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"OSHA Regulation and the Growing Popularity of Employee Leasing Programs" - Including Temporary Worker Services and Professional Employer Organizations, authors: Adams and Reese attorney John Surma and Jeffry Carter, Senior Safety & Regulatory Advisor for RMS, February 10, 2014
On December 19, 2013, the Federal Reserve, OCC, and FDIC issued a Proposed Addendum to the Interagency Policy Statement on Income Tax Allocation in a Holding Company Structure. The agencies are currently soliciting comments, but we expect the Addendum to be adopted substantially as proposed.
On January 17, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court released its much-anticipated decision in the case of Ewing Construction Company v. Amerisure Insurance Company.
Over the years, the US Department of Labor Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”) has focused attention on healthcare workers and the safety issues they face in a variety of ways. In 1999 OSHA proposed implementation of an “ergonomics standard,” intended to reduce musculoskeletal injuries for a host of different occupations, including healthcare workers.
The Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans (HPML) Appraisal Rule, part of Regulation Z, goes into effect on January 18th of this year. At that time, many lenders will begin using the exemption relating to “certain streamlined refinancings” in order to avoid the implications of the HPML Appraisal Rule. See 12 CFR § 1026.35(c)(2)(vii).
On January 7, 2014, the Federal Register published the United States Department of Labor’s Semiannual Regulatory Agenda (“SRA”). The Regulatory Plan that is published as a part of the SAR includes a statement of the Department’s regulatory priorities and the regulations the Department wishes to highlight.
On December 11, 2013, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), issued its final supervisory guidance entitled “Social Media: Consumer Compliance Risk Management Guidance” (Guidance).
In two separate Chapter 11 cases, Courts addressed the issue of how to account for the proceeds of collateral paid to the Secured Creditor post-petition. In the Oregon case of In re Charles A. Grogan and Sarah A. Grogan, the proposed plan required the Debtor, an operator of a Christmas tree farm, to pay the entirety of lender Harvest Capital Company’s (“Harvest”) claim since Harvest was a fully secured creditor.
In late October, the primary Federal banking and financial industry regulators (Federal Reserve, SEC, CFPB, OCC, FDIC, and NCUA) issued a Proposed Interagency Policy Statement Establishing Joint Standards for Assessing the Diversity Policies and Practices of Entities Regulated by the Agencies. The agencies are required to adopt such a Policy Statement and undertake such assessments by the Dodd-Frank Act.
On November 7, 2013, the United States Department of Labor -- OSHA announced several proposed changes in rules regarding recordkeeping related to workplace injuries and illnesses under Part 1904 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
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