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|Florida Republicans Keep Governor's Mansion, Win Supermajority in Legislature and Control All Cabinet Offices|
Raquel (Rocky) A. Rodriguez; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
November 25, 2014, previously published on November 14, 2014Last week's Republican victories not only flipped the U.S. Senate, but they also gave Florida Republicans a veto-proof majority in the legislature. Republicans also retained the Governor's mansion, with incumbent Governor Rick Scott beating Democrat Charlie Crist (a former Republican governor who...
|FDA: Industry Must Address Cybersecurity Risks for Medical Devices.|
Theodore P. Augustinos, Sharon A. Blinkoff, Ellen Marie Giblin, Mark E. Schreiber, David S. Szabo; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
November 25, 2014, previously published on October 2014On October 1, 2014 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized guidance on recommendations to manufacturers for managing cybersecurity risks to better protect patient health and information. The purpose of the guidance is to encourage manufacturers to consider possible cybersecurity risks while...
|President Announces Plans for Business Immigration, Removal Relief|
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
November 25, 2014, previously published on November 21, 2014In a speech to the nation this evening, President Obama announced several initiatives to provide relief to the undocumented and to facilitate the hiring and retention of skilled workers. The President laid out a broad outline for administrative reform, with several agency directives now published...
|States Approve Numerous Tax-Related Measures in the Midterm Elections 2014|
David M. Kall, Susan Millradt McGlone; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
November 22, 2014, previously published on November 13, 2014Several states approved tax-related measures in this midterm election. These include a constitutional ban on income tax, an income tax cap, and a millionaire tax.
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
November 22, 2014, previously published on November 14, 2014Senate Republicans and Democrats, as well as House Republicans, held leadership elections this week. Senate Republicans unanimously elected Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as the new Senate Majority Leader when Republicans take control in January. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) was re-elected as Senate...
|Wind Farm Community Benefits ‘Are Not A Material Consideration’, Guidance Says ...|
Stephen Ashworth; Dentons Canada LLP;
November 21, 2014, previously published on November 5, 2014DECC have just published “Guidance of Community Benefits from Onshore Wind Developments“. The paper provides some great examples of the way in which contributions from windfarm operators can help local communities. It builds on the 2013 industry protocol that suggested a minimum annual...
|Failing to Correct Hazards, Pay OSHA Fines Gets U.S. Business Owner Taken into Custody|
Adrian Miedema; Dentons Canada LLP;
November 21, 2014, previously published on November 11, 2014An Illinois business owner has been taken into custody after his business failed to correct serious trenching hazards and pay Occupational Safety and Health Administration penalties. The case illustrates the personal risk to business owners and executives who neglect occupational health and safety...
|Sixth Circuit Sharpens Ford’s Focus on Payment of Overpayment Interest|
Timothy Santoli, Ryan Zucchetto; Dentons Canada LLP;
November 21, 2014, previously published on October 30, 2014While it appears that Ford’s petition for certiorari to the Supreme Court yielded Ford some of the answers it was looking for, Ford is still without the approximately $470 million in what it argues is overpayment interest. As we discussed in a previous article, the Supreme Court asked the...
|Unpaid Internships Receive Poor Report Card from Ontario Ministry of Labour|
Jon Pinkus; Dentons Canada LLP;
November 21, 2014, previously published on October 6, 2014Recently, the Ontario Ministry of Labour released the results of its recent internship inspection blitz, revealing that many internship programs violated the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”). In this blitz, the Ministry targeted the advertising, public relations, computer...
|New Ontario Safety Blitz Targets Large Number of Industrial Workplaces|
Adrian Miedema; Dentons Canada LLP;
November 21, 2014, previously published on November 7, 2014The Ontario Ministry of Labour will conduct a safety blitz of industrial workplaces from November 3rd to December 14th, 2014.