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An Employer’s New Year Resolution: Pay Attention To Pay Equity In 2017

We are not yet through the first month of the New Year, but pay equity lawsuits have already dealt a one-two punch to employers: “one” being a million-dollar settlement between a legal and business research company and its...more

Pensions Round-Up - December 2016 (UK) #2

Welcome to the latest edition of DLA Piper’s monthly newsletter – Pensions Round-Up – in which we provide an overview of developments in pension legislation, case law and regulatory guidance. In this edition we look at...more

Chair White’s Remarks

On January 17, Chair White delivered a speech at The Economic Club of New York, which was titled “The SEC after the Financial Crisis: Protecting Investors, Preserving Markets.” Chair White commented on the Securities and...more

House Acts to Place Additional Limitations on SEC Rulemaking

With its passage of the SEC Regulatory Accountability Act last week, the U.S. House of Representatives has taken action to place additional constraints on future rulemaking by the Securities and Exchange Commission; however,...more

NC Legislative Update: January 2017

The 2017-18 Session of the North Carolina General Assembly - On Tuesday, Chief U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts issued a stay, temporarily halting an order by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of...more

The Future of Russia Sanctions: The Awkward Edition

On January 10, 2017, Senate Republicans and Democrats introduced bi-partisan legislation called the “Countering Russian Hostilities Act of 2017,” which would impose broad sanctions on Russia. The Act would codify the...more

Proposed Amendments to the Retail Leases Act introduced into NSW Parliament

If passed by the Parliament in its current form, the Retail Leases Amendment (Review) Bill 2016 will represent a significant update to the Retail Leases Act 1994 (Act)....more

Legal reforms in the pipeline: flexible and workable work in Belgium

The latest technological evolutions have drastically changed the methods of work used by employees, and have created new business needs for employers. They have also impacted how employees look at their work-life balance....more

Stretch IRAs to be Hit?

Presently, if an IRA owner does not fully withdraw the balance of his IRA during lifetime, his or her heirs may be able to spread the withdrawal of the inherited IRA over the life expectancy of the recipient. By being able to...more

BB&K Advocacy Brief: Proposition 54 and Local Governments

The intent of Proposition 54 is to prevent legislation that mysteriously appears in the final hours of session by requiring bills to be published online for three days (72 hours) before a final vote. It passed with a...more

US House of Representatives Passes Legislation Eliminating $50 Billion Asset Threshold for SIFI Designation

The US House of Representatives passed a bill (H.R. 6392) that would replace the current supervisory framework under the Dodd-Frank Act that automatically subjects all bank holding companies with $50 billion or more in total...more

Texas Likely To Take Aim at Municipal and County Ban the Box Laws

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Legislature of the State of Texas has introduced a new bill designed to create uniformity within its borders by prohibiting municipalities and counties from micro-managing the particular steps involved...more

D.C. Council Advances Expansive Family and Medical Leave Bill

On December 20, 2016, in a 9-4 vote, the Washington, D.C. Council passed bill B21-0415, The Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015. The bill will establish a universal paid leave system for individuals who work in the District of...more

Think You Can Appeal The Business Court's Denial Of Your Opposition To Designation? You Probably Can't

The NC Supreme Court's jurisdiction over appeals from the Business Court expanded significantly with the passage of a bill by the NC General Assembly "modernizing" the Business Court in 2014. A party can appeal even...more

Japanese Diet Enacts Controversial Laws to legalize Casinos

The Japanese Diet has passed a so-called "integrated resort promotion bill" that would legalize casinos in Japan. In the midst of contentious nationwide debates about gambling, the Japanese Diet passed the "Bill...more

Dissecting the Proffer Reform Bill

Virginia Code § 15.2-2303.4, the Proffer Reform Bill, went into effect on July 1, 2016. The bill was an effort by the Virginia General Assembly to overhaul localities’ proffer programs. ...more

Pensions Round-Up - December 2016 (UK)

In this edition we look at key developments from November 2016 including the following. - The Pensions Regulator: the publication of checklists about new information required in the 2016- 17 scheme return for DB and...more

Congress Restores GAO’s Civilian Task Order Jurisdiction, Even Before NDAA Becomes Law

We recently noted in this blog that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2017 is set to restore the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) jurisdiction to hear protests of task and delivery orders issued by...more

Legislation Restores GAO Civilian Task Order Protest Jurisdiction (for Good this Time?), But Introduces New Differences Between...

On December 8, 2016, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2017 previously passed by the House, and the legislation is pending President Obama’s signature. Once signed, Section 835 of the NDAA...more

Bill Would Limit Applicability of Dodd-Frank Act to Certain Financial Institutions

A bill in Congress would significantly amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Pub. L. 111–203) to change what institutions might be designated a systemically important risk requiring additional...more

Philadelphia to Restrict Wage History in Hiring Decisions

A new Philadelphia ordinance restricting the use of wage history in hiring decisions has passed the City Council. Mayor Jim Kenney is expected to sign the bill into law soon. The ordinance will prohibit employers from...more

Senate Passes SEC Small Business Advocate Act

On December 10, the Senate passed H.R. 3784, the SEC Small Business Advocate Act, without amendment and by unanimous consent. The measure, which was passed by the House in February 2016, is now cleared for the President to...more

Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update - December 2016

We are pleased to bring you the December edition of “Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update,” a summary of the relevant changes that took place during the month of November. Highlights this month include...more

21st Century Cures Act to provide modest relief from site-neutral provider-based department payment policy

The 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34) was recently overwhelmingly approved by both houses of Congress and reportedly will be signed into law by President Obama on December 13, 2016. Section 16001 of the Act modifies a...more

Rejoice: The Return of Premium-Reimbursement Plans for Small Employers

Last week Congress passed H.R. 34, which will exempt certain health reimbursement arrangements ("HRA"), including premium-reimbursement plans, from most Affordable Care Act requirements for small employers (i.e. those...more

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