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UK Benchmarks Legislation Published

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Benchmarks) Regulations 2018 have been laid before Parliament and will come into force mainly on February 27, 2018. Certain provisions will come into force on July 1, 2018 and...more

Colorado House Passes Fracking Measure, Supports More Local Input Over Projects

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Colorado legislature took an important step toward solidifying greater community-control leverage over fracking operations via HB18-1071, introduced by State Rep. Joe Salazar (D-Adams) in January 2018. The bill would...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #6

Lawmakers hit the ground running today with Legislative Day 19, riding on good news on tax revenues that emerged late last week. On Friday, Governor Deal announced that the state’s tax revenues for the month of January were...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #5

House members have begun working in earnest on the FY 2019 Budget with several Subcommittees of the House Appropriations Committee soliciting testimony on the Governor’s budget proposal. Meanwhile, the General Assembly awaits...more

Time Is Almost Up on Efforts to Delay Start of Maryland Paid Sick Leave

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Employers are abuzz about the upcoming start of the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, which goes into effect this Sunday, February 11, 2018. Contrary to some local news reports, efforts to delay this bill have not yet...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #4

Legislative Day 17 was billed by some as “Health Day” under the Gold Dome. After the Georgia State Senate took up three health-related bills on its Rules Calendar, members of the House Appropriations Committee heard...more

Update on Senate Bill 306 Affecting Craft Breweries in Virginia

by LeClairRyan on

On February 5, 2018, the House of Delegates passed its nearly identical version of SB306, House Bill 422. HB422 did not contain the controversial three-barrel restriction that was stricken from HB422, but one key change was...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #3

All eyes are on the Amended FY 2018 Budget this week under the Gold Dome. By a vote of 167 to 8, the House adopted its Appropriations Committee’s recommendations for the Amended Budget, sending the funding proposition to the...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018

Although all signs this morning pointed to a quiet day under the Gold Dome, the halls quickly became abuzz with news of a compromise on HB 159, the adoption bill authored by Rep. Bert Reeves (R-Marietta). The masses got their...more

Iowa Residential Landlords - A 2017 Review and 2018 Preview

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Overall, 2017 was a decent year in terms of new legislation and case law for Iowa landlords. The Iowa Legislature passed two favorable pieces of legislation, and two decisions by the Iowa Supreme Court contained certain...more

A Look Ahead at Privacy and Data Security in 2018

2018 promises to be an interesting year in the world of privacy and cybersecurity. In this article, we highlight a few of the most notable developments we expect this year, including major developments in Europe, changes and...more

Iowa Statehouse Report - Week 3

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

This week saw a significant increase in the number of bills moving through the subcommittee and committee process. Some key developments from the week...more

House Financial Services Committee Advances 15 Bills

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The US House Financial Services Committee announced that it had advanced 15 bills, many of which would alter the regulatory framework for financial institutions. This group of bills also included a number of bills based upon...more

Sanctions Bill significantly amended by the House of Lords

by DLA Piper on

The Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill (the Sanctions Bill), introduced into Parliament on Wednesday 18 October 2017, received its third reading in the House of Lords on Wednesday 24 January. It is expected that the...more

Key Portion Of NYC’s Fair Workweek Law Put On Pause

by Fisher Phillips on

One of the key provisions of New York City’s Fair Workweek Law was just put on hold while a federal judge sorts out a constitutional challenge brought by two restaurant advocacy organizations. The “Deductions Law” portion of...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

Sexual Harassment Training Must Now Include Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sexual Orientation

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

In light of the substantial media attention given to sexual harassment issues in recent months, employers should anticipate new legislation on this topic. Senate Bill 396, however, was drafted before the increased focus on...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

Health Alert (Australia) 22 January 2018

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 15 December 2017 - Roy Hoppenbrouwer v Aurrum Pty Ltd T/A Aurrum Norah Head [2017] FWC 6747 - Application for an unfair dismissal...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

ASIC product intervention power for credit products

by Dentons on

Draft legislation to give ASIC a product intervention power in relation to financial products and credit products has been released by Treasury. Submissions on the draft legislation are due by 9 February 2018. This...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

Congratulations to Vermont

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Last week, the Vermont House and Senate passed H.511, which seeks to permit recreational- and adult-use marijuana in the state. The law would remove civil penalties by allowing individuals to possess one ounce or less of...more

Cheers to Lifting Blue Laws on Pub Brewers

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Separation of church and state? Not so much when it comes to some liquor laws. For centuries, the so-called “blue laws” have placed restrictions on the sale of alcohol in Massachusetts. To be clear, the U.S. Supreme Court...more

California Legislature Increases Benefits for Employees on Family Leave and State Disability

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

For periods of disability commencing on or after January 1, 2018, Assembly Bill 908 will increase the benefits provided to individuals in the Paid Family Leave and State Disability Insurance programs. AB 908 raises the level...more

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