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NLRB GC Boldly Defines Direction of Board Prosecution in New GC Memo

The new NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb has been fast at work. A short two weeks after being sworn in on November 17, 2017, the new General Counsel issued a memorandum making clear his intention to re-examine much of the...more

SEC About-Face, About Time, on ALJs

by Burr & Forman on

On November 29, the SEC did an about-face and admitted its ALJs are “inferior officers” (not merely employees) subject to the Constitution’s Article II appointment provisions. The Solicitor General’s brief on behalf of the...more

Battle of Acting Directors: Round One to Mulvaney

Earlier this week, a federal judge refused to grant a temporary restraining order preventing Mick Mulvaney from assuming the reins of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as acting director....more

US Supreme Court Permits Full 'Travel Ban' to Go Into Effect

by Morgan Lewis on

Pending further appeals, the Court’s decisions grant the federal government’s request to enforce President Trump’s September 24 executive order that limits entry into the United States by nationals from eight countries....more

Another Joint Employment Development, And Still More Uncertainty

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

For the last several years, “joint employment” (whatever that now means legally) has been anything but the gift that keeps on giving for employers. First, joint employment became a tool that the previous Administration locked...more

“Core Elements” Of TPP-11 Agreement Reached In Vietnam

by King & Spalding on

On November 10, 2017, Trade Ministers from the eleven remaining Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries (minus the United States) announced that they had reached an agreement on “core elements” of the renegotiated...more

Regulation of Cosmetics: Is Increased FDA Oversight on the Horizon?

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The cosmetics industry is booming. In 2016, sales of beauty products climbed to more than $400 billion, and that number likely will keep growing. Consumers assume that these products are safe and effective. But a recent study...more

Trump’s CFPB Pick: Major Impact for Industry and Consumers?

If recent media reports are accurate, the president intends to name current Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Whether or not...more

Federal court asked to decide who is CFPB Acting Director

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last Friday, November 24, effective at midnight, Richard Corday resigned as CFPB Director.  Earlier in the day, the CFPB issued a press release announcing that Mr. Cordray had named Leandra English, the CFPB’s Chief of Staff,...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - November 2017 #2

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - “Mid-Sized Businesses: Too Big to be Small and Too Small to be Big” House Small Business Committee Press Release, November 14, 2017. Retrieved from smallbusiness.house.gov The House Committee on...more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — France

by White & Case LLP on

Following the Montebourg Decree in 2014, the scope of activities covered by national security reviews has been significantly extended to several key industries...more

P3 Lawyer Appointed Federal Railroad Administration Chief Counsel

by Nossaman LLP on

President Trump recently appointed former Seyfarth Shaw LLP (“Seyfarth”) attorney Juan D. Reyes, III as Chief Counsel of the Federal Railroad Administration (“FRA”). Mr. Reyes was previously a partner in the real estate...more

Florida Legislature Tackles Public Record and Meeting Laws

by Bilzin Sumberg on

As the 2018 legislative session approaches, Florida legislators have been busy introducing and considering new legislation regarding public records and public meetings. Some of this legislation is expansive, and its adoption...more

Minnesota Supreme Court Upholds Governor’s Veto of Legislative Appropriations

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld Governor Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of appropriations for the Minnesota House and Senate for the 2018-2019 biennium. The Court acted with only a single dissent....more

Environmental Citizen Suits —A Growing Trend Under the Trump Administration

by King & Spalding on

In his first year in office, President Trump has begun to deliver on his campaign promise of rolling back environmental regulations—from the waters of the United States rulemaking to the Clean Power Plan. He has also proposed...more

FTC Fills Up With Trump Nominations

After making do with just two members since February, the Federal Trade Commission may soon be back at full capacity after President Donald Trump officially nominated two individuals to join the FTC, including one tapped as...more

Department of Transportation Forms Pilot Program to Integrate UAS into National Airspace

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In direct response to a Presidential Memorandum issued on October 25, 2017, the Department of Transportation (DOT), in consultation with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), announced details of a new pilot program...more

Peter Robb Confirmed as NLRB General Counsel

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Former management-side labor attorney Peter Robb was confirmed as the General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board, the last key piece to what many employers hope will result in the Board’s...more

Senate Approves Trump Nominee for General Counsel of NLRB: How This Will Impact Non-Union Employers

On November 8, 2017, the U.S. Senate confirmed Peter Robb as the new General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB" or "Board"). In private practice, Robb was a noted critic of the NLRB under the Obama...more

Senate Confirms President Trump’s Pick for National Labor Relations Board General Counsel

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

In September, President Trump nominated management-side labor and employment lawyer Peter Robb to replace Richard Griffin, whose term expired on November 4, 2017, as general counsel to the National Labor Relations Board. ...more

New CFPB enforcement chief to be appointed

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

While an official announcement has not yet appeared on the CFPB’s website, it has been widely reported that Kristen Donoghue will be appointed the CFPB’s new Assistant Director of Enforcement, effective November 17, 2017. ...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Fall 2017

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In the Winter 2017 edition of the Intellectual Property Bulletin, we reported on IP-related changes expected with the incoming Trump administration and the new Congress. Here we look at two such changes currently underway:...more

Initial House Proposal on Tax Exempt Bonds

by King & Spalding on

On Thursday, November 2, 2017, the House leadership released its long-awaited proposed tax bill for consideration by the Ways and Means Committee. Representatives of the tax exempt bond community had previously had...more

Massachusetts Lawmakers Hear Testimony on Non-Compete Legislation

The Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development held a hearing on Tuesday, October 31 to receive testimony on the several bills introduced this session addressing the use of non-compete agreements in Massachusetts....more

October 2017: The Top 11 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. October was no...more

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