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Africa Regulatory Insight: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Regulatory Measures
ENSafrica, April 2021

ENSafrica recently released Africa Regulatory Insight: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Regulatory Measures. This comprehensive report outlines the COVID-19 regulatory measures for each country across Sub-Sahara Africa, providing the sector, measure, effective date/status and key points and impact for each region. The information provided herein is intended to provide a general overview, and is not an exhaustive list of all legislatice developments across Sub-Sahara...

India Amends Copyright Procedural Rules
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, April 2021

The statutory framework for copyright in India encompasses the Copyright Act, 1957 (“CA”) and the Copyright Rules, 2013 (“CR”). This now stands amended in the form of Copyright (Amendment) Rules, 2021 (“CAR”) by the Central Government by virtue of powers conferred under section 78 of the CA. The Ministry of Commerce & Industry (Govt. of India) has duly notified this amendment[1] under Gazette notification bearing number G.S.R...

Lock ‘Em Up? The Pensions Regulator’s New Criminal Powers
Shoosmiths LLP, April 2021

From 1 October 2021, The Pensions Regulator (TPR) will have new criminal powers to bolster its anti-avoidance arsenal, but what does it really mean for those involved with the running of pension schemes? The new powers allow TPR to investigate and prosecute any person who avoids an employer debt, anyone who does (or doesn’t do) something which would prevent pension scheme members from receiving their benefits in full, and anyone who does not comply with a contribution notice issued

Focus on COP 26: Jargon Buster
Shoosmiths LLP, April 2021

It is only seven months until the eyes of the world fall on Glasgow as it hosts COP 26. The conference comes with some terminology which might be unfamiliar. This article is designed to bring you quickly up to speed with the words and phrases you’ll be hearing a lot about in the coming months. The very basics... COP – ‘Conference of the Parties’, the parties being the 197 signatories to the UNFCCC treaty...

The National Security and Investment Bill: What Does it Mean for Real Estate?
Shoosmiths LLP, April 2021

The National Security and Investment Bill will allow government intervention in transactions raising national security concerns. It will require investors in UK real estate to consider whether the regime applies and factor in any timetabling implications. The Bill is currently being examined in the House of Lords. It will introduce an independent screening regime in the UK where a transaction gives rise to national security concerns...

Brexit Insight: Personal Immigration Matters – Considerations for Employers
Shoosmiths LLP, April 2021

Led by Legal Director of Immigration, Rachel Harvey, and Employment Partner Emma Morgan, this webinar focussed on the considerations many Employers are faced with concerning immigration. This complex and ever-changing area means Employers need to keep a keen eye on any changes or alterations that are made to the current guidelines and rules. The key themes from the webinar and what they mean for employers are detailed below...

Legislative Proposal on Health Technology Assessment
PLMJ, April 2021

On 24 March 2021, the EU Member States agreed to begin negotiations with the European Parliament concerning a legislative proposal on health technology assessment. Health technology includes medicinal products, medical devices or medical and surgical procedures, as well as measures for disease prevention, diagnosis or treatment used in healthcare...

Clinical Trials in Portugal
PLMJ, April 2021

Research and development ("R&D") of medicinal products is fundamentally important in peoples’ daily lives. This is true both from an individual perspective – when considering the objective of identifying and treating pathologies (with a consequent increase in the quality of life of patients) – and from a collective perspective, when considering the role of R&D in controlling the spread of diseases and in eradicating them altogether...

Supreme Court of Canada Finds Federal Act on Greenhouse Gas Pricing Constitutional
Lawson Lundell LLP, April 2021

In its highly anticipated judgment, the majority of the Supreme Court of Canada found the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act constitutional in a split 6-3 decision. The key issue before the court was whether the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (“GGPPA”) was constitutional. The majority decided that it was, because Parliament has jurisdiction to enact this law as a matter of national concern...

The EEOC Has Announced a New Deadline for Employers to Submit Workplace Diversity Data
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, April 2021

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) announced on March 29, 2021 that qualifying employers should file 2019 and 2020 workplace diversity data, known as the EEO-1 Component 1 data, by July 19, 2021. The data collection will open on April 26, 2021. Employers with 100 or more employees and federal contractors with 50 or more employees should begin preparing to submit the data in anticipation of this opening...

FDA Continues to Referee the CBD Market
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, April 2021

Those in the CBD sector should be mindful of their marketing tactics, as the FDA continues to police the industry. Manufacturers of CBD products must also evaluate their quality-control procedures to ensure safe products are hitting the marketplace. As we forecasted this past December in a previous legal alert, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to referee the emerging cannabidiol (CBD) product market...

