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Thailand: Foreign Investment Promotion Permitting Wealthy Foreigners to Buy Land and Houses
DFDL, October 2021

On 14 September 2021, the Thai cabinet passed a resolution (“Cabinet Resolution”) proposed by the Centre for Economic Situation Administration (“CESA”) to incentivize foreign investment in Thailand through the issuance of new visa, tax, and foreign land ownership incentives. The CESA particularly aims to attract high net worth foreign nationals, who wish to invest in land and buildings, and who can meet these minimum qualifications: 1...

Compliancy with Employment and Immigration requirements
Shoosmiths LLP, October 2021

Led by Legal Director of Immigration, Rachel Harvey and Employment Partner, Emma Morgan, this webinar provided an insight into how best to remain compliant with Employment and Immigration requirements. Guidelines in this area are frequently subject to change and it is therefore crucial that employers remain aware of the rules and their potential wider implications...

Security of Payment Provisions in Public Works Contract Effective – Your Need to Know
Deacons, October 2021

In our Client Alert dated 26 March 2021, we reported that the Government had released a draft Technical Circular on the implementation of the spirit of Security of Payment Legislation (SOPL) in public works contracts. The draft Circular was provided to stakeholders to comment and the Circular aimed at implementing certain measures of SOPL on public works contracts, term contracts and related subcontracts tendered after July/August 2021...

Constructive dismissal and mitigation of damages: Is there an obligation to accept another position offered by the employer?
Lavery Lawyers, October 2021

The Supreme Court of Canada has previously addressed this issue in Evans v. Teamsters Local Union No. 31 1 and concluded that, in certain circumstances, when an employer offers a new position to a dismissed employee, the latter may have to accept it in order to mitigate their losses. A few years later, in 2108805 Ontario inc. vs...

Five Law Firm Interviewing Tips for 3Ls (or Any Lawyer)
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2021

[!<CDATA[ I have worked at two law firms and participated in dozens of interviews at both with associate candidates. Whether you are interviewing in person or remotely, there are questions for which you should always be prepared. In addition, there is information you should be ready to provide even if you are not asked for it directly. The following are the five things that I believe every law student should know before interviewing with a law firm. 1...

WOSB/EDWOSB amendments to the FAR are here
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2021

[!<CDATA[ Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP attorneys Aron C. Beezley and Sarah Osborne examine proposed changes to the Federal Acquisition Regulation and highlight how they affect women-owned small businesses seeking a government contract...

2021 Legislative Update: Housing Advocates Score Key Wins
Hanson Bridgett LLP, October 2021

Housing Highlights Throughout California, most single-family zoned parcels may now be split into two lots, with up to four primary residences. Density bonus applications may no longer be rejected if a proposed waiver of development standards will cause specific adverse impacts on the physical environment. Developers’ ability to lock in development standards under SB 330 and the Housing Accountability Act has been extended from 2025 to 2030...

What to do when protected characteristics clash? Five top tips for employers
Shoosmiths LLP, October 2021

The potential for employees with differing protected characteristics to come into conflict with one another at work is an increasing problem for employers. We set out five top tips for employers when handling such conflicts in the workplace. Current caselaw Discrimination law in the UK protects those who have a protected characteristic, whether that be their race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, disability or age among others...

Significant amendments to Carriage of Goods by Sea Act
Shearn Delamore & Co., October 2021

Dear valued clients, colleagues and friends, In July 2021 the Carriage of Goods by Sea (Amendment) Act (2020) (the "Amendment Act") and its supplementary Carriage of Goods by Sea (Amendment of First Schedule) Order 2021 (the "Order") officially came into force. The Amendment Act and the Order brought into effect the long-awaited changes to the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1950 (the "Principal Act"), which has been in force since 23 May 1950...

AI Hiring Tools Could Draw Increased EEOC Scrutiny, Law360
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, October 2021

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Fall 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, October 2021

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New Law Requires Certification of Medical Directors in Skilled Nursing Facilities and Imposes New Reporting Requirements
Hanson Bridgett LLP, October 2021

Key Points Skilled nursing facilities must ensure their medical directors are certified within five years of the date of hire or by January 1, 2027, for medical directors already working in a SNF SNFs must report medical director certification status to CDPH by June 30, 2022 SNFs must report medical director changes to CDPH within 10 days of the change Effective January 1, 2022, a skilled nursing facility (SNF) will be prohibited from contracting with a medical director unless

Cambodia: Competition Law Enacted
DFDL, October 2021

Cambodia’s long-awaited Competition Law (“Law”) was signed into law by the King on 5 October 2021. While the Law has been enacted, the principal regulator, the Cambodia Competition Commission (“CCC”) has not yet been appointed and it is not clear how the Law will be enforced prior to a) such appointment and b) the issue of required regulatory instruments and decisions...

