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Just What the Doctor Ordered: Employer Guidance for Responding To Coronavirus Outbreak

Thu, 02/27/2020 - 15:31

The recent outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, has left many employers across the country grappling with how to effectively and lawfully protect their employees. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), there are currently tens of thousands of reported cases of the disease (recently named “COVID-19”) in China, with a growing number of cases in various international locations.   In the United States, the CDC has confirmed 14 cases and has tested a total of 426 individuals.  Another 39

President Trump’s Tax Cuts 2.0 Plan Expected in September

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 17:08

President Trump’s election-year “Tax Cuts 2.0” proposal is expected in September and could include a 10 percent tax cut for the middle class as well as a new minimum tax on corporations, according to latest reports. The White House has been talking for months about a new tax proposal timed with President Trump’s reelection campaign but the president’s advisors have been vague on details to date.Trump often touts the economic benefits of the 2017 GOP tax law that lowered the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, but critics say those benefits have been exaggerated.

EPA Issues Preliminary Lists Identifying Manufacturers Subject To Fee Obligations For EPA-Initiated Risk Evaluations Under TSCA Section 6

Sun, 02/16/2020 - 20:39

On January 27, 2020, EPA published the preliminary lists of manufacturers (including importers) of the 20 chemical substances that EPA designated as high-priority substances for risk evaluation and for which fees will be charged. 85 Fed. Reg. 4658. EPA states that where appropriate, entities may also avoid or reduce fee obligations by making certain certifications consistent with the final rule on fees for the administration of TSCA.

Pipeline Safety: Safety of Underground Natural Gas Storage Facilities

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 15:46

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is publishing this final rule to amend its minimum safety standards for underground natural gas storage facilities (UNGSFs). On December 19, 2016, PHMSA issued an interim final rule (IFR) establishing regulations in response to the 2015 Aliso Canyon incident and the subsequent mandate in section 12 of the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016.

TSCA Stakeholders Beware: Enforcement Is on the Rise

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 18:14

Federal enforcement of chemical product laws is alive and well, despite a broadly held misconception to the contrary.  We have seen over the past 18 months or so an uptick in federal enforcement under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).  We write to alert you to this fact and focus here on TSCA enforcement, as we believe we will see this trend continue in 2020.  We will devote a second client alert to FIFRA enforcement.  For more information, please read the full memorandum.Read more...

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