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Executive Orders Impact Federal Agencies and Government Contractors

USA - February 5 2021 Since taking office, President Biden has issued Executive Orders covering topics from climate change to mask mandates. Some of these new Executive…

Washington, D.C. Passes One of the Most Robust Prohibitions on Non-Competes in the Country

USA - February 4 2021 Last month, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the Ban On Non-Compete Agreements Amendment Act of 2020 (“the Act”), which becomes effective…

February 2021 Visa Bulletin - China and India Continue to Slowly Advance (and Predictions for the Future)

USA - January 22 2021 The Visa Bulletin is released monthly by the Department of State and is used to determine when a sponsored foreign national can submit the final step…

EPA’s FY2020 Annual Enforcement Results Are In

USA - January 20 2021 Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) released its annual enforcement…

TCEQ Develops Standard Permit for Marine Loading Operations

USA - January 13 2021 On December 18, 2020, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) published notice of its intent to issue a non-rule standard permit for…

The EU Drive toward a Sustainable Battery Framework and Seeing Around the Corner in the US

European Union, USA - January 11 2021 The European Commission (EC)-the Executive Branch of the European Union (EU)-recently proposed a comprehensive regulatory framework for batteries…

TCEQ’s Request for NPDES Program Authorization for Oil and Gas Discharges Under Review

USA - December 30 2020 On November 27, 2020, the US Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") published notice that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality ("TCEQ") has…

Glue Manufacturers Who Defied 2016 FTC Settlement Subject to Historic “Made In USA” Judgment

USA - December 23 2020 The FTC has obtained a $1.2 million settlement in a follow-on action against glue manufacturer Chemence, the largest judgment for a Made in USA the…

EEOC Provides Guidance Regarding COVID-19 Vaccinations

USA - December 21 2020 On December 16, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its COVID-19 guidance with a new section pertaining to vaccinations…

December 2020 Visa Bulletin - Forward Momentum Dwindles

USA - November 23 2020 The Visa Bulletin is released monthly by the Department of State and is used to determine when a sponsored foreign national can submit the final step…