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February 27, 2012

The White House on Thursday announced a long-awaited “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights,” encouraging businesses to voluntarily abide by seven key principles in handling personal data.

February 16, 2012

Yesterday the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Report and Order that established new requirements for Robocalls. As set forth by the FCC, “Robocalls” are autodialed or artificial/prerecorded telemarketing calls, and include text messages sent to wireless numbers.

February 13, 2012

A group health plan that provides prescription drug coverage to Medicare‑eligible individuals must make two annual disclosures.  This Client Alert concerns the first annual disclosure that goes to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and is due 60 days after the beginning of the plan year.

February 7, 2012

Telecommunications carriers and interconnected VoIP providers must comply with strict rules for the protection of Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI), including the requirement to file a CPNI certification with the FCC each year that documents compliance with the rules.

February 6, 2012

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) issued final regulations on February 2, 2012 regarding the service provider disclosure requirement for retirement plans. In addition to this disclosure requirement, the DOL had previously issued final regulations regarding the separate participant disclosure requirement.

January 27, 2012
January 27, 2012

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (“PPACA”), employers must include the cost of their group health plan coverage on employees’ Forms W-2. This reporting requirement is intended to be informational only and will not affect the amount includable in an employee’s income.

January 24, 2012
Many predicted that the SEC would adopt final rules for the remaining provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act before the end of 2011. Obviously, that did not happen. The SEC recently updated its implementation timetable with respect to these remaining items. For more information, read the client alert.
December 27, 2011

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Report and Order reforming the Universal Service Fund (USF) and intercarrier compensation (ICC) regimes (Transformation Order) was published in the Federal Register on November 29, 2011, thereby establishing an effective date of December 29, 2011 for most of the rules promulgated in the Transformation Order.

December 22, 2011

On November 29, 2011 the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Report and Order reforming the Universal Service Fund (USF) and intercarrier compensation (ICC) regimes was published in the Federal Register, thereby establishing an effective date of December 29, 2011 for most of the rules promulgated in the FCC’s Order.

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