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What Does the Cures Act Really Mean for Patients?

When signed by President Obama last December, the 21st Century Cures Act—which was the culmination of seven revisions written after the House of Representatives first introduced it in January 2015—was applauded by some as a...more

Congress Sends Repeal Of Obama-Era Privacy Rules To The White House

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Congress has sent repeal legislation (S.J.Res. 34) to the White House to undo the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) broadband privacy rules adopted in October 2016 that would have required cable and wireless companies...more

How the President’s Executive Order Will Affect U.S. Oil, Natural Gas and Coal Industries

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President Donald Trump’s recently signed Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth (the Order) includes significant revisions to the regulatory landscape both (1) directly in the case of oil and...more

FOIA for Federal Contractors: Finding New Uses for a Familiar Tool

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) updates bookended the Obama administration. We previously covered the 2007 congressional update that immediately preceded Obama’s taking office. We now offer insight into how federal...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - April 2017 #1

by Holland & Knight LLP on

San Francisco Ordinance Invalidated in Victory for Landlords - In Coyne v. City and County of San Francisco, No. A145044 (Cal. Ct. App. Mar. 21, 2017), the California Court of Appeal invalidated a San Francisco...more

Waiting Game: Future of Proposed "White Collar" Rules Remains Uncertain

There is still no decision on when—or if—the proposed “white collar” regulations will go into effect. On November 22, 2016, a federal court in Texas issued an order that blocked the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) proposed...more

The California Edition of the Employment & Labor Newsletter - April 2017

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Exceptions to California’s “Going and Coming” Rule - In Lynn v. Tatitlek Support Services, Inc., E063585, Super.Ct.No. CIVBS1200525, 2/22/17, the plaintiffs appealed a summary judgment at the California Court of Appeal...more

Politics, Medicine and Progress

by Mark Mansour on

Biotechnology companies are making daily breakthroughs in understanding genetic and biomolecular causes of disease, and are committed to developing the next generation of medicines to transform patient care. It has been...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2017 #5

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump moves decisively to wipe out Obama’s climate-change record - Washington Post - Mar 28 - President Trump on Tuesday took the most significant step yet in obliterating...more

President Trump Kills Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Federal Contractor Rule

President Trump signed legislation ending Obama-era federal rules requiring contractors to disclose federal labor law violations as part of the federal contracting process. The rules would have appointed a contracting officer...more

CMS Considering 6-Month Delay of Obama Administration Home Health COP Rule

by Reed Smith on

As previously reported, in January 2017 the Obama Administration finalized major changes to the conditions of participation (CoPs) that home health agencies (HHAs) must meet to participate in Medicare and Medicaid. The rule...more

President Trump Issues Executive Order on Climate Change

On March 28, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an executive order that significantly rolls back climate change policy enacted under the Obama administration and requires review of agency actions that may negatively impact...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

As the Trump presidency completes its first 10 weeks, the administration is celebrating big wins on the regulatory reform front while nursing some wounds from a major defeat on efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable...more

Swing and a Foul Ball? Practical Effect of Obama Administration’s Now-Defunct Coal Leasing Moratorium Likely Relatively Small

by Stoel Rives LLP on

An executive order, secretarial order, and lawsuit challenging said secretarial order, all in the span of less than 36 hours and all concerning federal coal leasing. The Trump administration on Wednesday reversed a 2016...more

President Trump Repeals DOL “Blacklisting” Rule

by Foley Hoag LLP on

On March 27, 2017, President Trump signed a bill repealing the U.S. Department of Labor’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces regulation. The President’s action ends any uncertainty surrounding the status of the rule, dubbed the...more

Congress Overturns FCC’s Broadband Privacy Order

by Perkins Coie on

Following the U.S. Senate’s recent vote, the U.S. House of Representatives has now voted to overturn the FCC’s Broadband Privacy Order using the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Enacted in 1996, the CRA allows Congress to...more

President Trump Rescinds the Blacklisting Executive Order

On March 27, 2017, President Trump took the much-anticipated action of rescinding President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673 and its underlying regulations (the “Blacklisting Rules,” as it became...more

President Trump signs executive order rolling back Obama-era climate change policies

by Dentons on

On Tuesday, President Trump issued an executive order (EO or Order), "Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth," targeting a broad swath of Obama-era climate change and other environmental regulations and...more

President Trump Repeals Contractor “Blacklisting” Rule

Former President Obama’s so-called “Blacklisting” rule was short-lived. On Monday, President Trump signed a joint resolution eliminating the rule, which had required bidders on federal projects with a value in excess of...more

Ding Dong the Regulation’s Dead! – Trump Finalizes Statutory Repeal of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rule

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

As we previously reported, Congress has taken its final steps in repealing Obama’s Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces rule, one of the most controversial rules enacted by the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council under...more

Blacklisting Rules Blocked By Trump’s Signature

by Fisher Phillips on

Obama Administration’s Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces Rule Falls Victim To Congressional Disapproval Resolution Today, President Trump signed his approval to a joint resolution passed by Congress disapproving of Executive...more

Federal Contractors and Sub-contractors Win in Rollback of "Blacklisting" Rule

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

President Trump signed a Congressional Review Act resolution that rolled back the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Act, which would have required bidders for federal contracts to disclose their alleged labor and employment law...more

DOL Announces Temporary No Enforcement Policy of Fiduciary Rule

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Earlier this month, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a 60-day delay of the April 10, 2017 effective date of its (much debated) fiduciary rule. The fiduciary rule – a vestige of the Obama Administration – was thought to...more

President Trump Orders EPA Review of Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

One of the more aggressive steps taken by the Obama administration to reduce carbon emissions was to have the EPA set an ambitious target for Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards: 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. In...more

Growing Congressional Support to Lift the Cuba Embargo

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

As warming temperatures precede the coming of Spring, there is a growing chorus of support in the U.S. Congress for ending the U.S. embargo of Cuba. Writing in his hometown newspaper, U.S. Congressman James Comer (R-KY)...more

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