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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...

Israel Reopens the Skies for Foreign Experts and Businessmen
Fischer, April 2021

Further to the decline of the Covid-19 spread in Israel after the successful vaccination rollout, Israel has announced changes in foreign entry policy into the country, which will allow, among others, the regular entry of foreign experts and businessmen. These reliefs come after several months in which the state borders were almost completely closed to foreigners...

IRS Guidance: COVID-19 PPE May be Eligible to be Reimbursed from Health FSAs, HRAs, and HSAs
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, April 2021

On March 26, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) published Announcement 2021-7, which notifies taxpayers that certain amounts paid for personal protective equipment (such as masks, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes) for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of COVID-19 (“COVID-19 PPE”) may be an eligible expense that can be reimbursed from certain health care account based plans...

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, April 2021

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) is a new federally-funded program providing emergency assistance for eligible venues adversely affected by COVID-19. The program, administered by the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Disaster Assistance, will offer over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, providing economic relief to eligible entities. This legal update summarizes the requirements and additional information related to the grant application process...

More Room for Joint Sustainability Initiatives
Van Doorne N.V., April 2021

The realisation of large sustainability projects often requires various market players to work together...

Reserve Bank New Enforcement Department
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, April 2021

The Reserve Bank Te Putea Matua has established a new separate Enforcement Department.  The Department will be operationally separate from the Supervision team but both will work together to incentivise and manage prudent behaviour and to hold institutions to account for non-compliance. Who needs to read it? Why? All financial institutions regulated by the Reserve Bank. This signals a move towards a more proactive regulator to which institutions will need to respond...

Extension of the Brazilian PTO Project to Eliminate its Patent Backlog
Veirano Advogados, April 2021

The INPI (Brazilian PTO) published Ordinance/INPI/PR No. 21, of March 26, 2021, which extends the Backlog Combat Project aiming at reducing the number of invention patent applications pending decision. The ordinance came into force on April 1st, 2021, and targets patent applications filed between Jan. 1st, 2017 and Dec. 31st, 2017...

Law No. 14,132/2021 Typifies New Crime of Obsessive Persecution (“Stalking”)
Veirano Advogados, April 2021

On March 31, 2021 Law no. 14,132/2021 was passed to include the crime of obsessive persecution ("stalking") in the Brazilian Penal Code, in the chapter of Crimes Against Personal Freedom, article 147-A. The new law abrogates the misdemeanor of harassment or disturbance of tranquility, until now invoked to punish stalking behavior...

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...

High-Income, Corporate Tax Returns Will Be Scrutinized
Waller, April 2021

In its discretionary funding request for fiscal year (FY) 2022, the Biden administration is seeking an additional $1.2 billion for the IRS – a 10.4% increase over FY 2021. $900 million of the increase will be earmarked for compliance. The additional funding in the White House proposal would enable the IRS to “increase oversight of high-income and corporate tax returns,” according to a statement issued by U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen...

CMS Announces Proposed Rate Increases and Other Changes for Skilled Nursing Providers and Hospice Providers in Fiscal Year 2022
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, April 2021

On April 8, 2021, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced a proposed rate increase of 1.3 percent for skilled nursing providers in fiscal year 2022. It is estimated this will result in approximately $444 million increase in payments to skilled nursing facilities (SNF) under Medicare Part A for the fiscal year.  This increased payment rate does not incorporate the SNF Value-Based Program (VBP) reductions that CMS estimates to be $184...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Draft Technical Circular on the Implementation of the Spirit of Security of Payment Legislation in Public Works Contracts
Deacons, March 2021

Since the consultation document on Proposed Security of Payment Legislation (SOPL) for the Construction Industry in June 2015 and the report of the consultation in April 2016, the SOPL Bill has yet to be put before the Legislative Council for consideration. The Government released a draft Technical Circular on the Implementation of the Spirit of Security of Payment Legislation in Public Works Contracts (Draft Circular) and a reference document in mid-March 2021...

Building the Nation’s Trust – Connecting a Charity’s Work to its Purpose
Shoosmiths LLP, March 2021

The Charity Commission focuses on charities meeting “public expectation”, but they also need to remain true to their stated purpose, even when doing so may prove controversial. A report on our colonial past The National Trust has acted in accordance with its charitable objects. This shouldn’t be headline news, but it has been for the last six months...

Government Enforcement for Misuse of Paycheck Protection Program and Other COVID-19 Relief Funds: What You Should Know
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, March 2021

The new American Rescue Plan Act[1] (ARPA) as signed into law earlier this month provides for $1.9 trillion in economic stimulus, supplementing last year’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act[2] and its $2.2 trillion allocation, both undertaken in response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States...

Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy Shows Ambition
Shoosmiths LLP, March 2021

The government’s recently announced low-carbon industrial sector strategy, supported by over £1 billion in funding to cut emissions from industry and public buildings, if nothing else, shows great ambition but does it also deliver the wherewithal to achieve those objectives? It builds on the proposals in the Energy White Paper which themselves expanded upon the Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution announced by Prime Minister in November last year...

 

 

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