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  • Commerce Department Issues Interim Rule to Secure the ICTS Supply Chain

    Commerce Department Issues Interim Rule to Secure the ICTS Supply Chain

    Commerce Department Issues Interim Rule to Secure the ICTS Supply Chain | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Commerce press release dated: January 14, 2021)

    Pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13873, “Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services (ICTS) Supply Chain,” today U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross issued an interim final rule to address the national security, economic security, and public health and safety concerns related to ICTS Transactions. The rule will ensure the resilience of, and trust in, our Nation’s ICTS supply chain, and, for the purposes of this rule, identifies six foreign governments or foreign non-government persons as foreign adversaries: the People’s Republic of China (China), the Russian Federation (Russia), the Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran), the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), the Republic of Cuba (Cuba),...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor issues Two Wage and Hour Opinion Letters

    U.S. Department of Labor issues Two Wage and Hour Opinion Letters

    U.S. Department of Labor issues Two Wage and Hour Opinion Letters | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: January 8, 2021)

    Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced two opinion letters that address compliance issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). An opinion letter is an official, written opinion by the Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) on how a particular law applies in specific circumstances presented by the person or entity that requested the letter.

    The opinion letters issued today are:
    • FLSA2021-1: Addressing whether account managers at a life science products manufacturer qualify for the administrative employee exemption under the FLSA.
    • FLSA2021-2: Addressing whether the ministerial exception allows a private religious daycare and preschool to pay its teachers on a salary basis that would not otherwise conform with the requirements of the
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  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Issues Over 1.1 Million Dollars to Multiple Whistleblowers

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issues Over $1.1 Million to Multiple Whistleblowers | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release dated: January 7, 2021)

    Washington D.C., Jan. 7, 2021 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today announced awards totaling more than $1.1 million to five whistleblowers who provided high-quality information that led to successful enforcement actions. In the first order, the SEC awarded three whistleblowers almost $500,000 in connection with two related enforcement actions. The first whistleblower provided information that prompted the opening of an investigation. The second and third whistleblowers provided information that significantly contributed to the success of the actions, and contributed additional, helpful assistance to the investigative staff. In the second order, the SEC awarded nearly $600,000 to a whistleblower whose information cause...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor issues Guidance supporting Workplace Flexibilities through Virtual Communication

    U.S. Department of Labor issues Guidance supporting Workplace Flexibilities through Virtual Communication | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: December 29, 2020)

    Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) today announced new guidance in its ongoing efforts to support the American workforce through the pandemic recovery. As employers continue to meet the challenges presented to their businesses by the coronavirus, and as telework arrangements and virtual communication increasingly provide solutions, the agency provides additional guidance to maximize the benefits of these arrangements for employers and workers alike.

    Today’s guidance comes in the form of two new Field Assistance Bulletins (FABs):
    • FAB 2020-7 addresses when, as a matter of enforcement policy, WHD will consider electronic posting by employers by email or an internet or intranet
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  • U.S. Department of Energy Issues Report on Management and Beneficial Reuse of Used Lubricating Oil

    U.S. Department of Energy Issues Report on Management and Beneficial Reuse of Used Lubricating Oil | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Energy press release dated: December 23, 2020) Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy issued a report to Congress including recommendations for increasing the beneficial reuse of used oils and lubricants. Beneficial reuse includes turning waste lubricants like used motor oil into more valuable base oils, fuels, and other commodity products. This report examines the current status of the used oil industry and stakeholder perspectives and provides Congress with updates on market challenges and opportunities both domestically and abroad. “The Trump Administration is committed to promoting the safety and environmental sustainability of oil and natural gas,” said Deputy Secretary Mark W. Menezes. “This report will help inform federal policies...
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  • U.S. Internal Revenue Service issues Standard Mileage Rates for 2021

    U.S. Internal Revenue Service issues Standard Mileage Rates for 2021

    U.S. Internal Revenue Service issues Standard Mileage Rates for 2021 | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release dated: December 22, 2020)

    Washington - - The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2021 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

    Beginning on January 1, 2021, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:
    • 56 cents per mile driven for business use, down 1.5 cents from the rate for 2020,
    • 16 cents per mile driven for medical, or moving purposes for qualified active duty members of the Armed Forces, down 1 cent from the rate for 2020, and
    • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations, the rate is set by statute and remains unchanged from 2020.
    The standard mileage rate for business use is based on...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor issues Final Rule to Amend Tipped Employee Regulations

    U.S. Department of Labor issues Final Rule to Amend Tipped Employee Regulations | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: December 22, 2020)

    Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule protecting the tips of employees. This rule addresses amendments made to Section 3(m) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) of 2018. The CAA prohibits employers from keeping tips received by their employees, regardless of whether the employer takes a credit for tips earned by workers toward its minimum wage obligation to those employees under the FLSA (a “tip credit”). The rule also prohibits employers from allowing managers or supervisors to keep any portion of employees’ tips. “This final rule provides clarity and flexibility for employers and could increase pay for back-of-the house workers, like cooks and dishwashers, who have been excluded fr
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  • President’s Working Group on Financial Markets Releases Statement on Key Regulatory and Supervisory Issues Relevant to Certain Stablecoins

    President’s Working Group on Financial Markets Releases Statement on Key Regulatory and Supervisory Issues Relevant to Certain Stablecoins | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release: December 23, 2020)

    Washington - - The President’s Working Group on Financial Markets (PWG) today released a statement providing an initial assessment of key regulatory and supervisory considerations for participants in significant stablecoin arrangements with a U.S. nexus that are primarily used for retail payments. PWG Members welcome dialogue as U.S. authorities continue to assess the evolving technological and market landscape and U.S. regulatory framework with respect to stablecoins. “The statement reflects a commitment to both promote the important benefits of innovation and to achieve critical objectives related to national security and financial stability. Regulators will continue to look closely at stableco...
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  • Federal Reserve issues FOMC Statement

    Federal Reserve issues FOMC Statement

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    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release: December 16, 2020) The Federal Reserve is committed to using its full range of tools to support the U.S. economy in this challenging time, thereby promoting its maximum employment and price stability goals. The COVID-19 pandemic is causing tremendous human and economic hardship across the United States and around the world. Economic activity and employment have continued to recover but remain well below their levels at the beginning of the year. Weaker demand and earlier declines in oil prices have been holding down consumer price inflation. Overall financial conditions remain accommodative, in part reflecting policy measures to support the economy and the flow of credit to U.S. households and businesses. The path of the economy will depend significantly on the course of the virus. The ongoing public health crisis will continue ...
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  • EPA Issues Draft Guidance Clarifying Wastewater Permit Requirements Under Maui Decision

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Issues Draft Guidance Clarifying Wastewater Permit Requirements Under Maui Decision | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency press release: December 8, 2020)

    Washington (December 8, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced draft guidance that clarifies how the Supreme Court’s County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund decision should be applied under the Clean Water Act National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. This guidance will help clarify when a NPDES permit is necessary under the Clean Water Act. “EPA’s guidance will address several questions that the regulated community and others have raised since the Supreme Court issued its decision earlier this year,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for Water David Ross. “NPDES permits are essential tools that help protect our nation’s water resources. Understandi
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  • U.S. Department of State issues Statement addressing Treaty on Open Skies

    U.S. Department of State issues Statement addressing Treaty on Open Skies

    U.S. Department of State issues Statement addressing Treaty on Open Skies | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release: November 22, 2020)


    Statement attributed to Cale Brown, Deputy Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State:

    On May 22, 2020, the United States exercised its right pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article XV of the Treaty on Open Skies by providing notice to the Treaty Depositaries and to all States Parties of its decision to withdraw from the Treaty, effective six months from the notification date. Six months having elapsed, the U.S. withdrawal took effect on November 22, 2020, and the United States is no longer a State Party to the Treaty on Open Skies.
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  • Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement

    Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement

    Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement | site |



    (November 5, 2020) - - On November 5, 2020, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information: The Federal Reserve is committed to using its full range of tools to support the U.S. economy in this challenging time, thereby promoting its maximum employment and price stability goals. The COVID-19 pandemic is causing tremendous human and economic hardship across the United States and around the world. Economic activity and employment have continued to recover but remain well below their levels at the beginning of the year. Weaker demand and earlier declines in oil prices have been holding down consumer price inflation. Overall financial conditions remain accommodative, in part reflecting policy measures to support the economy and the flow of credit to U.S. households and businesses. The path of the economy will depend significantly on the course of the virus. The ongoing pu...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor issues Final Rule to update Adverse Effect Wage Rate Methodology

    U.S. Department of Labor issues Final Rule to update Adverse Effect Wage Rate Methodology to protect American Workers and Help American Farmers | site |




    (November 2, 2020) - - Today, November 2, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule that updates the methodology for determining the annual Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs) in the H-2A visa program. The AEWR is a minimum wage rate that provides a floor below which the wages of agricultural workers cannot be negotiated. Requiring employers to pay the AEWR when it is the highest applicable wage is the primary way the Department meets its statutory obligation to certify that the employment of foreign workers will not adversely affect workers in the United States similarly employed. The new rule improves the consistency of the AEWRs, provides stronger protections for workers, and establi...
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  • CDC Issues Framework for Resuming Safe and Responsible Cruise Ship Passenger Operations

