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On March 9, 2015, in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Ass’n, No. 13-1041, slip op. (U.S. Mar. 9, 2015), the United States Supreme Court effectively gave federal agencies carte blanche to interpret the regulations promulgated by those agencies without using a notice-and-comment procedure - even when a new interpretive rule is an about-face from a prior rule.
3/17/2015
In a slip opinion released on Monday, March 9, 2015, styled Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Ass’n, No. 13-1041, slip op. (U.S. Mar. 9, 2015), the United States Supreme Court effectively gave federal agencies carte blanche to interpret the regulations promulgated by those agencies without using the notice and comment procedure.
3/11/2015
For the past 40 years, OSHA has required the majority of employers with ten (10) or more employees to maintain records of workplace illness, injury, or death. Those same employers are also required to post the annual summary (300 logs) from February 1, through April 30, of the subsequent year (i.e., 2014’s summary is to be posted in 2015).
3/9/2015
According to the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (e.g., the National Hydrocarbons Commission; “CNH”), as of Tuesday, February 17, 2015, seven (7) additional companies have procured access to the data rooms from CNH in preparation for Mexico’s Licensing Round 1 shallow water tender.
2/18/2015
Update regarding Mexico’s Licensing Round 1 shallow water oil and gas tender. According to the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (e.g., the National Hydrocarbons Commission; “CNH”), as of Thursday, January 28th, 2015, twenty-three (23) companies have requested access to the data rooms from CNH in preparation for Mexico’s Licensing Round 1 shallow water tender.
2/6/2015
Effective January 1, 2015, Louisiana adopted the Louisiana Business Corporation Act (“Louisiana BCA”), which was drafted by Louisiana Law Institute’s Corporations Committee and replaces Louisiana’s Business Corporation Law. The Louisiana BCA is based on the Model Business Corporation Act (“MBCA”), a model act originally drafted fifty years ago by the American Bar Association Business Law Section Corporate Laws Committee.
2/5/2015
The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a proposed rule change that would rescind the existing Sex Discrimination Guidelines found at 41 C.F.R. part 60-20 and replace those provisions with new rules regarding current workplace practices as they pertain to federal contractors’ obligations. These are the first changes to these regulations in 40 years.
1/30/2015
Employers are increasingly under legal attack for employment law violations. How do you prepare for legal action taken against you? We recommend starting with an employment law audit and review of basic employment documents. When reviewing key employment documents, many employers often fall short of protecting themselves or may have illegal information contained within those key employment documents.
1/29/2015
Small oil production and storage facilities often overlook their obligations to develop and implement oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans. These requirements have been issued by the USEPA under the authority of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the Oil Pollution Act (OPA). The goal of a SPCC plan assist a facility in averting impacts from unplanned oil spills and to reduce the amount of oil from a discharge which reaches surface waters.
1/29/2015
On January 13, 2015, a bipartisan group of Senators lead by U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R- Utah) introduced the Immigration Innovation (“I-Squared”) Act of 2015. The I-Squared bill will increase the general cap on H-1B visas from 65,000 to 115,000. The bill also will allow the annual cap to increase in any fiscal year from 115,000 to 195,000, if so demanded by the market (e.g. when the H-1B petition filings exceed the cap).
1/26/2015