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The Fight for 15: Montgomery County, Maryland, Raises the Bar

Montgomery County, Maryland, has approved Bill 28-17, which increases the countywide minimum wage from $11.50 to $15.00. The nine-member Montgomery County Council voted unanimously in support of the bill on November 7, 2017,...more

Puerto Rico Labor Department Updates Regulations On Payment Of Annual (Christmas) Bonus

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Employers in Puerto Rico must comply with updated regulations on the payment of the generally required annual bonus to eligible employees. The Puerto Rico Department of Labor (DOL) updated the regulations, effective October...more

New Law Prohibits Prior Salary Inquiries and Requires Pay Scale Disclosure on Request

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Effective January 1, 2018, California Assembly Bill 168 (AB 168) prohibits asking job applicants about their salary history (including other forms of compensation and benefits), or otherwise seeking this information. Further,...more

Client Alert: Florida Minimum Wage to Increase in 2018

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced that, effective January 1, 2018, Florida’s minimum wage will increase from $8.10 per hour to $8.25. Employers may pay their properly tipped employees a lower rate of...more

New York State Enacts Comprehensive Criminal Conviction Sealing Law

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Enacted through the 2017-2018 New York State Budget, and effective October 7, 2017, a new law in New York State makes it possible for individuals convicted of certain criminal offenses to have up to two convictions sealed....more

Yes, Your Business Needs a Data Protection Officer

by Revision Legal on

On May 28, 2018, new data protections laws and regulations go into effect for the European Union (“EU”). The new regulations are called the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”)....more

China Strengthens Regulation of Pesticides and Creates Centralized Pesticide Bureau

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

China, the world’s largest producer and consumer of pesticides, is strengthening its regulation of agrochemicals. The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) recently issued revisions to the country’s pesticide registration...more

Digital Health: FDA Announces New Policy for Genetic Testing Regulation

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In another example of the FDA's revision of regulatory policies for digital health products, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced on Nov. 6, 2017, that the agency is extending its precertification model to low-risk...more

Can They Really Do That?

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Best Practices for Managing U.S. Border Searches of Electronic Devices - Effective October 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration & Customs...more

Health Care Newsmakers: Mandy K. Cohen, MD, MPH, Secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services

by Williams Mullen on

What is the opioid crisis and how did we get here? The opioid crisis is a devastating and complex issue. We arrived here on a path paved with good intentions. Twenty years ago, clinicians were encouraged to treat pain...more

Paid Family Leave in New York State

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The New York State soon will have among the most comprehensive paid family leave laws in the country. The New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (“PFL”) become effective January 1, 2018 and will require employers to provide...more

Competition Impact Review to Be Required for All New Chinese Regulations

by WilmerHale on

China's three Anti-Monopoly Law enforcement agencies—the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Commerce and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce—together with the Ministry of Finance and...more

Legislative Update: New Vulnerable Persons and POA Statutes

by Winstead PC on

On October 26, 2017, David F. Johnson presented “Legislative Update Impacting Fiduciaries,” to the Texas Bankers Association’s Advanced Trust & Portfolio Management Forum in San Antonio, Texas. This presentation discussed new...more

Indian Trust Land: Taxation of Leases and Permanent Improvements

Over the last few years, the Department of Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) updated the federal regulations on leases and rights-of-way on Indian trust land. Important tax provisions were included in the new...more

Amount PA Employer Can Pay to Surviving Family Increases to $10,000

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

An employer can now pay up to $10,000 of wages, salary, and employee benefits due to a deceased employee to their spouse, child, parent, or sibling (preference in that order) without the appointment of a personal...more

Draft legislation on public transparency and its influence on compliance

by Dentons on

On 24 October 2017, the Polish Government Legislation Center published draft legislation on public transparency ("Transparency Paper"). Our analysis of the Transparency Paper's legal solutions indicates that the law will have...more

Italy Issues New Rules on Hostile Foreign Takeovers and Golden Powers

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Italian Council of Ministers has approved law decree no. 148 (the Decree), extending the disclosure requirements on stakebuilding in Italian listed companies and the Italian government’s so-called “golden powers”. The...more

New California Law Restricts Employers From Giving Access to Immigration Agents

On October 5, 2017, Governor Brown signed Assembly bill (AB) 450, which will prohibit employers, under some circumstances, from providing consent to immigration agents to enter certain areas of the workplace. The law will go...more

Fintech Week in Review – October 2017

by Perkins Coie on

Below is a summary of some of the significant legal and regulatory actions that occurred over the past week. This alert is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all such developments, but rather a selection of...more

Puerto Rico Secretary of Labor and Human Resources Issues New Guidelines Governing Payment of the Christmas Bonus

by Littler on

The Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Labor and Human Resources (“PR DOL”) has issued a new regulation, effective October 18, 2017, to administer Puerto Rico’s Christmas Bonus Law, Act. No. 148 of June 30, 1969. The...more

NYC Commission on Human Rights Releases FAQs on Salary History Law in Advance of October 31 Effective Date

As we previously reported in April of 2017 and May of 2017, New York City employers may want to prepare for the New York City salary history law, which will go into effect on October 31, 2017. With limited exceptions, the law...more

California Bans Salary History Inquiries

by Smith Anderson on

Employers who routinely ask applicants about their salary history should be aware that in a growing number of jurisdictions that practice may be illegal. Last week, California became the fourth state to enact a law...more

Uncle Sam should be wary in partnering with Big Pharma on cancer treatments

Is Uncle Sam launching a way to speed and improve cancer treatments so they get to patients sooner—or is Big Pharma about to fleece taxpayers, yet again? The National Institutes of Health should carefully consider its just...more

New York City Ban on Salary History Inquiries Set to Take Effect October 31

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

Effective October 31, employers operating or recruiting in New York City will no longer be permitted to seek information regarding the compensation history of their job candidates. Under an amendment to the New York City...more

Kentucky's Electronic Recordkeeping Rule Is In Effect!

by Fisher Phillips on

The December 1 compliance date for federal OSHA’s new electronic recordkeeping portion of the new recordkeeping regulation is fast approaching. Known as “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses,” the new federal...more

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