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The Great Debate: Policing Politics in the Office

With the Republican National Convention well underway and the Democratic National Convention set to begin in Philadelphia on July 25, 2016, the workplace is abuzz with political discussions, a flood of political memes and...more

Will GOP Endorsement of ‘Hack Back’ Make Cyberspace Safe Again?

Amidst the balloons and excitement (and smoke machines and procedural kerfuffles) at the GOP Convention in Cleveland, one provision in the party platform has caught the eye of cyber experts. For the first time, an American...more

28 Organizations Seek Clarification from President Obama Regarding Colombian Compulsory License -- U.S. Chamber of Commerce...

On July 5, 2016, we reported on two letters sent by two Senators and fifteen Representatives to Michael Froman, the U.S. Trade Representative ("USTR"), seeking clarification regarding the Administration's position on...more

European Parliament Debates Proposed Trade Secrets Directive

As we have previously reported in this blog, this week marks a milestone in ongoing attempts in the European Union to overhaul the existing regulatory framework for the protection of trade secrets. On April 13, 2016, members...more

What the Union Persuader Rule’s “Indirect Persuasion” Focus Means for Employers

Unless Congress steps in, effective July 1, 2016, employers and the labor relations consultants, including lawyers, with whom they work to counter unionization efforts will be subject to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL)...more

Worth Another Look

It would seem that as Pennsylvania budgets go, the fourth time is a charm. Between the summer of 2015 and the beginning of March, the Pennsylvania General Assembly had sent three variations of a 2015-2016 state spending plan...more

Analysis of Recent Cases Reveals What Justice Garland Could Mean for Employers

Amid a swarm of controversy created by Senate Republicans’ vow to stonewall a hearing or vote on any Supreme Court nominee during this election year, President Obama has nominated Merrick Garland, chief judge of the U.S....more

Update: Is This The Year Florida Recognizes Direct Primary Care?

House Bill 37 (“HB 37”) passed the Florida House 116-0 today. In a hostile political environment, the unanimous vote in Florida’s more conservative chamber confirms what many in the direct primary care medical (“DPC”) space...more

What happens to Obamacare in 2017?

Like many things, the answer to that question depends on the distribution of power after the November elections. Assuming the House stays in control of the Republicans, not much will change with that part of the...more

New GE Ingredient Labeling Bill Intensifies Food Fight in Congress

The latest salvo in the legislative food fight over genetically engineered (GE) ingredients came from the Senate, where Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) has introduced a bill that would instruct the Secretary...more

Dodd-Frank Revisited

At the founding of our nation, Senators and Representatives drafted legislation with a quill pen. Not surprising, the bills introduced and considered in Congress were fairly succinct. The advent of new technology, such as the...more

Energy & Environment Update - February 2016 #3

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE - Congress returns this week following the President’s Day holiday, and the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on February 13 has set the stage for a contentious nomination battle in...more

Further Observations From Campaign 2016

My thoughts on where we are today: The Republicans - ..Trump: The Trump machine continues to lead in national polls, but underperforming in Iowa has given hope to his many detractors. Another underwhelming...more

Eminent Domain Takes Center Stage in Republican Presidential Race

Once again, I sit at my desk wondering how all of this happened. For more than a decade, I worked as an eminent domain attorney in utter obscurity; I’m not even sure my family knew what eminent domain was. But then the City...more

2016 Trends #4: Politics Invade the Workplace

In the U.S., the 2016 election now dominates the news, social media and many employee conversations. And for global companies, it’s always election season somewhere. So now is a good time for ethics and compliance officers to...more

RIP, Automatic Enrollment

Sixty-seven months ago, Congress ordered employers of 200 or more full-time employees to switch from opt-in to opt-out enrollment. See 29 U.S.C. § 218a. But the enforcement agencies could not write a rule that did more good...more

New Speaker Paul Ryan Postponing Talks About Immigration Reform Until 2017

Newly elected speaker, Paul Ryan (R-Wis), is already busy settling into his role and deciding what major policies he wants to tackle first. Excluded from his policy list is immigration reform. Ryan has decided to hold off on...more

What Parts of the ACA Will Congress Repeal by Budget Reconciliation?

“None,” is our best guess, practically speaking. Congress passed much of what became the consolidated Affordable Case Act under “budget reconciliation” rules, which preclude a filibuster and enable a bill to pass the Senate...more

European Parliamentarians React Positively to ECJ Invalidation of U.S. Safe Harbour

In the first public debate in the European Parliament to take place to date, Members of the European Parliament have expressed their support for the 6 October 2015 judgement of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) invalidating...more

E-Verify Program Status

Hours before the government was due to shut down, the President signed into law a stopgap measure which will fund the federal government through December 11, 2015.   The possibility of a government shutdown would have...more

More Potholes or Smoother Roads Ahead?

There is no lack of excitement here in our nation’s capital with the recent visit of the Pope, the ongoing debate over government funding and, now, the resignation of Speaker John Boehner. However, we will have to wait and...more

Congress and Energy This Fall

Earlier this week, a group of Senate Democrats released a national energy bill, the American Energy Innovation Act of 2015, which lays out the party’s “vision for a cleaner energy future.” The bill addresses the need to...more

Stewart’s legacy: Finding a way to stand out

Jon Stewart will sign off from “The Daily Show” for the last time tomorrow. His 16-year rise to prominence — on what some still call a “fake news show” — provides some lessons worthy of more than a few “Moments of Zen” for...more

Executive Labor Summary - July / August 2015

Quickie elections seem here to stay, but Senate Republicans aren’t giving up. On July 29, the National Labor Relations Board won another challenge to its “quickie election” rules pursued by employer groups. This time, Judge...more

Appeals Court Agrees with DOL: Home Health Care Workers Employed by Third Parties Have a Right to Minimum Wage, Overtime

Domestic service workers providing either companionship service or live-in care for elderly, ill or disabled persons and who are employed by a staffing agency or other third-party employer are entitled to minimum wage and...more

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