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House Committee Advances Higher Education Bills

This summary is the first installment in a series examining the five bipartisan bills in greater detail. As much of the attention in Washington this week was concentrated on the sit-in by House Democrats over gun control...more

NTIA Multistakeholder Process Finalizes General Privacy Guidelines for Commercial Facial Recognition Use

We’ve previously blogged about the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) privacy multistakeholder process to address concerns associated with the emerging commercial use of facial recognition...more

Understanding the Re-Vamped TSCA: Federal Preemption Gives Uniform Standards

The reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is the first major environmental law passed since 1990. President Barack Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2576) into law on...more

Moving Medi-Cal Forward: The Path to Delivery System Transformation

Over the past few years, California’s Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal, has been catapulted into a new role. It has evolved from a program designed to provide health coverage to a subset of low-income individuals and help...more

IRS makes exempt organizations’ Form 990 data available in machine-readable format

On June 16, 2016, the IRS announced that it will be making Form 990s available in machine-readable format through Amazon Web Services. While this information has always been available to the public, it was previously only...more

European Commission adopts Regulatory Technical Standards on Volume Cap Mechanism and Provision of Information for the Purposes of...

The European Commission adopted a Delegated Regulation supplementing the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation with regard to Regulatory Technical Standards on the volume cap mechanisms and the provision of information...more

Oregon Law to Affect Pay Stubs, Time and Pay Records, and Wage Theft

The State of Oregon has enacted a new law, SB 1587, designed to increase transparency with respect to employee pay, prevent wage theft, and expose wage and hour violations. Generally, the law will require employers to provide...more

SC Public Policy Update - June 2016 #2

What's New - Pursuant to the sine die resolution, legislators will return to Columbia June 15 through 22 to take up various items including vetoes and conference reports. House and Senate conferees likely meet next week...more

UK Modern Slavery Act Disclosure Requirements In Effect

The UK Modern Slavery Act, which was signed into law on March 26, 2015, is now in effect. In addition to setting forth muscular penalties and enforcement mechanisms to address practices including “slavery, servitude, and...more

Trade & Manufacturing - June 2016

President Obama Signs American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 - On May 20, President Obama signed the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 into law (the Act). The Act restores the ability of the...more

European Commission Adopts Technical Standards on Disaggregation of Pre- and Post-Trade Transparency Data under MiFID II

The European Commission adopted a Delegated Regulation on RTS which set out the requirements for trading venues to provide pre- and post-trade transparency data. MiFIR requires data to be publicly available in an unbundled...more

Romanian Legal Update: Significant Changes In The Field Of Corporate Governance For Public Undertakings

Law No. 111/2016 for the approval of the Government Emergency Ordinance No. 109/2011 regarding the corporate governance of public undertakings (the Ordinance) has been published in the Official Gazette No. 415 of 1 June 2016...more

Quebec Government Proposes Significant Amendments to Environmental Approval Regime in Quebec

On June 7, 2016, Quebec’s Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, David Heurtel, tabled Bill 102 (Bill), which proposes to significantly amend the Environment Quality Act (EQA),...more

Transparency in Drug Pricing: Issues to Consider from the Research Lab to the Consumer

Since 2014, drug pricing has grown in importance in health care policy conversations. From Gilead Sciences’s Hepatitis C treatment costing $84,000 per course of treatment to Turing Pharmaceutical’s 5,000 percent price hike of...more

Blog: States Taking The Lead On Drug Pricing Policy; Will Congress Enter The Fray?

Last week, Vermont adopted the first state law that requires drug companies registering the highest hike in prices to justify the rationale for the increase. Vermont policymakers are not alone pursuing laws that address...more

States Step Up Efforts on Drug Pricing Initiatives

A few months ago, we noted that states were jumping into the drug pricing fray largely driven by a lack of federal action and a rising tide of public discontent. State legislation has taken various forms but most of the...more

Traders and Compliance Professionals Take Note: Phase One of New BIS “Global Code” Establishes “Best Practices” in the Foreign...

Limitations on Use of Confidential Information is Prominent in the New Standards Continuing Recent Enforcement Trend in the Commodities and Derivatives Markets - On May 26, 2016, the Foreign Exchange Working Group...more

FinCEN Requires Financial Institutions to Obtain Beneficial Ownership

FinCEN’s new CIP beneficial owner rules may hinder the ability of shell and nominee companies to directly access the US financial system without disclosing the natural persons who own 25% or more of the company. Pooled...more

SC Public Policy Update - May 2016 #4

What's New - SENATE - The Senate had a busy week working through the Senate calendar and addressing bills returned from the House. The Senate concurred with the House amendments on S. 1035, the “South Carolina...more

CPSC Announces Civil Penalty against Teavana; Commissioners Remain Divided on Civil Penalty Enforcement, Calculations, and...

On May 26, 2016 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) announced through a Record of Commission Action (“RCA”) that Teavana Corporation (“Teavana”) has agreed to pay a $3.75 million civil penalty to resolve...more

One-Two Punch for Transparency: Beneficial Owners Outed

In an apparent effort to create the impression of strong U.S. policy response in the wake of the Panama Papers, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) announced three initiatives to promote greater transparency and...more

The Evolution of Marketplace Lending

Marketplace lending in the U.S. continues to evolve at a rapid pace as a result of legal and regulatory developments and market forces. In particular: - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently ramped up its...more

The UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 and Supply Chain Transparency: The Impact on Private Investment Funds

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is new legislation introduced in the UK with the intention of combatting slavery and human trafficking. Continuing the trend for legislation to have extra-territorial reach, as illustrated by the...more

Update on the EU STS and Risk Retention

On 19 May 2016, the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament (“ECON”) published a working document on the European Commission’s proposal for a regulation (the “Proposed Regulation”) intended to...more

Maryland Expands Equal Pay Law to Prohibit Gender Identity Discrimination, Require Pay Transparency

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has signed into law a significant expansion of the Maryland Equal Pay Law, including new provisions to prohibit pay discrimination on the basis of gender identity and to make it easier for...more

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