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Dinsmore & Shohl LLP | April 2024

On April 1, 2024, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that its initial registration selection process, commonly known as the H-1B lottery, is complete. This means the USCIS has selected enough initial registrations to meet its numerical limit for both the standard H-1B cap and the advanced degree exemption, often referred to as the “master’s cap ...

Shoosmiths LLP | April 2024

Our third article in the series focusing on discrimination in the workplace, covers the protected characteristic of sex (gender). We discuss the current legal position, planned changes and suggested best practice for employers. What is sex discrimination? Sex discrimination occurs when someone is treated unfairly due to their gender. In the UK, it has been illegal for some time (subject to certain exceptions) with the law now incorporated into the Equality Act 2010 ...

Shoosmiths LLP | April 2024

Serco Leisure have been issued with an enforcement notice by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for unlawfully processing their employees’ biometric data through facial recognition technology and fingerprint scanning. What can we learn from this? With a rise in remote working as the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic continues, there has been a proliferation of workplace monitoring ...

On December 4, 2023, New York City Mayor Eric Adams signed into law the New York City Council’s bill, Int 0569-2022 (the “City Law”). The bill, known as the “Workers’ Bill of Rights,” will require New York City employers to abide by certain notice and distribution requirements by July 1, 2024. The notice and distribution requirements will inform employees and independent contractors of their rights under federal, state, and local law ...

Buchalter | April 2024

April 2, 2024 By: Leah Lively and Alexandra Shulman On June 6, 2024, new amendments to Washington State’s noncompetition statute (RCW 49.62) will go into effect, which place further limitations on the use of noncompetition agreements in Washington.  Substitute Senate Bill 5935 introduces several modifications to RCW 49.62 that Washington employers (and employers with Washington employees) should be aware of: Broader definition of “noncompetition covenant ...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on March 13 issued a highly consequential decision in U.S. Securities andExchange Commission v. Rashid, interpreting and applying the mental state for liability of investment advisers under the Investment Advisers Act. Over a strong dissent, the court reversed a finding of liability of the defendant investment adviser under basic principles of negligence law, and in doing so, provided a road map for future enforcement actions under the act ...

Buchalter | March 2024

By: Jennifer Misetich March 26, 2024 On March 25, 2024, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in Huerta v. CSI Electrical Contractors, which provides certain clarity on nuanced wage and hour issues and the scope of the term “hours worked ...

Carey Olsen | March 2024

Carey Olsen advises Inflexion on closing of latest fund at £1.75 billion The Fund, which is the largest dedicated minority fund in Europe, has attracted existing and new investors from across the world, including from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, as well as the US, and includes public and corporate pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, asset managers and family offices ...

Buchalter | March 2024

March 25, 2024 By: Daniel C. Silva and Ross Garrett In March 2024, the Northern District of Alabama held that Congress exceeded its Constitutional authority by enacting the Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA”). The CTA requires variety corporate entities—everything from LLCs to trusts—to disclose beneficial ownership information to the U.S. Treasury Department ...

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Jacqueline P. Cox recently found that three Illinois attorneys violated their ethical obligations by failing to return their client's phone calls. She ordered the attorneys to return roughly half of their already-court-approved, and paid, flat fee. In In re: Molnar in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois in February, the debtor filed a petition under Chapter 13 ...

Han Kun Law Offices | March 2024

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) issued theProvisions on Regulating and Promoting Cross-Border Data Flows (Draft for Comments)(《规范和促进数据跨境流动规定(征求意见稿)》)on September 28, 2023 seeking public comments, which garnered significant attention. Yesterday (March 22, 2024), the CAC issued the official version of theProvisions on Promoting and Regulating Cross-Border Data Flows(《规范和促进数据跨境流动规定》)(the "Official Provisions"), which came into effect immediately upon publication ...

Carey Olsen | March 2024

British Virgin Islands Economic Substance - frequently asked questions Who has to comply with the Substance Legislation? All companies and limited partnerships that are registered or incorporated in the British Virgin Islands (“Entities”) must comply with the Substance Legislation. The Substance Legislation does not apply to trusts or general partnerships ...

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP | March 2024

Another year, another mandate for California employers.  By July 1, 2024, nearly all employers in the Golden State must have in place a workplace violence prevention plan.  While the compliance deadline may be three months away, employers need to immediately take action to ensure completion and training by July 1. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), workplace violence is the second leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the U.S ...

Shoosmiths LLP | March 2024

The Government have now published the Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules which confirm the changes being made to the Skilled Worker route as part of the ‘five-point plan’ to reduce net migration. We summarise the main points for employers to take note of ahead of the changes taking effect on 4 April ...

Shoosmiths LLP | March 2024

The conference, hosted by the International Bar Association, which took place in Barcelona earlier this month, looked at insights into the most important issues and developments in tech Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and technology law. Corporate partners Aleks Bosch and Steve Barnett attended the conference, which is one of the largest and most prestigious networking events for international lawyers, attracting over 400 delegates ...

Carey Olsen | March 2024

Carey Olsen named Offshore Law Firm of the Year at the WealthBriefing European Awards Independently evaluated by expert panels, these awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the wealth management sector within Europe. The awards encompass various categories, highlighting excellence among individuals, teams, products, and services catering to wealth managers, clients, and institutions of diverse sizes and types ...

Carey Olsen | March 2024

Jersey investment funds update Q1 2024 Jersey Financial Services Commission updates and news Supervisory Risk Data Collection The Jersey Financial Services Commission ("JFSC") launched its annual Supervisory Risk Data Collection ("SRDC") exercise on 5 February, the results of which are used by the JFSC to inform its approach for risk-based supervision and its financial crime examination process and, in aggregated form, to refresh its risk model and national risk assessments ...

Carey Olsen | March 2024

Bermuda investment funds update Q1 2024 Bermuda Monetary Authority Investment Fund Statistics (Q3 2023) Recent amendments to the funds regime highlight Bermuda’s commitment to a comprehensive and innovative approach to the underlying legislative framework applicable to funds and Bermuda’s status as a premier international financial centre ...

Carey Olsen | March 2024

Cayman Islands investment funds update Q1 2024 Removal from Financial Action Task Force Grey List and EU's High-Risk Third Countries List The Financial Action Task Force ("FATF") leads global action to tackle money laundering, terrorist and proliferation financing, setting international standards to ensure national authorities can effectively clamp down on illicit funds linked to drugs trafficking, the illicit arms trade, cyber fraud and other serious crimes ...

Carey Olsen | March 2024

British Virgin Islands investment funds update Q1 2024 BVI Financial Services Commission statistics – Q3 2023 The BVI Financial Services Commission ("FSC") has published its Statistical Bulletin for the third quarter of 2023. The FSC’s Statistical Bulletin is one mechanism by which the FSC communicates the progress made within several different sectors of the Financial Services industry, including Investment Business ...

Carey Olsen | March 2024

Guernsey investment funds update Q1 2024 Guernsey funds up Q4 2023 The total net asset value of Guernsey funds at the end of Q4 2023 was c. US$368.2 billion, an increase of c. US$3.6 billion (+1.0%) over the quarter. Guernsey closed-ended funds increased over the quarter by just under c. US$3.1 billion (+1.0%) to c. US$305.2 billion.   The Guernsey-domiciled open-ended sector increased over the quarter by just under c. US$638 million (+1.0%) to c. US$63 billion ...

Shoosmiths LLP | March 2024

As has been widely reported, Companies House has recently suffered a disruptive attack by an individual who made over 800 incorrect filings stating that charges created by around 190 different companies had been discharged. These filings were made without the knowledge of the companies concerned or the lenders who held the charges ...

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