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Han Kun Law Offices | May 2024

China's National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) released the 2023 Drug Review Annual Report on its official website on February 4, 2024, closely followed by the 2023 Medical Device Registration Annual Report on February 5. According to the public information, more than 60 innovative drugs have been approved by NMPA from 2022 to 2023, and a total of 61 innovative medical devices have been approved in 2023 ...

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP | April 2024

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has submitted its final version of enforcement guidance on workplace harassment. We previously reported on the new guidance when it was proposed in early October of 2023. This is the first time the EEOC has updated its workplace harassment guidance since 1999. Some of the new topics addressed include remote work, the #MeToo movement and the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia ...

Lavery Lawyers | April 2024

The 2023 Federal Budget (the ?Budget?), tabled on March 28, 2023, proposes amendments to certain provisions of the Income Tax Act (ITA) that would make ?genuine? intergenerational business transfers no longer subject to the anti-avoidance rules of section 84.1 and allow the transferor to benefit from their capital gains exemption ...

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP | April 2024

On April 23, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) voted to issue a final rule banning non-compete provisions in most industries in the United States (“Final Rule”). Dinsmore attorneys were quick to publish the details and impact of the Final Rule, which is available here. This supplement focuses on the impact of the Final Rule on the healthcare industry ...

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP | April 2024

In the latest update to Kentucky’s Medical Cannabis Program (the “Program”), Governor Andy Beshear signed House Bill 829 which moved up the timeline to apply for cannabis business licenses by six months. Additionally, two emergency regulations were issued by the Program that explain how to apply for a cannabis business license ...

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP | April 2024

On April 23, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) published its final rule increasing salary threshold amounts required for certain employees to be exempt from federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) overtime requirements. The new rule is scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2024. Based on DOL estimates, the rule will expand overtime protection to cover more than 4 million additional workers within the first year ...

Buchalter | April 2024

By: Leah Lively and Alexandra Shulman On April 23, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced a final rule, “Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional (EAP), Outside Sales and Computer Employees,” increasing the salary threshold for an employee to qualify for exempt status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule takes effect on July 1, 2024 ...

As noted in our May 3, 2023 and August 14, 2023 client alerts, Congress enacted the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) in late 2022, expanding protections for pregnant workers. Pursuant to the Act, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was directed to make rules to implement the statute. On April 15, 2024, the EEOC issued its final rule and interpretive guidance, which will go into effect on June 18, 2024 ...

Carey Olsen | April 2024

Carey Olsen advises Cuscaden Peak Investments on S$1.7 billion sale of student housing The acquisition brings Mapletree's housing portfolio to 33,000 beds across 47 cities in the UK, the US, Germany and Canada, and makes the Singapore-based real estate investor one of the largest owners of student housing in the UK ...

Lavery Lawyers | April 2024

On April 19, 2024, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered its decision in Société des casinos du Québec inc. v. Association des cadres de la Société des casinos du Québec, marking the end of an almost 15 year-long debate on the freedom of association of managers and their exclusion under the Labour Code ...

Afridi & Angell | April 2024

Early last week, the UAE experienced its most severe rainfall in the past 75 years. A large number of homes and business premises across the UAE suffered damage from the effects of the rain or floods, including the many motor vehicles that were stalled or otherwise impaired ...

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP | April 2024

On April 23, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a public hearing where members voted 3-2 to adopt a final rule effectively banning employers from enforcing non-compete clauses against employees with very limited exceptions.  This rule, which is largely similar to the proposed rule first announced by the Commission in January of 2023, imposes a “comprehensive ban on new non-competes with all workers ...

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP | April 2024

Although artificial intelligence (“AI”) improves how businesses interact with customers, process sales, manage inventory and more, it also heralds new and unique cybersecurity risks. These risks can lead to unprecedented legal liabilities. Companies must understand how AI works, consider how AI is deployed throughout their business structure and take proactive steps to minimize security risks ...

Buchalter | April 2024

April 18, 2024 By: Leah Lively and Alexandra Shulman The Supreme Court of the United States issued an opinion on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, that will make it easier for employees to pursue discrimination claims against their employers based on job transfers or other non-pecuniary personnel decisions. In Muldrow v. City of St. Louis, Muldrow, a female police officer, alleged that she was transferred to a less desirable unit because a new supervisor preferred a male officer for the role ...

Shoosmiths LLP | April 2024

18 – 24 March 2024 marked Neurodiversity Celebration Week, a week held annually which aims to challenge misconceptions regarding neurological differences. We look at what employers can do to improve neurodiversity support in the workplace going forward. Neurodiversity is an umbrella term which is used to describe alternative ways of thinking and learning and it includes conditions such as autism, dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) ...

Shoosmiths LLP | April 2024

The Sexism in the City inquiry was set up to establish what progress has been made in tackling sexism in the financial services sector. We discuss the findings and offer advice for those in the sector trying to navigate the current regulatory landscape. The financial services industry is crucial to the UK economy. It employs more than 2 ...

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP | April 2024

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has issued a final rule to implement the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“PWFA”). The final rule, which aims to provide clarity regarding the protections afforded to employees and duties imposed upon employers under the PWFA, is set to be published in the Federal Registrar on April 19, 2024. It will thereafter become effective on June 18, 2024, 60 days after its publication ...

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | April 2024

On December 22, 2023, Agder Court of Appeal issued a ruling in a case between an excavator seller and a leasing customer who had leased an excavator through a leasing company. According to the agreement between the parties, the leasing company was the formal owner of the excavator. The role as owner was however limited to financing ...

In recent years, a growing number of construc- tion companies have established employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs).1 The interest in an ESOP is often generated by the need for an exit strat- egy for one or more of the owners of a closely held business, a common scenario in the construction industry ...

Carey Olsen | April 2024

Carey Olsen advises Sanctum FI LLP on launch of an Artificial Intelligence-powered investment fund FSHL aims to generate long-term capital growth through a diversified portfolio primarily consisting of equity securities and bonds. The investment strategy focuses on enhanced investment performance at low cost through evolving machine learning algorithms ...

Carey Olsen | April 2024

Carey Olsen advises Beijing Energy International Holding Co. Ltd on $40 million green bond issuance On 2 April 2024, Beijing Energy International successfully issued the bond, featuring a term of two years and a historically low coupon rate of 2.70%. The issuance was oversubscribed by 3.04 times ...

Shoosmiths LLP | April 2024

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a campaign highlighting the risks of food labelled as vegan to people with allergies.  Research from the FSA has shown that 62% of consumers with an animal-based allergy were confident that products labelled as ‘vegan’ were safe to eat. The FSA says this confidence is incorrect and is putting people at risk ...

ALRUD Law Firm | April 2024

We would like to remind you about ****important changes in migration legislation**** that affect the ****legal status of foreign nationals**** in the Russian Federation, including highly qualified specialists (“HQS”) ...

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