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The New Regulation on the Procurement of Goods and Services in the State-Owned Enterprises Sector
Makarim & Taira S., January 2020

On 12 December 2019, the new Minister of State Owned Enterprises, Erick Thohir, issued new Ministry of State Owned Enterprises Regulation No. PER-08/MBU/12/2019 on General Guidelines on the Implementation by State Owned Enterprises of the Procurement of Goods and Services (“MSOE Reg 8/2019”), which came into force on 16 December 2019. This regulation replaces the previous regulation, MSOE Regulation No. PER-05/ MBU/2008 as amended by MSOE Regulation No...

IT Outsourcing by Banks and Insurers Facilitated by Revised Regulations
Walder Wyss Ltd., January 2020

On 1 January 2020 the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) implemented various revised rules primarily targeting small banks (the so-called 'small banks regime'). Among other aspects, this will result in a relaxation of IT outsourcing requirements for financial institutions. In this respect, a revised FINMA Outsourcing Circular is available in English and German, French...

H-1B Visa Filing Season: New Registration Process Begins March 1
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

Why is H-1B Filing Season Important? This is the only time of year (with minor exceptions indicated below) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) accepts H-1B specialty worker petitions for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, 2020...

CMS Releases Bulletin Discussing Best Practices for Avoiding 340B Duplicate Discounts in Medicaid
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

On Jan. 8, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published an informational bulletin titled “Best Practices for Avoiding 340B Duplicate Discounts in Medicaid.”[1] The bulletin outlines seven regulatory strategies State Medicaid agencies may consider when developing policies for preventing the occurrence of duplicate discounts in Medicaid Fee-for-Services (FFS) and Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO) programs...

A Proxy Season Guide to 2020
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

The 2019 proxy season marked a year of continued changing voting behavior. Though patterns and trends of the past season do not seem to indicate changes beyond marginal impact, the 2019 season can serve to set expectations for the 2020 proxy season...

New California Laws Could Bring Difficulties in Employment Arbitration
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

New California laws could make it more difficult for employers to enforce employment arbitration agreements and now prohibit “no rehire” language in settlement agreements involving employment disputes.  Arbitration Agreements The enforceability of employment arbitration agreements has long been under attack in California...

2020 Rings in Legislative Changes for California
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

With the New Year, California rings in a lot of legislative changes, including a new standard for evaluating independent contractor classifications.  Here is what you need to know: Independent Contractors Effective Jan. 1, 2020, Assembly Bill 5 (AB-5) became law in California by adding section 2750.3 to the Labor Code.  AB-5 is the legislative response to the California Supreme Court decision in Dynamex v...

The SECURE Act
Verrill, January 2020

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (the “SECURE Act”) is the most far reaching new law affecting retirement benefits in more than a decade. This Client Advisory highlights key aspects of the SECURE Act that affect the design and administration of retirement plans, especially 401(k) retirement plans...

Paraguay: Anti-Laundering Legislation - Implications of Law 6.446 / 19
Vouga Abogados, January 2020

As part of Paraguay's commitment to the International Financial Action Task Force of Latin America (GAFILAT), in November 2019, the Executive Power enacted Law No. 6446 that creates a “General Directorate of People and Legal Structures and Final Beneficiaries ” Under the Ministry of Finance (hereinafter the Law), which will have the following functions:  Acting as the authority of application, replacing the Treasury Law, of Law No...

SECURE Act: Summary of Key Changes for Plan Sponsors
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

On May 23, 2019, by a vote of 417-3, the United States House of Representatives passed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement (SECURE) Act. Notwithstanding broad bipartisan support, the bill stalled in the United States Senate until Dec. 19, 2019, when it passed a budget reconciliation bill (H.R. 1865, the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020 [the “Act”]), which contains the provisions from the SECURE Act.  The president signed the Act on Dec. 20...

Retirement Plan Changes and “Cadillac Tax” Repeal Included in Domestic Appropriations Package
Hanson Bridgett LLP, December 2019

This week, Congress passed and President Trump is expected to sign a domestic spending package that includes significant changes affecting retirement plans in the SECURE (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) Act, and a permanent repeal of the “Cadillac tax” on high-cost employer-sponsored health coverage that was enacted with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The SECURE Act is the most comprehensive set of changes to retirement plan rules in many years...

MSHA’s Fall Regulatory Agenda — 2019
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2019

In November 2019, the Trump administration issued unified agenda of regulatory and deregulatory actions. Within the United States Department of Labor, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (“MSHA”) issued six notices – two in the prerule stage, three in the proposed rule stage, and one in the final rule stage. All of these actions are discussed in further detail below...

Wait, I Might Be Participating in a Boycott?
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2019

Recent enforcement actions initiated by the Bureau of Industry and Security’s (“BIS”) Office of Antiboycott Compliance (“OAC”) serve as a warning to U.S. persons (including U.S. companies) with business interests in and around the Middle East. It is easy for the complacent to run afoul of OAC’s Antiboycott Regulations when evaluating and responding to otherwise routine documents such as a letters of credit, shipping certificates, or purchase orders...

