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Where the 2016 Presidential Candidates Stand on Immigration

For those of you who missed the third and final Presidential debate, immigration was an important topic discussed by the 2016 Presidential candidates. Moderator Chris Wallace asked both candidates about their positions and...more

Workplace Law Discussed During Final Presidential Debate

Workplace law was once again a topic of discussion during last night’s third and final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. While not covered as extensively as during the first debate on September 26,...more

House Republicans Push Back on Medicare’s New Mandatory Bundled Payment Models

On July 25, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposed rule that promises to deliver coordinated, high-quality care for Medicare beneficiaries. The proposed rule (effective July 1, 2017)...more

Update: Comparing the Clinton and Trump Parental Leave and Childcare Proposals

Presidential Candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have each put forward plans for paid parental leave and assistance with the cost of childcare. However, as expected the plans differ significantly. The Clinton Plan is...more

JASTA Amendments to FSIA Become Law

On September 28, 2016, the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly voted to override President Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), a bill whose purpose was to curtail foreign states’ ability to invoke...more

Trump, Clinton Talk Workplace Law At First Debate

The topic of labor and employment law made an early appearance at last night’s presidential debate between Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump. Although typically not a needle-moving...more

Hot CPSC Jurisdictional Issues: Does the CPSC Have Regulatory Authority Over Amusement Park Rides and Guns?

In the wake of two tragic amusement park ride accidents in Kansas and Tennessee, and the ongoing political debate in America over gun safety issues, we felt it timely to help answer a question that continues to be asked in...more

Cooling the Energy Bill in the Senatorial Saucer

There is an old folklore that once, over breakfast, Thomas Jefferson asked George Washington why there was a need for a Senate. Washington responded with, “Why did you just pour that coffee into your saucer, before drinking?”...more

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

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