Search Results Archives: November 2015

November 30, 2015

Diverse Parties Say Federal Biotech Rules Confusing

Editor’s Note: The Framework is subject to the Data Quality Act including the requirement that federally-disseminated documents posess “utility.”  See here.

From: Bloomberg BNA/Chemical Reporter

By Pat Rizzuto

Nov. 27 — The federal approach to regulating bioengineered products is a confusing labyrinth, according to companies, trade associations, advocacy groups and scientists.


“Developers of products sometimes cannot easily ascertain whether potential products would be subject to regulations,” said the American Society of Plant Biologists, which joined nearly a thousand organizations and individuals that submitted comments on the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology.

November 27, 2015

Obama plans aggressive regs push in final year

From: The Hill


The White House quietly released its formal rulemaking schedule late last week, revealing the administration’s latest plans for regulations currently in the works at agencies across the federal government. The fall Unified Agenda suggests Obama has no intentions of slowing down the process during his final year in office.

The document sets 2015 and 2016 deadlines for major rules on everything from food safety and drones to electronic cigarettes and workers’ exposure to harmful silica dust.

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November 24, 2015

OMB Says DOL May Publish Final Rule on White Collar Exemptions in July 2016

From: The National Law Review

That’s when the final rule on the white collar overtime exemptions is expected to be published by the DOL – this according to the OMB’s Fall 2015 Unified Agenda and Regulatory Plan released last Thursday.  Just one week earlier the Solicitor of Labor, M. Patricia Smith, reportedly told attendees at a conference that the DOL was targeting a release in “late 2016.”

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November 23, 2015

White House unveils regulatory agenda

From: The Hill

By Lydia Wheeler

The White House on Friday unveiled its semiannual regulatory agenda, detailing the rules that federal agencies will make top priorities in the next year.

The Obama administration’s fall Unified Agenda contains hundreds of rules in the works at agencies across the government, including many that have been in the pipeline for years. The new agenda updates progress on many of the rules, providing new insight about the president’s regulatory priorities during his last months in office.

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November 9, 2015

CFPB Announces Plan to Allow Class Action Suits

From: RegBlog |Penn Program on Regulation


Some lawyers and scholars believe that the CFPB does not have authority to block arbitration provisions. They claim that the CFPB’s own study does not support the inference that the regulation would serve the public interest, and that the rule is an unwarranted restriction on the right to enter contracts.

Before formally proposing the rule, the CFPB is working with other agencies to assess its potential impact. The agency, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Small Business Administration are seeking input about the planned rule from small businesses before moving forward.

November 6, 2015

OSHA rule requiring employers to post injury, illness info online may be coming soon

Editor’s Note: The OSHA rule should incorporate a mechanism allowing persons to seek and obtain correction of erroneous or misleading data. See, Correcting Federal Databases: A Procedural Guide.

From: Lexology

David L. Smith | Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete LLP

A draft final rule on electronic tracking of employers’ injury and illness records has been sent to the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This is the last stage of review and approval before the final rule is issued and takes effect.

November 3, 2015

NAFCU letter to CFPB on Bureau’s overdraft survey

From: CU Press


Survey Content for Public Comment 

NAFCU appreciates the CFPB’s consideration of consumers’ use and understanding of overdraft services prior to proposing any regulations in the market. Any premature regulation in the market could disrupt consumer access to important and transparent financial services. NAFCU and our members are concerned that the Bureau did not include in its submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a draft survey instrument on which the public could comment.

November 2, 2015

US biotech regulation public comments

From: Biology Fortified

October 30, 2015 was the first of three public meetings to collect ideas about how to improve US biotech regulation and how the agencies conduct public outreach. You can get updates from the White House, and get notified about the next meeting. This post describes why comments matter and who should comment.

We’ve made it easy for everyone to provide comments to the White House, and you can learn more at our post: You can improve US biotechnology regulation