Deviation: Ensuring Adequate COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, October 2021

The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council (CAAC) have both issued new Class Deviations from the FARs that implement Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors (i.e., the federal contractor vaccine mandate)...

Opaque Price Transparency Requirements for Payors and Providers
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2021

The only thing crystal clear about health care price transparency requirements at the moment is that the government will continue implementing new price transparency laws, regulations, and rules...

Qui Tam Order Shows Concern Over FCA Plaintiffs' Leverage
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2021

[!<CDATA[ Liability under the False Claims Act can result in potentially enormous payouts to individuals — and sometimes to companies — who alert the government to allegations of health care fraud. The payouts to the whistleblower or relator, which can be as much as 30% of the proceeds of the action or settlement, do not always attract those with valid claims...

Court Of Appeal Provides A New Weapon For Employers Regarding PAGA Claims—Manageability
Buchalter, October 2021

By Robert S. Cooper The California Court of Appeal issued a landmark decision on September 9, 2021, upholding a trial court’s striking (dismissing) of a PAGA lawsuit because Plaintiff could not establish that trial of the matter would be “manageable” in court.  In Wesson v...

Buchalter TCPA Digest: The FCC Reassigned Number Database Is About to Go Live. Are You Ready?
Buchalter, October 2021

October 12, 2021 By: Artin Betpera Calls to reassigned numbers have presented an endless source of legal risk for any company that calls or texts consumers for informational or marketing purposes. Reassigned number class actions brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act have resulted in eight-figure settlements, and present unique challenges when defending...

USTR Announces Process for Reinstating Certain Section 301 China Tariff Product Exclusions
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2021

     The United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced a period for public comment on whether Section 301 product exclusions should be reinstated for certain Chinese-origin goods. The product exclusions eligible for potential reinstatement are the relatively small subset of exclusions for which the USTR had both previously granted an exclusion and an extension of the exclusion...

Potential Opportunity Remains to Protect the Right to Seek a Refund of List 3 and List 4a Section 301 China Tariffs
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2021

Companies that have imports from China subject to List 3 and List 4a Section 301 tariffs may still have an opportunity to protect their right to seek a refund from the U.S. Government. To do so, a company would need to file a lawsuit in the Court of International Trade (CIT) challenging the List 3 and/or List 4a tariffs as unauthorized under the Trade Act of 1974 and implemented in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act...

Three Ways the Pandemic is Impacting Litigation Costs
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, October 2021

Twenty months in, Covid-19 continues to demand that we exercise flexibility and adaptation as it identifies winners and losers. The pandemic has had a significant impact on the practice of law and businesses that are involved in, or contemplating, litigation. Those who have been involved in litigation know that it can be expensive in “normal” times. Here are three ways the pandemic has impacted the costs associated with litigation. Time to trial...

Maritime industry ready and Fit for 55 – vol. 2: The FuelEU Maritime Initiative
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, October 2021

The Fit for 55-package To achieve EU’s Paris climate goals, the EU Commission presented in December 2019 the European Green Deal, including a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 (compared to 1990 levels) and become carbon neutral by 2050...

Abuse of the grievance arbitration process: Arbitrators rule in favour of employers
Lavery Lawyers, October 2021

An employer grievance is a means that employers can use to obtain compensation for material damages caused by pressure tactics or to recover overpayments resulting from a union? S wrongdoing. Such a recourse can also be filed to claim damages and legal fees from a union that has abused the grievance arbitration process, in particular by raising grounds that are unfounded or filing applications that are dilatory, or doing either in bad faith...

Visit Visas for Short-Term Work
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, October 2021

British businesses have long relied on temporary labour from the European Union to service short or medium-term projects. From an immigration perspective, prior to Brexit this relationship used to be frictionless. There was no red tape and no need to worry about what was or was not permitted under the UK’s immigration rules and policies. People arrived, people worked, people left and businesses were happy...

Whistleblowing in the COVID Era - Confidentiality
Shoosmiths LLP, October 2021

In our fourth article on whistleblowing claims we focus on the need, in sensitive situations where concerns of serious (and perhaps even criminal) wrongdoing are raised, for the complaint to be dealt with confidentially and/or anonymously where possible...



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