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  • The Ballard Spahr Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Resource Center
    We are actively monitoring federal and state government guidance and situation updates—and stand ready to help clients navigate Coronavirus-related business concerns. (Read More)
  • New USCIS Process for H-1B Lottery Begins March 1
    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is implementing a new electronic registration process for H-1B visas. (Read More)
  • DOL Issues Final Rule on Joint Employer Test
    The Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule last weekend that codifies a majority of the changes it proposed to the joint employer test in April 2019. These changes will take effect on March 16, 2020. (Read More)
  • Feds Propose Overhaul of Environmental Reviews for Controversial Projects
    The Trump Administration is proposing significant revisions to the implementing regulations of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) in an overhaul effort that the Administration is touting as a “modernization” of the NEPA review process. (Read More)
  • Money Laundering Watch: 2019 in Review
    We are highlighting 12 of our most-read blog posts. They address many of the key issues we’ve examined during the past year—massive bank scandals, beneficial ownership, potential AML reform, virtual currency, cannabis and financial institutions, counter terrorism financing, money laundering prosecutions, and broad policy and social questions implicated by AML concerns. (Read More)
  • GC Insights: SEC Issues Statement for Audit 
    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a Statement—signed jointly by the Chairman, the Chief Accountant, and the Director of the Division of Corporation Finance—on December 30, 2019, titled, “Statement on Role of Audit Committees in Financial Reporting and Key Reminders Regarding Oversight Responsibilities.” (Read More)
  • Labor and Employment Alert: NLRB's Latest Nod to Employers - Grievance Arbitration Test Rollback
    The National Labor Relations Board issued a decision this week that overturns an Obama-era ruling and revamps the test for determining when the Board should defer to labor arbitration awards. (Read More)
  • Health Care Reform Alert: Fifth Circuit Rules Individual Mandate Unconstitutional; Fate of Rest of ACA Remains in Doubt
    In a 2-1 decision, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals uphelda district court ruling that the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. However, the Fifth Circuit has sent the case back to the district court for further consideration on the extent to which the ruling invalidates other ACA provisions. (Read More)
  • Labor and Employment Alert: DOL Issues Final Rule on 'Regular Rate'
    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its final rule updating the “regular rate” requirements. The rule clarifies the types of benefits employers can provide without including their monetary value in the calculation of an employee’s overtime rate. The DOL released the rule December 12, 2019, and the new regulations take effect January 15, 2020. (Read More)
  • Labor and Employment Alert: Department of Homeland Security Establishes New H-1B Electronic Registration for Employers
    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will implement a new electronic registration process in the next lottery for H-1B visas. Employers seeking H-1B workers subject to the annual cap will be required to complete the online registration process and submit basic information about their company and each requested worker. (Read More)
  • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Briefing: A Little Extra: IRS Ups ACA Reporting Relief
    As in years past, the IRS announced it will give employers and insurers additional time to issue Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to individuals and will not penalize those who make a timely, good faith effort to comply with the related Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting requirements. New this year, the IRS added relief from penalties for insurers who do not distribute Form 1095-B to subscribers and employers with self-funded plans who do not provide that information to part-time employees. (Read More)
  • Health Care Briefing: Health Care and Price Transparency: The Latest
    Two new federal rules aim to improve health care price transparency. Both rules require that pricing information be made publicly available. (Read More)
  • Labor and Employment Briefing: Fluctuating Workweek in Flux
    The U.S. Department of Labor proposed regulations that would allow employers to use the fluctuating workweek pay method more broadly. However, last week the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found that the method violates the state minimum wage statute, just as the California Supreme Court did in Alvarado v. Dart Container Corp. (Read More)