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Current forecasts in the UK are that electricity demand will double in the next 30 years, due in large part to the proliferation of electric vehicles powered from the grid instead of from fossil fuels. Alongside this, the recent shortages of gas and the resultant skyrocketing of gas prices have highlighted to both the UK government and the public at large the vulnerability of the UK’s gas supply, as well as the potential for exploitation by less friendly foreign governments.
The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has just ended its consultation (CP21/29) on whether and how to permit the legacy use of one-, three- and six-month sterling LIBOR from 1 January 2022 to ensure limited market disruption for certain tough legacy loans that link to LIBOR but expire after LIBOR is discontinued. The FCA will require the LIBOR benchmark administrator to publish a “synthetic” LIBOR for the duration of 2022, beyond the cessation of LIBOR panels on 31 December 2021.
Most employment-based permanent residency applications require the applicant to go through the PERM labor certification process where the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) certifies that there are not sufficient U.S. workers able, available, and qualified to fill a position.
On May 18, 2023, the United States Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. v. Goldsmith, a case that presented the Court with an opportunity to bring clarity to the often highly subjective standards lower courts apply when deciding the issue of fair use of visual works of art under copyright law.
It is more important than ever that employers understand the serious long-term, non-monetary consequences of settling or accepting Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citations.
A new Washington law regulating employers’ use of production quotas or production standards for employees working at warehouse distribution centers (House Bill 1762) will go into effect on July 1, 2024.
As a part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 (CAA), Congress passed new exceptions to the Physician Self-Referral Law (Stark Law) and the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) allowing certain healthcare entities to provide mental health or behavioral health improvement and/or maintenance programs to physicians and other clinicians.
On May 17, 2023, the Texas Senate approved Senate Bill No. 14 (SB 14), prohibiting physicians from providing gender-affirming medical care to minors experiencing gender dysphoria (distress that results from having one’s gender identity not match one’s sex assigned at birth).
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