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CMS Issues Proposed Rule to Increase Patients’ Health Insurance Choices for 2018

On February 17, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule aimed at reforming and stabilizing the individual and small group health insurance markets. When (or if) finalized, the...more

Seyfarth Shaw Submits Comments And Testimony On The Proposed Amendments To Rule 23

Seyfarth Synopsis: Seyfarth Shaw submitted comments and oral testimony to the Federal Advisory Committee on Civil Rules regarding needed reform and guidance to Rule 23, the rule that governs class action litigation in federal...more

A Rule Deferred: Department of Labor Delays Implementation of Fiduciary Rule

As we previously discussed in our May 19, 2016 SW Benefits Update, the Department of Labor (the “Department”) previously issued final regulations on fiduciary conflicts of interest in retirement programs. The rules, which...more

Reconsider the Ratio: SEC Acting Chair Calls Pay Ratio Rule into Question

Acting Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission Michael Piwowar recently told Bloomberg in an interview that, pending confirmation of President Trump’s successor for chair of the SEC, the commission was “not going...more

White House Issues Interim Guidance Memo on Implementation of "Two-for-One" Executive Order On Regulations, Invites Public Comment

On February 2, 2017, the Acting Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (“OIRA”) issued a guidance document (the “Interim Guidance”) intended to help clarify President Trump’s January 30, 2017...more

SAMHSA Continues to Update Rules Related to Substance Abuse Records

On January 13, 2017, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued the Final Rule to revise 42 C.F.R. Part 2 (Part 2 Regulations) – the federal regulations that govern the confidentiality of...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Demonstrating Interchangeability Under the BPCIA

On January 17, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its long-awaited draft guidance on licensure as an interchangeable biological product approved under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of...more

EEOC Issues Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Unlawful Harassment

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is seeking public comment on its newly proposed enforcement guidance addressing unlawful workplace harassment under the federal anti-discrimination laws. The initial deadline for...more

EEOC Extends Public Input Period On Proposed Harassment Enforcement Guidance to March 21

Agency Allows an Additional 40 Days for Input - WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that it has extended for 40 days the public input period on its proposed enforcement...more

EEOC’s Enforcement Guidance Urges Employers To Be Proactive in Preventing, Addressing Workplace Harassment

In its Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Unlawful Harassment issued on January 10, 2017, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) emphasizes that employers should take a proactive role in preventing harassment,...more

Maine DEP Marches Toward Rulemaking on its Wind Energy Standards Rule

Expecting to initiate a formal rulemaking in March of this year, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invited final public comment on its pre-rulemaking draft Wind Energy Standards rule at a workshop held on...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Federal Reserve Board Announces Finalized Rule Adjusting the Board's Maximum Civil Money Penalties - On January 18, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board announced that it was adjusting...more

EEOC Seeks Input Regarding Proposed Harassment Enforcement Guidance

On January 10, 2017, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued proposed enforcement guidance on preventing workplace harassment for which it seeks input before implementation. The deadline for...more

FDA Defends Its First Amendment Position in “Memorandum”

On January 18, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) released for public comment a Memorandum, Public Health Interests and First Amendment Considerations Related to Manufacturer Communications Regarding...more

FHFA Requests Public Input on Duty to Serve Program

On January 18, 2017, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (the “FHFA“) announced its request for public comment on (i) proposed chattel loan pilot initiatives for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and (ii) the expectations and...more

DDTC and BIS Request Comments on Additional Proposals for Category XII and Infrared Detection Items

Key Points - - DDTC and BIS are requesting additional comments from companies affected by the recent Category XII ECR changes that went into effect on December 31, 2016. - The notices of inquiry generally...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: January 2017 #2

California Prepares for Possible Rollback of Federal Water, Wetlands Regulations - Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has discussed eliminating what he...more

DHS Releases Proposed Amendments to EB-5 Regulations

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released for public comment its amendments to the regulations governing the EB-5 Immigrant Investor classification: The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Modernization Rule....more

“Nutella” No Longer Just a Dessert Topping – FDA Seeks Comments on Appropriate Reference Amount Customarily Consumed (RACC) and...

As we previously reported, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Final Rule in May of this year updating, modifying and establishing several reference amounts customarily consumed (RACCs) for a number of foods based...more

OSHA Publishes Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliation Programs

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employers that are regulated under any of the 22 federal whistleblower protection laws are encouraged to review company policies, procedures, and training systems to examine conformity with this guidance....more

PBGC Sticks Its Head Out Of The Water And Issues RFI Regarding Hybrid (Two-Pool) Multiemployer Pension Plans

Seyfarth Synopsis: The PBGC is seeking more information on hybrid or two-pool withdrawal liability calculation methods. This is a sign that the PBGC may be re-evaluating its role in approving hybrid proposals, although it...more

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Seeks Public Input on Proposed Harassment Enforcement Guidance

On January 10, 2017, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it had released for public input its proposed enforcement guidance on unlawful harassment under federal employment discrimination laws....more

“Primed” to Read about Data Privacy? The Sedona Conference Has a New Primer for You: eDiscovery Best Practices

The proliferation of data in our society today makes the task of protecting sensitive and private data more challenging than ever. Without a doubt, privacy and data protection laws have evolved quite a bit over the past...more

EEOC Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Unlawful Harassment

The EEOC is seeking public comment on proposed enforcement guidance addressing unlawful workplace harassment under the federal anti-discrimination laws enforced by the agency – namely, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of...more

Now is the Time for Employers to Update Harassment Prevention Procedures and Get in Compliance with New EEOC Guidelines

On January 10, 2017, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) announced that it is seeking public input on proposed “Enforcement Guidance” designed to address harassment in the workplace. The...more

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