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On January 9, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission held a public workshop to consider whether the FTC should issue a rule that would restrict or prohibit the use of non-competes in employment contracts.
On January 15, 2020, President Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Hu signed the long-awaited US-China Trade Agreement after nearly two years of a trade war that has resulted in crippling tariffs on almost $500 billion worth of bilateral trade.
Our readers will be aware that the USMCA (CUSMA) is on track for US ratification and – by most accounts – will come into force possibly as early as mid-2020. This is not a lot of time for company executives to prepare. In addition, the three USMCA Partners will soon be meeting to set USMCA implement
The federal government revealed in a recent report that of the $3 billion it recovered last year from companies charged with fraud and abuse, more than $2.6 billion involved the health care industry, marking the tenth consecutive year that the Department of Justice recovered more than $2 billion fro
On January 13, 2020, the Treasury Department, on behalf of the full Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), released the comprehensive final regulations to implement the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA). The final regulations take effect on February 13,
On January 10, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom submitted his 2020-21 State Budget proposal, which includes key changes that would affect the cannabis industry, such as consolidating the three State licensing agencies.
Third-country companies doing business with Iran’s construction, mining, manufacturing, or textiles sectors are now at increased risk of being sanctioned.
On January 12, 2020, the US Department of Labor (Department or DOL) announced that it is issuing a Final Rule that will update and revise its regulations issued under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA or the Act) that provide guidance on determining joint-employer status under the Act. 
Time is of the Essence: Effective January 7, 2020, New York employers who have an Employee Handbook must include in the Handbook a notice of employees’ rights to be free of discrimination and retaliation on the basis of their or their dependents’ reproductive health decisions.
The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (the SECURE Act) was passed on December 20, 2019, with most of its provisions taking effect as of January 1, 2020. 
On January 7, 2020, the Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the US Department of Labor (DOL) issued an Opinion Letter addressing calculating overtime pay for a non-discretionary lump sum bonus paid at the end of a multi-week training period. WHD Opinion Letter FLSA2020-1.
An importer of Giorgio Armani apparel secured victory from the Court of International Trade (CIT) in its dispute with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) over whether the importer was required under the US customs laws to pay duties on advertising fees and trademark royalty fees as part of the va
The USCIS has significantly changed the way it will conduct its annual H-1B lottery this year, and, although many questions remain as to the exact logistics, one detail has been confirmed. 
The National Advertising Division (NAD) of BBB National Programs, Inc. has changed its filing fees effective January 1, 2020.
After a year plus of waiting on pins and needles, the US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) imposed controls on its first “emerging technology” – software specially designed to automate the analysis of geospatial imagery.
In welcome news to most anyone who supervises, employs, credentials, or is a physician assistant, amendments to California Business and Professions Code Section 3500 et seq., effective January 1, 2020, significantly simplify the supervision requirements for PAs in California.
In a surprise holiday present, the State Department finally brought the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) into the 21st century by releasing an Interim Final Rule adopting cloud computing encryption standards that the Commerce Department adopted in 2015. Well, better late than never.
The Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) launched tools in late November that will assist businesses with California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) compliance, by increasing consumer control over data on all DAA participating companies through simple tools.
The Healthcare Group Purchasing Industry Initiative is providing guidance for practitioners involved in group purchasing activities in our member organizations and any part of the acute or long term care system.
New bipartisan legislation has been introduced to Congress that would authorize US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to seize imported merchandise that infringes design patents at the US border.
An Atlanta-based entrepreneur contends that retailer Target intentionally infringed on her trademark GARNISH AND GATHER for a meal-delivery service through its adoption and use of the mark GOOD & GATHER on an in-store food brand.