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Author(s) - Pamela Howland
Holland & Hart News Update
In a historic vote, following three days of hearings before the House State Affairs Committee, the Idaho legislature voted this morning to hold a proposed bill in committee that would amend the Idaho Human Rights Act to make gender identity and sexual orientation protected classes. By doing so, the legislature essentially killed the bill. The 13 to 4 vote followed emotionally-charged testimony from 190 speakers, the majority of whom spoke in favor of the bill.
January 2015
Contributing Author, ABA Forum on Construction Law – Division 3 – Design, January 2015
Author(s) - Matthew Cavarra
Holland & Hart News Update
For U.S. companies, expanding sales internationally is both exciting and daunting. Prudent planning and a strong business plan significantly increase the chance of success. A strong business plan considers the pros and cons of selling direct, including the challenges of becoming familiar with the local market, its laws, language and cultural practices, not to mention the costs and challenges of establishing a local office with local staff. Further, in some countries, local laws require a local national act as the sales agent or have an ownership interest in the distributorship.
Holland & Hart News Update
On January 13, 2015, EPA published a Final Rule in its long-pending rulemaking regarding “the definition of solid waste used to determine hazardous waste regulation under Subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”).” 80 Fed. Reg. 1,694. In states where EPA administers RCRA requirements, the final rule becomes effective July 13, 2015.
Group health plans provided by employers to employees are subject to 40 years of federal regulation from ERISA, to COBRA, to HIPAA, to ACA. What many employers don’t realize is that the definition of group health plan is not limited to traditional major medical plans.