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Analysis of the Current Draft 2018 NDAA

by Holland & Knight LLP on

This is the first 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

The Obama Administration’s Overtime Final Rule: Unlawful and Revisited

by Benesch on

On October 30, 2017, the Department of Labor (the “Department”) filed a notice to appeal a decision by Judge Amos Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas, holding that the Overtime Final Rule (“Final Rule”) was unlawful. The...more

Ready or Not? Now’s the Time to Get Your Oil Spill Management Team OSPR Certification

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The California Office of Spill Prevention and Response (“OSPR”), within the Department of Fish and Wildlife, has been tasked with new responsibilities related to oil spill response. Assembly Bill 1197 (“AB 1197”), which was...more

With Overtime Appeal On Hold, When Should We Expect New Regulations?

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has granted a motion filed by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to hold in abeyance the DOL’s appeal of a district court decision that invalidated controversial federal...more

Whatever Happened to Those New Overtime Regulations? DOL May Be Sending a Signal with Its Notice of Appeal

Remember last year when everyone was getting ready for the big change to the salary threshold for the overtime exemption that was set to go into effect on December 1? And then, seemingly out of nowhere, a judge put a stop to...more

Energy Quarterly Report: FERC Updates & PHMSA Regulations - Q3 2017

by Benesch on

The Senate confirmed President Trump’s nominees to fill two of the four open seats on the FERC, producing a quorum for the first time since February. Neil Chatterjee (Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s energy advisor),...more

New Harassment and Discrimination Policy Requirement for Public Contractors

The Oregon Legislature passed HB 3060, requiring most public contractors to maintain specific policies and practices relating to sexual harassment, sexual assault, and discrimination against employees who are members of a...more

U.S. Department of Education Announces Further Delays to Borrower Defense to Repayment Regulations

by Hogan Lovells on

On October 24, the U.S. Department of Education (“ED”) published an interim final rule to delay until July 1, 2018 the effective date of selected provisions of what have become known as the borrower defense to repayment...more

Oregon OSHA Issues Proposal to Change Pesticide Application Regulations

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Oregon OSHA has proposed to adopt changes to its rules regarding the application of pesticides by agricultural employers. The new rules would...more

STB Revisits its Ban on Ex Parte Communications in Rulemaking Proceedings

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Surface Transportation Board has taken a significant step in modernizing its regulatory processes by proposing to eliminate its long-standing prohibition on ex parte communications in its informal rulemaking proceedings....more

TTB Reopens Comment Period for Three Notices of Proposed Rulemaking

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On October 11, 2017, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) reopened the comment period for the following three notices of proposed rulemaking... ...more

Client Alert: Administrator Pruitt Issues a Directive to Eliminate “Sue and Settle” Agreements in Environmental Regulation

On October 16, 2017, Administrator Pruitt issued a directive and accompanied memorandum that would eliminate “Sue and Settle” agreements that have been used during the past administration to influence U.S. EPA’s regulations. ...more

CPSC Initiates Rulemaking to Ban Some Flame Retardants

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In 2015, a group of consumer groups filed a petition with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) seeking to ban under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act the use of non-polymeric organohalogen flame retardants...more

DOE Directs FERC to Enact Special Compensation Rule for Coal Power

by Stoel Rives LLP on

By a notice issued yesterday, September 28, Rick Perry, the Secretary of Energy, utilized section 403 of the DOE Act to require FERC to cause organized energy market operators (ISOs/RTOs) to compensate “fuel secure...more

NRC Staff Recommends Not Pursuing a Potentially Costly Rulemaking regarding Radioactive Material, but Leaves the Door Open to...

by Bryan Cave on

Radioactive material is commonly used in the oil & gas and petrochemical industries and by cancer treatment providers. The use, storage, and transfer of radioactive material are often managed by companies’ health, safety, and...more

California and Washington, D.C. issue student loan servicing regulations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

California and the District of Columbia have recently released regulations under their respective student loan servicing laws. Each is taking comments on its regulations, but whereas California has merely issued proposed...more

Trump Administration Rulemaking Process to Redefine Scope of Clean Water Act – How Your Company Can Participate

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

One of the most difficult and costly aspects of developing mining projects in the United States is the permitting requirements under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The Trump administration is currently undertaking a rulemaking...more

MSHA Reopens Rulemaking on Workplace Examination Standard and Proposes to Delay Effective Date

On September 12, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) published in the Federal Register two proposed rules on Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines, reopening the rulemaking to consider two...more

Second Circuit Holds That the TCPA Does Not Allow a Consumer to Unilaterally Revoke Consent to Be Called That Is Part of an...

In Reyes v. Lincoln Automotive Financial Services, the Second Circuit was asked to address whether the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) “permits a consumer to unilaterally revoke his or her consent to be contacted...more

Wage and Hour/FLSA Update – DOL’s White-Collar Salary Threshold Struck Down (Again)

On August 31, 2017, a federal judge in Texas struck down an Obama-era Department of Labor rule that would have roughly doubled the salary threshold, under which all workers are guaranteed overtime under the Fair Labor...more

CFPB may narrow coverage of final payday loan rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

According to a Wall Street Journal article published this past weekend, “people familiar with the matter” are reporting that the CFPB’s final payday loan rule will be narrower in its coverage than the CFPB’s proposed rule....more

Back to School Rules Recap: Hospital and Physician Cheat Sheet on What CMS Did This Summer

by BakerHostetler on

Summer was no vacation for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The agency released a series of significant rules that signal the nature and pace of CMS Medicare payment and policy changes for hospitals and...more

Developers and businesses take note: as the feds roll back wetland regulation, California is stepping in

by DLA Piper on

Land developers, commercial property owners and industrial entities should closely watch the major shifts in the ways significant wetland habitats are regulated, as the Trump Administration strips away relevant federal...more

Court Decision May Slow SEC Approval of SRO Rules

The SEC must generally approve rules and rule changes by self-regulatory organizations, which are referred to as SROs. According to this SEC web page, there are 37 active SROs. The volume of rule filings submitted for...more

Oral Argument in Overtime Appeal to be Held in Early October

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has tentatively scheduled oral argument for the week of October 2 in a highly watched case involving revised overtime regulations that were supposed to become effective last...more

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