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Proposed 2016 “White Collar” Regulations Struck Down; DOL Starts Work on New Regulations

The winding legal path of the 2016 “white collar” regulations has come to an end. On August 31, 2017, the Honorable Amos L. Mazzant of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas struck down the U.S. Department...more

Proposed Massachusetts Tax Regulations for Online Vendors Effective October 1, 2017

by Bowditch & Dewey on

In response to public comments issued on September 8, 2017 that won’t be published in the Massachusetts Register until September 22, 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (“DOR”) will require online vendors to collect...more

OFCCP Holds First of Three Compliance Assistance Town Hall Meetings

As we previously reported, the OFCCP announced in August that it would hold three “compliance assistance” town hall meetings. The first was held on September 19, 2017, at the Department of Labor’s Headquarters in Washington,...more

CBP Provides The Trade Community with An Opportunity to Identify Regulatory Burdens for Possible Elimination or Modification

• On September 12, 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a Federal Register notice, “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,” to request comments from interested parties on CBP regulations, paperwork...more

“Primed” to Learn About Rule 34 of the FRCP? Here’s a New Primer from The Sedona Conference: eDiscovery Best Practices

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As Tom O’Connor and I discussed last week in our ACEDS webinar Key eDiscovery Case Law Review for First Half of 2017 (here’s a link if you missed it), we’re seeing lots of cases that relate to disputes associated with Rule 34...more

CMS Lifts Ban on Arbitration Agreements and Proposes Rules for Transparency in the Arbitration Process

by Baker Ober Health Law on

In a new proposed rule published in June 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed to abandon its previous rule prohibiting long term care facilities from entering into pre-dispute arbitration...more

EPA Seeks Public Comment on Re-Opened Midterm Review of MY 2022-2025 Greenhouse Gas Standards and MY 2021 Standards

by King & Spalding on

On August 21, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) published a joint notice in the Federal Register requesting public comment on EPA’s...more

United States Department of Labor Moves Hint at Policy Changes, but Employers Await Clarity

by Vedder Price on

Presidential administration transitions almost always result in policy and enforcement initiative changes at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). This year appears to be no different, but it is not yet clear how some recent...more

22 Million Comments Tell FCC Battle Over Net Neutrality Is Not Over

by Perkins Coie on

Last year, the contentious net neutrality debate appeared to be finally settled when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order.[1] But in May, the FCC launched...more

Title IX: Now What?

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

When Education Secretary Betsy DeVos delivered her Title IX address last Thursday at George Mason University, many expected the Department of Education was about to revoke the agency’s guidance set forth in the 2011 Dear...more

CMS Proposes New Payment Model and Other Changes for Home Health Agencies

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Among the various payment updates proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) this summer, the proposed payment update for the home health agency prospective payment system (HHA-PPS), published in the...more

FDA Takes First Steps to Cut Regulations, Solicits Public Feedback

Since our March 17th post about President Trump’s executive actions aiming to implement his deregulatory agenda, several important developments related to the so-called “2-for-1” Executive Order (E.O. 13,771) have occurred...more

U.S. Department of Education Signals It Will Revise Title IX Guidance

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has advised that the U.S. Department of Education intends to revise its guidance on the application of Title IX to reports of sexual misconduct on college and university campuses. • DeVos...more

The Department of Education Seeks Public Input for New Title IX Policy

• The Department of Education (DOE) plans to gather public input—including input from educational institutions—on new Title IX policy, rejecting the prior administration’s issuance of policy by letter. • The DOE has not,...more

Administration Invites Additional Public Comment on "Waters of the United States" Rulemaking

by Clark Hill PLC on

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency will hold nine teleconferences to solicit public comments and recommendations on revising the definition of "Waters of the United States" under the...more

Massachusetts Joins Other States in Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Announcing Plan to Reduce Emissions by Additional 30...

On August 23, Massachusetts joined the eight other states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in announcing a plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by an additional 30 percent by 2030 relative to 2020 levels....more

Solid Waste Association of North America: Comments on Proposed Updated Catalogue of Solid Waste Forbidden to Import into China

The Solid Waste Association of North America (“SWANA”) on August 31st submitted comments to the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) and the People’s Republic of China in regards to China’s intent to update its Catalogue of Solid...more

Federal Reserve Board Publishes Request for Comment on LIBOR Alternatives

On August 30, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board published in the Federal Register its request for comment on proposed plans for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Office of Financial Research to publish three new...more

Federal Reserve Board Announces Proposed Changes to Bank Board Expectations

by Dechert LLP on

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve (FRB) on August 3, 2017 issued a notice inviting comment regarding Proposed Guidance on Supervisory Expectations for Boards of Directors (Proposal). The Proposal applies to boards...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from July 16, 2017 – August 15, 2017. Our thoughts are with our clients, friends, and neighbors who continue to struggle with the ongoing effects of Hurricane...more

Agencies Request Public Comment On Collection Of Biobased Procurements Data

On August 28, 2017, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), the General Services Administration (GSA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued in the Federal Register a notice of request for public...more

Hospitals and Others Respond to “Red Tape Relief Project” Requests

Last week, a number of health care industry associations sent letters to Congress detailing ways in which the government could relieve them of the burdens associated with “red tape.” The letters are in response to the first...more

Federal Reserve Seeks Comments on LIBOR Alternatives

On August 24, 2017, the U.S. Federal Reserve requested public comments on a plan for the New York Federal Reserve and the Office of Financial Research to come up with three reference rates based on U.S. Treasuries-backed...more

USTR Publishes Initiation of Section 301 Investigation into China's Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual...

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

On Thursday, August 24, the United States Trade Representative published formal initiation of the awaited Section 301 investigation under the Trade Act of 1974 to determine whether acts, policies and practices of the...more

Update on Regulatory Initiatives Regarding the Volcker Rule

by Dechert LLP on

As the general conformance period for banking entities to comply fully with Section 13 of the U.S. Bank Holding Company Act (Volcker Rule) and its implementing regulations (Volcker Regulations) ended on July 21, 2017, two...more

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