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HTMLHouston’s Equal Rights Ordinance is Part of a Larger Trend Toward Local Government Action
Joseph W. Gagnon; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on February 19, 2015
Citing the absence of federal action, an increasing number of states and cities are enacting statutes and ordinances providing for greater workplace protections than those afforded by federal laws such as Title VII and the FMLA. This can create heightened compliance burdens for employers, as...

 

HTMLOFAC and BIS Issue Revised Cuba Regulations
Sean Thomas Boyce, Michael P. Gurdak, Fahad A. Habib, Paul C. Hines, Johanna Oliver Rousseaux; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on January 2015
On December 17, 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama announced a historic shift in U.S. policy toward Cuba and pledged that in the coming months, the United States would reestablish diplomatic relations and ease certain aspects of its long-standing trade embargo against Cuba. Last week, the United...

 

HTMLWVDEP Files Proposed Legislative Rule Implementing AST Act
Mark D. Clark, M. Katherine Crockett, David L. Yaussy; Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on December 29, 2014
In the latest development relating to West Virginia’s new aboveground storage tank (“AST”) legislation, on December 22, 2014, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (“WVDEP”) filed with the West Virginia Secretary of State its proposed legislative...

 

HTMLEnactment Imminent for Section 529A Tax-Exempt Savings Programs for Disabled Beneficiaries
Leonard Weiser-Varon; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on December 17, 2014
On December 16, 2014 the U.S. Senate approved the Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) legislation previously approved by the House, authorizing state-sponsored tax-exempt savings programs for disability-related expenses. President Obama is expected to sign the legislation (which...

 

HTMLMunicipal Bond Interest Paid By a Bond Insurer After an Issuer’s Bankruptcy Discharge Can Remain Tax-Exempt
Maxwell D. Solet, Leonard Weiser-Varon; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on December 22, 2014
In the aftermath of recent municipal bankruptcies in which issuers proposed and/or implemented bankruptcy plans involving partial discharges of the issuer’s payment obligation on insured bonds, there has been increased focus on whether municipal bond interest paid by a bond insurer after the...

 

HTMLNew Telecommunications Privacy Rules for U.S. Broadband Providers
Bruce A. Olcott, Mauricio F. Paez, Preston N. Thomas; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
February 26, 2015, previously published on February 2015
Turn-of-the-century common carrier regulation is about to be imposed on providers of broadband internet services in the United States; all that remains to be determined is the details, and there are a lot of them in dispute. On February 4, 2015, Chairman Tom Wheeler of the Federal Communications...

 

HTMLUS Congress Expands Sanctions against Russia
Carol J. Bilzi, Simeon M. Kriesberg, Mickey Leibner; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 26, 2015, previously published on December 19, 2014
In response to Russian actions in Ukraine, the United States has imposed progressively stronger sanctions against Russia over the past several months, both by legislative and by executive action. The latest step was taken on December 13, 2014, when Congress unanimously passed the Ukraine Freedom...

 

HTMLThe New US Policy Toward Cuba: The Business Implications
Carol J. Bilzi, Simeon M. Kriesberg, Mickey Leibner; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 26, 2015, previously published on December 18, 2014
President Obama has announced that he is “charting a new course on Cuba,” including re-establishing diplomatic relations and easing the five-decade-long economic embargo. The President also directed the Secretary of State to review Cuba’s designation as a “state sponsor of...

 

HTMLFAA Issues New Proposed Rules for Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones)
Alais L. M. Griffin, Jordan D. Grotzinger, Adam Siegler; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 26, 2015, previously published on February 20, 2015
The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 addressed the integration of civil unmanned aircraft systems, also known as UAS or drones, into the national airspace system. The Act requires the Secretary of Transportation to develop, among other things, a comprehensive integration plan and rules...

 

HTMLPresident Obama Continues Push on Cybersecurity
Todd S. McClelland, Michael G. Morgan, Mauricio F. Paez, Katherine S. Ritchey, Gregory P. Silberman; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
February 26, 2015, previously published on February 2015
On February 13, 2015, President Obama spoke to attendees of the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection held at Stanford University. Calling the digital world a "sort of Wild Wild West," Obama and many corporate representatives announced developments intended to...

 


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