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Army Corps of Engineers and EPA Seek Comments on Proposed Rule to Recodify Definition of Waters of the United States

On July 27, 2017, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (Corps) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposed rule to recodify the existing definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS). The rule would apply the definition of WOTUS as it existed before the 2015 Clean Water Rule. The proposed rule would rescind the 2015 Clean Water Rule and replace it with a recodification of the text that existed prior to 2015.

Author: VECarlbo
Posted: July 27, 2017, 7:21 pm

U.S. Department of the Interior Seeks Comments on Its Proposed Rule to Rescind the 2015 Oil and Gas Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal Indian Lands Rule

On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published a proposed rule to rescind the 2015 final rule entitled “Oil and Gas; Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Land.” BLM is proposing to rescind the rule stating that it is unnecessarily duplicative and burdensome. BLM is seeking public comments on the proposed rule.

Author: VECarlbo
Posted: July 27, 2017, 7:18 pm

USDA Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule for Establishment of Reporting Requirements and Information Collection for Pecan Growers

On July 21, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published a proposed rule addressing reporting requirements and information collection for pecans grown in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas. The rule would require all pecan handlers to submit forms to the American Pecan Council on inter-handler transfers, year-end inventory, and pecans handled throughout the year.

Author: VECarlbo
Posted: July 27, 2017, 7:12 pm

DOL Requests Information Regarding Overtime Exemptions under the FLSA

On July 26, 2017, the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor (DOL) published a Request for Information (R

Author: VECarlbo
Posted: July 26, 2017, 5:56 pm

DOL Requests Information Regarding the Fiduciary Rule and Prohibited Transaction Exemptions

On July 6, 2017, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) of the Department of Labor (DOL) published a Request for Information in connection with its examination of the final rule defining who is a “fiduciary” of an employee benefit plan as a result of giving investment advice for a fee or other compensation with respect to assets

Author: VECarlbo
Posted: July 24, 2017, 8:37 pm

DHS and DOL Issues Increases the Cap for H-2B Visas by 15,000

On July 17, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a temporary rule increasing the numerical limitation on H-2B nonimmigrant visas to authorize the issuance of up to an additional 15,000 through the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017.  To file for one of these additional H-2B visas, petitioners must meet all existing H-2B eligibility requirements. 

Author: VECarlbo
Posted: July 18, 2017, 9:50 pm

USCIS Delays Effective Date of International Entrepreneur Rule

On July 11, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a final rule delaying the effective date of the International Entrepreneur Rule from July 17, 2017 to March 14, 2018.

The final rule would have allowed international entrepreneurs to utilize the parole program to stay temporarily in the United States to grow their start-up businesses and create U.S. jobs. 

Author: VECarlbo
Posted: July 18, 2017, 9:40 pm

IRS Announces that it will Review Whether to Rescind or Modify Estate Valuation Proposed Regulations

On July 7, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2017-38,  that announced the agency would reviewing whether to rescind or modify proposed regulations (REG-163113-02) relating to the valuation of interests in a closely-held partnership or corporation for estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax purposes.

Author: VECarlbo
Posted: July 18, 2017, 9:18 pm

U.S. Department of Agriculture Seeks Information on Existing Rules

Pursuant to Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda” the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is requesting information to assist in identifying existing regulations that should be modified or repealed. 

USDA requests comments on several questions including the following:

Author: VECarlbo
Posted: July 18, 2017, 8:05 pm

FY 2018 Verification and Validation Forms

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Author: EMWilliam
Posted: July 13, 2017, 8:03 pm


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