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California Legislature Takes Aim at Brown Act Teleconferencing Requirements
Hanson Bridgett LLP, September 2021

Key Points The State Assembly and Senate have both passed AB 361 and AB 339, two bills aimed at addressing Brown Act teleconferencing requirements in the COVID-19 landscape. The Governor is expected to sign or veto the bills before October 1...

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...

Ohio to License Home Health Care Agencies
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2021

Home health care is one of Ohio’s fastest-growing occupations. To date, the agencies providing skilled home health care, non-medical home health/personal care services, and non-agency providers of nonmedical home health/personal care services have been unlicensed in Ohio...

President Biden Announces OSHA Standards Requiring COVID-19 Vaccinations or Weekly Tests for Companies with 100+ Employees
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2021

President Joe Biden announced Thursday, Sept. 9, that in the coming weeks, companies with 100 or more employees will be required to ensure their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 or test negative for COVID-19 at least once a week.[1] Additionally, employers must provide employees time off to get vaccinated and to recover from any side effects. Press Secretary Jen Psaki previewed the forthcoming requirements in her briefing to the press on Thursday...

Prevent and Combat Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing in the Real Estate Sector
PLMJ, September 2021

Regulation 603/2021 was approved by the Governing Board of the Institute of Public Markets, Real Estate and Construction I.P. (“IMPIC”) and came into force on 5 July 2021. The aim of this regulation (“Regulation”) is to establish and regulate the procedures to be adopted in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing in the real estate sector...

Border Closure for Foreigners is Extended until September 30
Carey, September 2021

Kindly note that Decree No. 221, of the Ministry of the Interior and Public Security, was published today, extending the validity of Supreme Decree No. 102, of 2020, of the Ministry of the Interior and Public Security, which provides for the temporary closure of places authorized for the entry and exit of foreigners, due to public health emergency of international importance given the outbreak of the new Coronavirus (2019-NCOV) , until September 30, 2021...

Thailand: Relief Measures for Member of the Public Affected by the Thai Government’s COVID-19 Lockdown Measures
DFDL, September 2021

On 20 July and 10 August 2021, the Thai cabinet passed new resolutions granting relief measures to members of the public living in red zones in 29 provinces (including Bangkok) who have been particularly affected by government lockdown measures aimed at containing and reducing cases of COVID-19 infection. These measures notably include providing financial support to employers and employees registered with the Social Security Office (“SSO”)...

Dramatic Changes proposed to Norway’s Petroleum Tax Regime
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, September 2021

Last night, only days ahead of a general election the minority Government in Norway is likely not to win, a proposal for dramatic changes to the upstream petroleum tax regime. It was announced at 18.00 hours Oslo time in a hastily called press conference by the Minister of Finance Mr Sanner (Conservative) and the Minister of Petroleum and Energy Ms Bru (Conservative)...

Afghanistan 2021
TSMP Law Corporation, August 2021

The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has set the country's women's rights back 20 years. This is why we should care. “All I could see around me were the fearful and scared faces of women and ugly faces of men who hate women, who do not like women to get educated, work and have freedom. Most devastating to me were the ones who looked happy and made fun of women.” – The Guardian, 15 August 2021...

An Introduction to the Government’s New Aquaculture Strategy
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, August 2021

The objectives in brief The Government would like to see the aquaculture industry grow, provided that it can do so in a sustainable manner. Statistics produced by the Directorate of Fisheries show that Norway produced and sold a total of just under 1.5 million tonnes of rainbow trout, trout and Atlantic salmon in 2020...

Don’t let confusion cost your business - UKCA Delay
Shoosmiths LLP, August 2021

The UK Government has announced that businesses will have a further year to start using the UKCA marking for goods placed on the GB market, extending the deadline to 1 January 2023. What is a UKCA mark? The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is the new UK product marking that is used for certain goods that are placed on the GB market and covers most goods which previously required the EU CE marking, known as ‘new approach’ goods...

Levelling Up – A Compelling Case for CPO?
Shoosmiths LLP, August 2021

May 2021 saw the election of seven ‘Metro Mayors’ outside London, underlining the government’s renewed enthusiasm for devolving powers beyond Westminster as part of its ‘levelling up’ agenda. The powers of each Mayor and Combined Authority vary but a common thread is the use of devolved planning powers to accelerate housing delivery...

