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Good Grammar Matters Under the Law

I have been accused by my children of being a “Grammar Nazi.”  After years of haranguing, they know better than to end a sentence with a preposition in my presence (and, hopefully, when I am not around).  Another of my pet peeves is the common… Read More
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Recent OSHA Final Rule on Recordkeeping Flouts D.C. Circuit Decision

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced last week a new final rule that purportedly “clarifies an employer’s continuing obligation to make and maintain an accurate record of each recordable injury and illness.&#… Read More
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D.C. Circuit Orders OSHA to Follow Notice and Comment Requirements When Imposing New Standards on Agricultural Retailers

A fundamental principle of administrative law is that federal agencies must provide the public with reasonable notice and the opportunity to comment on proposed administrative issuances that impose substantive obligations that did not previously exis… Read More
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Upcoming Webinar: Understanding the New DOL Overtime Rules

The Department of Labor (DOL) released the final rule updating the overtime regulations, which will automatically extend overtime pay protections to over 4 million workers within the first year of implementation. Starting on Dec. 1, 2016, the initial… Read More
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Are Your Employees Still Exempt From Overtime Under the New Department of Labor Regulation?

The Department of Labor this week announced a final regulation that changes the tests for determining whether executive, administrative, and professional employees are exempt from federal overtime requirements.  Now is the time to evaluate whether y… Read More
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CPSC Issues Record $15.45 Million Civil Penalty

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Gree Electric Appliances Inc., of Zhuhai, China; Hong Kong Gree Electric Appliances Sales Co. Ltd., of Hong Kong; and Gree USA Sales Ltd., of City of Industry, Calif., has agreed… Read More
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A Tale of Two Maps: Why Crop Insurance Is Different.

People often ask why Washington has to involve itself at all in providing crop insurance to American farmers. After all, homeowners across the country buy fire insurance, individuals buy life insurance, business owners buy casualty and liability insu… Read More
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For Crop Insurance AIPs, a New Financial Environment

USDA’s Federal crop insurance program has benefited from a unique public-private partnership that is one of the most successful in government.  USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) and Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) set the insurance p… Read More
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Arbitration in Federal Crop Insurance AIP-Farmer Disputes

This past year, USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA), which administers the Federal crop insurance program on behalf of USDA’s Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), quietly issued three new regulatory interpretations with deep implications fo… Read More
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New EPA Worker Protection Standard for Farmworkers

On September 28, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an advance publication of its revisions to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) for farmworkers.  The revised WPS imposes new requirements for farm owners to protect workers against t… Read More
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