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New California Employment Laws for 2021
Hanson Bridgett LLP, October 2020

New year, new laws. That's right; it's time to prepare for the new year, which means being aware of the latest labor and employment laws that are sure to impact your organization. Most importantly, it's time to revise those handbooks to keep up with these changes. For an in-depth analysis of how each law might affect your organization, contact your Hanson Bridgett labor and employment lawyer and join us for our Annual Client Seminars in January...

What Employers Need to Know About The Families First Coronavirus Response Act - An Animation
Verrill, October 2020

Navigating the ins and outs of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) can be difficult for employers. This animation seeks to illustrate some of the most important takeaways. Transcript (see animation below): Hi, I'm Tawny, a partner in Verrill's Labor & Employment Practice Group...

OCIE RISK ALERT—Cybersecurity: Ransomware Alert
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2020

On July 10, 2020, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released a Risk Alert highlighting the dangers of ransomware to SEC-registered entities, including investment advisers. The Risk Alert is a response to a marked uptick in both the prevalence and sophistication of ransomware attacks in recent months. Ransomware is a type of malware used by criminals to gain control of your or your firm’s confidential information and customer data...

Weekly Digest: COVID-19 Resources from Bradley
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

This digest is a curated list of Bradley content regarding the coronavirus. In an effort to provide our clients with the easiest way to find information that may be beneficial in responding to the impact of COVID-19, we have provided links to our most recent blog posts, news alerts, webinar recordings and more. Additionally, this digest will now be deployed on a weekly basis in an effort to reduce the number of emails our clients receive...

Weekly Digest: COVID-19 Resources from Bradley
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

This digest is a curated list of Bradley content regarding the coronavirus. In an effort to provide our clients with the easiest way to find information that may be beneficial in responding to the impact of COVID-19, we have provided links to our most recent blog posts, news alerts, webinar recordings and more. Additionally, this digest will now be deployed on a weekly basis in an effort to reduce the number of emails our clients receive...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: New PPP Guidance Simplifies Forgiveness Application Process for Small PPP Loans of $50,000 or Less; Clarifies Lenders’ Responsibilities Regarding Review of Borrower Calculations and Documentation of Forgivable Eligible Costs for Such Small Loans
Buchalter, October 2020

On October 8, Treasury issued a new Interim Final Rule Re Additional Revisions to Loan Forgiveness and Loan Review Procedures Interim Final Rules (new IFR), along with a new Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508S and Instructions for the new Form, addressing applications for forgiveness of PPP loans of $50,000 or less.  Links to the new IFR, the new Form 3508S, and the new Instructions for Form 3508S are set out below...

Excessive Processing of Employee Personal Information: A Warning to South African Employers
ENSafrica, October 2020

A recent decision in Germany has resulted in a hefty fine being imposed on an employer for violations of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”). The decision is a strong warning to South African employers to not overprocess their employees’ information...

Alabama Law and Practice
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

The US Regional Employment 2020 features 14 states. The guide provides expert legal commentary on the impact of COVID-19 on the workplace, the "Black Lives Matter" and "Me Too" movements, unions, the National Labor Relations Board, the interviewing process, restrictive covenants, discrimination and harassment, and whistle-blower claims. Bradley attorneys authored the Alabama and Tennessee chapters of the US Regional Employment 2020 featured below...

Tennessee Law and Practice
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

The US Regional Employment 2020 features 14 states. The guide provides expert legal commentary on the impact of COVID-19 on the workplace, the "Black Lives Matter" and "Me Too" movements, unions, the National Labor Relations Board, the interviewing process, restrictive covenants, discrimination and harassment, and whistle-blower claims. Bradley attorneys authored the Alabama and Tennessee chapters of the US Regional Employment 2020 featured below...

Last Call to Implement Electronic Voting and/or Voting by Letter for Covid-Proof Social Elections
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, October 2020

 In principle, the decision to vote electronically should have been taken as early as February 2020, at a time when few had ever heard of Covid-19. Companies that did not do so at that time but, as a result of Covid-19, would like to do so now for security reasons or because their staff still (mostly) work from home, have been given the opportunity to still introduce electronic voting. However, they have to reach an agreement on this issue at the latest on day X + 56 (i.e...

COVID-19 FOMU for Employers: Fear of Messing Up
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

Even in virus-free times, the world of labor laws and employment regulations is at best confusing to an employer, and at worst, overwhelming. Adding the stress of emergency paid sick leave, ever-evolving unemployment qualifications, and shelter-in-place orders is enough to make any boss’s head spin. Business owners want to keep their employees healthy and safe. They also want to operate in a way that at least garners enough income to keep the doors open...

Leasing Healthcare Employees? Don’t Overlook The Benefits Traps, Part III
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

As noted in Part I and Part II of this series, benefits compliance concerns typically take a backseat to the many good reasons for healthcare organizations to provide or receive the services of leased employees. However, with sufficient awareness, these compliance issues, which often have surprisingly outsized risks, can generally be managed without disrupting the aims of the employee leasing arrangement...

