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COVID-19 and Commercial Leases in the UAE
Afridi & Angell, September 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has swept the globe like a tsunami and it continues to impact countries and their economies worldwide. The UAE is no exception. Businesses have come under increased cost pressure as revenues decline. Such cost pressure primarily involves real estate leasing costs. In this inBrief, we look at the impact Covid-19 has had on commercial leases...

Governor Wolf’s COVID-19 Orders Fall Under Constitutional Challenge
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, September 2020

Since March, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and his administration have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by imposing some of the strictest limitations in the country on the Commonwealth’s residents and businesses...

Bill on Stamp Duty
Makarim & Taira S., September 2020

In the first week of September 2020, the House of Representative passed the Bill on Stamp Duty and now it is waiting for approval by a plenary meeting of the House. The Bill is expected come into effect on 1 January 2021 given the time needed to issue the implementing regulation and for public awareness. The Bill will only recognize a single stamp duty, Rp10,000 unlike the current law which recognizes two stamp duties (Rp3,000 and Rp6,000)...

The Quetzal will Soar its Flight: The public + The private: the winning alliance By Ignacio Grazioso
QIL+4 ABOGADOS, September 2020

Ten years ago, the PPP Law was approved, the regulatory framework that seeks to make the Public Private Partnerships (“PPPs”) viable as a solution to the country's infrastructure deficit. For reasons beyond legal and economic facts, Guatemala has not yet seen its first PPP project born. However, the planets seem to be aligning to propitiate the possible detonation of investment in infrastructure and we see reasons for optimism on the horizon...

Disability and Remote Work
QIL+4 ABOGADOS, September 2020

Teleworking is a work tool that opens a world of possibilities for the reinsertion of sectors of the population that have not had free access to work opportunities. It is a feasible option to provide job opportunities to people for whom moving outside their homes is a limitation; limitations that could occur not only to people with family responsibilities – child and elderly care – or students, but also to people with disabilities...

Telework in Guatemala
QIL+4 ABOGADOS, September 2020

Although in Guatemala there is no legal frame for “Telework”, it could be said that it is a way in which services are provided in a location other than the employer's office or headquarters. What makes this modality so attractive? What is the key to make it work? The key is in TECHNOLOGY, in the innovative and efficient use of tools that allow us to be connected without being anchored to a specific place...

Following the European Court of Justice Judgement Regarding the Privacy Shield - Data Protection Authority Publishes Recommended Actions for Practice
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, September 2020

In July 2020, the European Court of Justice (C-311/18, "Schrems II") declared the EU-US Privacy Shield as invalid as the legal basis for the transfer of personal data to the USA and increased the requirements on the EU standard contractual clauses...

New Measures to Prevent and Combat Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing
PLMJ, September 2020

Law 58/2020 came into force on 1 September 2020 and it implements into Portuguese law: Directive (EU) 2018/843 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2018 amending Directive (EU) 2015/849 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for money laundering or terrorist financing, commonly known as the 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive; and Directive (EU) 2018/1673 of the European Parliament and the Council of 23 October 2018 on combating money laundering by criminal l

Remote Learning and FFCRA Paid Leave Questions Answered by Department of Labor
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, September 2020

The Department of Labor has updated its list of FAQs about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) to address when employees would be eligible for Emergency FMLA leave when the employee’s child’s school is operating on a remote or hybrid learning schedule...

Covid-19 Bill 2020 - Affecting Housing Developers and Homebuyers
Shearn Delamore & Co., August 2020

On 25 August 2020, “The Temporary Measures For Reducing The Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) Bill 2020” (“Covid-19 Bill 2020”) was passed by the Dewan Rakyat. When will the Covid-19 Bill 2020 come into operation? The Covid-19 2020 Bill comes into operation on the date published in the Gazette. However, it will have a retrospective effect and will be deemed to have come into operation on the first day of the Movement Control Order i.e...

COVID-19 Payroll Tax Notice from the IRS Offers Sparse Guidance
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, August 2020

Following the August 8, 2020 Presidential Memorandum directing the Treasury Secretary to defer the withholding, deposit, and payment of certain payroll taxes, the Internal Revenue Service released Notice 2020-65 late Friday, August 28. The brief notice gives necessary but sparse guidance on implementing the Presidential Memorandum. We expect (and hope for) further guidance soon...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: HUD, FHFA, VA Announce Extensions of Foreclosure and Eviction Moratoriums to December 31, 2020
Buchalter, August 2020

On August 27, HUD announced that it is extending its Covid-related foreclosure and eviction moratoriums for FHA insured loans set to expire on August 31, until December 31, 2020, and issued a Mortgagee Letter implementing the extensions. On the same day, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced that the single-family foreclosure and eviction moratoriums for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, also set to expire on August 31, will be extended until December 31, 2020...

SEC Amends Definition of Accredited Investor
Buchalter, August 2020

On August 26, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted long anticipated amendments to the “accredited investor” definition.  The SEC said that the amendments are intended to update and improve the definition to identify more effectively investors that have sufficient knowledge and expertise to participate in securities offerings that are not registered under the Securities Act of 1933...

