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Utility-Scale Capacity: U.S. Energy Information Report Estimates Nearly 50 Percent of 2017 Installation Utilized Renewable...

The United States Energy Information Administration (“EIA”) issued a January 10th report (“Report”) stating that “nearly half of utility-scale capacity installed in 2017 came from renewables.” The information originates...more

The North Slope Is Really, Really, Getting Warmer. Drill, Baby, Drill

The Washington Post reported this week that Utqiagvik, Alaska (formerly known as Barrow), has gotten so warm, so fast, that NOAA’s computers can’t even believe it. The data for Utqiagvik (that’s hard to type!) were so high...more

Death by Overwork in Japan: Cultivating a Healthy Workforce From Across the World

In the wake of increased international focus on karoshi—a common Japanese term meaning “death by overwork”—Japan’s government and business leaders alike agree that Japan’s “culture of overwork” is a critical issue in need of...more

Competition Bureau releases draft FinTech recommendations for policymakers

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On November 6, 2017, the Competition Bureau (the “Bureau”) published its report on the Canadian financial services sector and FinTech. The report examined a wide range of FinTech activities and focused heavily on retail...more

UK Financial Stability Report Published

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The Financial Policy Committee of the Bank of England has published the latest UK Financial Stability Report. The FPC notes that the UK banking system is resilient and that UK banks are stronger than they were 10 years ago....more

Charting the Growth of Human Rights and Ethical Reporting in the EU

Increasingly, businesses across Europe must report on a wide range of ethical and related matters in addition to publishing their financial results. Requirements for businesses to undertake non-financial reporting have...more

Construction industry consultations underway (on adjudication, payment and retentions)

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In October, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) launched two consultations, to review payment, adjudication and retention practices in the English construction industry. Responses are required by...more

US Department of the Treasury: A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities—Capital Markets

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In October 2017, the US Department of the Treasury (Treasury) published a report titled “A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities” (Treasury Report). Treasury, under the direction of Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin,...more

November 27th U.S. Energy Information Administration Report: Biomass/Waste Fuels Constitute Two Percent of 2016 U.S. Electricity...

A November 27th United States Energy Information Administration (“EIA”) report notes that biomass and waste fuels constituted 2% of the total United States electricity generation in 2016. Biomass and waste fuels are stated...more

US Climate Science Special Report Reveals Significant Findings

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) has released the Climate Science Special Report (CSSR or the Report). Published on November 3, 2017, this US-focused authoritative climate change science assessment serves as a...more

Be Aware: Government select committees publish draft Bill on worker status

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The Work and Pensions (WP) and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committees yesterday published a joint report, A framework for modern employment, (Report) which contains a draft Bill which aims to take forward...more

Clean Energy/Cities: 2017 Sierra Club Case Study/Report

The Sierra Club has issued a case study report (“Report”) titled: Cities Are Ready for 100% Clean Energy - The Report identified 10 United States cities that have made commitments to be powered with 100% renewable...more

Easy Fix: Ways to Make an Agenda Work for You

Robert’s Rules just wouldn’t have clout if it didn’t provide a standard order of business. So, it provides a six-part agenda that can get you started... ...more

Tis the Season: The EEOC’s Year-End Reports Are Out Today

The EEOC’s fiscal year just ended and now it is releasing news of its successes. Although this is a look back, it gives us all insight as to what is important to the Commission and, perhaps, how we can stay off its radar....more

GAO Releases Climate Change Report

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On October 23, 2017, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the auditing agency of the US Congress, released a report on climate change titled, “Information on Potential Economic Effects Could Help Guide Federal Efforts...more

Feds Warn of Critical Infrastructure Attacks as CT Releases Report on Utility Company Cyber-Readiness

by Murtha Cullina on

According to Reuters, late on Friday, the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") and the FBI issued a warning in a report, sent to firms at risk of an attack, that critical infrastructure industries may have been targeted in...more

Whistleblower Protections

by DLA Piper on

On 14 September 2017, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services reported to the Senate its recommendations for reform to Australia's whistleblower protections in the corporate, public and...more

Evolution of the General Counsel - A TerraLex Report

TerraLex recently published The General Counsel Excellence Report 2017, which tracks the continuing evolution of the role of corporate general counsel to encompass important nontraditional areas of focus and responsibilities....more

Treasury Issues Report and Recommendations on Capital Markets

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 6, 2017, the US Department of the Treasury released a 220-page report on reforming the US regulatory system for the capital markets (Capital Markets Report). The Capital Markets Report includes 91 recommendations...more

What progress has been made by France as regards the fight against corruption?

by Bryan Cave on

The Group of States against Corruption of the Council of Europe (GRECO) released a report on 28 September 2017 of its assessment of the measures adopted by France to fight against corruption following the recommendations it...more

PCAOB Staff Inspection Brief Highlights Areas of Focus During 2017 Inspections

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The staff of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board recently published a Staff Inspection Brief regarding its 2017 inspections of registered audit firms. As described in the corresponding news release, the goal of the...more

Women and Workplace Safety: A Closer Look at the Data

According to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), women are less likely than men to incur workplace injuries, but the injuries reported by women are disproportionately unique to...more

Net-Metering/Arkansas Public Service Commission: Joint Report/Recommendations of Working Group Filed

A Joint Report and Recommendations of the Net-Metering Working Group (“Report”) was filed before the Arkansas Public Service Commission (“PSC”) on September 15th. See In the Matter of Net-Metering and the Implementation of...more

German Government Expresses Reservations About Alleged Anti-Competitive Effects of Common Ownership

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In July 2017, the German Government released a statement on common ownership. The statement responds to a report by the German Monopolies Commission (an independent advisory body composed of experts which publishes regular...more

Recommended reform to Australian whistleblower protections

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After public hearings and considering submissions and responses to questions on notice, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services (the Committee) published its report on Whistleblower...more

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