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2017 in Review: ERISA guidance and enforcement

In 2017, the principal focus in the administration of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), by the Department of Labor (DOL) appropriately remained one of the extraordinary developments...more

President Trump Re-Nominates Ann Marie Buerkle For Permanent CPSC Chairman and Dana Baiocco as Commissioner

With Congress back in session, on January 8th President Trump was swift to re-nominate Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle to be the permanent Chairman of the CPSC, along with a nomination for a second term as a Commissioner. ...more

Gov. Dayton Names Tina Smith to Replace Sen. Franken

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Yesterday, Gov. Mark Dayton named Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to fill the vacancy left by Sen. Al Franken's resignation from the U.S. Senate. Smith, formerly Gov. Dayton's chief of staff before becoming his Lt. Gov. in 2015, also...more

Legislative Client Alert: Franken Fallout

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

Following sexual harassment allegations, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) announced on Thursday, December 7, that he will be resigning in “the coming weeks” from his U.S. Senate seat....more

Seasoned Litigator Nominated to Replace Commissioner Robinson and Establish Republican Majority at CPSC

Yesterday, President Trump announced his nomination of Dana Baiocco to be a Republican Commissioner on the Consumer Product Safety Commission. If confirmed, Ms. Baiocco would take the seat of Commissioner Robinson, whose term...more

President Trump Nominates Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle as Permanent Chairman of the CPSC

Today, President Donald Trump officially announced his intent to nominate Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle to be the permanent Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Her new seven year term will begin on...more

Significant Changes to Consumer Product Safety Commission Expected Under New Administration

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) is an independent federal agency that administers the Consumer Product Safety Act (“CPSA”), 15 U.S.C. §§ 2051-2089, and has authority to seek civil penalties for alleged...more

Scott Gottlieb’s Stance on Biosimilars

by Goodwin on

On May 11, 2017, Scott Gottlieb was sworn in as the 23rd Commissioner of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Before his confirmation, Gottlieb was vocal about his disapproval of the FDA’s “well-established” attitude: an...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - April, 2017 #2

by Brooks Pierce on

This week at the Legislature, House members filed dozens of bills and tried to get as much accomplished as possible prior to the legislature's spring recess. Confirmations - The Senate continued the process of...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - April, 2017

by Brooks Pierce on

This week at the Legislature, Senate confirmation of Cabinet secretaries continued as Legislators filed dozens of bills ahead of filing deadlines. Confirmations - Senate committees are continuing the process of...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - March, 2017 #5

by Brooks Pierce on

This week at the Legislature, HB2 was repealed and replaced, Senate confirmation of Cabinet secretaries continued, and Legislators filed dozens of bills ahead of filing deadlines. HB2 “Reset” (HB142) - Thursday,...more

A Time For Unity

by Hogan Lovells on

Washington, D.C. based alumna Sarah Baker is on a break. For now, at least. Having worked from the Obama White House for the last five-plus years, she’s earned a little time to reflect and assess her options. And, given...more

If at First You Don’t Succeed . . . Nominate a New Secretary of Labor

On March 22, 2017, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee conducted Secretary of Labor nominee Alex Acosta’s confirmation hearing. Acosta was nominated on February 16 after President Trump’s first...more

SEC Pick’s Banking Ties Are an Asset

by WilmerHale on

Despite consternation from some quarters, Jay Clayton’s experience representing Wall Street firms and other public companies is an asset not a liability for the Securities and Exchange Commission. When President Donald...more

Updated Predictions on Patent Policy under the Trump Administration

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Earlier this year, the Shearman patent litigation team published an article predicting patent policy under the Trump Administration.[1] To briefly recap that article: President Trump has given few indications about where he...more

Privacy and Information Security a Top Priority in California under Xavier Becerra

by Fisher Phillips on

Governor Jerry Brown’s selection of Congressman Xavier Becerra to succeed (now Senator) Kamala Harris as the new Attorney General of California was a surprising move that brings into power in California a seasoned advocate of...more

NAFTA Watch - March 2017

by Benesch on

This publication is designed to provide our clients in the manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and related industries with monthly updates on any action taken by the Trump Administration, Congress and/or federal...more

President Trump's Address to Congress: The Path Forward for 2017

by Bryan Cave on

On Tuesday evening, President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress to outline the path forward for his 2017 policy agenda. The president’s agenda is ambitious, yet Trump signaled the White House’s desire to work with...more

EEOC and DOL Get New Leadership

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

As the Trump Administration continues to fill executive agency and department positions, it has recently named new leadership for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the United States Department of Labor...more

Senate Finance Committee Approves Nomination of Steven Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The US Senate Finance Committee approved the nomination of Steven Mnuchin to serve as Secretary of the Treasury, overruling an attempt by Senate Democrats to stall the nomination vote by boycotting the committee hearing...more

House and Senate Leadership and Committee Assignments Announced

Senate President Stan Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert DeLeo announced this week their leadership teams and committee appointments for the 2017-2018 legislative session. Retaining the core of his leadership team for...more

Second Time's The Charm? An Employer's Guide To Labor Secretary Nominee Alexander Acosta

by Fisher Phillips on

After his initial selection of Andrew Puzder was scuttled by staunch opposition from Democrats and worker advocates, President Trump nominated Alexander Acosta to be the country’s next Secretary of Labor. This Cabinet-level...more

Overtime Appeal Faces Further Delay

So what’s the future of the overtime regulations that were supposed to become effective last December, but then got blocked by a federal judge just before Thanksgiving? It appears that we are going to have to wait a while...more

DeVos Confirmed, Oral Arguments Set in Gloucester County, and Congress Introduces Education Legislation

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Last week, the United States Senate voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. DeVos’ confirmation hearings were contentious, as telephone switchboards in Congress were flooded with constituent calls opposing her...more

Trump Names New Nominee for Secretary of Labor

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Yesterday, President Trump’s then nominee for Secretary of Labor, Andy Puzder, withdrew his nomination ahead of his confirmation hearing given the increasing opposition to his nomination by both parties. Less than 24 hours...more

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