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...

Ninth Circuit Upholds 'Significant Nexus' Test for Federal Permitting of Wetlands Projects
Hanson Bridgett LLP, August 2021

Key Points Ninth Circuit reaffirms the “significant nexus” test for determining whether filling certain wetlands in 2007 violates the Clean Water Act The narrower test for determining the Clean Water Act’s jurisdiction under the 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule did not apply since it postdated the 2007 filling of the wetlands...

Cannabis Banking: An Update on the SAFE Banking Act
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, August 2021

Despite the cannabis industry’s explosive growth, many financial institutions have been hesitant to transact with cannabis-related businesses given the ambiguity created by divergent state and federal cannabis laws. The SAFE Banking Act seeks to remove these ambiguities at the federal level and pave the way for more financial institutions to serve the cannabis industry...

Arbitration Rules 2021
Shearn Delamore & Co., August 2021

Arbitration Rules 2021The Asian International Arbitration Centre (“AIAC”) launched its latest edition of the AIAC Arbitration Rules (“AIAC Rules”) on 1 August 2021. The AIAC Arbitration Rules 2021 (“2021 Rules”) streamline proceedings and embrace the needs of a fast evolving disputes climate...

New Law on the Labeling, Advertisement, and Sales of Gluten Free Foodstuff
Carey, August 2021

On August 18 th , 2021, Law No. 21,362 (the “ Law ”) was published in the Official Gazette. The Law introduces several modifications to different other laws in connection with the labeling, advertisement, and sales of gluten free foodstuff products. Firstly, the Law modifies Law No. 20,606, commonly known as Labeling Law...

Immigration Update
Shearn Delamore & Co., August 2021

Home Quarantine Now Possible for Ex-Patriates Imagine having the permission to work in a foreign country and yet being unable to do so as you are prohibited from entry. That has been the dilemma faced by many ex patriates who hold Employment Passes but have been unable to enter Malaysia due to the current restrictions in place...

No Surprises Act Implementing Regulations Answer Some Questions, Leave Others Pending
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, August 2021

The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury, and the Office of Personnel Management recently issued an Interim Final Rule (IFR) implementing portions of the No Surprises Act enacted in December 2020...

New COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for California State Employees and Health Care Workers
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, August 2021

Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) recently issued new public health requirements in response to the increasing number of hospitalizations and ICU patients in California caused by the highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant...

Law No. 21,363 that Sets Forth Rules Regarding Commercialization and Advertising of Alcoholic Beverages is Published
Carey, August 2021

On August 6th of 2021, Law No. 21,363 (hereinafter the “Law”) was published in the Official Gazette. The Law introduces modifications to Law No. 19,925 about expenditure, commercialization and production of alcoholic beverages, and other associated Laws, establishing different limitations to the advertising of alcoholic beverages, as well as the obligation of including warnings about harmful consumption in the container of these kind of products...

Transportation Infrastructure: A Pillar of Economic Recovery
Lavery Lawyers, August 2021

Like many other governments, the Government of Quebec decided to invest in infrastructure to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and stimulate Quebec’s economy. A significant number of investments will be made in the transportation sector, and the government wants to accelerate the realisation of several previously announced transportation infrastructure projects in the greater Montréal area...

Charities and Data Protection: Brexit, The New EU SCCs and Guidance, What Do We Do Now?
Shoosmiths LLP, July 2021

The data protection landscape has seen significant change and more is expected. What does that mean for charities specifically? On our 8 July, 2021 webinar Shoosmiths’ Partner, Sarah Tedstone, identified areas with significant change already and where action will be needed in the next few weeks and months to stay compliant...

New Monetary Penalties for Some Skilled Nursing Transfers, Discharges, and Readmissions
Hanson Bridgett LLP, July 2021

Key Points Governor Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 133, which creates a $750 per day civil money penalty for skilled nursing facilities (SNF) that do not comply with a transfer, discharge, or readmission hearing decision within three calendar days. AB 133 also requires an SNF to submit a certification of compliance to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), attesting it has complied with the hearing officer's order...

New Bill Pumps the Breaks on Health Care Consolidation in Oregon (updated 07/28/2021)
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, July 2021

On July 27, 2021, Governor Kate Brown signed into law a bill that will make it more difficult for health care entities in Oregon to consummate mergers and similar transactions...

 

 

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