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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

EPA Announces Clean Power Plan

On Monday August 3, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a final Clean Power Plan that it claims will cut carbon emissions from existing electric power plants by 32 percent from 2005 levels by the year...more

Tax Policy Update

First it was three years, now it’s three months. The Senate’s attempt to pass a multiyear highway bill ran off the road this week after House Republicans announced they will adjourn one day early for the month-long August...more

Debate over the Exclusivity Period for Biologics in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

A group of Democratic lawmakers and advocacy organizations criticized protections for brand-name biologics in the current draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, a free-trade agreement among a dozen Pacific Rim...more

Still Certain about Uncertainty - Waiting on the Details in the New Iran Nuclear Deal

On July 14, the White House and the U.S. State Department announced that they had reached an agreement with their diplomatic partners and Iran to curtail Iran’s further development of its nuclear program. In exchange for...more

Austerity's Achilles' heel - The economic landscape looks fairly stark across the eurozone, as public budgets remain stubbornly...

For the past five years, members of the European monetary union have been swinging the axe at public budgets to rebalance their books. Europe’s age of austerity has been grueling and, for some, there is no end in...more

King v. Burwell – Will the Supreme Court Tip the ACA Dominos? Part 2

In our previous blog post, we evaluated the legal issues at stake in King v. Burwell. We will now examine some of the ramifications of a Supreme Court decision that goes against the Obama Administration, assuming such were to...more

EPA report finds no evidence that hydraulic fracturing causes widespread impacts on drinking water

This client alert is part of an ongoing series by DLA Piper attorneys on the legal, regulatory and policy issues related to hydraulic fracturing and shale gas production in the US and internationally. The US...more

Senator Warren’s Letter to the SEC Chair Calls for More Aggressive Enforcement

Senator Elizabeth Warren recently released a letter to SEC Chair Mary Jo White, complaining that her leadership of the SEC over the past two years has been “extremely disappointing.” The Senator opined that the nation’s...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

The Senate started its budget process this week, with a draft schedule being handed out to senators on Wednesday outlining precisely how the General Assembly can have a budget in place and approved by June 30. Distributed at...more

Slowing President Obama's Cuban Mambo

In December of last year President Obama announced what many had predicted he wanted to do since his first inauguration day – restore U.S. relations with Cuba. Six years into his presidency and hamstrung by the 1996...more

US China Trade War — TPA Passes Senate–Developments in Trade, Customs, IP/337, Antitrust and Securities

The major trade issue is Trade Promotion Authority (“TPA”) and the Trans Pacific Partnership. On May 22, 2015, after another close cloture vote, the TPA bill passed the Senate by a majority vote of 62 to 37 votes. The...more

Congress divided on length of extension for transportation programs

On May 31, funding for highway and transit programs is set to expire. With only a few legislative days remaining, House and Senate leaders continue to discuss an extension to keep funds flowing. While nearly everyone agrees...more

Gaming Legal News: Volume 8, Number 9

SHOULD THERE BE A “LEGISLATIVE SOLUTION” TO DISPUTED INDIAN TRUST APPLICATIONS? Recent actions in Arizona and Indiana suggest that there is a new approach to local government opposition to Indian tribal applications for...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - May 2015

In This Issue: - Congressional Debate Begins Over Trade Promotion Authority Bill - U.S. Paper Industry Fights Unfair Imports on Several Fronts - Progress on Iran Nuclear Deal Contemplates New but Uncertain...more

Energy Bulletin (US)

Transportation Department acts on safety issues regarding crude and ethanol shipped by rail. The US Department of Transportation on April 17 issued regulatory changes it believes will address “some of the issues...more

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