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    (October 30, 2020) - - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published today, October 30, 2020, the following information: Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Framework for Conditional Sailing Order that introduces a phased approach for the safe and responsible resumption of passenger cruises. The Order establishes a framework of actionable items for the cruise line industry to follow so they can resume passenger operations with an emphasis on preventing the further spread of COVID-19 on cruise ships and from cruise ships into communities, and to protect public health and safety. The Order applies to passenger operations on cruise ships with the capacity to carry at least 250 passengers in waters subject to U.S. jurisdiction. Recent outbreaks on cruise ships overseas provide current evidenc...
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  • FTC Issues Annual Report to Congress on Protecting Older Adults

    FTC Issues Annual Report to Congress on Protecting Older Adults

    Federal Trade Commission Issues Annual Report to Congress on Protecting Older Adults| site |



    (October 19, 2020) - - Today, October 19, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published the following information:

    The Federal Trade Commission’s annual report to Congress on protecting older adults, issued today, provides a detailed look at the scams that most often affect adults over 60, as well as the FTC’s research, law enforcement, and education efforts aimed at protecting older consumers—a top priority for the agency.

    As part of the FTC’s efforts to understand how fraud is affecting older adults, the report, Protecting Older Consumers 2019-2020: A Report of the Federal Trade Commission, includes analysis of FTC consumer complaint data. In 2019, as in prior years, older adults (aged 60 and older) were less likely than younger adults (aged 20 to 59) to report losing money to fraud, but reported much higher individual dollar losses. In
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    Commerce Department Issues Interim Rule to Secure the ICTS Supply Chain
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    Commerce Department Issues Interim Rule to Secure the ICTS Supply Chain | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Commerce press release dated: January 14, 2021)

    Pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13873, “Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services (ICTS) Supply Chain,” today U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross issued an interim final rule to address the national security, economic security, and public health and safety concerns related to ICTS Transactions. The rule will ensure the resilience of, and trust in, our Nation’s ICTS supply chain, and, for the purposes of this rule, identifies six foreign governments or foreign non-government persons as foreign adversaries: the People’s Republic of China (China), the Russian Federation (Russia), the Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran), the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), the Republic of Cuba (Cuba),...
    01-20-2021, 10:51 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Labor issues Two Wage and Hour Opinion Letters
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    U.S. Department of Labor issues Two Wage and Hour Opinion Letters | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: January 8, 2021)

    Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced two opinion letters that address compliance issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). An opinion letter is an official, written opinion by the Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) on how a particular law applies in specific circumstances presented by the person or entity that requested the letter.

    The opinion letters issued today are:
    • FLSA2021-1: Addressing whether account managers at a life science products manufacturer qualify for the administrative employee exemption under the FLSA.
    • FLSA2021-2: Addressing whether the ministerial exception allows a private religious daycare and preschool to pay its teachers on a salary basis that would not otherwise conform with the requirements of the
    ...
    01-12-2021, 07:43 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Issues Over 1.1 Million Dollars to Multiple Whistleblowers
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issues Over $1.1 Million to Multiple Whistleblowers | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release dated: January 7, 2021)

    Washington D.C., Jan. 7, 2021 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today announced awards totaling more than $1.1 million to five whistleblowers who provided high-quality information that led to successful enforcement actions. In the first order, the SEC awarded three whistleblowers almost $500,000 in connection with two related enforcement actions. The first whistleblower provided information that prompted the opening of an investigation. The second and third whistleblowers provided information that significantly contributed to the success of the actions, and contributed additional, helpful assistance to the investigative staff. In the second order, the SEC awarded nearly $600,000 to a whistleblower whose information cause...
    01-10-2021, 12:11 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Labor issues Guidance supporting Workplace Flexibilities through Virtual Communication
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Labor issues Guidance supporting Workplace Flexibilities through Virtual Communication | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: December 29, 2020)

    Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) today announced new guidance in its ongoing efforts to support the American workforce through the pandemic recovery. As employers continue to meet the challenges presented to their businesses by the coronavirus, and as telework arrangements and virtual communication increasingly provide solutions, the agency provides additional guidance to maximize the benefits of these arrangements for employers and workers alike.

    Today’s guidance comes in the form of two new Field Assistance Bulletins (FABs):
    • FAB 2020-7 addresses when, as a matter of enforcement policy, WHD will consider electronic posting by employers by email or an internet or intranet
    ...
    12-31-2020, 06:02 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Energy Issues Report on Management and Beneficial Reuse of Used Lubricating Oil
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Energy Issues Report on Management and Beneficial Reuse of Used Lubricating Oil | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Energy press release dated: December 23, 2020) Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy issued a report to Congress including recommendations for increasing the beneficial reuse of used oils and lubricants. Beneficial reuse includes turning waste lubricants like used motor oil into more valuable base oils, fuels, and other commodity products. This report examines the current status of the used oil industry and stakeholder perspectives and provides Congress with updates on market challenges and opportunities both domestically and abroad. “The Trump Administration is committed to promoting the safety and environmental sustainability of oil and natural gas,” said Deputy Secretary Mark W. Menezes. “This report will help inform federal policies...
    12-29-2020, 01:56 AM

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