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OIG Takes Aim at Speaker Programs in Special Fraud Alert
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, November 2020

On November 16, 2020, the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) issued a Special Fraud Alert addressing the fraud and abuse risks of speaker programs that are commonplace in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries...

COVID-19, the CARES Act and the Impact on Mortgage Forbearance
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, November 2020

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the federal government passed the CARES Act, which provides a number of protections to homeowners unable to pay their mortgages. The CARES Act prohibits any home foreclosures before December 31, 2020, and allows homeowners to seek forbearance from lenders for a period of 180 days, with one extension of 180 days. The Act applies to all federally backed mortgages...

The Proposed Indian Copyright Amendment Rules and Suggestions for Further Amendment
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, November 2020

The Copyright Office of the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has invited comments and suggestions to amend the Copyright Act before November 30, 2020. Mid last year, the DPIIT proposed a set of amendments to the Indian Copyright Rules. While these amendments sought to increase transparency and provide clarity for right holders, many other essential modifications were overlooked...

Defence: Key Changes in the Regulatory Landscape Pursuant to Atmanirbhar Bharat
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, November 2020

The Government of India has been very active in putting in place the necessary framework to implement the objectives of the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’. The ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ or a program of self-reliance announced by the Government of India intends to focus on the five key pillars of economy, infrastructure, system, vibrant demography, and demand...

Moving from Brexit 1.0 to Brexit 2.0
Shoosmiths LLP, November 2020

What will UK data protection look like after Brexit 2.0 on 31 December 2020? Regime 1: the 'UK GDPR': the UK's new bespoke version together with the Data Protection Act 2018 The UK GDPR will be the UK data protection regime based on the 'EU GDPR' (see below)...

Michigan Voters Add Constitutional Protections for Electronic Data and Communications
Dykema, November 2020

While public attention focused on the federal and state elections, Michigan voters made an important decision—they adopted Proposal 20-2, which amended Michigan’s Constitution to extend its protection from unreasonable searches and seizures to electronic data and communications...

Michigan Increasing Enforcement of Emergency COVID-19 Rules to Ensure In-Person Work Happening Only When Strictly Required
Dykema, November 2020

Governor Whitmer announced last week that MIOSHA is increasing enforcement of its October 14 Emergency COVID-19 Rules, with a focus on promoting more remote work for offices...

Know Your Contract: Case Law Highlights
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, November 2020

New Zealand’s construction industry and projects have weathered a turbulent year with a consistent flow of seminal judicial decisions addressing issues arising in the life cycle of a project...

Contracting in a COVID-19 World
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, November 2020

We may be tired of talking about COVID-19, but contractual and project risk associated with the pandemic is still very real. Risk associated with COVID-19 should remain a key consideration in project planning, tendering and negotiation activities, and in the delivery and administration of construction and infrastructure projects. To assist, we examine key themes and observations that are relevant to contracting in a COVID-19 world...

New Zealand’s Infrastructure Sector: Key to Rebuilding the Country’s Economy?
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, November 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has had wide-ranging impacts on New Zealand’s economy, and the construction and infrastructure sectors have not been immune to these challenges. Infrastructure expenditure has long been seen as an effective tool to reinvigorate an economy and generate growth, and New Zealand’s Infrastructure sector is a key beneficiary of the Government’s economic stimulus package post COVID-19...

A Breach of Lease May Not Mean the End of a Lease
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, November 2020

A recent High Court decision is a good reminder to both landlords and tenants of the Court’s power to stop a landlord ending a lease even where the tenant’s breach is serious and deliberate. Landlords need to act with considerable care in exercising their rights to end a lease due to a tenant breach if the breach causes no harm to the landlord but the ending of the lease would have material financial consequences for the tenant...

Further Extension of Temporary Layoff Period for Federally Regulated Employers
Lawson Lundell LLP, November 2020

On November 9, 2020, the federal government announced a further temporary extension to permitted layoff periods for federally regulated private-sector employees. Background In June of 2020, the federal government extended the time periods for layoffs under the Canada Labour Standards Regulations to allow federally regulated private-sector employers more time to recall laid-off employees...

Understanding the Impact of the 2020 Federal Elections
Dykema, November 2020

After months of predictions of a possible Democratic wave,Tuesday’s election delivered mixed results. Joe Biden appears poised to narrowly defeat President Trump after one of the most contentious election cycles in recent memory. Republicans are favored to retain their Senate majority despite having to defend twice as many seats as their Democratic counterparts...

Illinois 2020 Election Ramifications
Dykema, November 2020

While a few legislative races are still being tabulated, Democrats maintained their supermajority status in both the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate in this election cycle. Current projections, that are subject to change pending mail-in ballots, are for a Democrat supermajority of 72-46 in the House and 41-18 in the Senate. This was not an unexpected outcome, though most pre-election predictions had the Democrats achieving an even wider gap in the Legislature...

