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The FTC ‘Educates’ Celebrities & Social Media Influencers on its Endorsement Rules

As the power of Instagram and other social media platforms as marketing tools rises, so does the dollar figure of contracts between brands and the social media influencers (celebrities, athletes, reality stars, etc.) they use to endorse their products – some contracts are reported to be in the seven-figures. Couple this with the influencers’ ability … Continue Reading

House of Representatives Passes Overtime Bill to Give Workers Time Off Instead of Time-And-A-Half Pay

On May 2, 2017, the United States House of Representatives (the House) passed the Working Families Flexibility Act (the Act), which would give workers the option of receiving paid time off (PTO) instead of time-and-a-half pay currently mandated by the Fair Labor Standards Act (the FLSA). The Act passed 227-197, largely along party lines, with … Continue Reading

DOL Announces Reversal of Employee/Independent Contractor Classification & Joint Employer Guidance

On June 7, 2017, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) reversed its previous guidance issued during the administration of President Barack Obama that broadened the circumstances in which employers could be held liable for misclassification of employees as independent contractors, and as a joint employer with a separate business.  New Secretary of Labor Alex … Continue Reading

OSHA Rescinds Fairfax Memo – OSHA No Longer Required to Permit Union Reps to Represent Non-Union Employees in Walkaround Inspections

On April 25, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rescinded a Feb. 21, 2013 letter from former Deputy Assistant Secretary Richard E. Fairfax to Mr. Steve Sallman (Fairfax Memo) that permitted workers at a worksite without a collective bargaining agreement to designate a person affiliated with a union or community organization to act … Continue Reading

GT’s Carl Fornaris Moderates Panel at IAGA, Featured in Gambling Compliance

The International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) held its 36th annual International Gaming Summit May 30-June 1, 2017. The IAGA Summit brings leaders from all global gaming sectors together, providing a unique opportunity to discuss recent and significant issues and challenges facing the gaming industry. At the Summit, Greenberg Traurig’s Carl A. Fornaris, co-chair of … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig’s Erica Okerberg Featured in Global Gaming Business Magazine’s “40 Under 40”

Erica Okerberg, an associate in the Las Vegas office of international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, is featured in Global Gaming Business (GGB) Magazine as one of its “40 Under 40.” To access the full article, please click here: “Hitting the Ground Running” (Global Gaming Business Magazine, June 2017)  … Continue Reading

Nevada Gaming Commission Provides More Flexibility in Considering Gaming Applicants

The Nevada Gaming Control Act (Act) requires an applicant for a gaming license or other approval to appear first before the Nevada Gaming Control Board (Board) on the application. The applicant has the burden of proof and must affirmatively seek the Board’s support and its recommendation to the Nevada Gaming Commission (Commission). The Board can … Continue Reading

Nevada Redefines a Gaming Device Manufacturer

Assembly Bill 75 was signed into law on May 23, 2017, by Nevada Governor Sandoval. As previously reported, Assembly Bill 75 would amend what is considered “manufactur[ing]” under the Nevada Gaming Control Act. The proposed amendment would narrow the scope of developers involved in the gaming device manufacturing process that would need to be licensed … Continue Reading

Updates on H-1B Program In Light of H-1B Cap Lottery & Recent ‘Buy American, Hire American’ Executive Order

On April 7, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced that it had received enough H-1B petitions to reach the annual statutory cap of 85,000 visas for fiscal year 2018. The H-1B classification is a non-immigrant visa which permits U.S. employers to sponsor highly-skilled foreign nationals for temporary work authorization in specialty … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig’s Mark Clayton Speaks About the Upcoming IAGA Conference Agenda

“Our 2017 program agenda focuses on critical issues facing gaming, with the discussions benefitting from the deep experience of our international panelists,” said Mark Clayton, a shareholder with Greenberg Traurig and co-chair of the International Gaming Summit committee. “As gaming continues to expand globally, staying abreast of critical issues like the latest anti-money laundering and … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Advises on Hard Rock Cafe Purchase of Trump Taj Mahal Casino

With Greenberg’s help, Hard Rock International and two partners closed on the joint-venture deal on March 31—a venture that local officials are hoping will lead to an economic rebirth in the region and give other investors a reason to return to Atlantic City. “This is the first significant investment in Atlantic City by a new … Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit Widens Circuit Split on Whether Dodd-Frank Protects Internal Whistleblowing

