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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

From Obama to Trump – Sanctions Roundup

by King & Spalding on

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of Treasury has issued several significant updates to various sanctions programs over the last several weeks. Beginning during President Barack Obama’s last...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2017 #2

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

“Senate Narrowly Passes Repeal of Obama Fair Pay, Safe Workplace Rule.” Government Executive, March 6, 2017. Retrieved from http://www.govexec.com. - The Senate narrowly approved, by a vote of 49-48, a House-passed...more

Public health, preventive care programs may take billion-dollar hit

When it comes to the nation’s health, the Trump Administration and the GOP-dominated Congress seem determined to prove they know how to do penny-wise and pound-foolish. They’re amply demonstrating this with proposed slashes...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 3rd, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

La Quinta Expands Loyalty Program [OTA]. La Quinta is the latest chain to announce significant revisions to its loyalty program (La Quinta Returns). Similar to the recently announced changes by Hilton to its Hilton Honors, La...more

Congress Invalidates Controversial Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulations

by Hogan Lovells on

Earlier this week, on March 6, 2017, the Senate passed a joint resolution disapproving the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Final Rule (the “Rule”), which mandated contractor reporting of labor law violations, and had earned the...more

Senate Passes Disapproval Resolution of “Blacklisting” Regulations

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: By a vote of 49-48 last evening by the U.S. Senate, both Houses of Congress have now moved to rescind the regulations issued pursuant to President Obama’s Executive Order 13678, entitled Fair Pay and Safe...more

[Webinar] A Review of the DOL's Major 2016 Regulatory Initiatives and How (and / or Whether) those will be Implemented in the...

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

The Department of Labor was extremely active in 2016 as President Obama’s second term came to a close. From more than doubling the threshold salary level to be classified as an exempt employee to requiring employers provide...more

Last Straw for the Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Rule – Congress to Take Final Vote on Repeal

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

As we previously reported, following the start of the Trump Administration, Congress has moved aggressively to overturn regulations passed in the final days of the Obama Administration through the rarely-used powers in the...more

Supreme Court Returns Transgender Bathroom Case to Lower Court

by Fisher Phillips on

Today the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would not entertain arguments in GG v. Gloucester County School Board, a case that would have been the Court’s first significant opportunity to weigh in on gender identity...more

Off the Hook: Oil & Gas Operators No Longer Have to Comply With Obama-Era Information Requests Regarding Existing Oil & Gas...

by Baker Donelson on

Effective March 2, 2017, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has withdrawn the Obama Administration’s requests for information issued to owners and operators regarding equipment and emissions at existing...more

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

The Trump administration and Congress continue to take on a new shape. The Presidential Transition Team officially shut its U.S. General Services Administration office on February 28, 2017, and the remaining staff moved to...more

Obama-Era Guidance on Transgender Student Rights Reversed by Departments of Education and Justice

by Dickinson Wright on

On February 22, 2017, President Donald Trump’s administration issued a two-page "Dear Colleague" letter that formally rescinded the Obama administration’s interpretation of transgender student rights as an extension of Title...more

No Neutrality Here — Thursday’s FCC Vote Highlights the Enduring Struggle Between Tech Companies and ISPs Over “Net Neutrality”

by Butler Snow LLP on

The tech industry’s divide over “net neutrality” deepened when the FCC voted this past Thursday to suspend key Obama-era net neutrality requirements for broadband internet service providers (“ISPs”). The FCC’s net neutrality...more

Trump Administration’s Position on Transgender Rights Not Likely To Impact Employers

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

President Trump’s administration rescinded the Obama administration’s directive that allowed transgender public school students to use the bathroom matching their gender identity and also declared that discrimination against...more

What Can Employers Glean from the DOE’s and the DOJ’s Position on the Provision of Transgender Bathrooms under Title IX?

On February 22, 2017, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education issued a “Dear Colleague” letter withdrawing the statements of policy and guidance issued by the Department of Education on January 7, 2015 and...more

Trump Administration Withdraws Obama-Era Protections for Transgender Students

by Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP on

Trump Administration Withdraws Obama-Era Protections for Transgender Students - On Wednesday evening, the United States Department of Justice and Department of Education issued a joint “Dear Colleague” guidance letter...more

Governor Malloy Issues Executive Order On Transgender Students’ Use of Bathrooms in Public Schools

On February 22, 2017, President Trump’s administration decided to rescind, pending further review, the Obama administration’s federal guidance that requires transgender students receive access to the restrooms and locker...more

Trump Administration Withdraws Prior Department of Education Interpretations Regarding Title IX Protections Afforded to...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education jointly issued a “Dear Colleague” letter yesterday withdrawing and rescinding the Obama Administration’s prior guidance letters which instructed schools that...more

Trump Administration Sending Mixed Signals about Support of LGBT Rights

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In addition to issues involving the environment, immigration, and national security, the Trump Administration has been in the headlines recently for its stance on matters impacting the LGBT community....more

Trump Administration Withdraws Transgender Guidance

by Ruder Ware on

On February 22, 2017, one day before briefs were submitted to the Supreme Court in a case involving a transgender student in Pennsylvania, the Trump Administration, through the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department...more

DHS Guidance Memos Chart Aggressive Course to Implement President Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration Enforcement

On February 20, 2017, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly released two new policy memoranda aimed at implementing President Trump’s executive orders on enhancing the public safety of the interior and border...more

Trump Administration Rolls Back Transgender Student Protections

by Fisher Phillips on

Schools No Longer Face Federal Requirement To Permit Transgender Students To Access Restrooms Corresponding With Their Gender Identities - Late yesterday, the Trump administration revoked Obama-era federal guidelines...more

Signs that OSHA Priorities are Shifting Under the Trump Administration?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

There are new developments related to OSHA’s Electronic Recordkeeping Rule and the Volks Rule. As a reminder, the Electronic Recordkeeping Rule requires certain employers to electronically file their OSHA recordkeeping data...more

Wireless Legislation on the Way? [Audio]

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

In the current divisive political climate, there’s one thing pretty much everyone can agree on – broadband infrastructure deployment is and should remain a high priority for legislators and regulators. In this special edition...more

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