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DC Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act of 2016

DC mayor signs act prohibiting employer use of an employee’s credit information. On February 16, the mayor of the District of Columbia signed the DC Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act of 2016 (the Act). The Act...more

Mayor of District of Columbia Permits Universal Paid Leave Amendment

The Act, if it becomes law, would be one of the most generous paid leave laws in the nation. On December 20, 2016, the Council of the District of Columbia (Council) passed the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016...more

Major Effects of Revised Common Rule on Regulation of Clinical Research in New York

On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), together with 15 other federal Departments and Agencies, issued a final rule to revise and modernize the federal Policy for the Protection of Human...more

Publication of the revised MPRDA Amendment Bill

The revised Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill 15D – 2013 (the Bill) was passed by the National Assembly on 1 November 2016. The Bill has now been referred to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP)....more

Un-Brotherly Love: The Commonwealth Seeks to Preempt Philadelphia’s WageEquity Ordinance Before It Takes Effect

The ink has yet to dry on Philadelphia’s newly-passed Wage Equity Ordinance and the Pennsylvania Senate has already passed a Bill that would preempt Philadelphia’s new law....more

Proposed Midnight Rules Relief Act May Put An End To OSHA Recordkeeping Rule - Onerous Workplace Safety Rules Among Many That...

Earlier this year, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Midnight Rules Relief Act by a vote of 238-184. This Republican-backed measure would amend the Congressional Review Act and allow Congress to overturn,...more

Sweeping Changes Proposed to Virginia Lawyer Advertising Rules

The Virginia State Bar, like most regulators of lawyers around the country, regulates lawyers' advertising. Sweeping new rules proposed by the Bar will dramatically simplify, and in many ways improve, these rules. ...more

Proposed Amendments to Trustee Legislation in Singapore

Legislative amendments will enhance transparent ownership and control structures of trusts, and establish minimum standards for financial recordkeeping by trustees. The Singapore Ministry of Law has launched a public...more

New York Proposes First Major Amendments to SEQRA in Over Two Decades, Driven In Part by Statewide Energy Initiatives:...

On January 17, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released proposed amendments to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) regulations. The proposed amendments represent the first...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2017 #3

Editor's Note - Opposition Emerges to OCC FinTech Charter. In advance of the deadline to submit comments to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) paper proposing a federal FinTech charter, the Conference...more

CFTC Unanimously Approves Proposals on Swaps Data and Other Amendments

On January 13, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC“) approved two rules: one relating to access to swaps data and one relating to disciplinary actions. The CFTC is accepting comments on the proposed...more

CFTC Unanimously Approves Proposal to Amend Recordkeeping Requirements

On January 12, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC“) “approved proposed amendments to Regulation 1.31 … [that] … would modernize and make technology-neutral the form and manner in which regulatory...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 3

FINRA Issues Report on Implications of Blockchain - Broker-Dealer - On January 18, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, responding to increased industry interest in distributed ledger technology (DLT) known...more

Developers take note: What you need to know about proposed changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979

After his predecessor failed to push through a whole new Planning Act in 2013, the current Planning Minister, Rob Stokes, appears to have accepted that he is stuck with the ageing Environmental Planning and Assessment Act...more

The Saga Continues: Recent Opt-Outs and Other Developments Relating to the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Act, Illinois Employee...

The Village of Rosemont and the City of Oak Forest have become the latest suburban Cook County municipalities to join the Village of Barrington in opting out of the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance. (They both passed...more

Key Takeaways From Delaware’s Unclaimed Property Overhaul

A bill has been introduced in the Delaware Senate that would overhaul Delaware’s unclaimed property law. The bill is on a fast track and could be enacted by the end of January. If enacted, companies currently under audit will...more

UK Financial Conduct Authority Proposes Changes to Financial Services Compensation Scheme Levies and Rules

The Financial Conduct Authority launched a consultation on the future funding of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme as well as changes to the FSCS rules. The FSCS is the compensation scheme for customers of UK...more

Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment Released for Central California Federal Lands

On January 6, 2017, the federal Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) issued a notice of Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment (“DRMP Amendment”) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (“DEIS”) for oil and gas leasing and...more

US Fish and Wildlife Service Finalizes Eagle Rule Revision

On December 14, 2016, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) finalized its proposed revisions to the Eagle Rule (Final Rule) and released its Record of Decision (ROD). The Final Rule allows companies and others to obtain...more

EPA Releases Final RMP Amendments, Awaits Response of New Administration

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a final rule updating the Accidental Release Prevention rules at 40 C.F.R. Part 68, which implement the Clean Air Act Section112(r)(7) risk management planning...more

Too much, too fast, too soon: Stakeholders react to the Government of Ontario's coordinated review of the provincial plans

During the first quarter of 2015, the Government of Ontario (the Province) initiated a coordinated 10-year review of Ontario’s four land use plans (the Coordinated Review): (1) the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe...more

NY DFS Publishes Revised Proposed Cybersecurity Rules for Financial Services Companies

On December 28, 2016, the New York Department of Financial Services (the DFS) published a revised proposed cybersecurity regulation (the Revised Regulation) for further public comment. First published in September 2016, the...more

Proposed Amendments to SCA Reduce Regulatory Burden, Improve Transparency

Singapore’s Ministry of Finance (MOF) and Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) have invited public feedback on amendments to the Singapore Companies Act aimed at reducing regulatory burden and improving...more

New York Adopts Revised Wage Regulations Effective December 31, 2016

The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) recently proposed amended regulations that would significantly alter the salary levels for some executive and administrative exempt employees, as well as alter the permitted tip...more

Client Alert: New TTAB Rule Changes Take Effect in 2017

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), which decides issues of trademark registrability, recently sought comments regarding certain rule changes to the TTAB Rules of Practice. On October 7, 2016, the U.S. Patent and...more

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