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Senate Bill 621 Gives Part-Time Educators Their Proportional Share

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Senate Bill 621 will become effective on January 1, 2018. The bill amends Labor Code section 515.8 and is intended to address the ambiguities in Assembly Bill 2230 which was enacted last year....more

Proposed Amendment to Commercial Division Rule 11-g Seeks to Add Clawback Language to Standard Confidentiality Order

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Disclosure of Electronically Stored Information (“ESI”) has become a staple in commercial cases. Of course, with the vast number of documents and ESI being reviewed and the increased complexity in the review process, the...more

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Revisions to Local Patent Rules

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

On December 11, 2017, the Judges of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts proposed amendments to Local Rule 16.6 governing patent proceedings. The proposed amendments substantially rewrite existing Local...more

FRB Requests Public Comment on Proposal to Amend Regulation A

On December 4, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board (“FRB“) requested public comment on a proposal to amend Regulation A to make certain technical adjustments, including to reflect the expiration of the Term Asset Backed...more

SCOTUS declines to determine whether Title VII covers sexual orientation

by McAfee & Taft on

In a bit of a surprise move, the U.S. Supreme Court today passed on an opportunity to provide some long-awaited clarity on the interplay between sexual orientation and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In Evans v....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest, Featuring Topics on SEC/Corporate; Broker-Dealer; Derivatives; CFTC; UK, EU and Brexit...

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Requests Further Comments on the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Its Payments for Market Making Rule - On November 28, as part a retrospective rule review, the Financial Industry Regulatory...more

Reform of Australia's foreign bribery laws, and introduction of deferred prosecution agreements

by DLA Piper on

At a glance - On 6 December 2017, the Attorney General, Senator Brandis, introduced the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Corporate Crime) Bill 2017 (Bill) to the Senate (available here). The Bill introduces two...more

Ontario Issues Proposed Amendments In Support Of Biofuels

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On November 29, 2017, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (Ministry) issued proposed amendments to the Ethanol in Gasoline regulation (O. Reg. 535/05) and the Greener Diesel -- Renewable Fuel Content...more

SEC Proposes to Update Regulation S-K

by Baker Donelson on

Recently, the SEC proposed amendments based on recommendations made in the staff's Report on Modernization and Simplification of Regulation S-K. Regulation S-K specifies the contents of issuer securities offering disclosure...more

Bill 31: Alberta Beefs Up Its Consumer Protection Legislation

On November 29, 2017, the Alberta government introduced Bill 31: A Better Deal for Consumers and Businesses Act (Bill 31), which proposes a number of amendments to the Fair Trading Act (Act). The Alberta government...more

Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission Regulation 30 (Remedial Action Trust Fund Hazardous Substance Site Priority...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) issued a November 28th news release stating that the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission (“Commission”) will hold a public hearing on December 4th to...more

OPR Releases Comprehensive Package of Proposed Amendments to CEQA Guidelines

by Allen Matkins on

After a four-year long process, on November 27, 2017, the Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR) announced the availability of a comprehensive package of proposed amendments to the California Environmental Quality...more

Sweeping changes coming for Alberta’s occupational health and safety laws

by DLA Piper on

More than 40 years after its last in-depth review of Alberta’s occupational health and safety legislation the Alberta Government tabled Bill 30: An Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans, which passed...more

Important changes to the Model Land Lease Agreement (Ukrainian)

by Dentons on

On 22 November 2017, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved Resolution No. 890 On Introduction of Amendments into Certain Resolutions of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine (hereinafter referred to as Resolution No....more

Important changes to the Model Land Lease Agreement

by Dentons on

On 22 November 2017, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved Resolution No. 890 On Introduction of Amendments into Certain Resolutions of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine (hereinafter referred to as Resolution No....more

The introduction of Bill 30 brings the potential for significant changes to Alberta’s workplace laws

by Dentons on

On November 27, 2017, the Government of Alberta introduced numerous proposed changes to Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act and Workers’ Compensation Act. The proposed changes are contained in Bill 30: An Act to...more

Department of Labor Releases Final 18-Month Delay in Applicability Date for Portions of Fiduciary Rule

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On November 29, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) published final amendments to the Best Interest Contract Exemption and other exemptions that delay the applicability date of many of the requirements for...more

Illinois Salary Ban Fails, But This May Not Be The Last We See Of It

by Fisher Phillips on

An Illinois proposal that would have prevented employers from requiring applicants to disclose their prior wages or salary during the hiring process unexpectedly failed during the Illinois General Assembly veto session on...more

SEC Releases Proposed Amendments to Modify and Simplify Public Company Disclosure

by Goodwin on

The SEC has proposed many amendments to its disclosure requirements for public company reports and offering documents, based in large part on the SEC staff study contained in its FAST Act Report. Although largely technical,...more

The Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Executive Compensation

by Bracewell LLP on

On November 9, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee approved the House’s version of the tax reform bill (the “House Bill”) and voted to report it to the House floor for a full House vote. On the same day, the Senate...more

SEC proposes rule amendments under the FAST Act to modernize and simplify disclosure

by Hogan Lovells on

The SEC recently proposed amendments intended to update, streamline and improve its disclosure framework and to reduce the compliance burden for public companies. The proposed amendments, which are detailed in the proposing...more

Tax Reform Proposal Nixes Favorable Tax Treatment of Several Employee Benefits

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

On November 3, 2017, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Brody began the legislative consideration of Tax Reform by releasing an amendment (in the nature of a substitute) to the Tax Reform and Jobs Act (H.R. 1 hereinafter...more

California hazardous waste facility permitting will get harder: cost… unknown

by DLA Piper on

Permitted California hazardous waste facilities (HWFs) take note: the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), which regulates HWF activities, has proposed significant changes to the HWF permitting process....more

Historic and New Markets Tax Credits At Risk Under Current House Tax Reform Proposal

by BakerHostetler on

On Nov. 2, the House Ways and Means Committee released draft statutory text (the "Bill") of the proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Act"), the long-awaited Republican tax reform bill. On Friday, Nov. 3, Kevin Brady, Chairman...more

Post-Aqua: The Federal Circuit Vacated Denial Of Patent Owner's Motion To Amend

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

In Silver Peak Systems, Inc. v. Matal, No. 2015-2017 (Fed. Cir. Oct. 24, 2017), the Federal Circuit vacated the judgment of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and remanded the case for further proceedings consistent...more

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