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The tariffs that President Trump announced on March 8 currently apply to steel and aluminum articles imported from all countries except Canada and Mexico, at least temporarily. Scheduled to take effect on or after 12:01 a.m. on March 23, the tariffs will be applied to goods entered, or withdrawn from warehouse to consumption.
3/22/2018
OSHA’s “Bible” is the Field Operations Manual (“FOM”). Every action taken during an inspection through the issuance of citations is to be subject to the guidance issued in the FOM.
3/13/2018
After years of confusion, mortgage servicers now have a final, straightforward rule regarding exemptions to the new requirement to provide consumers in bankruptcy with periodic statements.
3/12/2018
As of last week, OSHA received about 214,000 electronically submitted 300A forms from 70,000 employers. Of those, some 20 to 30 percent were from establishments not required to submit them electronically. It seems a review of which employers are required to submit 300A forms electronically is in order.
2/22/2018
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced that it will conduct random audits of about 10 percent of all post-registration Declaration of Use filings going forward. This is a permanent extension of a pilot program launched by the USPTO in March 2017, following reports of increases in fraudulent claims of use and overly broad listings of goods and services by trademark applicants.
2/15/2018
In its en banc decision in In re: Larry Doiron, Inc., No. 16-30217 (5th Cir. Jan. 8, 2018), the Fifth Circuit considered whether a contract for performance of specialty services to facilitate the drilling or production of oil and gas on navigable waters was a maritime contract.
1/22/2018
The voices of those experiencing sexual harassment grow louder as employees continue to speak out about their personal experiences. With the power that comes from numbers and national awareness of this issue, employers should seize the opportunity by taking proactive steps that help foster a workplace environment that is free of sexual harassment and other misconduct.
12/7/2017
On November 7, 2017, the House of Representatives voted to pass the “Save Local Business Act” (H.R. 3441). The Save Local Business Act was introduced by Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL) and is a direct counter to the National Labor Relations Board’s controversial landmark 2015 ruling in Browning-Ferris Industries, which greatly expanded joint employer liability for businesses.
11/20/2017
In just a matter of days, on December 1, 2017, several amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure (the “Rules”) will go into effect, significantly altering the way creditors handle consumer-bankruptcy cases.
11/20/2017
The lack of flood insurance policies in the areas affected by the floods in Louisiana in August 2016 and those in the Houston area in 2017 has spurred much discussion about National Flood Insurance Program requirements for homeowners. With the NFIP set to expire this December, a case recently filed in Houston could add an interesting element to the debate in Congress over whether and how to address the program’s financial challenges.
11/7/2017
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