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CMS’s Proposes Rule On Mental Health Parity to Strengthen Access to Medicaid and CHIP Plans

On April 6, 2015, CMS announced a proposed rule intended to align mental health and substance use disorder benefits for low-income Americans with benefits required of private health plans and insurance. The proposed rule...more

EEOC Issues Proposed Rule on Application of the ADA to Employer Wellness Programs

Proposed Rule Would Permit Incentives, Emphasize Confidentiality - WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) describing how Title I of...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Prudential Regulations Proposed for Non-Bank Mortgage Servicers

On March 25, 2015, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) and the American Association of Residential Mortgage Regulators (AARMR) proposed a slew of new prudential regulations at the state level specific to non-bank...more

FAQs on California’s Emergency Water Conservation Regulations

In the wake of Gov. Jerry Brown’s Executive Order calling for mandatory water reductions statewide, the State Water Resources Control Board went to work immediately on drafting emergency measures. Since Brown’s order two...more

DOL Releases Controversial Proposal, Signifying Regulatory Intent to Expand Fiduciary Standard

On April 14, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") released a controversial proposal that would require financial advisors to put their clients' interests ahead of their own when recommending retirement investments....more

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Proposed Fiduciary Rules

Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Labor issued its highly anticipated re-proposed regulation addressing when a person providing investment advice with respect to an employee benefit plan is considered a fiduciary under ERISA....more

CMS Issues Proposed Modifications to Meaningful Use Rule

On Friday, April 10, 2015, CMS issued a proposed rule containing several important modifications to the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Among the most notable proposals is to move eligible hospitals from a...more

Email Notice Without Consent Is Not Notice

The California General Corporation Law unequivocally authorizes the giving of notice of stockholder meetings by electronic transmission. Section 601(b) provides “Notice of a shareholders’ meeting or any report shall be given...more

USEPA Releases Proposed Rule on Fracking Wastewater Treatment; Says There Will be No Costs to Industry

On Tuesday, April 7, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“USEPA”) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register for regulation of wastewater from unconventional oil and gas operations (“UOG”), which includes...more

CFPB Proposes New Rules for Payday Loans

On March 26, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the Bureau) proposed new regulations on short-term loans, commonly known as "payday loans," which are typically issued by non-depository institutions. The Bureau...more

Proposed HHS Rule Sets the Stage for Changes to the Meaningful Use Program

On March 30, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published its proposed rulemaking for Stage 3 of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR)...more

Proposed Registration of Associated Persons Involved With Algorithmic Trading Strategies

FINRA recently issued Regulatory Notice 15-06 requesting comments on the proposal that would require the registration of associated persons involved in the design, development or modification of algorithmic trading...more

CFPB Proposals for Small-Dollar Loans: An Attempt to Kill an Industry?

On March 26, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) announced several proposals to regulate short-term and longer-term consumer loans. According to the Bureau, the proposals will likely have the effect of...more

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Prepares Proposals to Add Repay Ability, Other Requirements to Small-Dollar Lending...

How will the CFPB’s attempts to put an end to payday debt traps impact financial institutions and consumers? JS: If published as outlined, these proposals would impose all too familiar ability to repay requirements,...more

No Small Issue: EPA’s Proposed Rule for Nanoscale Material Reporting

Arguably necessary and long overdue, but not without issues and challenges. Introduction - On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) issued a Proposed Nanoscale Material...more

The CFPB Outlines an Approach to So-Called “Debt Trap” Products

At a field hearing in Richmond, Virginia on March 26, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) outlined the proposal it is considering to regulate payday lending. The proposal would cover short- and long-term payday...more

Comments Due July 6 on Proposed Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Nanoscale Materials

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 8(a) proposed rule concerning reporting and recordkeeping requirements for certain chemical substances when manufactured or...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: CFPB Looks to End Consumer Debt Traps

On March 26, 2015, the CFPB announced that it is considering proposing rules that would seek to “end payday debt traps” by requiring lenders to make sure that consumers can repay their loans and by restricting certain...more

The CFPB’s contemplated payday/title/high-cost lending proposals: our thoughts on collection practice limits

This is the last of a series of blog posts in which we share our reactions to the CFPB’s contemplated proposals taking aim at payday (and other small-dollar, high-rate) loans (“Covered Loans”). In this blog post, we share our...more

EPA Proposes Reporting Requirements for Nanoscale Materials

On April 6, EPA published a proposed rule that would impose one-time reporting requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) on manufacturers and processors of nanoscale forms of certain chemical substances....more

Some issues for “longer-term” loans under the CFPB’s contemplated payday/title/high-cost lending proposals

In this blog post, we share our thoughts on the 36% “all-in” rate trigger and restrictions for loans considered to be “longer-term” under the CFPB’s contemplated proposals taking aim at payday (and other small-dollar,...more

Comments on Proposed Rule Small Business Government Contracting and NDAA of 2013 Amendments, RIN: 3245-AG58

Re: RIN: 3245-AG58, Comments on Proposed Rule Small Business Government Contracting and National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 Amendments - Dear Ms. Fernandez: We are writing to submit comments...more

Privacy rights group speaks out against FAA’s proposed framework on commercial use of drones

On March 31, 2015, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a petition against the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) proposed rule on commercial drone use, in the D.C. Circuit. EPIC believes that the FAA...more

HUD announces proposed rule implementing expanded Violence Against Women Act protections

Last week, HUD has announced a proposed rule to implement protections arising under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2103 (VAWA). The reauthorization added a number of programs covered by VAWA, including...more

Final IRS Regulations Under Section 162(m) Will Impact Transition Rule Applicable to Newly Public Companies

On March 31, 2015, the IRS issued final regulations under Section 162(m), the tax code provision which limits the deduction for compensation paid to certain public company executive officers. As signaled by the proposed...more

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