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House and Senate Pass Dueling Zika Funding Bills; House Bill Faces Veto Threat

On May 18, 2016, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 5243, the Zika Response Appropriations Act, by a vote of 241-184. The bill would provide $622.1 million to the federal agencies to fight the Zika virus, offset by...more

The U.S. Election: Evaluating the Ramifications for Maritime

A proverb common to both Greek and Turkish cultures states that a wolf may change its fur, but does not change its nature (? ????? t?? t???a a????e?, t? ???? de? t`a????e? /Kurt tüyünü degistirir, huyunu degistirmez). In...more

White House Weighs in on Ongoing Non-Compete Battle

As states continue to struggle with the pros and cons of non-competes, the White House has recently weighed in, siding largely with critics of non-competes. In Non-Compete Agreements: Analysis of the Usage, Potential Issues,...more

Administration Releases Spring 2016 Regulatory Agenda with Timeline for Rulemaking

The Obama Administration has posted its updated 2016 regulatory agenda, which lists major pending or planned rulemaking and the expected timing for action. The latest agenda includes numerous rules in the pipeline impacting...more

Obama Administration Publishes Spring Agency Rule List Highlighting Key Dates For Final Publication of Controversial Regulations

The Obama administration has released its Spring Agency Rule List. The list provides updates on the priorities of the Obama administration as it relates to pending rules and regulations. The agenda notes that the Obama...more

Obama methane regulations come into focus: EPA finalizes methane standards for new O&G sources; requests information for existing...

On Thursday, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took a significant step toward meeting the Obama administration's pledge to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector to 40-45 percent below 2012 levels by...more

U.S. Supreme Court is Weighing the Merits of U.S. vs. Texas The Legality of President Obama’s Executive Action Granting Deferred...

In November of 2014, Secretary of Homeland Security Johnson issued new policies based upon President Obama’s Executive Order allowing certain undocumented individuals who entered the U.S. on or before January 1, 2010, to...more

The White House is Interested in Non-Compete Reform

President Obama is expected to sign the Defend Trade Secrets Act, which passed with overwhelming, bipartisan support in the House and Senate in recent weeks (and about which we will have a lot more to say in the coming days)....more

The Obama administration weighs in on the transgender bathroom debate

This week the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) clarified that the Obama administration considers denying equal access to a bathroom corresponding to an individual's...more

Policy Fights in the Courts: United States v. Texas

On April 18, 2016, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in a major immigration suit, United States v. Texas. This case is a highly-politicized lawsuit in which dozens of states have sued the federal government over what is...more

President Obama’s Administration Continues Its Quest to Limit the Ability to Defer Income Under IRC § 1031

As reported in my November 2014 blog post, President Obama’s administration wants to limit taxpayers’ ability to defer income under IRC § 1031. In response to former House Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp’s...more

New Trade Secret Protections to Become Law

After several years of consideration of possible civil federal trade secret legislation in Congress, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (S. 1890) passed with significant bipartisan support in the Senate on April 4, 2016...more

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

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