Omnibus Draft Bills to be Submitted to the House of Representatives
Makarim & Taira S., December 2019

Following the discourse of the upcoming omnibus law, the government recently announced that it will submit omnibus draft bills on job creation (“Omnibus Law on Job Creation”) and taxation (“Omnibus Law on Taxation”) to the House of Representatives soon.Omnibus law has become an emerging issue ever since it was mentioned during the President’s inauguration speech on 20 October 2019...

"Sunshine Law Shining a Light on Governmental Hospital Transactions" Ken Marlow in The Governance Institute's Public Focus
Waller, December 2019

Governance and social factors play a significant role in determining a hospital’s openness to change and its ability to complete a business transaction, be that a merger, acquisition, or other strategic partnership. For government-owned hospitals, tension between the goals of government entities and the goals of a hospital’s board, in addition to added legal complexities, may result in failed or generally avoided transactions...

Amendments to the USMCA Spotlight Labor Standards Compliance in Mexico
Haynes and Boone, LLP, December 2019

With the signing of a Protocol of Amendments (“PoA”) and the approval by the U.S. House of implementing legislation, the United States, Canada and Mexico are on track for final approval of the US-Canada-Mexico Agreement (the “USMCA”) by the middle of February 2020, which is the anticipated time frame for the vote by the U.S. Senate. If that proceeds as expected, the USMCA would take effect 90 days later, before the end of May...

Sener Reduces Requirements for Fuel Marketers and Distributors
Haynes and Boone, LLP, December 2019

Summary of Public Policy and Prior Amendments The Minimum Fuels Storage Public Policy (the “Public Policy”) was released by Mexico’s Ministry of Energy (“SENER”) on December 12, 2017. The objective is to improve energy security in Mexico and ensure adequate energy supply and competitive prices, through the establishment of mandatory minimum fuel inventories and reporting obligations...

Federal Council Adopts Dispatch to Improve Legal Framework for Blockchain and DLT
Walder Wyss Ltd., December 2019

On 27 November 2019 the Federal Council adopted a dispatch message to improve the legal framework governing distributed ledger technologies (DLT) in Switzerland. The Federal Council's objective is to increase legal certainty, remove obstacles to DLT-based applications and limit the risk of abuse. Parliament will examine the dispatch message in early 2020. The government's press release is available in English, German, French and Italian...

Government Scrutiny of Foreign Investment on the Rise – CFIUS Releases Annual Report to Congress
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2019

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”), the interagency panel at the Department of the Treasury that reviews transactions for potential national security risks, recently released the public version of its latest annual report to Congress...

Federal Bank Regulators Issue Guidance on Serving Hemp-Related Businesses
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2019

On Dec. 3, 2019, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC) in conjunction with the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) issued a joint statement entitled “Providing Financial Services to Customers Engaged in Hemp-Related Businesses...

An Introduction to the Proposed Omnibus Law
Makarim & Taira S., December 2019

According to the World Bank’s 2019 Doing Business index, Indonesia sits in 73rd position overall out of 190 countries in terms of ease of doing business. President Joko Widodo has set as a target increasing Indonesia’s ranking to 40th position. To boost investment and ease of doing business in Indonesia, in his inauguration speech on 20 October 2019, President Joko Widodo introduced the idea of enacting an Omnibus Law...

Say Hello to Renminbitcoin
TSMP Law Corporation, December 2019

Will the release of its digital currency be China’s next salvo in its bid for world domination?One of the biggest developments in global finance has recently occurred, but not enough people are talking about it. It features technology, money and a battle between global superpowers...

Shoosmiths Believe Fintech Offers a Bright Future for All
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2019

The fintech boom is changing rapidly both the way we work and how we conduct business. From managing our budgets and payments, to investments, insurance and obtaining loans and finance, fintech is steadily influencing everyday life. In a sector estimated to have attracted in excess of £2 billion in UK investment last year alone, Scotland hosts a thriving fintech community...

Carey’s contribution to ICLG
Carey, December 2019

Carey partner, Diego Peralta, and associate, Vesna Camelio, contributed to the Q&A section of the Chilean chapter in the first edition of the “Foreign Direct Investment Regimes: A practical cross-border insight into FDI screening regimes”. To read the full article, click here: https://www.carey.cl/download/filebase/noticias/_notes/Chilean-chapter-ICLG-Foreign-Direct-Investment-Regimes...

9th Circuit Skeptical of Government Interlocutory Appeal of Unprecedented Denial of Motion to Dismiss Qui Tam Case
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2019

In United States v. United States ex rel. Thrower, No. 18-16408, on November 14, a panel of the Ninth Circuit gave a skeptical reception to the Department of Justice (DOJ) argument that the district court’s denial of the government’s motion to dismiss a False Claims Act (FCA) qui tam complaint against Academy Mortgage Corporation (Academy) invaded the government’s “prosecutorial discretion...

 

 

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