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NYS Budget: The Impact of the Governor’s Proposals

by Harris Beach PLLC on

As New York state lawmakers prepare to learn details, schools and municipalities face impacts of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2019 spending plan. The State Budget, totaling $168.2 billion in spending calls for $100 billion in...more

West Virginia Legislative Brief: Commentary from Gil White

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Governor Jim Justice gave his second State of the State address on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018, the opening day of the 2018 Legislative Session. Leading up to the Governor's address, it was quite clear the financial outlook...more

Littler Global Guide - The Netherlands - Q4 2017

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New Coalition Agreement: Employment Law, in General - Proposed Bill or Initiative - On October 10, 2017, a new coalition agreement entitled “Confidence in the Future” was introduced to modernize the labor market, lower...more

Brewery Owners: Proposed Legislation Could Impact Satellite Operations

by LeClairRyan on

January in Richmond means the opening of the Session of the Virginia General Assembly. For at least the last seven years, the opening of the Session has also brought any number of potential changes to laws affecting Virginia...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - Welcome back! After an extended holiday break, both the House of Representatives and the Senate will return to Harrisburg for voting session next week. While it’s been quiet under the dome the last few weeks,...more

In California, Proposed Legislation To Increase Insureds’ Recoveries From Their Insurance Policies

by Carlton Fields on

After devastating wildfires, California legislators proposed greater wildfire insurance protection, drafting a set of bills. The most important proposed changes are as follows...more

Advances in Polish IP Law, part 2: Trademarks – graphic representation, renewal, partial transfer & enforcement by licensees

by Hogan Lovells on

The recently published draft of the Act amending the Industrial Property Law (14 November 2017) introduces fundamental changes in the provisions on trademark protection. Currently, the bill is being agreed upon in the Council...more

A New Governor Takes Office: What NJ Employers Can Expect

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Governor Phil Murphy—officially in office just two days—has already begun to implement many of the "progressive" policy changes he promised on the campaign trail and transform New Jersey into the "California of the East."...more

2018 Legislative Session –A Sampling of Health Related Bills Filed

The 2018 Florida Legislative Session began its 60 day trek to completion on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Both House and Senate will be debating various health related bills which may be of interest to healthcare providers in...more

Infrastructure Investment Is Republicans' 2018 Priority

by Hogan Lovells on

Congress has returned from the holiday recess with renewed focus on passing a major infrastructure package in 2018. Passage of a massive tax reform bill punctuated the president's first year in office with a major victory,...more

Employment Defense: It’s Raining Complaints

by Lewitt Hackman on

If you missed recent news regarding the #MeToo movement – welcome back from outer space! The Me Too movement has been sweeping the U.S. and the world since October 2017, encouraging women and men to speak up about sexual...more

Advances in Polish IP law, part 1: Patents – Indirect infringement, limitation of scope & state of the art searches

by Hogan Lovells on

The bill amending the Industrial Property Law, published on 14 November 2017, introduces important changes with respect to patent protection. The bill adapts the Polish provisions to the European Patent Convention, as well as...more

Trump Administration: 2017 Recap and 2018 Outlook

On January 20, 2017, businessman Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States following a contentious and unconventional 2016 presidential election. Republicans also successfully maintained control...more

AOB Reform Bill Passes Florida House, Senate Future Uncertain

On January 12, 2018, the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill (HB 7015) that would dramatically affect the way contractors and their lawyers use assignments of benefits (“AOBs”) in first-party property insurance...more

General Assembly Overrides Governor’s Veto: Maryland Employers Have Less Than 30 Days to Implement Paid Sick Leave

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Last year, we reported that Governor Hogan had vetoed legislation that would have required most employers in Maryland to provide paid sick leave. In one of its first actions in 2018, the General Assembly overrode the...more

2018 New York Legislative Session Preview

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New York State legislators made their annual return to Albany for the start of the 2018 legislative session with no shortage of issues to deal with. The state is facing its first major budget crunch since Governor Andrew...more

General Report from the Iowa Statehouse

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

This week the second session of the 87th Iowa General Assembly convened and is scheduled to last 100 days. However, the Republicans, which are the majority party in both chambers, made it clear that they are aiming to adjourn...more

Vermont Legislative Update 1-12-18 - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

The House Commerce and Economic Development Committee unanimously approved a bill this week, H.593, that includes a variety of consumer protection provisions that were considered but not approved last year. A similar bill...more

Legislation Exempting Tribes From The National Labor Relations Act Passes The House

by Varnum LLP on

The Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (TLSA) passed the House of Representatives in the afternoon on January 10, 2018, with a 239-173 vote. The TLSA, if it becomes law, will exclude "any Indian tribe, or any enterprise or...more

2018 California Public Agency Laws – Part I - Elections, Public Records Act, Revenue and Conflicts of Interest

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Legislature was busy in 2017, which means plenty of laws passed in Sacramento that will impact public agencies. In this three-part series, Best Best & Krieger LLP gives a comprehensive summary of the new laws...more

Residential leasehold: will good intentions lead to good law?

by Dentons on

In 2017 the Department for Communities and Local Government launched a consultation on "tackling unfair practices in the leasehold market" (see our related update). The government has now issued its response to the feedback...more

Bankruptcy Venue Reform Act Seeks to Limit Districts Where Debtors May File

by Hogan Lovells on

On January 8, 2018, Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced the Bankruptcy Venue Reform Act of 2017. The bill would require that individual debtors file in the district where their domicile,...more

Global Connection - January 2018

by Snell & Wilmer on

Dear Friend of Snell & Wilmer: The past year brought significant changes across a variety of political, legal, and policy spheres, and the world of U.S. international trade law was no exception. This edition of the...more

Joint Employer Standard Relaxed – For Now

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Business owners, franchisors, contractors, and staffing agencies can breathe a little easier – for the moment – following the National Labor Relations Board’s reversal last month of a controversial Obama-era standard that...more

Seeking foreign investors for your tech startup? Congress says, “not so fast.”

The U.S. Congress is currently considering legislation that would tap the brakes on foreign direct investment in the United States, particularly on investments in sensitive industries like artificial intelligence, robotics,...more

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