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If It Walks Like a Carbon Tax and Talks Like a Carbon Tax, (Then the GOP Hates It.)

On February 4, 2015, the White House released a fact sheet describing its efforts to create a “21st Century Clean Transportation System”. There’s a lot of interesting material in the plan, but all the headlines have been on...more

Another Shoe Drops: More Changes to the U.S. Cuban Sanctions from the White House

On January 25, the Obama Administration made concurrent announcements about its evolving posture on the Cuban sanctions. On that date, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) released more changes to the Cuban Assets...more

Further Changes to Cuba Sanction Regulations Open Opportunities for Agribusiness

On January 26, 2016, the Obama administration announced changes to Cuba sanction regulations, further building on the past year’s historic beginning of normalization of relations between the two countries. For the first...more

EEOC Announces Plan to Begin Collecting Pay Data on EEO-1 Reports

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced last Friday a proposed rule that will require all employers with 100 or more employees to report pay and hours based on their employees' race and gender. The rule...more

Employers May Soon Be Forced To Reveal Pay Information By Gender

Businesses With 100 Or More Workers Would Be Subject To Proposed New Law Aimed At Combating Gender Discrimination - The federal government announced today its intent to gather additional pay information from larger...more

President to Announce Plan to Improve Gender Pay Gap: EEOC to Increase Employers’ Reporting Requirements

Today, President Obama is expected to announce that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) plans to require employers to report what they pay their employees—by gender, race, and ethnicity—to the federal...more

Executive Gun Control Actions Result in HIPAA Modifications

In response to the Obama Administration’s executive actions to reduce gun violence, on January 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) issued a final rule, which modifies the...more

Congressional Oversight in the 114th Congress: What to Expect in 2016

While it is likely that the Obama Administration will continue to be a major focus of GOP-led oversight inquiries in 2016, industry stakeholders, particularly those affected by legislation or proposed regulations, should also...more

Congress Approves Export of U.S. Crude Oil

On December 18, President Obama signed into law HR 2029, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, the so-called Omnibus Appropriations bill. This $1.15 trillion measure funded the Federal Government through FY 2016....more

"US Economic Sanctions: New List-Based Programs"

While economic sanctions against Iran, Russia and Cuba have dominated the headlines over the past year, sanctions remain a dynamic component of U.S. foreign policy on other fronts. In 2015, President Barack Obama issued three...more

Washington Outlook for 2016

Welcome to 2016 and our annual look at what’s in store for the United States Congress in the coming year. Here you will find a preview of the US legislative agenda as well as a look at the Obama Administration’s regulatory...more

Supreme Court will hear DACA/ DAPA Appeal

The Supreme Court will hear the Obama administration’s appeal of the 5th Circuit Court’s decision to uphold the nationwide injunction of the expansion of Deferred Action for Children (DACA) and implementation of Deferred...more

Immigration Showdown: Supreme Court to Hear Appeal on President Obama’s Immigration Agenda

On Tuesday, January 19, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to hear the appeal filed by the Obama administration relating to its plan to defer deportations and provide work authorization for certain ...more

What Does 2016 Portend for Labor and Employment Law?

What is on the horizon for labor and employment policy in 2016, the last year of the Obama administration when the president will seek to cement his legacy, and a national election year when the White House and control of...more

2016 Will Be a Happy New Year for Renewable Energy Tax Credits

Extended Deadlines Provide Greater Certainty for Projects - Congress and President Obama delivered an early holiday gift for the renewable energy industry with the passage of legislation that extends a number of tax...more

Obama Administration Lays Out 2016 Regulatory Plans for Food and Agriculture

President Obama’s administration recently released its Regulatory Plan, which lays out department-specific regulatory priorities. Of interest to the food and agriculture industry are the agendas from the U.S. Department of...more

Predictions and Outlook for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) 2016

Even if Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) legislation is not enacted, 2016 will be a momentous year. As the curtain closes on eight years of the Obama Administration, there are a number of items expected to be among the...more

Firearms Industry Alert: Obama’s Executive Order Broadens Regulation, Highlights Compliance Challenges

This article is a preliminary report on the Obama administration’s action on gun control, which was announced on January 5, 2016, and provides a brief overview of the proposed action. We will provide more in-depth analysis...more

Appeals Court Rejects Obama’s Immigration Plan

A United States Court of Appeals has ruled that President Obama cannot move forward with plans to overhaul immigration rules by providing up to five million people with work permits and protection from deportation. According...more

Bracing For a Regulatory Race to the Finish

Over the last several months, much critical attention has focused on two environmental efforts: (1) EPA’s recently issued Clean Power Plan, which seeks reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power plants,...more

Proposed Changes to Visa Waiver Program, Enhanced Security Measures Will Impact Airlines

The White House is proposing changes to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) as well as enhanced security measures that would tighten the entry requirements for U.S.-bound alien travelers. Under VWP, travelers from 38 countries may...more

Supreme Court Rejects States’ Request for 30 Day Filing Extension on DACA, DAPA

On Tuesday, December 1, the U.S. Supreme Court handed the Obama administration a “small procedural vactory” and refused the request of Texas and other states for a 30-day extension to file briefs in support of the lawsuit...more

Obama Administration Updates Rules for ACA Grandfathered Health Plans

On November 18, 2015, the Obama Administration published final regulations to update requirements for group health plans and health insurance issuers under the ACA, particularly with regard to the changes they can make to the...more

HHS Posts Fall 2015 Regulatory Agenda Listing Rules in Pipeline

The Obama Administration has released its latest regulatory agenda, which lists major pending or planned regulatory actions and the anticipated timing of rulemaking activity. The agenda includes numerous pending HHS proposed...more

Obama Administration Proposes 2017 ACA Marketplace Plan Benefit and Payment Parameters

On December 2, 2015, CMS is publishing its annual proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters, which would govern participation in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplaces for 2017. The wide-ranging...more

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