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GAO Protest Requires Fee and Specialized Filing Starting May 1, 2018

by Perkins Coie on

Starting May 1, 2018, the General Accounting Office (GAO) will require that all new protests (except those containing classified information) be filed using its web-based electronic filing system known as the Electronic...more

Diisocyanate Storage Tank Systems: American Chemistry Council Guidelines (March 2018)

The American Chemistry Council (“ACC”) issued a March 2018 document titled: Guidelines for Diisocyanate Storage Tank Systems (“Guidelines”) ...more

Expansion of the "Waters of the U.S." Rule Delayed; Replacement Rule in the Works

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

On February 6, 2018, the EPA formally suspended the Obama-era “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule until 2020. This delayed implementation will provide the Trump administration with additional time to issue a clearer, and...more

Latest Developments in Alternative Fuels for Rail Locomotives

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Prompted by regulatory changes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding emission standards for locomotives, several railroads and locomotive manufacturers have been working for several years to develop...more

Changes Imminent for GAO Bid Protests

New final rule implements electronic filing system and other key changes. GAO has implemented a formal electronic filing system and imposed a one-time, nominal filing fee. ...more

GAO Releases New Regulations for Bid Protests

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The GAO released its final rule implementing new regulations covering bid protests under its jurisdiction. In a previous blog post, we analyzed the proposed rules. The new regulations make changes consistent with the...more

Massachusetts Attorney General Releases Guidance for Employers on New Pay Equity Law

by Epstein Becker & Green on

The Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General (“AG”) recently issued an Overview and Frequently Asked Questions document (“Guidance”) for the Massachusetts Pay Equity Law (“Law”), which will go into effect on July 1, 2018....more

Massachusetts Recreational Pot Regulations Offer Little Guidance To Employers

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On March 9, 2018, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (“CCC”) filed its much anticipated recreational marijuana Regulations with the Massachusetts Secretary of State. ...more

Wisconsin and West Virginia Pass Biosimilar Legislation

by Goodwin on

Last week, both Wisconsin and West Virginia passed legislation intended to facilitate the dispensing and substitution of biosimilar products. Wisconsin and West Virginia join Michigan, which enacted House Bill 4472 on...more

And Alabama Makes 50

by Murtha Cullina on

On March 28, Alabama’s governor signed into law a data breach notification law. It is the last state in the country to do so, closely trailing South Dakota. ...more

Securities Commissions Provide Guidance on New Canadian Takeover Rules in Hostile Cannabis Bid

by Bennett Jones LLP on

For close to three months, M&A lawyers and other capital markets participants had been anxiously awaiting the release of written reasons from the Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC”) and the Financial and Consumer Affairs...more

Washington's Pay Equity Update Prohibits Wage Secrecy Policies, Ensures Equity in Advancement Opportunities

On March 21, 2018, Governor Jay Inslee signed the Equal Pay Opportunity Act (EPOA) into law, updating Washington’s 1943 Equal Pay Act. The 1943 Equal Pay Act created a private right of action for women who are paid less than...more

Michigan Bans the Ban: New Law Stops Local Government Regulations on Employer Inquiries

On March 26, 2018, Governor Rick Snyder signed an amendment to Michigan’s Local Government Labor Regulatory Limitation Act into law. Public Act 84 (2018) prohibits local government bodies from adopting or enforcing any local...more

Updated Protections and Safeguards Apply to Disability Benefit Claims Filed after April 1, 2018

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

At the end of 2016, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) published final regulations updating the protections and safeguards applicable to disability benefit claims. ...more

New digital media regulations

by Dentons on

Earlier this month, the National Media Council (NMC) released a set of Digital Media Regulations (the Digital Regulations) under the umbrella of Cabinet Resolution No. 23 of 2017 Concerning Media Content (the Media...more

#MeToo Comes to Washington State

In response to the #MeToo movement, lawmakers in several states are introducing bills aimed at curbing workplace sexual harassment and addressing how complaints and resolutions are handled by employers. Washington is no...more

Washington Law Prohibits Employers from Requiring Non-Disclosure Agreements Covering Sexual Harassment or Assault as a Condition...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law yesterday, March 22, 2018, a bill that addresses sexual harassment in the workplace. The law prohibits employers from requiring employees to sign a non-disclosure agreement...more

Massachusetts to Require CGL and PL Coverage for All “Marijuana Establishments”

by Wilson Elser on

In regulations finalized just before the March 15, 2018, deadline, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) has included a provision requiring the maintenance of liability insurance or an escrow account to cover...more

Increased Scrutiny of Worker Misclassification in Ontario

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In November 2017, Ontario’s Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, received Royal Assent. While many changes to Ontario’s employment laws have already come into effect, others are just around the corner....more

CFPB seeks comment on adopted regulations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has issued a request for information that seeks comment on its adopted regulations and new rulemaking authorities....more

DOH Finalizes Temporary Regulations For Clinical Registrants And Academic Clinical Research Centers

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) published the much anticipated final version of the temporary regulations under the Medical Marijuana Act applicable to Clinical Registrants and Academic Clinical Research Centers...more

Update - Cal/OSHA Hotel Housekeeping Injury Standard Effective July 1, 2018

by Fisher Phillips on

As we reported in January, after nearly six years of discussion and debate, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board (Board) approved a standard on “Hotel Housekeeping Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention.” The final regulation was recently...more

New ERISA Claims Procedures for Plans Providing Disability Benefits Effective April 1, 2018

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Administrators of employee benefit plans governed by ERISA should make sure now that the claims procedures contained in their affected benefit plans comply with new regulations applicable to disability benefits. • The...more

UK Law Firms Report Pay Disparities as Part of “Name and Shame” Regulations

by Fisher Phillips on

As we reported last November, businesses in the UK with 250 or more employees now are required publicly to report differences in pay between men and women on their own websites and also to upload such information to a...more

Overview of California’s Final Autonomous Vehicle Testing and Deployment Regulations – Fully Driverless Vehicles Permitted

• California’s new regulations lay out the requirements for manufacturers to obtain permits to test and deploy autonomous-vehicles on public roads. The regulations enable manufacturers to test fully driverless vehicles and...more

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