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UK Supreme Court rules on correct approach to interpreting liquidated damages clauses
Deacons, September 2021

In Triple Point Technology Inc v PTT Public Company Ltd [2021] UKSC 29, the principal issue before the Court was the approach to be adopted when interpreting a liquidated damages clause in a contract i.e. a clause providing for a pre-determined sum agreed upon in the event of a specified breach by one of the parties...

Latest Federal Court Cases, 09/20/21
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, September 2021

Omega Patents, LLC, v. CalAmp Corp., Appeal Nos. 2020-1793, -1794, (Fed. Cir. Sept. 14, 2021) In its only precedential patent case this week, the Federal Circuit sent a case back for a third trial on the issue of damages. This appeal comes after the second jury trial, in which Omega accused CalAmp of infringing claims of four of its patents. In the prior appeal and the instant appeal, the Court affirmed on the underlying issues of infringement and validity...

Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology Program for FDA Breakthrough Devices: from Delayed to Repealed
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2021

On Sept. 15, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule to repeal the Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT) and Definition of “Reasonable and Necessary” final rule, which was published on Jan. 14, 2021, and would be effective on Dec. 15, 2021.  In June 2021, we reported on CMS’ decision to delay the MCIT Program Final Rule (The Rule)...

Tax and Employee Benefits Reform: House Committee on Ways and Means Submits Proposals
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2021

On Sept. 13, 2021, the House Committee on Ways and Means released the remainder of its numerous tax reform proposals. The proposals will be subject to continued negotiations and are not law. But, the proposals are an indication of what may be coming soon...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: COVID-19 Infection May Be an OSHA Recordable Work-Related Illness
Buchalter, September 2021

September 16, 2021 By: John Epperson The COVID-19 pandemic will likely to be a concern and challenge for employers for longer than anyone had hoped or anticipated. As businesses adjust to what seems to be a “new normal” it is worth a reminder that COVID-19 infection can be a recordable illness on an employer’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (“OSHA”) 300 Injury and Illness Log. OSHA’s recording criteria under 29 CFR 1904...

Changes to the Notifiable Events Regime
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2021

The government is consulting on much anticipated draft regulations fleshing out the details of the new notifiable event requirements introduced by the Pension Schemes Act 2021...

Teacher Fairly Dismissed for Safeguarding Concerns Despite Lack of Evidence
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2021

Employment cases involving teachers can involve particularly nuanced considerations for schools. It is not easy to balance safeguarding duties with employment law obligations. We look at a recent case which highlights this very issue. The welfare and safety of children is at the heart of every educational establishment’s ethos, but balancing safeguarding duties with the legal rights of teachers can present difficulties...

Pension Awareness Week 2021: Your Guide to Pensions on Divorce and Dissolution
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2021

Pensions form part of the assets that can be distributed between a couple on divorce/dissolution. This guide will provide you with an overview of what you need to know about pensions if you are separating or getting divorced. What pensions can be shared? Defined benefit/final salary schemes (for example public sector schemes) Defined contribution/money purchase schemes (for example personal pensions, SIPPS and some occupational schemes) Additional state pension...

Labour Litigation Guide
ALRUD Law Firm, September 2021

Below, you will find some practical solutions to prepare you for the labour litigation in Russia. The peculiarity of labour disputes in Russia is that they seldom start with great financial demands from employees. They are more about the status of the organisation, its reputation and similar issues. However, practice shows that given the length and formality of litigation, financial claims, originally insignificant, can turn into fairly large claims, over time...

U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds AB 51 Barring Arbitration Provisions in Employment Contracts
Dykema, September 2021

Today, the Ninth Circuit upheld California’s new law (AB 51) barring arbitration provisions in employment contracts.The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other organizations challenged the law in federal court. The district court enjoined the law, ruling that it conflicts with the Federal Arbitration Act. A divided Ninth Circuit panel reversed. Judge Lucero, a Tenth Circuit judge sitting by designation, wrote the majority opinion (joined by Judge Fletcher). Judge Ikuta dissented...

Requirement for UKCA Marking Deadline Extended by One Year
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, September 2021

 On 24 August 2021, The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) granted a one-year extension for manufacturers to begin applying the UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marks for products marketed in the UK. The new deadline is 1 January 2023. UKCA marks replace CE marks in the UK...

End of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Considerations for Employers
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, September 2021

Covering employee wages since 1 March 2020, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ("furlough") is set to end on 30 September 2021, with a deadline for final claims to be made by 14 October 2021. Employers still using the scheme should be engaging with employees about its end, and may now need to make some tough decisions that have been postponed while furlough continued...

