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|President Trump's Action Impacts Pipeline Operators by Requiring U.S.-Sourced Materials and Equipment for Pipeline Construction, Retrofits, Repairs, and Expansions|
Elizabeth B. Herdes; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
February 22, 2017, previously published on January 26, 2017On Jan. 24, 2017, President Trump took four executive actions that affect the oil and gas pipeline industry. In the first two, he directed the appropriate agencies to take expedited actions to the extent permitted by law to review and grant permits necessary to build the Keystone XL project and the...
|Governor Signs Puerto Rico Employment Law Reform|
Juan Felipe Santos; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
February 22, 2017, previously published on January 26, 2017Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló has signed the “Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act” (House Bill 453), a law that dramatically changes the employment landscape in Puerto Rico and provides more flexibility in the workplace.
|Freeze on Regulations|
John B. King; Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.;
February 21, 2017, previously published on January 2017On January 20, 2017, moments after President Trump was sworn in, his Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, issued a Memorandum to the heads of all executive departments and agencies. It stated that the President had asked him “to communicate to each of you his plan for managing the Federal...
|Companies Should Help Fight Foreign Cybersecurity Threats, Intel Chiefs Say|
Laura E. Jehl; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
February 20, 2017, previously published by Bloomberg BNA Privacy Law Watch Bulletin on January 6, 2017U.S. companies shouldn’t wait for Congress before taking action to address cybersecurity, top intelligence officials said at a Jan. 5 Senate hearing. Cybersecurity threats are real and demand immediate attention from companies as well as the federal government, Director of National...
|NY Governor Directs Contractors Doing Business with or Bidding on State Contracts to Disclose Employee Salary Information to Identify Wage Disparities|
Jennifer Michelle Gomez, Harold N. Iselin, Joshua L. Oppenheimer; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
February 20, 2017, previously published on January 23, 2017On Jan. 9, 2017, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed Executive Order 162, which requires state contracts and procurements entered into or issued as of June 1, 2017, to include new reporting obligations for contractors, subcontractors, and bidders. Employers seeking to contract with the State...
|Municipality Slides Away from Liability|
Jonathan Thoburn, George R. Wray; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
February 20, 2017In Martin et al v. the City of Barrie et al, 2016 ONSC 7830, the Ontario Superior Court found that the defendants were not liable for injuries suffered by the plaintiff when she went down a City-made snow slide during a winter festival and struck her tailbone on a chunk of ice that had become...
|Trump’s Cabinet Picks Begin Senate Confirmation Process|
Stephanie L. Adler-Paindiris, Howard M. Bloom, Jeffrey W. Brecher, Paul DeCamp, Joy M. Napier-Joyce, Michael H. Neifach, Paul A. Patten, Amy L. Peck, Philip B. Rosen; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
February 20, 2017, previously published on January 19, 2017With the approach of Inauguration Day, the Senate confirmation process for President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks is in full swing. Televised or streamed hearings are taking place involving Trump’s choices to lead the U.S. Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human...
|Brexit in the Supreme Court|
Addiped Cheng, Declan Grady, Gillian Sproul; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
February 17, 2017, previously published on January 25, 2017The UK Supreme Court yesterday decided that a parliamentary vote is needed before the UK government can trigger Brexit, dismissing the UK government's appeal against an earlier High Court decision to the same effect. Despite the constitutional significance of the Supreme Court decision, in practice...
|Proposed Changes to Federal Lease Accounting Standards|
Susan Elliott, Lori Ann Lange; Peckar & Abramson A Professional Corporation;
February 15, 2017, previously published on January 2017The Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) has proposed amendments to federal lease accounting standards found within Statement of Federal Financial Accounting Standard (SFFAS) 5, ‘Accounting of Liabilities of the Federal Government,’ and SFFAS 6, ‘Accounting for...
|The Future After Being First: Why I’m Hopeful About The Next Four Years|
Kimbrely Dandridge; Butler Snow LLP;
February 15, 2017, previously published on January 20, 2017In the past year, but particularly in the months since November 9, we have been forced to deal with the harsh reality that our nation is severely divided. Our generation, in partnership with our first Black president, has pushed society toward social justice and change, yet it is clear that racism...