SEC Disclosure Requirement Amendments to Regulation S-K: Description of Business, Legal Proceedings, and Risk Factors
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, November 2020

Effective Nov. 9, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) amendments to “modernize the description of business, legal proceedings, and risk factor disclosures” required under Regulation S-K take effect. These amendments largely follow the proposed amendments, dated Aug. 8, 2019,[1] with some clarifications. The intent of the amendments is to improve the disclosure regime, which has not had a major overhaul in over thirty years...

Can Parallel Importers Rebrand Generic Medicines?
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, November 2020

If a branded medicine and its generic version are put on the EEA market by economically linked undertakings, is a parallel importer then allowed to rebrand and repackage the imported generic version as the branded reference medicine? This has been a hotly debated issue in recent years and recently led the Brussels Court of Appeal (CoA) to refer three questions to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) (Cases C-253/20 and C-254/20)...

Home Office - A Risk for Privacy and Cyber Security? What Companies Need To Do
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, November 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic has caused a shift in the paradigm of modern-day workplaces. Companies across the globe have seen a rapid and widespread shift to remote work, making compliance with the GDPR harder than ever. The Federal Office of Information Security (BSI), in its recent report on the ‘State of IT Security in Germany 2020’, expressed its concern and indicated a ‘tense situation’ for data protection in the country...

The Dome Report - West Virginia Turns a Brighter Shade of Red
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, November 2020

While yesterday’s federal election results from West Virginia were not a surprise, the down ballot races, especially for the State Legislature, clearly demonstrated what was a strong red wave that engulfed incumbents, swept away open seats, and cemented what may be durable majorities in both chambers for years to come.   As around the country, early voting enthusiasm also gripped West Virginia...

Does VAT Apply to Bare Land that is Leased to a Tenant Who will Develop It?
Afridi & Angell, November 2020

The supply of undeveloped (bare) land is exempt from value added tax (VAT) pursuant to Article 46 (3) of UAE Law No 8 of 2017. Bare land (as opposed to covered land) is defined as ‘land that is not covered by completed, partially completed buildings or civil engineering works’ pursuant to Article 44 of Cabinet Decision 52 of 2017...

Do Not Forget to Provide Any of Your Employees Who Must be Present in Your Workplace with a Document to Certify this Fact
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, November 2020

Belgium is, for the second time, in lockdown. The new Ministerial Decree of 1 November 2020 stipulates that, as from today until 13 December 2020, all workers are obliged to telework. However, an exception applies when either the employee’s role or the continuity of business operations, activities and services does not allow for teleworking...

Cambodia: Additional Measures to Support Private Sector Workers & Revive the Post-COVID-19 Economy
DFDL, November 2020

On 30 September 2020, the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) issued a press release and rolled out ‘Round 6’ of measures aimed at mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 on businesses and workers in Cambodia. These represent a combination of new and existing measures (that have been extended)...

IRS Issues 2021 Limits for Retirement Plans
Hanson Bridgett LLP, November 2020

On Oct. 26, 2020, the IRS announced in Notice 2020-79 cost of living adjustments (COLAS) to the qualified plan dollar limits for 2021. Below is a summary of the limits that are generally relevant for most retirement plans. Effective Jan. 1, 2021: The elective deferral limit for 401(k), 403(b), and eligible 457(b) plans is unchanged at $19,500. The catch-up contribution limit for those aged 50 or older remains stable at $6,500...

Mortgage Servicing in the Age of COVID-19: Post Forbearance
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

On page 8 of the September–October issue, we discussed the COVID-19 forbearance landscape and related compliance challenges for mortgage servicers. In this article, we unpack the post-forbearance world, focusing on the transition out of forbearance and into other forms of loss mitigation assistance, including, but not limited to, payment deferrals, repayment plans, loan modifications, etc...

Information Blocking Rule Compliance Date Extended Due to Pandemic
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released an interim final rule on October 29, 2020, delaying the implementation of the information blocking rule under the 21st Century Cures Act (Information Blocking Rule)...

The Social Partners Have Agreed to Continue with the Social Elections and to Further Extend the Opportunities for Electronic Voting and Postal Voting
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, October 2020

Due to the dramatic increase in Covid-19 infection numbers, there were calls – once again – to postpone the social elections that are scheduled for the period between 16 and 29 November 2020. However, on 27 October 2020, the social partners reached an agreement not to do so, but to extend the opportunities for voting electronically or by post so that the elections can take place in Covid-proof circumstances...

 

 

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