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More Regulations Mean More Scrutiny

by Harris Beach PLLC on

The outcome of a government investigation could have serious repercussions for an organization. There are many reasons why such investigations are on the rise, whether they are prompted by a government agency or the...more

#MeToo Legal Impact Remains Unclear

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

The rise of the #MeToo movement is raising the question of whether sensitivity to sexual harassment of university employees will result in new policies and procedures similar to increased protections students received over...more

President Trump Releases Infrastructure Proposal

by Downey Brand LLP on

On Monday, February 12, President Trump formally unveiled his proposed infrastructure package entitled “Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America.” The proposal outlined the following main goals...more

Benefits for the Gig Workforce: Is there a Solution that Won’t Defeat the Business Model?

by Fisher Phillips on

Offering health, retirement, and workers’ compensation benefits to the varied gig workforce, while maintaining some affordability to the worker while also avoiding the 30 percent cost increase to businesses, has proven to be...more

President Trump Releases Infrastructure Plan

The White House released its long-awaited infrastructure plan on Monday, February 12. The plan would spend $200 billion over 10 years to leverage $1.5 trillion in total spending, give greater control and authority to state...more

Private funds key to Trump's infrastructure plans

by Hogan Lovells on

In his first State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress, President Donald J. Trump made investing in infrastructure a cornerstone of his vision for America....more

"Corporation" is Not a Four-Letter Word

by Jones Day on

The Situation: BlackRock, the world's largest money management firm, has issued a new call to corporate America: Take a leadership role in responding to broader social issues, including sustainability, diversity and economic...more

Treasury, State and Commerce Implement Regulations Pursuant to the Trump Administration’s Cuba Policy

• On November 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) took coordinated...more

Top Ten Laws Affecting California Employers in 2018

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

The California legislature and governor have had another busy year adding new laws and regulations for California employers. The changes hit virtually every aspect of the employment relationship – including applications,...more

“Honey, I Shrunk the Unions!” The Shift Towards Micro-Unions in the Gig Economy

by Fisher Phillips on

As union membership in the private sector continues to dwindle (down to 6.4% in 2016), the American labor movement finds itself at a crossroads with the momentous, non-union gig economy. Just as the economy has evolved...more

Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley Discusses the Evolving Structure of the US Treasury Market

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Federal Reserve Bank of New York President and CEO William Dudley delivered remarks to attendees of the Evolving Structure of the US Treasury Market: Third Annual Conference. President Dudley’s remarks focused on the four...more

Art in Public Places: Regulatory Burden or Opportunity?

by Bilzin Sumberg on

The concept of art in public places is well-established in the United States. As early as the 1930s, the federal government created New Deal programs that paid artists to create works of art for display in municipal buildings...more

Revised U.S. Regulations Support Cuba's Private Sector, but Travel Restrictions Remain

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Regulations implementing tightened U.S. policy towards engagement with Cuba have rolled back a number of Obama-era initiatives and are effective immediately. The Result: Provisions that encourage Cuban...more

Avoiding Data Breaches: Lessons From Regulations

by Revision Legal on

In January of 2017, an amendment to the Federal Acquisitions Regulation (“FAR”) went into effect related to protecting private personal information and requiring privacy training for all federal government contractors. The...more

Tis the Season: The EEOC’s Year-End Reports Are Out Today

The EEOC’s fiscal year just ended and now it is releasing news of its successes. Although this is a look back, it gives us all insight as to what is important to the Commission and, perhaps, how we can stay off its radar....more

2018 NDAA Analysis: DoD “Amazon” Bill Poised to Become Law

by Holland & Knight LLP on

This is the second blog post in a series of blogs analyzing the current draft of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as agreed-to by House and Senate negotiators on November 8, 2017. Stay tuned for additional...more

FAA Details Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program

by Perkins Coie on

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published a notice on the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program on November 8, 2017. Here is an overview of the program...more

Financial Action Task Force Guidance on Private Sector Information Sharing

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Financial Action Task Force has published new Guidance on private sector information sharing in the context of anti-money laundering and counterterrorist financing. The Guidance is intended to improve information sharing,...more

There’s no debate: freedom of speech presents challenging legal issues for workers and employers in the age of social media

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

John Pueschel, partner in the Winston-Salem office of Womble Bond Dickinson, examines the limits on employee free speech and use of social media against the background of recent events at Google and in Charlottesville....more

Australian Government Releases Draft of Private Sector Whistleblower Protection Law

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Currently, limited protections exist in Australia for private sector whistleblowers against victimization and detrimental treatment. The Development: The Australian government has released draft law that...more

Acosta Wants to Focus on the Gig Economy

by Fisher Phillips on

The on-demand economy recently got some attention from a very powerful source. On October 25, U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta stated during an event organized by the Jack Kemp Foundation that he believes...more

France: Macron's Reforms to the French Labor Code

by White & Case LLP on

The long-awaited reform of French employment law is now on track. France is reforming its French Labor Code - a touchstone of French economic life for over a century — the centerpiece of a promise to revitalize the French...more

"Ban-the-Box" Law Expanded to Private Employers

by Payne & Fears on

Assembly Bill 1008 broadens the current “ban the box” law beyond public employers to apply to private employers....more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

...On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced it was awarding nearly $2.5 million to a government employee who tipped off the SEC to a company’s wrongdoing. Although the SEC does not...more

Massachusetts Named Most Energy Efficient State for Seventh Consecutive Year by American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

For the seventh consecutive year, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) named Massachusetts the most energy-efficient state in the United States. The council’s 11th annual report, released September 28,...more

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