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OSHA Enforcement in the Final Year of the Obama Administration

Although the Obama Administration is well into its last year, it is signaling no let-up in its aggressive environmental and occupational safety and health enforcement agendas. Indeed, continuation of or even more stringent...more

Environmental Notes - April 2016

EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance recently proposed changes to its National Program Manager (NMP) Guidance that, in part, would revise EPA’s National Enforcement Initiatives (“NEIs”) for federal fiscal...more

I Wish for a Happy Earth Day

April 22nd marked Earth Day, an annual celebration of environmentalism. The headline event of Earth Day 2016 was having 175 countries sign the Paris Agreement, which represents a global commitment to reducing greenhouse gas...more

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Important Immigration Case, United States v. Texas

On April 18, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States v. Texas, the lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The case concerns a program that President Obama announced...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends Series - April 2016

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. Four major companies announce voluntary GMO labeling. Four major food...more

U.S., China to sign Paris climate agreement

The U.S. and China have announced plans to sign the international climate change agreement reached in Paris last December. The Paris Agreement, adopted at the "COP21" U.N. Conference on Climate Change, establishes a...more

Update on Publication of the New FLSA Overtime Regulations

The final overtime rule is edging closer to release: the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) has sent its final changes for determining which workers are eligible for overtime pay to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for...more

U.S. Businesses Eye Cuban Market

The Obama Administration’s move to normalize relations with Cuba continues to spur commercial interest in the island. Despite the U.S. economic embargo on Cuba, regulatory changes announced by the U.S. Department of the...more

New Federal Drought Action Plan Owes a Lot to Lessons Learned in California

The Obama Administration released an action plan for long-term drought resilience that will impact the way state and local water agencies interact with the federal government on drought prevention and response efforts....more

A Fast and Furious Safety, Labor and HR Update - Issue 1

A New Approach to My Posts - Last week I was honored to be named a Top Author in J.D. Supra Readers’ Choice Awards. I write a great deal when I should probably be billing, but you guys seem to enjoy my stuff, so thanks!...more

Immigration Bulletin – Obama Administration Relaxes Travel Restrictions to Cuba

The Obama Administration has recently announced a further relaxation of travel restrictions for U.S. citizens interested in traveling to Cuba. The recent changes would allow individuals to travel to Cuba as part of...more

U.S. Court of Appeals Issues Split WOTUS Ruling

On February 22, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (Cincinnati) issued a split 2-1 decision, ruling that it has jurisdiction to proceed with challenges to the Obama administration's "Waters...more

Who is Merrick Garland and What Does His Nomination Mean for Labor and Employment Law?

A month after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, President Obama has appointed Merrick B. Garland to fill the High Court vacancy. Judge Garland currently is Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

Oil and Gas Sector Should Seize Opportunity to Shape Methane Regulations

On March 10, 2016, President Obama announced that Canada would join the United States in its goal to reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas sector. The President said that the countries together would “move swiftly to...more

Administration Seeks to Renegotiate Controversial Cybersecurity Export Control

The Obama administration will reportedly seek to renegotiate a controversial cybersecurity export control rule required to be implemented into U.S. regulations by the Commerce Department under the Wassenaar Arrangement on...more

Capitalizing on Collaboration – The President’s Precision Medicine Initiative

Last week President Obama marked the one year anniversary of his Precision Medicine Initiative (“PMI”) by holding a web-accessible panel discussion where he and interested stakeholders discussed his PMI initiative, its...more

Congress Approves Customs Bill

On February 24, President Obama signed into law the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 644), which the Senate had passed earlier in February by a 75-20 vote and the House passed in December 2015 by a...more

President Obama Signs Cybersecurity Act of 2015 into Law

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Federal Cybersecurity Act of 2015 (the Act). The long-awaited and heavily negotiated legislation recognizes the need for greater cybersecurity threat information...more

New EEO-1 Reporting Requirements on Pay for Women and Minorities for Employers with 100+ Employees

The Obama Administration has directed the EEOC to collect additional data about the pay of women and racial/ethnic minorities from all employers with more than 100 employees. The updated EEO-1 reporting will provide data for...more

Executive Action: Obama Administration Budgets for Cybersecurity

On February 9, 2016, the Obama administration released its final budget, which includes a request for $19 billion to fund the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP). The CNAP sets forth a variety of cybersecurity and...more

President Creates Cybersecurity National Action Plan and Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

President Obama's Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), a comprehensive plan to address the nation's cybersecurity challenges through increased funding, a more robust cybersecurity workforce, and education initiatives,...more

White House Completes Review of Wastewater Barge Pre-Rule

The Obama administration has completed its review of the Coast Guard’s pre-rule on the bulk transport of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing operations. The pre-rule itself has not been released, but its title (“Carriage of...more

Expanding Basis Consistency Reporting under the President’s Revenue Proposals for 2017

The Obama Administration recently released its budget proposals covering the 2017 fiscal year. Along with the Administration’s proposals, the Department of Treasury issued its General Explanations of the Administration’s...more

Cuba: The Risks and Rewards for U.S. Businesses

Background - Last week, the Obama Administration announced that the President intends to visit Cuba next month. He will find a political mixed bag of optimism and resignation. American businesses will find an equally...more

Obama Administration Releases FY 2017 Budget Proposal with Extensive Medicare & Medicaid Funding and Program Integrity Provisions

On February 9, 2016, the Obama Administration released its proposed fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget, which contains significant Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and program integrity legislative proposals – including $419...more

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