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How will Brexit impact UK IP Rights? Introduction
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

Are you concerned about the impact of Brexit on your IP lifecycle? We’ve prepared the following guidance as the introduction to our new Brexit and IP five-part info series where we detail the impacts of Brexit on the various stages of the IP lifecycle. 1...

The Tax System to the Rescue of Print Media
Lavery Lawyers, January 2021

Canadian newspapers' loss of advertising revenues to the hands of internet giants over the past several years has jeopardized the very existence of many such newspapers. In 2018, our governments announced several advantageous tax measures in order to ensure the survival of independent print media...

Revised Telecoms Legislation Enters Into Force
Walder Wyss Ltd., January 2021

Parliament has revised the federal telecoms legislation – in particular, the Federal Telecommunications Act (TCA) and its various implementing ordinances. These revised regulations entered into force on 1 January 2021. The revision of the telecoms legislation brings about several fundamental changes that affect consumers as well as telecoms service providers (TSPs) and telecoms operators...

The Regulatory Sprint is Over - What’s at the Finish Line Under the New Stark and AKS Final Rules?
Verrill, January 2021

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) completed its “Regulatory Sprint” by finalizing changes to regulations pertaining to two federal fraud and abuse laws. On December 2, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule revising regulations to the Stark Law. The Stark Final Rule adds, modifies and clarifies key definitions and exceptions...

COVID-19 Alert: Israel Bans the Entry of Foreigners
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., January 2021

In light of the spread of the global Covid-19 pandemic and the discovery of a new mutation of the virus, the Israeli government has decided that as of December 23, 2020, the entry of foreigners into Israel will be banned. Further to this decision, the Population and Immigration Authority published guidelines regarding exceptional cases in which foreigners will be allowed to enter the country despite the ban...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: New Treasury PPP Rules Clarify Recent Changes to PPP Program, Extend Time to Obtain a PPP Loan to March 31, 2021
Buchalter, January 2021

  On January 6, 2021, Treasury issued two new Interim Final Rules (IFRs) addressing the new Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act’s (Act) creation of PPP Second Draw Loans, and the Act’s various changes to PPP requirements generally. The major PPP components of the Act are set forth in detail in Buchalter’s COVID Alert of December 28, 2020 (Buchalter PPP Changes Alert), which can be found here...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Congress Incentivizes Rent Deferral During COVID-19 Pandemic Through Bankruptcy Code Amendments in Stimulus Bill
Buchalter, January 2021

In the recently-passed Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the “Act”), Congress provided much-needed cover for landlords that enter into forbearance agreements with their tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic by protecting landlords from exposure to preference litigation arising out of the deferred rent payments if the tenant were to later file bankruptcy...

New Payroll Tax Credit Available in 2021 for Public Colleges, Universities and Governmental Healthcare Entities – Q&A
Hanson Bridgett LLP, January 2021

Key Points Effective January 1, 2021, public colleges, universities, and governmental entities whose primary purpose is providing medical or hospital care are eligible for the employee retention and rehiring tax credit. The amount of the credit is equal to 70 percent of up to $10,000 in eligible wages per employee per quarter for the first two quarters of 2021. The tax credit is claimed as an offset to employment taxes otherwise payable by the employer...

2021 Predictions: Employment Law Changes on the Horizon
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

After what can only be described as a difficult year (an annus horribilis!) for employers and employees alike, we turn our attention to 2021 and look at some of the more significant legislative changes coming into force this year. Furlough continues The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 April 2021...

New Michigan Amendments Allow Public Bodies to Continue Remote Meetings
Dykema, January 2021

With the ability of public bodies to meet remotely under “any circumstances” set to expire on December 31, 2020, the Michigan Legislature recently amended the Open Meetings Act to extend any reason remote meetings through March 31, 2021. These amendments also now mandate certain safety protocols for in-person meetings held before April 1, 2021...

Rome was not Built in a Day – It’s Never Too Early to Review your Personal Data Protection Practice in China!
Deacons, January 2021

Did you know? The long-awaited draft of the Personal Data Protection Law (PDPL) was released for public consultation in October 2020. If enacted, it will be the first comprehensive law setting out the overall legal framework, as well as the obligations of different stakeholders throughout the entire lifecycle of personal data in China. Why does this matter to you? The data protection regime in China has developed rapidly in recent years and is stricter than one might think...

Special Arrangement for Visa Extension Application from Overseas
Deacons, January 2021

In general, individuals admitted into Hong Kong under various types of visa may apply for extension of stay within four weeks before the date of expiry, and they must be physically present in Hong Kong at the time of submitting the application and the collection of visa label upon approval. Due to the ongoing pandemic across the globe, this restriction has brought extra hurdles to a lot of applicants who are employees of companies and/or members of families...

