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California Groundwater Update: Public Comments Due For Basin Boundary Regulations

As one of many implementation steps under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (“SGMA” codified as Water Code §§ 10720 et seq.), basin boundary regulations were released recently by the California Department of Water...more

FCC Proposes Reform of Radiofrequency Equipment Authorization Rules

Faced with the rapid growth of increasingly complex wireless products, the FCC proposes to upgrade its equipment authorization program to prevent harmful interference without stifling innovation and product development....more

Brazil’s proposed privacy laws raise public concern

The Brazilian government’s proposal for Brazil’s first data protection framework (‘the Proposal’) hit a stumbling block after major concerns were raised in public comments. After the public consultation period ended,...more

After Hours iPhone and Android Use By Employees Raises Wage/Hour Concerns (Again!)

So, you remember February 2009, right? We were all aflutter over Liam Neeson in Taken (ok, I still haven’t seen it). And we were listening to “My Life Would Suck Without You” by Kelly Clarkson (still a good song.)...more

Major Changes to Overtime Regulations for "White Collar" Workers

On July 6, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued proposed new regulations that will significantly change the law governing certain “white collar” workers who are exempt from minimum wage and overtime pay. All...more

EPA Schedules Workshop on Considerations for Risk Assessment of Biotechnology Algae

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is scheduled to publish a notice in the August 25, 2015, Federal Register announcing a public meeting on September 30, 2015, to receive public input and comments on EPA's data...more

Circuit Court Grants Writ of Mandamus Requiring EPA to Act on Petition to Ban Chlorpyrifos

In an opinion issued on August 10, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit granted a writ of mandamus requested by Pesticide Action Network North America and the Natural Resources Defense Council (Petitioners)...more

EPA Proposes Stronger Standards for Certified Applicators

On August 24, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposal to revise the Certification of Pesticide Applicators rule. EPA is proposing stricter standards for people certified to use “restricted use”...more

SEC Issues Concept Release on Possible Revisions to Audit Committee Disclosures

On July 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued its long-anticipated concept release on Possible Revisions to Audit Committee Disclosures. The concept release notes the important function of the public company...more

EPA Proposes New Clean Air Act Standards for Methane and VOC Emissions by the Oil and Natural Gas Sector

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has released the text of a draft proposed rule that seeks to amend the new source performance standards (“NSPS”) addressing methane and volatile organic compounds (“VOC”) from...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - August 2015 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DOD Issues Report Entitled Defense Contracts: DOD’s Request for Information from Contractors to Assess Prices - The Department of Defense (DOD) has issued a report entitled Defense Contracts:...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, August 2015

EPA Issues Direct Final Rule On Significant New Use Notification Electronic Reporting: On July 20, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a direct final rule amending the Toxic Substances Control Act...more

The FTC, COPPA, and Riyo’s “Face Match to Verified Photo Identification”

The FTC’s COPPA (the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) Rule requires website operators to obtain “verifiable parental consent” prior to collecting, using, or disclosing personal information from children. Though the...more

PAC Rules on Two OMA Cases

The Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor (PAC) issued two non-binding opinions in July related to the Open Meetings Act (OMA). In one opinion, the PAC found that a school district did not violate the OMA when...more

Proposed Policies for Implementing B.C.’s New Water Sustainability Act Available for Comment

On July 30, 2015, the British Columbia government released four discussion papers for public comment outlining proposed new policies for regulations under the Water Sustainability Act. These papers are important as much of...more

USPTO News Briefs - August 2015

USPTO to Replace EFS-Web and PAIR - In an article posted on the Director's Forum blog, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Deputy Director Russ Slifer announced that the Office would begin implementing a new system that...more

Comments on Proposed Rule Regarding Small Business Subcontracting Improvements

After the recent small business subcontracting plan changes were implemented by the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) in its final rule at 78 Fed. Reg. 42391, dated July 16, 2013, many of our clients have asked us...more

EPA Issues Suite of Final and Proposed Regulations for Carbon Emissions from Power Plants

On August 3, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued three separate but related actions to address carbon pollution from power plants: 1) the final Clean Power Plan, President Obama’s signature effort to...more

Comment Dates Announced for NPRM to Streamline Equipment Authorizations

On August 6, 2015, a summary of the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC’s”) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) proposing changes to further streamline the FCC’s equipment authorizations procedures was published in...more

EU Commission Consults Industry on EU Strategy for LNG and Gas Storage

Introduction - On 8 July 2015 the European Commission launched a public consultation on an EU strategy for liquefied natural gas (LNG) and gas storage. The consultation is part of the Commission's strategy to explore the...more

USPTO publishes a midyear supplementary update to interim guidance on subject matter eligibility

On July 30, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a midyear update to the 2014 Interim Guidance on Subject Matter Eligibility (IEG). While, the IEG sheds a little more light on the topic, the...more

EPA Posts Information on GM/Synbio Algae Project

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week that it is developing a project intended to support public dialog concerning the development and use of synthetic biology (synbio). EPA has oversight...more

Mexico's Energy Industry: Midstream Regulations

Midstream Regulations - On July 27, 2015, the Comision Reguladora de Energia (“CRE”) issued its proposed regulations for the pipeline transportation and storage of petroleum, LNG and petrochemicals (“Midstream...more

Ontario Ministry’s Expert Report Recommends Big Changes to Province’s Corporate Laws

On July 9, 2015, an expert panel convened by the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) released their final report (the Expert Report) containing many broad recommendations on how to modernize Ontario’s...more

Proposed Treasury Regulations Offer Guidance on Disguised Payments for Services

Fee waivers by partners for services rendered to their partnerships will now be subject to scrutiny by the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”), pursuant to the Treasury Department’s notice of proposed rulemaking (the...more

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