Employers Required to Give Free COBRA Coverage to be Offset by Medicare Tax Credits
Verrill, April 2021

Among other things, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”), signed into law on March 11, 2021, provides “assistance eligible individuals” (“AEIs”) who lose their health insurance coverage under an employer’s group health plan due to: (1) an involuntary termination of employment (other than for gross misconduct), or (2) a reduction of hours (both events referred to here as an “ARPA qualifying event”), will be eligible for a 100%

Chile Announces Stricter Quarantine Measures due to New Wave of Covid-19
Carey, April 2021

The Chilean Ministry of Health, through a press conference, announced on Thursday, April 1 st , that the following measures will be implemented as of Monday April 5 th : The country's borders will be closed during the mont

Real Estate IHL Series – HeartMath
Shoosmiths LLP, March 2021

Wellbeing, selfcare is key in order to give the world the best of you, not what’s left of you…. Shoosmiths’ Learning & development Manager, Yvonne Oakenfull gives us an insight into HeartMath – how different patterns of the heart activity have different effects on your thoughts and behaviours...

Michigan Open Meetings Act Compliance: (Nearly) Back to Business as Usual
Dykema, March 2021

As of today, March 31, 2021, no longer may public bodies take advantage of the “any reason” remote meeting provisions of the Open Meetings Act. When the Legislature extended the circumstances under which public bodies could meet remotely, it provided for limited circumstances after the “any reason” provision sunsets...

Out With the Old, In With the New: What Does Smarter Working Look Like as IHLs Build Back Better?
Shoosmiths LLP, March 2021

The opening webinar of The Lawyer’s Smarter Working Week saw leaders from a broad range of different sized teams discuss their experiences over the past 12 months and how they will use these learnings to build back better and enhance the experience for their business...

Digital Nomads - Legal and Tax Framework
PLMJ, March 2021

In the context of a growing transition to a digital economy, the possibility of working anywhere in the world as a remote worker is gaining more and more supporters, and this trend has been encouraged and promoted by many global companies. The concept of digital nomadism focuses on a lifestyle and work that can be considered nomadic in the sense that it does not depend on a fixed location and allows freedom to move around for extended periods of time...

Key Considerations & Issues on COVID-19 Vaccine Rollouts Across Southeast Asia – Top 10 Q&A
DFDL, March 2021

The opening year of this decade was sadly and tumultuously marked by the many public health challenges, travel restrictions, border closures, fears and economic hardship brought on by the coronavirus pandemic across the globe...

Additional Measures to Support Private Sector Workers & Revive the Post-COVID-19 Economy (Round 8)
DFDL, March 2021

On 25 March 2021, the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) implemented ‘Round 8’ of measures aimed at mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 on businesses and workers in Cambodia. The RGC in their press release noted the positive update with respect to the development of COVID-19 vaccines and the fact that Cambodia has to date managed to effectively control COVID-19...

Supreme Court Expands Scope of 'Public Works' Definition — Contract Employees Performing Operations Work are Covered by Prevailing Wage Laws
Hanson Bridgett LLP, March 2021

Key Points Historic definition of "public works" expanded beyond construction-related activities Supreme Court holds that some special districts must pay prevailing wages to workers performing non-infrastructure related tasks Full extent of coverage of prevailing wages for operational contract workers is unclear   Labor Code Section 1720(a)(1) defines a "public work" as "construction, alteration, demolition, installation, or repair work done under contract and paid for in wh

Finally: Clarification on ECCAT 'Issues'
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, March 2021

Over the past couple of years, school systems have been faced with several personnel issues related to the ECCAT classification.  Several grievances were filed relating to determining seniority of the ECCAT classification, with employees mainly alleging that seniority as an Aide should serve as the seniority date as an ECCAT...

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: What to Know About COBRA and PPP Changes
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, March 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARP Act”), the $1.9 trillion pandemic aid bill, contained changes to (1) the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) by expanding eligibility and other items and (2) the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (“COBRA”). The ARP Act provides for fully subsidized COBRA premium payments...

The Future of Manchester – A Dynamic Production
Shoosmiths LLP, March 2021

COVID-19 has forced us to completely rethink the way we live, work and move around. It has begged the question: what is it that makes a great city? Manchester is one of the fastest-growing cities in the UK. With cranes dominating the skyline, billions continue to be invested into the city centre as it evolves into a city of quarters...

The CRA Has Simplified the Process for Employees to Claim a Tax Deduction for Working from Home Due to COVID-19
Lawson Lundell LLP, March 2021

In 2020, as offices and workplaces across Canada closed or reduced staffing capacity due to COVID-19, many Canadian workers who normally performed work at their employer’s worksite were suddenly required to work from home, either fully or partially. While this has not always been an easy transition, the silver lining is that such workers may be eligible for an income tax deduction in respect of their work-from-home situation...

Onshore UAE Trusts Law – Refresher and Overview
Afridi & Angell, March 2021

UAE Federal Decree Law 19 of 2020 Regarding Trusts (the UAE Trusts Law) was issued in September of 2020. As there was no comparable law previously, the UAE Trusts Law opened the door to trusts in the UAE for the first time (not including DIFC and ADGM trusts, the UAE’s two financial free zones). This is a potentially significant development that holds great promise, although some key questions remain...

 

 

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