COVID-19 Legislation: New Paycheck Protection Program Loan Rules Allow Second Round Funding and Deductibility of Expenses Paid with Forgivable Loan Proceeds
Hanson Bridgett LLP, January 2021

Key Points Past and future PPP loan recipients can deduct PPP loan-funded eligible expenses for federal tax purposes even if the loan is forgiven. Expanded eligibility for new loans to include new categories of employers; existing borrowers who have not yet received loan forgiveness may increase loan amount based on expanded allowable expenses...

COVID-19 Government Initiatives & Support in Asia – December 2020
DFDL, January 2021

As this challenging year draws to a close, the COVID-19 pandemic has wrought unprecedented disruption, economic uncertainty, and ushered in never-before seen travel restrictions throughout the world...

Cambodia: Additional Measures to Support Private Sector Workers & Revive the Post-COVID-19 Economy (Round 7)
DFDL, January 2021

On 23 December 2020, the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) issued a press release and rolled out ‘Round 7’ of measures aimed at mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 on businesses and workers in Cambodia. The RGC in their press release noted the positive update with respect to the development of a COVID-19 vaccine and the fact that Cambodia has to date managed to effectively control COVID-19...

HHS Confirms Providers’ Right to 340B Discount Pricing for Contract Pharmacies
Verrill, January 2021

As a holiday gift to providers, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) General Counsel recently issued a strongly worded Advisory Opinion indicating that federal law requires drug manufacturers to deliver covered outpatient drugs purchased by providers at 340B discounted rates to contract pharmacies, so that contract pharmacies can dispense such drugs to patients on behalf of providers. See HHS General Counsel Advisory Opinion, dated December 30, 2020...

Paycheck Protection Program Act Update: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, January 2021

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the “Act”), which was signed into law on December 27, 2020, includes several updates to the Paycheck Protection Program (the “PPP”) originally established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (as modified by the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, the “CARES Act”)...

Unwrapping The 2021 National Defense Authorization Act: Key Provisions For Government Contractors
Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, January 2021

The negotiation and passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) draws the attention of the government contracting community every year. The NDAA is the primary mechanism Congress uses to establish policy priorities for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). This year, provisions in the NDAA address an array of issues that are significant to government contractors. Several of the most noteworthy provisions are summarized below...

San Francisco Imposes Quarantine on Travelers and Commuters from Outside the Bay Area with Two Exceptions for Construction Workers
Hanson Bridgett LLP, January 2021

The City and County of San Francisco (SF) issued a COVID-19 surge-related travel and quarantine order (Quarantine Order) on Dec. 16, 2020, and an updated Shelter-In-Place Order (SIP Order) on December 9 (updated Dec. 30, 2020). Under those orders, every person who enters SF after having been outside the Bay Area within the last ten days must quarantine for 240 hours from the time of arrival in SF. However, two exceptions apply to those working on construction projects in SF...

Improper CBD Product Marketing Lands in FDA’s Crosshairs
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2021

On Dec. 22, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters to five companies for violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) related to the sale of cannabidiol (CBD) products.[i] CBD is the primary non-psychotropic compound in Cannabis sativa plant. The FDA stated the companies who were served warning letters illegally marketed CBD products for the treatment or prevention of medical conditions, including COVID-19...

Stark Law: Clarification of Key Terms
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2021

On Jan. 19, 2021, the two recent final rules issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding changes to the Physician-Self Referral Law (Stark Law) and the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) regulations (respectively the OIG Final Rule and the CMS Rule, collectively the Final Rules) will become effective...

Congress Makes Sweeping Changes to Money Laundering Enforcement
Buchalter, January 2021

On New Year’s Day 2021, Congress passed—over President Trump’s veto—a defense appropriations law containing the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 (“AML Act”) and the Corporate Transparency Act, as part of a sweeping new set of anti-money laundering reforms that create important new beneficial ownership disclosure obligations for a wide range of small companies, and contain both good and bad news for financial institutions...

HHS Proposed HIPAA Changes: 7 Things to Know
Buchalter, January 2021

On December 10, 2020, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced proposed changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule to support individuals’ engagement in their care, remove barriers to coordinated care, and reduce regulatory burdens on the health care industry...

2020 GAO Bid Protest Annual Report Shows A Sharp Increase In The Use Of Alternative Dispute Resolution
Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, December 2020

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued its Annual Report to Congress, which provides statistics concerning bid protest filings for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020, including the number of protests filed and sustained. The chart below, included in GAO's Annual Report, summarizes this information. Click here to view the summary table As shown above, most of the data points remained constant from the prior year...

Additional Measures to Support Private Sector Workers & Revive the Post-COVID-19 Economy (Round 7)
DFDL, December 2020

On 23 December 2020, the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) issued a press release and rolled out ‘Round 7’ of measures aimed at mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 on businesses and workers in Cambodia. The RGC in their press release noted the positive update with respect to the development of a COVID-19 vaccine and the fact that Cambodia has to date managed to effectively control COVID-19...

 

 

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