Jason Habinsky in Bloomberg Law: ‘My Brain’s Not as Sharp: COVID Woes Stalk Workers Back on Job’
Haynes and Boone, LLP, October 2020

Haynes and Boone, LLP Partner Jason Habinsky talked with Bloomberg Law about labor and employment implications for employers at companies with COVID-19 survivors.Below is an excerpt:Millions of people could be dealing with medical issues including heart, kidney and lung damage long after the pandemic subsides...

UAE Amends the Labour Law
Afridi & Angell, October 2020

The promulgation of Federal-Decree Law 6 of 2020 has introduced two amendments to the Labour Law of the United Arab Emirates, Federal Law 8 of 1980, as amended. The amendments introduce equal treatment for male and female employees in respect of compensation and parental leave. The new measure was promulgated on 25 August 2020 and took effect on 25 September 2020. The first amendment affects Article 32 of the Labour Law...

What Employers Need to Know about Coronavirus, Paid Leave
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2020

As seen in Bank Director From lobby closures to Paycheck Protection Program loans, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a lot at banks and other financial services providers during this pandemic. One more item to add to the list is the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)...

Non-Compete Agreement Series: Everything You Need to Know (And Probably Don’t) About Covenants Not to Compete - Mississippi
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

The next state in our series exploring non-compete agreements is the Magnolia State, Mississippi. Unlike Texas and Louisiana, Mississippi’s noncompete laws are purely creatures of the common law.  Mississippi has no statutory scheme in place governing covenants not to compete. For this chapter we are joined by my partners Justin Scott and Slates Veazey...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: SBA Issues New PPP Guidance Regarding Required Approval for a Sale of Assets or Transfer of Ownership of a PPP Borrower; Use of Escrow Accounts to Avoid Requirement of Prior SBA Approval
Buchalter, October 2020

On October 2, the SBA issued SBA Procedural Notice 5000-20057, Paycheck Protection Program Loans and Changes of Ownership (“Notice”).    A link to the Notice is set out below...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: California Employers Will Soon Have to Take Action upon Notice of Potential Covid-19 Exposure within One Business Day
Buchalter, October 2020

On September 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsome signed AB 685 into law.  Effective January 1, 2021, AB 685 makes several changes to the California Labor Code regarding occupational exposure to COVID-19.  This includes authorizing Cal-OSHA to essentially shut down a workplace if it determines that the risk of COVID-19 exposure constitutes an imminent hazard to employees...

Make Working from Home Work - Employers’ Considerations for Remote Working
Shearn Delamore & Co., October 2020

In this article, Grace Chai Huey Yann explores common issues relating to remote working arrangements implemented by employers in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Introduction The Covid-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented impact on businesses worldwide, especially when international borders are closed and various degrees of lockdown are introduced in response to the pandemic. Since the first quarter of this eventful year, virtual working has become the option for many employers...

Management of Occupational Safety and Data Protection Risks Arising During Work from Home - Part 2
Szecskay Attorneys at Law, October 2020

Part 2 of this series is about data protection. In case of questions, please contact Zoltán Balázs Kovács. How do you secure data in the home office environment? What policies should be in place to secure data and devices? What does a data breach mean? Employers must comply with the principle of accountability and demonstrate compliance (including by way of applying proper internal policies). This is important also from the perspective of data security...

B.C.'s Economic Recovery Plan: New Employer Tax Credit
Lawson Lundell LLP, October 2020

On September 17, 2020, the British Columbia government released its economic recovery plan for the province, Stronger BC for Everyone: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan. The plan details various new support measures for B.C. businesses, including a new refundable tax credit for employers. The B.C...

Contractual Reference to a Collective Agreement
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, September 2020

BAG, ruling dated May 13, 2020, 4 AZR 528/19 The employee's remuneration, referred to in an employment contract as "collectively agreed salary" is to be understood as a "dynamic reference clause". If a reference "to the collective agreements applicable for the Company" has been agreed upon in the employment contract, this reference is limited to the binding collective agreements applicable for the employer at the time the contract is concluded...

Employees Duties of Conduct in the Privacy in Times of Corona
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, September 2020

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the media has repeatedly reported about terminations by the employer, which are based on the fact that employees did not adhere to corona measures during their leisure time, for example because they took part in large anti-corona demonstrations and disregarded the distance rule or were associated with anti-constitutional ideas...

COVID-19: New Record-Keeping Obligation and Compliance Check Relating to Foreign Workers and Self-Employed Individuals
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, September 2020

As part of some new measures that aim to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the government has imposed a new record-keeping obligation on certain employers and users which temporarily rely on foreign employees or self-employed individuals. In-scope employers and users must also verify whether the foreign employees and self-employed individuals have duly completed the passenger locator form. These new obligations apply from 24 August 2020 until 31 October 2020, but will likely be extended...

Management of Occupational Safety and Data Protection Risks Arising During Work from Home Part 1
Szecskay Attorneys at Law, September 2020

Part 1 of this series discusses labour law and labour safety issues. What is it that has changed regarding home office and teleworking because of Covid-19? What can we expect in the future? How can employers prepare for the “new normal” and how can employees manage things from their side? Before Covid-19, teleworking and working from home in Hungary represented a percentage of 1.2 among employees aged between 15-64, according to Eurostat...

 

 

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