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Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Immigration Arrests Rise, Senate Bill Ties DACA to Increased Border Enforcement, and Higher Scrutiny...

Immigration Arrests Increase While Deportations Decrease - On Tuesday, December 5, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released their year-end immigration enforcement numbers. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement...more

DOT to Test Safety-Sensitive Transportation Workers for Additional Opioids - Employers May Need to Update Drug Testing Policies as...

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Safety-sensitive transportation workers in the aviation, trucking, rail, transit and pipeline industries, as well as certain U.S. Coast Guard employees, are required to submit to random drug testing under federal law....more

DHS Issues Draft Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

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In an effort to combat the ongoing epidemic of opioid misuse and opioid-related morbidity and mortality, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Opioid Prescribing Work Group (OPWG) recently issued Draft Opioid...more

Polyfluoroalkyl Substances: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Announces Cross-Agency Effort to Address PFAS

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a December 4th news release stating that it is initiating a “cross-agency effort” to address per and polyfluoroalkyl Substances (“PFAS”). The announcement...more

DOT Adds Synthetic Opioids to Drug Testing Panel

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As of January 1, 2018, employers regulated by the federal Department of Transportation (DOT) must include certain synthetic opioids in their mandated drug testing policies and programs. DOT published a final rule on November...more

Department of Transportation Forms Pilot Program to Integrate UAS into National Airspace

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Department of Transportation (DOT), in consultation with the Federal Aviation Administration, has announced details of the UAS Integration Pilot Program, a new program focused on developing and advancing new technologies,...more

Law Enforcement Forced to Learn New Skills—Criminals Turn to Drones

We know by now that there is a good chance someone is out there spray painting his drone black and taping over the lights so that he can get away with flying his drone into a prison yard to delivery contraband. But drones are...more

Department of Transportation Publishes Final Rule on Drug Testing

On November 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) published a final rule making significant changes to 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 40, which affects employers administering drug tests in the...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 16

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UNITED STATES - Regulatory—Policy, Best Practices, and Standards - United States and China Renew Promise Not to Hack - On October 4, U.S. and Chinese officials agreed to not engage in targeted hacking. Per a...more

K&L Gates Triage: Drones and Disruption in the Health Care Field

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In this latest episode on drones in health care, Tom DeCesar discusses how an increase in the prevalence of drone use may complicate existing health care operations, particularly through the disruption of air ambulances and...more

Administration’s Drone Pilot Program to Spur Innovative Drone Use

by Jones Day on

To promote the integration of drone technology, the White House’s three-year Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program partners the federal government with state, local, and tribal governments in the development,...more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — Japan

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Past deals have almost all been approved, but 2017 amendments to FEFTA widened the scope of review and strengthened enforcement mechanisms - Under the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act (FEFTA), the Ministry of...more

The Opioid Epidemic: Are We Headed Toward a Tipping Point?

by Burr & Forman on

Health care law and policy occupy a prime place in the current news cycle. Much of the attention revolves around the actions or inactions of Congress and the White House, particularly with regard to their impact on the future...more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — Canada

by White & Case LLP on

While few deals are challenged in Canada, national security reviews are becoming more common and complex - The Investment Review Division (IRD), which is part of the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic...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

Department of Transportation Forms Pilot Program to Integrate UAS into National Airspace

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In direct response to a Presidential Memorandum issued on October 25, 2017, the Department of Transportation (DOT), in consultation with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), announced details of a new pilot program...more

Cities Need Autonomous Vehicles Just as Much as Autonomous Vehicles Need Roads to Drive Down

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Slowly, in the background of our day-to-day lives, cities and their suburban counterparts have been gaining intelligence. Stoplights are timed and monitored by a suite of cameras and sensors; traffic patterns are tracked and...more

Trump Orders FAA To Get Drone Regulations Off The Ground

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Federal Aviation Administration has been slow to enact regulations allowing drones to operate commercially in the United States. In 2016, the FAA published rules allowing very limited use of drones for commercial...more

Drones: A Legal and Regulatory Update - Recent White House and Federal Court Action Impacting Future UAS Regulations

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The White House issued a Presidential Memorandum last week directing the Secretary of Transportation to establish an Unmanned Aerial Systems Integration Pilot Program to promote the safe operation of UAS, or drones, in...more

NESHAP/Clean Air Act: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Final Rule Addressing Publicly Owned Treatment Works/Residual Risk and...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a final rule addressing the Clean Air Act National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (“NESHAP”) for Publicly Owned Treatment Works...more

FAA Seeking to Quicken UAS Airspace Authorization Process

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently published notice in the Federal Register seeking permission to quicken authorizations for Part 107 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations in restricted areas. The FAA...more

FAA Grants CNN Approval to Operate Drones Over People in the “Real World”

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted CNN approval to operate drones over people in real-world conditions, which means that for the first time, drones will be allowed to fly over wide ranges of urban and...more

The Little Hoover Commission Issues Report on Special Districts

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The Little Hoover Commission released its highly anticipated report entitled “Special Districts: Improving Oversight & Transparency” last week. This was the Commission’s first look at special districts since it last studied...more

NTSB Criticizes FAA Oversight of Commercial Balloon Operations

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• In a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) board meeting concerning the crash of a hot air balloon after striking high-voltage power lines near Lockhart, Texas, the NTSB criticized the Federal Aviation Administration...more

Drone Collides with Commercial Jet in Quebec City

On October 12, 2017, a drone collided with a commercial aircraft while it was approaching Jean Lesage International Airport, in Quebec City. This is the first time that a drone has hit a commercial plane in Canada, according...more

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