Chilean Executive Presents “FinTech Law” Bill
Carey, September 2021

On September 3, the executive presented to Congress the anticipated draft of the "FinTech Law", the new regulation that proposes a legal framework applicable to FinTech companies in Chile (the "Bill"). Until now, FinTech companies in Chile have operated without their own or specially designed legal framework, which has generated a series of regulatory inconveniences that have impacted their business model and hindered the development of these technologies in Chile...

Cambodia: Placement of Devices to Measure Volumes of Beer and Non-Alcoholic Beverages to Comply with New GDT Instruction
DFDL, September 2021

On 8 September 2021, the General Department of Taxation (“GDT”) issued Instruction No. 15024 on the obligation to install devices to measure the volume of beer and/or non-alcoholic beverages on the sites of local beverage producing enterprises...

Administration Actions Regarding COVID-19 Protocols for Federal Contractors and Large Employers
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, September 2021

Summary On September 9, 2021, President Biden issued orders that have the intent of requiring employers to mandate that their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo regular testing and other restrictions...

Administration Actions Regarding COVID-19 Protocols for Federal Contractors and Large Employers
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, September 2021

Summary On September 9, 2021, President Biden issued orders that have the intent of requiring employers to mandate that their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo regular testing and other restrictions...

Administration Actions Regarding COVID Protocols For Federal Contractors and Large Employers
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, September 2021

Summary On September 9, 2021, President Biden issued orders that have the intent of requiring employers to mandate that their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo regular testing and other restrictions...

Five Points to Negotiate in a 'Black Box' Product Development Agreement
Hanson Bridgett LLP, September 2021

  Article PDF Practical Insights Five Points to Negotiate in a 'Black Box' Product Development Agreement What is a “black box” product development agreement? How do you protect your product idea? What intellectual property can a Manufacturer expect to own? Can a Manufacturer limit a Processor’s right to work for others? What about co-manufacturing agreements? What is a “black box” product development agreement? A food

What Employers Need To Know About Employee Retention Credits: Rules for the Second Half of 2021 and General Clarifications
Dykema, September 2021

Employee Retention Credits (“ERC” or “credits”) are available to eligible employers that paid qualified wages after March 12, 2020, and before January 1, 2022. Multiple pieces of legislation and Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) guidance expanded and modified the ERC rules and determination of eligibility for ERC, and computation of the credits may vary based on each individual calendar quarter in 2020 and 2021...

Tech Disputes: Exclusions and Limitations of Liability
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2021

Exclusion and limitation clauses are central to any IT or technology contract. When a dispute arises exclusions and limitations of liability are invariably key to determining whether there is liability and the extent of it. When a dispute arises exclusions and limitations of liability are very often key to determining whether there is liability, and the extent of it...

Warning: Failure to Appoint Replacement Contracts Administrator Leaves Employer Picking up the Bill
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, September 2021

This article considers whether a notice is valid when served on a party who is specified in the Contract, but no longer holds office and lacks authority to act...

How COVID-19, Vaccines and the ADA Affect Employees' Remote-Work Requests
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2021

With COVID-19 vaccines fully available in the United States, employers are approaching work-from-home requests differently than they were a year ago. Dinsmore labor and employment attorneys Ashley Pack, Crystal Spivey Wildeman and Aly St. Pierre wrote about the topic in Best Lawyers: The Litigation Issue. An excerpt is below. Employers are facing legal uncertainty in the form of whether to accommodate continued remote-work requests...

Telepharmacy: The Future of Digital Healthcare
Kudun and Partners, August 2021

During the COVID-19 pandemic, when hospitals have increasingly experienced a shortage of beds and medical staff to take care of patients, telepharmacy has emerged as one of the most effective ways to reduce the number of people visiting not only the hospitals themselves but also pharmacies and health clinics. Telepharmacy is the provision of pharmaceutical care to patients remotely by registered pharmacists and pharmacies using telecommunications...

Legal Update on the New Requirements for Employers under the Personal Information Protection Law in China
Deacons, August 2021

On 20 August 2021, the Personal Information Protection Law of the People’s Republic of China (“PIPL”) was passed by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, and will become effective on 1 November 2021. Comprising 8 chapters and 74 articles, PIPL lays down a clearer yet stricter regulatory framework for the protection of personal information...

More Legislated Changes for Federally Regulated Employers
Lawson Lundell LLP, August 2021

Important new legislative changes impacting federally regulated employers will come into effect in 2021: the Pay Equity Act and a minimum wage requirement. Details on both these measures and how that will affect employers are examined below.  Pay Equity Act The federal Pay Equity Act comes into effect on August 31, 2021. The Act applies to federally regulated employers who have 10 or more employees...

 

 

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