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Thanksgiving Message - Thanksgiving 1967 and 2017

by Sanford Millar on

My Thanksgiving Message is that our country is strong and there is reason to be optimistic. Why, look at some of the challenges we overcame 50 years ago; here is a brief recap using random points of comparison....more

Changes Ahead At the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

by Butler Snow LLP on

Richard Cordray was confirmed as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2013 under President Barack Obama. The CFPB was formed by Congress following the 2008 financial crisis. Although his term ends...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

Salary-Threshold Autopilot Still Possible

by Fisher Phillips on

A BloombergBNA report suggests that the U.S. Department of Labor is seriously considering retaining the Obama Administration's procedure (or something like it) for automatic "updates" to the compensation thresholds specified...more

Retrenchment on Cuban Sanctions; The Search for a Middle Ground

The Trump Administration has made good on its promise to cut back on the liberalized Cuban policy implemented by the Obama Administration with a new regime that introduces new travel restrictions as well as broad prohibitions...more

Sue and Settle is Gone: EPA Administrator Revises EPA Litigation Policy

by Williams Mullen on

A prominent characteristic of the Obama EPA was its close relationship with national environmental groups. The most controversial EPA rulemakings seemed to be the by-product of litigation settlements when environmental...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - November 2017 #2

Wheeling Resident David Zatezalo Confirmed to Lead MSHA - "In a strict party-line vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Wheeling resident David Zatezalo to lead the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. The vote to...more

US implements key changes to Cuba sanctions financial transactions and travel provisions

by Dentons on

Effective November 9, 2017, the US Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR)...more

Lights Out For The Clean Power Plan

by Bryan Cave on

On October 10, 2017, EPA Administrator Pruitt signed a Proposed Rule to repeal the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan—officially titled the Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric...more

With Overtime Appeal On Hold, When Should We Expect New Regulations?

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has granted a motion filed by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to hold in abeyance the DOL’s appeal of a district court decision that invalidated controversial federal...more

The USDA’s bioengineered food disclosure standard: Where are we now?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

More than halfway through the two-year period Congress gave the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop a disclosure standard and labeling procedures for bioengineered foods, the affected industries are still left with more...more

President Trump Blocks Sale of U.S. Company to Chinese Buyers Under CFIUS

by Williams Mullen on

On September 13, 2017 President Trump ordered that the acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation by Chinese purchasers be “prohibited” under CFIUS. While this is the first publically announced blocking of an...more

The Obama Administration’s Overtime Final Rule: Unlawful and Revisited

by Benesch on

On October 30, 2017, the Department of Labor (the “Department”) filed a notice to appeal a decision by Judge Amos Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas, holding that the Overtime Final Rule (“Final Rule”) was unlawful. The...more

Department of Labor's Fiduciary Rule

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

David Tittsworth, Ropes & Gray investment management counsel, analyzes the possible fate of the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule. ____ In April 2016, the Department of Labor issued a final rule that amends the...more

USDOL Appeals Ruling Against Its "Overtime Rule" (Updated 10/31/17)

by Fisher Phillips on

The U.S. Department of Labor, on October 30th has filed a notice that it is appealing September's summary-judgment ruling against the compensation-related changes the agency sought to make in regulations defining the federal...more

[Webinar] OSHA Fatality and Injury Reporting Rule: Lessons Learned - November 14th, 1:00PM ET

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

The Obama Administration rolled-out a major change to OSHA’s Fatality & Injury Reporting Rule, which resulted in thousands of more reports of incidents to OSHA. Now, three years into the new reporting scheme, this webinar...more

Waters of the United States/Proposed Recodification of Pre-Existing Rules: Arkansas Commenters

Thousands of comments have been submitted in regards to the United States Environmental Protection Agency and United States Army Corps of Engineers (collectively “Agencies”) July 27th, 2017 proposed rule titled: Waters...more

DOE’s Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule Offers Hope for Nearly Extinct Coal, Nuclear Plants

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of Energy’s recently-proposed grid resiliency rule offers new hope for nearly-extinct coal plants and endangered nuclear power plants operating in competitive organized wholesale power markets and, if...more

Trump Administration’s U.S. Interior Deportations Jump 34 Percent. Employers and Immigrants Must Be Proactive.

The Washington Post reported that deportations of undocumented immigrants living in the United States have significantly increased under President Trump’s Administration. The rise is attributable to increased immigration...more

Trump Track: Court Blocks Postponement of Methane Rule, But Battle Continues

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On October 4, the district court for the Northern District of California in State of California and Sierra Club, et al v. BLM, et al. held that BLM could not postpone its enforcement of various provisions of the Obama-era...more

Trump’s BLM Cannot Delay Implementation of Oil and Gas Methane Rules after Effective Date

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On October 4, 2017, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California held that the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) cannot postpone implementation of natural gas methane emission rules because such...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - October 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Court blocks Dept. of Interior’s move to delay Obama-era methane leak rule - The Hill - Oct 4 - On Wednesday a federal court set aside an effort by the Department of the Interior...more

Department of Education Rescinds Obama-era Title IX Guidance Document

by Hogan Lovells on

On September 22, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights issued a Dear Colleague Letter withdrawing the statements of policy and guidance reflected in two key documents about Title IX and sexual violence...more

Obama’s Proposed Overtime Rule is Overruled

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

As you may recall, in 2016 the Department of Labor issued a new overtime rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In nutshell, the new rule raised the salary threshold for employees exempt from overtime from $455/ week...more

September 2017: The Top 10 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. The law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, and September 2017 was no different. In order to make sure that you stay on top of the latest...more

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