Brownstein Podcast Series
Brownstein Podcast Series
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Podcast by Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Colorado Legislative Wrap-Up: Real Estate
As the dust settles, the results of the 2024 Colorado Legislative session will impact the real estate industry. Tune in for a panel discussion with Brownstein Shareholders Blair Lichtenfels, Sarah Mercer, Caitlin Quander and Kevin Walsh, who cover what passed and what the possible short- and long-term impacts will be.
May 28
1 hr 8 min
The Race to November: 2024 Election Preview
Summer is approaching and, right on time, the 2024 election is starting to heat up. Races for the House, Senate and the presidency are all kicking into gear as we reach the second half of primary season, and many campaigns are pivoting toward the general election. Today, Brownstein’s policy professionals will discuss if any party has an edge going into November, the issues that will dominate the campaign trail and how you can be prepared for policy changes in 2025 and beyond.
May 24
43 min
DOJ Proposes Regulations to Reschedule Cannabis
On May 16, the Department of Justice proposed regulations to reschedule cannabis from a Schedule I to a Schedule III substance. The rule would significantly loosen federal restrictions on cannabis, opening new opportunities to industry members, researchers and cannabis users. Still, major questions loom. Join Shareholders Melissa Kuipers Blake and Josh Weiss as they discuss how the rescheduling process will play out, tax implications, what this means for the SAFER Banking bill and many other questions created by this announcement.
May 22
36 min
The Independent Contractor Question and Why it Matters
Well-meaning businesses that utilize independent contractors face a host of challenges in today’s evolving legal landscape. Join Brownstein employment Shareholders Kayla Dreyer and Luke Glisan, and Associate Russell Kalvelage, for a fresh look at employee classification and learn the risks of misclassification in an increasingly hostile environment. This discussion provides employers, HR professionals and in-house counsel with the knowledge they need to accurately classify independent contractors.
May 7
57 min
Real Estate Financing: Your Loan Is Maturing ... Now What?
A pending loan maturity date can raise many issues, including hurdles with loan modification negotiations, the need for additional equity, and the potential for rescue or alternative capital as a loan exit strategy. Tune in for a discussion with industry and legal professionals on these topics and the current lending and refinancing market to learn how to best position yourself for a positive outcome.
Mar 18
50 min
New CFPB Rules Push the Credit Limit
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released new rules, through the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) (pronounced sa-brief-a) process, that would drastically change the landscape of credit reporting. The regulations would heavily restrict credit reporting agencies’ ability to use medical debt in determining credit scores of borrowers, as well as expand the definition of credit reporters which will likely have measurable effects on internet content providers. Shareholders Leah Dempsey and Sarah Auchterlonie are joined by Ph.D. economist Andrew Nigrinis to discuss the background of these guardrails, how they may affect different industries and what legal and political challenges these rules face.
Jan 10
50 min
Libations and Liability at the Office Holiday Party
‘Tis the season for office holiday parties! These events present a once-a-year opportunity to boost employee morale and reward workers for another great year, but they can also open employers to a number of litigation risks and liability headaches. Take a listen as employment shareholders Kayla Dreyer and Luke Glisan discuss the most important questions for employers—from serving alcohol and time of day to mandatory attendance and inclusivity concerns—and the best strategies to avoid the biggest risks when planning end-of-year festivities.
Nov 15, 2023
22 min
Colorado Prop HH: Property Tax Relief vs. TABOR
Colorado voters have a choice this November: trade relief from increasing property tax rates in exchange for smaller refunds for all taxpayers. If approved, Proposition HH would reduce assessed property valuations for the next 10 years and backfill lost revenues to local governments by allowing the state to retain more tax revenue from TABOR refunds. Before you vote your ballot, take a listen as Brownstein’s Caitlin Quander and Andi Stader go over the particulars of the ballot question, impacts on commercial real estate, how it implicates TABOR and how it would effect education funding and rent relief.
Oct 19, 2023
27 min
Over the Childcare Cliff
On Sept. 31, 2023, a collection of federal subsidies for childcare expired. The loss of this funding has sent state and local governments, along with operators and patrons of childcare businesses, scrambling for answers on how this will affect organizations focused on early childhood development. Today members of Brownstein and the Early Care & Education Consortium teams will discuss the status of programs affected by the subsidies cliff, how it may impact stakeholders and possible solutions for policymakers.
Oct 13, 2023
22 min
Rescheduling Cannabis and SAFER Banking: More Substance Than Show?
When Biden announced moves last year to reform cannabis, most thought it was just virtue signaling. Then, late last month, the Department of Health and Human Services surprised the entire industry with a recommendation to reclassify cannabis from Schedule 1 to Schedule 3 under the Controlled Substances Act. A few weeks later, the Congressional Research Service predicted the DEA would follow that recommendation “if past is prologue." And most recently, a perennially debated bipartisan bill that would open up banking options to the cannabis industry passed a key Senate committee for the first time. How long will the DEA process take? Will they follow HHS’s recommendation or go for a middle-of-the-road option? Will the SAFER Banking Act survive further votes in the full Senate and Republican-controlled House? How will this impact the nation’s $33 billion cannabis industry? Tune in as shareholder Joshua Weiss and policy advisor Osiris Morel discuss recent developments and predict where we go from here.
Oct 11, 2023
18 min
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