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DOE Seeks Comment on Proposed New Copyright Policy for Grantees

On November 3, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which – if adopted – would require grantees of the Department’s “competitive discretionary grant programs” to provide an...more

FDA Seems Ready to Weigh In on “Natural” Food Labeling

In 1960, Judge Friendly famously began an opinion by asking, “What is chicken?” Today, the question is, “What is ‘natural’?” Courts today are filled with cases claiming that foods labeled as “natural” are misleading...more

FDA Proposes Gluten-Free Labeling Standards for Fermented and Hydrolyzed Foods

On November 18, 2015, the FDA issued a proposed rule to set standards for making a “gluten-free” claim for foods that are fermented, hydrolyzed, or distilled, or that otherwise contain fermented or hydrolyzed ingredients....more

FDA Seeks Comments on the Meaning of “Natural”

On November 12, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested comment on the use of the term "natural" in the labeling of human food products. The notice states that it is establishing "a docket to receive...more

FDA’s Comment Period for “Natural” Food Labels Is Now Open

FDA took long-awaited and much-anticipated steps this week to address the requests of both consumers and food manufacturers and producers for guidance and regulation on use of the term “natural.” For years now, consumer...more

EEOC Proposed Rules for Wellness Program Compliance with GINA

The Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act prohibits employers from requesting or discriminating against employees or applicants based on genetic information or family medical history. In recent years, the Equal...more

FDA Seeks Suggestions Regarding “Natural” Food Labeling, but Will It Act?

Surprising nearly everyone, FDA has reopened a long dormant discussion regarding the meaning of the term “natural” in the labeling of food. Today’s Federal Register contains a notice from FDA that the agency has officially...more

California Water Board Considering Extension Of Emergency Drought Regulations

Mandatory Water Restrictions Could Run Beyond February, Depending On Rain and Snowfall - The State Water Resources Control Board is contemplating extending the mandatory emergency water restrictions that it imposed...more

Updates on the Site Cleanup Program in Massachusetts: TCE, LNAPL and More

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (“MassDEP”) has been updating its policy and guidance to address improvements in scientific understanding as well as its experience in addressing site contaminants. As...more

FDA Requests Public Comment on "Natural" Food Labels

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week issued a request for public comment on the use of the term "natural" in the labeling of food products. This represents the first time in 22 years that the FDA has indicated an...more

FDA Requests Public Comment on How “Natural” Claims Should be Regulated; Opening 90-Day Comment Period

FDA is requesting public comment on how “natural” claims should be regulated. The 90-day public comment period will open on November 12, 2015, when the FDA notice is published in the Federal Register. In particular, FDA...more

FDA Requests Comments on Use of Term "Natural" on Food Labeling

After years of litigation and controversy around use of the term "natural" on food labels, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now seeking comments on the issue. This action has important implications for companies...more

USDOL Final Revisions to White Collar Exemptions Coming in 2016

Over the next few days, I hope to provide a few updates from attending last week’s ABA Labor & Employment Law Annual Conference in Philadelphia. There were many good, substantive programs there and lots to be gleaned for...more

FinCEN Proposes Anti-Money Laundering and Suspicious Reporting Rules for Registered Investment Advisers

On August 25, 2015, the US Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) proposed rules that would require registered investment advisers to adopt anti-money laundering (AML) programs and report...more

Comments on the USPTO's Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance -- BSA

On July 30, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office updated its subject matter eligibility guidance ("July Update"). In the July Update, the Office provided recommendations and resources for examiners in addition to those...more

"Corporate Finance Alert: SEC Finalizes Crowdfunding Rules, Proposes to Expand Intrastate Offering and Rule 504 Exemptions"

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently took several important steps to facilitate smaller securities offerings. First, it adopted final rules for the new Securities Act exemption for securities-based...more

Comments on the USPTO's Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance -- The ABA

On July 30, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office updated its subject matter eligibility guidance ("July Update"). The update provided recommendations and resources for examiners in addition to those in the Office's...more

SEC Adopts Rules to Permit Crowdfunding: Proposes Amendments to Existing Rules to Facilitate Intrastate and Regional Securities...

On October 30, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted final rules under Title III of the JOBS Act (“Regulation Crowdfunding”) to permit a company to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding transactions that...more

HHS’ Selection of Contractor Provides Latest Update on Impending Second Round of HIPAA Audits

On October 27, 2015, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) official stated that the agency has hired FCi Federal, a provider of management and professional services to government agencies in Ashburn, VA, to...more

FHA Withdraws Proposed Rule Establishing Insurance Claim Deadline

Recently, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) withdrew part of a proposed rule that sought to establish a maximum time period within which an FHA approved mortgagee must file a claim with FHA for insurance benefits. The...more

NYSE Arca Withdraws Active ETF Generic Listing Standards Proposal as SEC Focus on ETFs Continues

Withdrawal comes within days of SEC Chair White and Commissioner Aguilar issuing public statements regarding ETFs. On October 19, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a notice stating that NYSE Arca,...more

House Energy & Commerce Panel Releases Draft Bill to Regulate Diagnostic Lab Tests, Schedules November 17 Hearing

The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee has scheduled a November 17, 2015 hearing on the regulation of diagnostic tests and laboratory operations. The hearing will feature FDA and CMS officials who will testify on...more

Overreaching or Underreaching? Comments on the CMS Proposed Rule on Arbitration Agreement in Long Term Care Facilities

During the 90-day public comment period on the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule entitled “Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities” which closed October 14, 2015, CMS received nearly...more

ISS Launches 2016 Benchmark Policy Consultation

ISS has made available for public comment certain proposed voting policies for 2016. In the United States ISS has proposed policies relating to unilateral board actions, director overboarding and compensation at...more

Multi-Prong Strategy Essential to Preventing Workplace Harassment

Panel of Experts Identify Practices That Can Curb Harassment at Public Meeting of EEOC Select Task Force - LOS ANGELES - Placing pressure on companies by buyers, empowering bystanders to be part of the solution, multiple...more

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