The Obama administration proposes rules that allow spouses of H-1B visa holders to obtain employment in the United States

The Obama administration proposes rules that allow spouses of H-1B visa holders to obtain employment in the United States

On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, the Obama administration unveiled proposed rules that would grant employment authorization to spouses of skilled workers (H-1B visas holders) that have been sponsored by their employers for permanent employment in the United States. Currently, 85,000 new H-1B visas are issued each year, 20,000 of which ... Read More »

New HHS risk assessment tool designed to facilitate HIPAA/HITECH compliance

New HHS risk assessment tool designed to facilitate HIPAA/HITECH compliance

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has recently released a new security risk assessment tool for the purpose of aiding covered entities and business associates in their never-ending duty of ensuring HIPAA/HITECH compliance with their operations.Under HIPAA/HITECH, covered entities and business associates must conduct regular risk assessments of ... Read More »

FDA issues “deeming regulations” covering additional tobacco products including electronic cigarettes and cigars

FDA issues “deeming regulations” covering additional tobacco products including electronic cigarettes and cigars

On April 24, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its long-awaited proposed regulations (Deeming Regulations) to bring electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, water pipe (hookah) tobacco, dissolvables and nicotine gels (Newly Covered Products) under the agency’s tobacco regulatory authority. The Deeming Regulations would subject Newly Covered Products to ... Read More »

Appellate court rules that trial court failed to consider city ordinance prohibiting workplace discrimination

Appellate court rules that trial court failed to consider city ordinance prohibiting workplace discrimination

In October 2011, James Hoover, assistant superintendent in charge of operations at the City of Elyria’s water pumping plant, made several racially discriminatory comments toward Lamont Jackson, an African-American, part-time employee; calling him “Black Buck,” “Big Black Buck,” and “BBB” throughout the work day. These comments were made in front ... Read More »

Russian law now enables electronic (digital) signatures, e-invoicing and full electronic document flow

Russian law now enables electronic (digital) signatures, e-invoicing and full electronic document flow

It has now become a real possibility in Russia to operate a fully automated electronic document flow system both between contracting parties and in relation to state authorities. The law enables electronic execution of contracts, digital signature, e-invoices and all features of electronic accounting including electronic VAT invoices and other ... Read More »

The Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority is taking steps toward an increased consumer protection

The Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority is taking steps toward an increased consumer protection

The Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority (Sw. Finansinspektionen) believes that the consumer’s position in the financial market in general is good despite significant conflicts of interest and complexity of many services. The range of financial services and the options have increased in the past decade. This leads to more financial decisions ... Read More »

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