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2022 predictions: the living sector never sits still
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

The living sector will continue to provide opportunities and challenges for investors, developers and residents, alike. The government is set to turn the page on pandemic restrictions, with most set to stop in England on 26 January. Time will tell if this will be the year when we can get back to a more normal way of life, but one thing we can be sure of is that the living sector will continue to provide opportunities and challenges for investors, developers and residents, alike...

Lessons learnt from a tennis superstar: Due care on visa applications
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

The importance of being truthful on immigration forms has been thrust into the international spotlight this week, thanks to tennis star Novak Djokovic who has been deported from Australia. Whilst the ins and out of the refusal are up for discussion, one thing is clear is that the information on his application about where he has been during the fourteen days prior to his arrival in Australia was not correct...

Should the UK Government introduce the right to disconnect?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

‘The right to disconnect’ was a popular topic during 2021 and provides for an interesting discussion - should there be a legal right in the UK for employees to disconnect from their workplace? The phrase which may bring joy to an employee’s ears but potentially not so much to those of an employer is the ‘right to disconnect’...

Employment law update: The year 2021 in the rear-view mirror and 2022 appearing on the horizon
Krogerus, January 2022

In the beginning of the new year 2022, it is a good time to take look back to the previous year 2021 and to have a look at reforms and amendments coming up during 2022 within the field of employment law. In addition to legislative changes, collective bargaining negotiations have lately been a hot topic as many collective bargaining agreements are up for renewal and some generally applicable collective bargaining agreements will not be renewed...

DHHS Vaccine Mandate Decision
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, January 2022

On Thursday, January 13, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay pausing implementation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), finding that the challengers to the ETS are likely to prevail. Justices John Roberts, Amy Coney Barrett, and Brett Kavanaugh issued the decision to stay the OSHA ETS. Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Clarence Thomas concurred with their own separate opinion...

Latest Federal Court Cases, 1/18/22
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, January 2022

Evolusion Concepts, Inc. v. HOC Events Inc., Appeal No. 2021-1963 (Fed. Cir. Jan. 14, 2022) In its only precedential patent case this week, the Federal Circuit disposed of an appeal, holding that the district court’s claim construction was wrong.  In the appeal from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the Federal Circuit addressed the meaning of the term “magazine catch bar” in the asserted claims...

Cambodia: E-Commerce VAT Registration/Reverse Charge Implementation Date Extended
DFDL, January 2022

The General Department of Taxation (“GDT”) issued Notification no. 776 GDT on the 17th of January 2022 (“Notification 776”) which delays the implementation of Prakas 542 MEF.P on the Rules and Procedure for the Implementation of VAT on E-Commerce (“Prakas 542”) to 31 March 2022...

2022 predictions: What’s on the horizon for planning?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

As we go into 2022, the future direction of the planning system in England remains uncertain. Planning Bill The planning white paper proposals for a hybrid mix of discretionary decision making and codified zonal planning have proved particularly controversial with concerns about what could be seen as a ‘top down’ approach contributing to the outcome of the Chesham and Amersham by election...

Changes to Sponsorship for Care Workers
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

Following on from the Migration Advisory Committee's annual report, the government have announced welcome changes to the Health and Care visa route. The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published their annual report in December. The report considered a variety of subjects and took a detailed look at the health and care sector...

Is the fear of catching COVID-19 a belief worth protecting?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

This question was considered by the Employment Tribunal in the recent case of X v Y. In a decision that will be welcomed by employers, the tribunal held that such a fear is not a protected belief under the Equality Act 2010. The facts of the case The claimant brought proceedings against her employer for discrimination after she chose not to return to work in July 2021 with the result that her employer had stopped paying her...

MAXIMUM PERMISSIBLE LIMITS FOR ATMOSPHERIC EMISSIONS FROM THERMOELECTRIC GENERATION ACTIVITIES ARE ADOPTED
Rodrigo, Elias & Medrano Abogados, January 2022

On October 30, 2021, Supreme Decree Nº 030-2021-MINAM ("DS030") was published in the Official Gazette "El Peruano", adopting Maximum Permissible Limits ("MPL") for atmospheric emissions from thermoelectric generation activities...

The Supreme Court Ruled to Stay the OSHA ETS
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, January 2022

On Thursday, January 13, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay pausing implementation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Emergency Temporary Standard, finding that the challengers to the ETS are likely to prevail. Justices John Roberts, Amy Coney Barrett, and Brett Kavanaugh issued the decision to stay the OSHA ETS. Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Clarence Thomas concurred with their own separate opinion...

Treasury Issues Final Rule on COVID State Funds
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, January 2022

On January 6, 2022, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a final rule on the use of Coronavirus State & Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) provided to state, local, and tribal governments pursuant to the American Rescue Plan (ARP). While the final rule largely includes the eligible uses of SLFRF funds described in the interim rule issued in May of 2021, the Treasury expanded and provided more detail on eligible uses...

