What will happen in the environmental and energy space in 2023? The last year saw transformative changes in the environmental and energy space in the form of historic spending through the federal Inflation Reduction Act, a major court decision involving hot-button topics.
Further expanding generous protected employee leaves, California now will require most private employers to provide up to five days of bereavement leave for a covered family member’s death. Assembly Bill 1949, which Governor Newsom signed, takes effect on January 1, 2023.
On December 5, 2022, the US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina held that the North Carolina State Health Plan (NCSHP) constitutes a “Health Program or Activity” under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In so doing, the court finalized its decision granting summary judgment.
The crypto winter is starting to look more like a crypto ice age. In addition to hundreds of billions of dollars in lost market value, the crypto industry has seen major industry players seek protection in bankruptcy court.
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued new guidelines effective December 3, 2022, changing the previous six month office action response period to three months. An extension of an additional three months can be obtained upon request and submission of a $125 fee.
On November 3, 2022, two consumers filed a putative class action complaint against a fast fashion company, claiming that the apparel company’s “Conscious Choice” clothing line deceived consumers into buying products labeled as made from environmentally friendly materials.
US environmental policy changes tend to occur at a glacial pace, particularly at the federal level. Frustrated with the pace of change, environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and state regulators are increasingly alleging “ESG” and sustainability-focused claims.
Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) class action lawsuits were heavily litigated again in 2022, as plaintiffs continued to target companies using biometric technology and their vendors. At the same time, avoiding liability continued to be a challenge for businesses defending BIPA cases
Under intensive regulatory, commercial, and academic oversight, and notwithstanding its widespread and rapid rate of adoption, biotechnology has produced huge gains in well-being that have flowed to society without any evidence of adverse health or environmental effects.
Since the US Supreme Court ruled in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (Dobbs) in June 2022, the impact of the Court’s decision continues to ripple across the health care delivery system. In this multi-part series, we will examine key components of a risk assessment framework,
The Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act is still on the table, and US Department of Justice (DOJ) is weighing in.
The proliferation of blockchain, cryptocurrency, and decentralized finance (DeFi) applications in recent years has been accompanied by a surge in patent filings worldwide by blockchain tech developers. And, despite some early reluctance of national patent offices to recognize the patentability.
Protecting trade secrets is critical for any company. Being proactive and consistent is the best way to keep your company’s secrets safe.
The Medical Marijuana and Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act (MMCREA) became law last Friday. The bipartisan legislation will roll back federal restrictions on medical marijuana research and the cultivation of research-grade marijuana.
On November 18, 2022, Luxembourg became the seventh country to announce plans to withdraw from the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), following in the footsteps of Poland, Spain, the Netherlands, France, Slovenia, and Germany.
On December 1, 2022, several important amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure (Rules) became permanent and will govern the procedures employed in cases filed under Subchapter V of Title 11 of the US Code (Bankruptcy Code).
In late September 2022, health care providers in Texas sued the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services (collectively, the Departments) over a recently issued final rule implementing the federal No Surprises Act (the NSA).
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While neutral rounding policies have historically been approved by California courts, the Sixth District California Court of Appeal recently held that employers who utilize timekeeping systems that can capture each minute worked by employees must fully compensate those employees for all time worked.
On November 29, 2022, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury issued a Notice of Initial Guidance (the Notice), which provides the first round of guidance with respect to the prevailing wage requirements and apprenticeship requirements introduced in the Inflation Reduction Act (the IRA).
In today’s competitive employment market, employee resignations are reaching near record-highs. Whether a separation is voluntary or involuntary, employee terminations often happen quickly and involve many moving parts. To protect the company and enhance enforceability.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its annual final rules related to both the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems for calendar year 2023 (the HOPPS Final Rule) and the Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule (the PFS Final Rule)
On November 18, 2022, a collection of organizations and providers that oppose abortion filed suit against the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), seeking — among other things — a permanent injunction.