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Interest in the EB-5 financing program has increased exponentially in the past year and is being explored by many developers and businesses in the United States as an alternative to traditional financing sources.
Heralded by debtor’s attorneys as “a wonderful loophole” in the Bankruptcy Code, a debtor who has primarily business, rather than consumer, debts can qualify for a speedy Chapter 7 discharge despite a high earning capacity that would permit the debtor to repay some, or even all, of her debt.
The Obama administration has partially delayed implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) “employer mandate” for a second time. The Treasury Department issued final regulations on February 10 giving medium-sized employers an extra year to become compliant with the employer provisions under the ACA.
"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).