On April 19, 2017, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice signed Senate Bill 386 allowing the use of medical marijuana in the state. The law creates a medical cannabis commission that will adopt the necessary regulations for the state’s Bureau of Public Health to issue marijuana patient identification cards beginning on July 1, 2019. The bureau also will inspect medical marijuana business, process applications, and issue business licenses to a limited number of growers and dispensaries.
On April 13, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finalized a regulation intended to stabilize the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces by creating policies beneficial to the insurance industry.
Eleven states currently limit employers' use of credit information in employment: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware (which currently applies only to public employers), Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.
On April 5, 2017, President Trump signed the congressional resolution disapproving Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) rule, “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain Accurate Records of Each Recordable Injury and Illness,” generally referred to as the Volks rule.
The People’s Republic of China has passed a new cybersecurity law that is set to take effect on June 1, 2017. While the law’s stated purpose is to fight hackers and is primarily aimed at internet companies, it has potentially far-reaching consequences for companies doing business in China.
On March 27, 2017, President Trump signed the congressional resolution disapproving the so-called federal contractor “blacklisting” rules that require federal contractors to disclose labor law violations.
On March 22, 2017, the SEC adopted an amendment to Exchange Act Rule 15c6-1(a) to shorten by one business day the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer securities transactions. Currently, the standard settlement cycle for these transactions is three business days (i.e., T+3). The amended rule shortens the settlement cycle to two business days (i.e., T+2).
Last week, the Tenth District Court of Appeals upheld summary judgment in favor of an institutional trustee where trust beneficiaries sued the trustee—after executing a release of the trustee for actions taken in administration of the trust— for negligence and breach of fiduciary duty.
Picture this: your company operates a website which allows users to post material such as music, drawings, videos or photographs. One day your company receives a letter alleging copyright infringement and demanding a large sum of money from your company because one of those user-generated posts included copyright-protected materials without the owner’s authorization.
Effective July 1, 2017, Seattle’s Secure Scheduling Ordinance requires certain large employers to establish predictable work schedules, involve their employees in scheduling practices, and ensure that employees may obtain additional hours of work before new employees are hired.