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Recent Publications

Texas Renews Efforts to Require Cash Redemption of Certain Stored Value Cards
Authors: Deborah S. Thoren-Peden, JiJi Park, Amy L. Pierce, Elsa S. Broeker

Texas renews effort to require that certain stored value cards be redeemable for cash if the balance on the card is less than $2.50.

Framework for Nuclear Agreement with Iran Announced—But Still a Long Way to Go
Authors: Christopher R. Wall, Stephan E. Becker, Nancy A. Fischer, Aaron R. Hutman, Stephanie J. Rohrer

On April 2, 2015 representatives of the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia (collectively, the “P5+1” countries) announced that they had agreed with the Islamic Republic of Iran on the Parameters for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program (the “Parameters” or “Framework Agreement”). The Parameters establish a comprehensive framework regarding Iran’s nuclear energy industry and capabilities. The parties have not yet drafted the text of the final agreement and will continue to negotiate implementation details, probably until the June 30, 2015 deadline (with some indications that the deadline could be extended). Meanwhile, U.S., EU and UN sanctions will remain in place until Iran demonstrates verifiable compliance with the key terms of the agreement.

April, 2015
Federal Employment Law Changes for Government Contractors in 2014—What Every Contractor Should Know—Part I
Source: Pratt's Government Contracting Law Report
Authors: Julia E. Judish

In 2014, through new Executive Orders, directives to the Department of Labor, and new regulatory action, the Obama Administration used its executive authority to implement changes to employment practices in the government contracting community. In this first part of a two-part article, the authors explain changes in pay equity, and prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The second part of the article, which will be featured in an upcoming issue of Pratt’s Government Contracting Law Report, will focus on actions expanding employment opportunities for veterans and individuals with disabilities.

April, 2015
The Draft U.S. Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act: Proposing Changes Large and Small
Source: Bloomberg BNA
Author: Catherine D. Meyer

On February 27, 2015, the Obama Administration released its discussion draft of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act (‘‘Draft’’)1 (see WDPR, March 2015, page 30). Its stated purpose is to ‘‘establish baseline protections for individual privacy’’ and to implement and enforce those protections.

April 2015
FCC Suspends September 1, 2015 Deadline for LPTV and Translator Stations to Shift from Analog to Digital
Author: Jessica T. Nyman

The FCC’s Media Bureau announced that the September 1, 2015 deadline for Low Power TV and TV Translator stations to transition to digital will be suspended pending final action in the LPTV DTV rulemaking proceeding.

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