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House Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • November 15 2017

On November 2, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee (the "House Committee") released the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Bill"), which proposes the


Independent Contractor Risks in the Digital Media Industry: What Digital Media Companies Can Do to Avoid Costly Mistakes
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • November 15 2017

It is no secret that the tech world relies upon freelancers. Coders, bloggers, website designers, and photographers, among others in the industry, are


CFPB Director Cordray Announces Departure to Bureau Staff
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • November 15 2017

In an internal email to CFPB staff (discussed here), Director Cordray announced that he will be stepping down by the end of the month. Industry


FTC Cleans Up “Free” B2B Marketing
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • November 15 2017

The FTC is no stranger to cracking down on businesses offering so-called “free” products, only to charge the consumer for them later on. It wasn’t


California Further Curtails Employer Consideration of Criminal History and Bans the Topic from the Interview Process Altogether
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • November 14 2017

California's statewide "ban the box" law takes effect January 1, 2018. The new law - which covers employers with five or more employees (including


The FTC Sees Red Over 1-800 Contacts’ Advertising Agreements with Competitors
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • November 14 2017

Usually this blog focuses on the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection challenging unfair or deceptive advertising. Not so today. Instead, we write


FDA Actions Smooth Pathway to Market for Genetic Health Risk Tests and Vitamin D Tests
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • November 13 2017

On November 6, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) announced a series of actions it is taking with regard to certain in


California Employers Can No Longer Ask About (or Consider) an Applicant's Salary History
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • November 9 2017

Starting January 1, 2018, employers will be prohibited from (1) asking applicants about prior salaries, (2) using salary histories as a factor in


Will FDA Be Forced To Eat Menu Labeling?
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • November 9 2017

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) gave our nation "Obamacare." The ACA also gave the FDA the obligation to adopt regulations requiring "a restaurant or


Federal Court Strikes Down IRS Temporary Regulations
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • November 7 2017

In Chamber of Commerce of U.S. v. IRS (September 2017), a U.S. District Court in the Western District of Texas struck down a U.S. Treasury Department