Introduction On March 8, 2017, in Somers v. Digital Realty Trust Inc., No.15-cv-17352 (9th Cir., March 8, 2017), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s denial of the defendant’s motion to dismiss a whistleblower claim brought under the Dodd-Frank Act’s (“DFA”)’s anti-retaliation provision. In a 2-1 decision, the majority endorsed the approach … Continue Reading

Update on Pending Nevada Legislation to Redefine a Gaming Device Manufacturer

As previously reported, Assembly Bill 75 would amend what is considered “manufactur[ing]” under the Nevada Gaming Control Act. The proposed amendment would narrow the scope of developers involved in the gaming device manufacturing process that would need to be licensed by the Nevada Gaming Commission as “manufacturers.” Assembly Bill 75 has passed the Nevada Assembly … Continue Reading

The Senate Narrows Employers’ Obligation to Accurately Record Work-Related Injury and Illness Records

On March 22, 2017, the Senate passed H.J. Resolution 83, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution (Resolution) that cuts the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) ability to cite an employer for failing to accurately record work-related injuries and illnesses from five years to six months.1 The resolution blocks and eliminates OSHA’s “Volks” final rule, … Continue Reading

The Nevada Gaming Control Board Recommences Testing Gaming Technology

In 2013, the Nevada Legislature authorized independent test labs (ITL) registered with the Nevada Gaming Commission to test gambling games and gaming technology that would be used in Nevada for compliance with the Nevada regulatory requirements. Effective April 1, 2017, manufacturers may request either the Nevada Gaming Control Board (Board) Technology Division or a registered … Continue Reading

Proposed Nevada Legislation to Redefine a Gaming Device Manufacturer

On April 3, 2017, the Nevada Assembly Judiciary Committee passed Assembly Bill 75 (2017), which would, among other amendments, amend the current definition of who is a “manufacturer” of a gaming device, cashless wagering system, mobile gaming system, or interactive gaming system for use or play in Nevada. Currently, as defined, an entity that manufactures … Continue Reading

Effective April 3, 2017, USCIS Will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

Late Friday evening on March 3, 2017, The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it will temporarily suspend its premium processing service for all H-1B petitions, including CAP-subject H-1B petitions.  The temporary suspension will begin on Monday, April 3, 2017, and may continue for up to 6 months.  This procedural change is intended … Continue Reading

The Senate Narrows Employers’ Obligation to Accurately Record Work-Related Injury and Illness Records

On March 22, 2017, the Senate passed H.J. Resolution 83, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution (Resolution) that cuts the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) ability to cite an employer for failing to accurately record work-related injuries and illnesses from five years to six months.1 The resolution blocks and eliminates OSHA’s “Volks” final rule, … Continue Reading

EU Market Abuse Regulation – Implications for Non-European Debt Issuers

The Market Abuse Regulation (596/2014/EU) (MAR) came into force July 3, 2016 and is directly applicable in all EU Member States. MAR replaced the market abuse directive previously implemented (with many variations) in the national laws of each EU Member State. MAR, amongst other changes, extends the prohibition on insider dealing, unlawful disclosure of inside … Continue Reading

The Building Blocks of an Effective AML Compliance Program

A Q&A with Mark Clayton and Carl A. Fornaris, gaming attorneys, Greenberg Traurig LLP GGB: What are the basics of an effective AML compliance program? Fornaris: It consists of four key “pillars:” internal controls, such as policies and procedures; a compliance officer; employee training; and an annual independent audit that tests the effectiveness of the AML … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Spoke at the FIBA Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Conference

Greenberg Traurig was a proud sponsor and participant at the FIBA (Florida International Bankers Association) Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Conference on March 6 – 8 at the InterContinental Miami. Rudolph W. Giuliani, chair of the firm’s Cybersecurity, Privacy and Crisis Management Practice and former New York City Mayor, delivered the keynote address on how the 2016 … Continue Reading

Philadelphia Becomes the First City to Prohibit Employers from Asking Applicants About Salary History

Employers who just last year revised their application forms to eliminate initial questions about past arrests and convictions, now have to revise them again to remove questions regarding current and past salary. On Jan. 23, 2017, Philadelphia’s mayor signed a wage equity ordinance (the Ordinance) which prohibits, among other things, employers from asking job applicants … Continue Reading

GT Insights for Public Companies

SEC SEC Revisits Pay-Ratio and Conflict Minerals Reporting Last week, the acting chair of the SEC, Michael Piwowar, reopened for public comment the Dodd-Frank pay-ratio rule, which mandates that companies disclose median worker pay and compare it with CEO compensation. The order comes only one week after Piwowar directed the SEC staff to reconsider its … Continue Reading
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