert System (EAS). This code is...more

HHS Subjects Human Research to an Updated Common Rule

by Alston & Bird on

The Department of Health and Human Services has taken a step toward harmonizing the complex regulatory requirements for federal human subjects research. Our Health Care Group breaks down the changes to the Common Rule due to...more

DOL Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Rescind Obama Administration’s Final Persuader Rule

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Trump Administration DOL issues notice of proposed rulemaking to rescind Obama Administration DOL’s long-embattled final persuader rule. The proposed rule is open for public comments for 60 days....more

USPTO Proposes Streamlined Cancellation Procedures

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In its latest effort to clear deadwood from the Trademark Register, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes an expedited version of a cancellation...more

FCC Proposes to Roll Back Net Neutrality Regulations

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently commenced a highly contentious proceeding to begin the rollback of various aspects of its network neutrality regulations, which it adopted on a party-line vote under the...more

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