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|Export Compliance - Is YOUR Company Ready?|
Israel Garcia, Brian J. Kelly, Nelli Nikova; Bracewell & Giuliani LLP;
February 23, 2011, previously published on February 21, 2011U.S. export control laws protect the national security of the United States by, among other things, requiring U.S. persons to obtain approval prior to export or release of certain U.S. origin technology to foreign nationals. In this regard, new export control regulations have recently been enacted...
|Commission Establishes Procedures for National Emergency Alert System Tests|
Lerman Senter PLLC;
February 21, 2011, previously published on February 15, 2011The FCC has recently revised its rules to authorize national testing of the Emergency Alert System (“EAS”), which enables emergency information to be made available by broadcast stations on a national, state, or regional level. Every broadcast station that is part of the EAS network...
|Congress Expands Department of Defense Contacts Authority to Exclude Companies that Pose a Risk to Supply Chain Security|
Ronald D. Lee, Stephen Marsh, Ronald A. Schechter, Lauren J. Schlanger; Arnold & Porter LLP;
January 13, 2011, previously published on January 2011On January 7, 2011, the President signed the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (Act) into law. The Act contains new provisions enhancing the authority of the Secretary of Defense (Secretary) to address the risk that a company in the supply chain for a national...
|New Governors Act on E-Verify|
Christine Alber, David Grunblatt, Valarie H. McPherson, Avram E. Morell, Praveena N. Swanson, Jennifer B. Wexler; Proskauer Rose LLP;
January 11, 2011, previously published on January 10, 2011Within hours of being sworn into office, two newly-elected governors put E-Verify at the top their agendas. On January 4, 2011 Florida’s Governor Rick Scott (R) issued an executive order requiring state agencies and contractors to use E-Verify. A day later Governor Lincoln Chafee (I) of Rhode...
|The Legality of Compensatory Leave System Implemented by Employers in place of Overtime Pay|
Teresa Huang; Lee Tsai Partners;
December 14, 2010With the rising awareness of labor rights protection in recent years, enterprise employers are required not only to comply with existing labor laws and regulations, but also to enhance their communication and coordination with labor unions when formulating the internal personnel management system...
|Obligation to Withhold|
Patrick Rietbroek, Eugene Weultjes; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
November 15, 2010, previously published on October 29, 2010Wage tax and social security premiums on the wages of the employee must be withheld by a withholding agent. Therefore it is important to determine who is considered the withholding agent and who is the employee.
|Supervision on private placement will be enhanced through amendments to private placement laws and regulations|
Lisa Lee; Lee Tsai Partners;
October 28, 2010Article 43-6 to Article 43-8 were added to the Securities and Exchange Law during its amendment in 2002 when a private placement system was introduced. However, there have been instances where the system is abused and has been degenerated into an arbitrage tool for major shareholders for many...
|Plaintiff Failed to State Claims against Creditor Because Creditor was Not a Debt Collector under the FDCPA and his Defamation Claim was preempted by the FCRA|
Martin Thornthwaite; Strasburger & Price, LLP;
September 21, 2010, previously published on September 20, 2010McLaughlin v. Citifinancial Auto Credit, Inc., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 57898 (D. Conn. 2010)
|Court Finds Coverage Excluded for Shooting by Security Guard|
Edwards Angell Palmer Dodge LLP;
September 2, 2010, previously published on September 1, 2010A California Appeals Court recently held that a wrongful death action against a security guard who shot a man while on duty was excluded under an “assault and battery” exclusion, even if the security guard acted in self-defense. Michael Krause, Sr., et al. v. Western Heritage Ins. Co.,...
|Department of Homeland Security Proposes Fee Increases; U.S. Senate Passes Legislation Also Including Fee Increases|
Russell C. Ford, Daniel Maranci; Verrill Dana LLP;
August 23, 2010, previously published on August 9, 2010The Department of Homeland Security has proposed a roughly 10% increase to fees for petitions and applications, excluding naturalization (citizenship). Some frequently used petitions, such as the I-129 nonimmigrant worker petition (used for many nonimmigrant statuses such as H-1B and L-1) will be...