Transgender Students Protected from Discriminatory Restroom Policies under Equal Protection Clause & Title IX, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, August 2020

On August 26, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that a Virginia School Board’s restroom policy constituted sex-based discrimination in violation of the Equal Protection Clause, and transgender people constitute a quasi-suspect class, entitling them to greater constitutional protections. Moreover, the court also held that the restroom policy violated Title IX, because it discriminated on the basis of sex in a public school setting...

DOJ Aims Scrutiny at Lab Testing Space During COVID-19
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, August 2020

The Department of Justice is stepping up its scrutiny of health-care fraud, especially in testing laboratories, during the Covid-19 pandemic. Former federal prosecutor Jason Mehta, a partner with Bradley, says now is not the time to tout profits over patient care and offers insights on compliance. In the midst of a global pandemic, much attention and praise is rightfully being showered on health-care providers...

News Flash: HHS Issues Statement Removing Premarket Review Requirements for Laboratory Developed Tests (“LDTs”), Including COVID-19 LDTs
Verrill, August 2020

What happened? On August 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued a single paragraph statement rescinding U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) guidance documents concerning premarket review of Laboratory Developed Tests (“LDTs”) and eliminating the requirement for premarket review of LDTs, in the absence of notice-and-comment rulemaking...

Accredited Investors: Wealth Is No Longer the Sole Proxy for Financial Sophistication
Hanson Bridgett LLP, August 2020

Key Points On August 26, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments that broaden the qualifying pool of individuals and entities known as “accredited investors.” The amendments expand the definition based on defined measures of professional knowledge, experience, or certifications, in addition to the existing tests for income or net worth...

Mainland China Briefing: CSRC Issues Consultation Papers on New Measures for Managers of Public Funds
Deacons, August 2020

On 31 July 2020, the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) issued consultation papers on Measures for the Supervision and Administration of Public-offered Securities Investment Fund Managers (the Measures, available here in Chinese)and the Provisions on Issues concerning the Implementation of the Measures for the Supervision and Administration of Public-offered Securities Investment Fund Managers (the Implementation Provisions, available here in Chinese)...

COVID-19 Alert Levels and the Construction Industry
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, August 2020

The COVID-19 Public Health Response (Alert level 3 and 2) Order 2020 came into force at 11:59pm on 12 August 2020, putting Auckland into alert level 3 and the rest of New Zealand into alert level 2. This is the second time New Zealand has experienced the respective alert levels, with parties more prepared and familiar with the requirements and restrictions...

Entitlement of the Employee to Postpone the Already Approved Holiday in Corona Times
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, August 2020

The summer holidays have already begun in most of the federal states or are about to begin. Due to the Corona pandemic, most holiday plans could not be realized during the Easter holidays. Although the travel warnings for most countries in the EU were lifted in time for the summer holidays, it is still not possible to enjoy "normal" holidays this year...

The New White Paper - EU Combats Distortions of Competition by Third States
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, August 2020

In June, the European Commission has published the "White Paper on levelling the playing field as regards foreign subsidies". For the first time that the European Commission has brought together State aid and investment control as well as trade defence instruments. Companies coming from third countries can expect costly and lengthy examination procedures in M&A transactions, but also new hurdles for other activities in the internal market...

Support for Computer Games through de minimis Aid
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, August 2020

The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is providing EUR 50 million annually until 2023 to promote computer games in order to strengthen Germany as a location for developers. In the first phase,de minimis funding will be provided with grants of up to EUR 200,000. In a second phase larger-scale funding will also be possible...

Coronavirus: Payment of Rents and Other Remunerations – Deferral and New Rules
PLMJ, August 2020

COVID-19 and the measures to mitigate the disease have had an enormous impact on people’s lives and on many sectors of the economy. In response, with regard to lease agreements and other forms of commercial use of real estate premises, the Portuguese legislature decided to introduce exceptional rules for situations of late payment of rent and other payments under said agreements...

Continued Uncertainty Clouds DOJ’s Dismissal Power Under False Claims Act
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, August 2020

The Ninth Circuit recently ruled against the government on jurisdictional grounds in the False Claims Act (FCA) qui tam case, United States v. United States ex rel. Thrower, No. 18-16408, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 24621 (9th Cir. Aug. 4, 2020), holding that a district court’s denial of a government motion to dismiss an FCA action is not immediately appealable under the collateral order doctrine and dismissing the government’s appeal...

Congress Approves Bill that Establishes Tax Measures to Reactivate the Economy
Carey, August 2020

On August 18, the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate approved a bill introduced by the government on June 25, which establishes the emergency plan to promote economic recovery and employment. Although in its first phase, the project was modified and approved by the Chamber of Deputies, and rejected by the Senate, the new proposal submitted by the Joint Commission was approved in its entirety by the Congress...

 

 

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