OSHA Updates ETS FAQs on Usage of Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Tests 
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, January 2022

While the U.S. Supreme Court continues to deliberate over whether the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) is a valid exercise of OSHA’s regulatory authority, OSHA has continued to update their ETS FAQs to provide more guidance to employers.  In particular, OSHA has clarified the requirements that apply to the use of over-the-counter COVID-19 tests (OTC Tests) for compliance with the testing requirements of the ETS...

Supreme Court Allows Enforcement of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2022

On Jan. 13, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States lifted the injunction on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) vaccine mandate (Mandate).[1] Previously, injunctions were imposed by district courts in Missouri and Louisiana, and affirmed on appeal by the Eighth and Fifth Circuits, respectively, thereby prohibiting enforcement of the Mandate in 24 states...

Supreme Court Blocks Enforcement of OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccine Emergency Standard for Large Employers
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2022

On Jan. 13, 2022, the United States Supreme Court issued an order blocking enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring (among other things) employers of 100 or more employees to require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or ensure unvaccinated employees are tested for COVID-19 weekly...

New CDPH Recommendations and Revisions to Cal/OSHA's COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards in Effect on January 14
Hanson Bridgett LLP, January 2022

On December 16, 2021, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board readopted the Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), but included several revisions which will go into effect on January 14, 2022 and which will remain in effect for three months. In addition, CDPH issued updated guidance for the general public this month. That guidance on isolation and quarantine requirements has now replaced the ETS exclusion periods and return to work criteria for all workers as of January 14, 2022...

Interpreting five key recommendations of the Independent Fan-Led Review of Football Governance
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, January 2022

  In May 2021, the UK Government commissioned an independent, fan-led review of football governance in England following three “crisis events”. The report has thus far received a varied reception. Some have welcomed its recommendations, and believe that they will bring about much needed reform of the current model of football governance...

Changes to the director disqualification regime – what directors need to know
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, January 2022

The Rating (Coronavirus) and Directors Disqualification (Dissolved Companies) Act 2021 received Royal Assent on 15 December 2021.  The Act implements changes to the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 (the CDDA). Importantly, it will allow the Insolvency Service to investigate the conduct of directors of dissolved companies.  What is the current position? The CDDA allows the Insolvency Service to investigate the conduct of directors of insolvent companies...

Transition plans: key to businesses achieving net zero
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, January 2022

 How will the UK become a Net Zero-aligned Financial Centre? Last month, the UK Government announced that the UK was to be the world’s first Net Zero-aligned Financial Centre. The Institute for Government defines “net zero” as “a balance between the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere”...

End of Transition Period for SBA Size Standard Calculation
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, January 2022

This is a reminder that as of January 6, 2022, the Small Business Administration is requiring all small businesses to use a five-year period of measurement in determining their size under a revenue-based size standard. On January 6, 2020, the SBA published its final rule providing for a five-year period of measurement for determining a small business’s size under revenue-based size standards...

End of Transition Period for SBA Size Standard Calculation; Five Year Measurement Period Now Required
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, January 2022

This is a reminder that as of January 6, 2022, the Small Business Administration is requiring all small businesses to use a five-year period of measurement in determining their size under a revenue-based size standard. On January 6, 2020, the SBA published its final rule providing for a five-year period of measurement for determining a small business’s size under revenue-based size standards...

Oregon Supreme Court Holds Hydroelectric Water Rights Automatically Convert to Permanent Instream Water Rights after Five Years of Nonuse for Hydroelectric Purposes
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, January 2022

The Oregon Supreme Court recently reversed a decision of the Oregon Court of Appeals and determined that the lease of a vested hydroelectric water right to the state for instream uses did not qualify as the “use of water under a hydroelectric water right” under Oregon Revised Statute 543A.305(3). WaterWatch v. Oregon Water Resources Department, 369 Or. 71 (2021) (hereafter referred to as Warm Springs Hydro, after intervenor respondent Warm Springs Hydro LLC)...

Oregon Supreme Court Holds Hydroelectric Water Rights Case
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, January 2022

The Oregon Supreme Court recently reversed a decision of the Oregon Court of Appeals and determined that the lease of a vested hydroelectric water right to the state for instream uses did not qualify as the “use of water under a hydroelectric water right” under Oregon Revised Statute 543A.305(3). WaterWatch v. Oregon Water Resources Department, 369 Or. 71 (2021) (hereafter referred to as Warm Springs Hydro, after intervenor respondent Warm Springs Hydro LLC)...

Oregon Supreme Court Holds Hydroelectric Water Rights Automatically Convert to Permanent Instream Water Rights after Five Years of Nonuse for Hydroelectric Purposes
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, January 2022

The Oregon Supreme Court recently reversed a decision of the Oregon Court of Appeals and determined that the lease of a vested hydroelectric water right to the state for instream uses did not qualify as the “use of water under a hydroelectric water right” under Oregon Revised Statute 543A.305(3). WaterWatch v. Oregon Water Resources Department, 369 Or. 71 (2021) (hereafter referred to as Warm Springs Hydro, after intervenor respondent Warm Springs Hydro LLC)...

 

 

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