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Gavel to Gavel: Labor Board goes back to the future

by McAfee & Taft on

In its short time, the newly reconstituted National Labor Relations Board has returned to the past on important labor-management subjects. With the new administration in Washington, most observers expected the NLRB to revisit...more

Massachusetts Outlook: The Remainder of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

With the end of the 2017-2018 legislative cycle fast approaching, Beacon Hill’s agenda for the coming months has begun to take shape. All major policymaking will need to be concluded by the end of formal sessions on July 31,...more

President Trump Releases Infrastructure Proposal

by Downey Brand LLP on

On Monday, February 12, President Trump formally unveiled his proposed infrastructure package entitled “Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America.” The proposal outlined the following main goals...more

The FTC’s Clean Slate

For the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 2018 looks to be a year of transition, with President Donald J. Trump officially submitting four commissioner nominations for Senate approval....more

EPA Guidance Documents Are Not Enforceable Rules Says DOJ

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Companies regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have long complained that EPA too often uses guidance documents improperly, both to expand regulatory requirements beyond what the law permits and to avoid...more

The Fate of the CCR Rule “is” Still in Dispute

by Williams Mullen on

In May of last year, Environmental Notes reported on the many petitions that had been filed challenging EPA’s 2015 promulgation of a final waste management rule addressing the management and disposal of coal combustion...more

Trump Administration Releases FY 2019 Budget Proposing 18.3% Reduction in HUD Funding

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

This week, the Trump administration released its proposed budget for the 2019 fiscal year. Overall, the budget proposes an $8.8 billion (18.3%) reduction in the HUD budget from the 2017 enacted level, a more drastic cut than...more

EPA's Fiscal Year 2017 Statistics Reflect Accelerating Decline in Federal Environmental Enforcement

by BakerHostetler on

On February 8, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its environmental enforcement statistics for fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017). Because EPA’s fiscal year ends in September, the newly released statistics...more

The maturation of the duty to consult: Top ten developments of 2017 in Canadian Aboriginal law

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2017 in Canadian Aboriginal law proved to be a watershed moment for the Crown’s duty to consult, with the confluence of a number of high-profile appellate decisions—including a new trilogy of consultation cases from the...more

Trump Administration Seeks to Scale Back Environmental Requirements for Infrastructure Projects

by White & Case LLP on

The Trump Administration is proposing to revise federal environmental requirements and procedures in order to streamline the permitting and approval processes for infrastructure projects....more

The Oman Update - Official Gazette 1229

by Dentons on

Ministerial Decisions - Ministry of Finance - Ministerial Decision No. 8/2018 - Amending the Classification Guide of the General Budget of State (Annex 1), attached to the Executive Regulations of the Finance Law (MD...more

Congressional Leaders Announce Two Year Budget Deal - Votes Still Needed This Week to Avert Government Shutdown

With just one day left before the expiration of the current continuing resolution (CR) that is currently funding federal agencies, House and Senate leaders have announced a two year budget agreement that breaks the spending...more

Trade & Manufacturing - February 2018

by King & Spalding on

Trump Administration Imposes Tariffs On Imported Large Residential Washing Machines And Imported Solar Cells And Modules - On January 22, 2018, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that...more

BUDGET 2018/2019: The “Super Bowl” of State Government

Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles, and its passionate fans, for winning Super Bowl LII and bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania! Capitol Buzz celebrates your success, and the whole...more

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Update

A degree of uncertainty hangs over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) following the November 2017 resignation of its first director, Richard Cordray. On his last day in office, Cordray appointed his chief of...more

A Regulatory Reform Agenda for FERC

Deregulation was a major theme during the first year of the Trump administration, with President Donald Trump calling on agencies to strike two regulations for each one they added. Many have taken up this call for regulatory...more

NC Legislative Update - January 2018

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

JANUARY UPDATE - As directed in the adjournment resolution from October of last year, lawmakers gathered in Raleigh on January 10th, to gavel in for what became a one day-long session. The anticipated reason for their...more

NLRB Overturns Obama-Era Limitation on Employers' Ability to Implement Changes in Union Workplaces

by Payne & Fears on

The National Labor Relations Board has overturned E.I. du Pont de Nemours, 364 NLRB No. 113 (2016), a 2016 decision that limited changes employers could implement in union workplaces. The Board’s reversal means that...more

New Jersey Passes Penalty Bill for Prohibited Drone Operations

Last week, the New Jersey state assembly passed legislation, Assembly Bill 520 (the Bill), that provides for fines and prison terms for individuals convicted of unsafe and/or prohibited unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drone)...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | January 2018 #3

House Panel Questions FDA Officials on Food-Recall Audit - One day after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance on proposals to expedite product warnings and recalls, FDA and other health...more

Supreme Court Grants Cert in Lucia Case – Will Decide Whether SEC Administrative Law Judges are Subject to Appointments Clause

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to consider a case from the D.C. Circuit which may call into question the legitimacy of past rulings made by numerous administrative law judges (ALJ) across the federal government. The...more

Acting Director Mulvaney Announces End to Regulation by Enforcement

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

Acting CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney recently informed CFPB employees that the Bureau will no longer “push the envelope” with regards to enforcement of federal consumer financial statutes, presumably ending what has been...more

Alert: Antitrust 2018: Trends and Developments to Watch

by Cooley LLP on

1. Trump’s appointments set the antitrust agenda for 2018 - Almost a year into the Trump Administration, leadership at the Department of Justice Antitrust Division is now set. The Senate confirmed Makan Delrahim as...more

Freedom of Information Code of Practice Consultation

by Hogan Lovells on

The Government is consulting on various revisions to the Code of Practice for public authorities on their obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the “Act“). ...more

Sorry, We Are Closed – The Government's Budget Haggling And Its Impact On Event Cancellation Insurance

by Zelle LLP on

As the deadline for passing a permanent funding bill expired on January 19, 2018, the United States government shut down for the first time in over four years. At the heart of the current budget drama is disagreement amongst...more

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