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Will Tennessee Make Restaurant Delivery Permanent?
Waller, January 2021

Tennessee state Rep. Bob Ramsey has introduced state legislation that makes delivery of alcoholic beverages by restaurants, hotels and other liquor by the drink licensees “permanent” — at least for three years. Download a copy of the legislation here...

Partnering-Up: Structuring a Successful Bank Partnership Lending Model with FinTechs
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

Over the last several years, banks of all sizes have successfully partnered with emerging fintech companies to offer innovative loan products to a broader range of customers. Under a typical form of this partnership, a fintech, which is subject to the policies of the partner bank, will market loan products, take and process loan applications, and will service those loans once they are funded...

Data Centres - Our Unsung Heroes
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

This article forms part of our ‘New How: Perspectives’ report: ‘Can real estate help solve the productivity puzzle?. To access this free report, please click on the download link to the right of this page.   The Covid pandemic has clearly had a significant impact on our society, the economy and everyday life, with numerous sectors having found life in lockdown incredibly challenging...

2021 Predictions: Restructuring and Insolvency
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

There were big changes in 2020 in the world of restructuring and insolvency legislation with the introduction of two new restructuring tools: the Moratorium and the Restructuring Plan, as well as the reintroduction of Crown preference. However, due to the government-imposed moratorium while the pandemic runs its course, we have seen hardly any real effects of those reforms...

Bulletin Real Time: Latest News
Brigard Urrutia, January 2021

Read the latest news 1. Air travelers arriving to Colombia must provide evidence of a negative PCR test to be allowed entry On December 31st, 2020, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection (Ministerio de Salud y Protección Social) modified the biosecurity protocol for the international air transportation, adding the following measures: Airport operators must prohibit the consumption of food and beverages in immigration or emigration areas...

Studios and Designers: Are you Sure that you Own the Intellectual Property Rights to your Video Games?
Lavery Lawyers, January 2021

The year 2020 will have been difficult for the vast majority of industries, and in particular for the arts, entertainment and recreation industry. The video game industry, however, is growing in leaps and bounds. For example, Nintendo and PlayStation have each set record sales for their games released in 2020, including Animal Crossing:New Horizons and The Last of UsPart II. Over the past few decades, the number of video game players has never stopped increasing...

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...

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...

Social Mobility in 2020: An Update
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2020

As part of our ongoing focus on social mobility, we look at the impacts of the pandemic on existing and new social mobility challenges, how we're responding, and what businesses can focus on in 2021. 2020 has been a year like no other. The way we live, work, and connect has changed significantly. The way we do business continues to evolve...

Five Reasons why Collaborating will Create a Better Future for Everyone
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2020

Reid Hoffman is an American-based venture capitalist, author and entrepreneur at Greylock Partners who is best known for being the co-creator of the social network, LinkedIn...

Telehealth's Moment: The Effect of COVID 19 First Wave Enforcement Actions, and What Lies Ahead for Compliance and Enforcement in Healthcare’s Hottest Area
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, December 2020

Introduction If 2020 has been defined by COVID-19 pandemic, the healthcare industry in 2020 might be defined by a related single issue — telehealth. Those phenomena are obviously connected. While telehealth has been around in varying forms for years, COVID-19 accelerated its growth, use, and acceptance in unprecedented ways. With that growth comes changes. Reimbursement rules have evolved as telehealth has grown and become more accepted...

BSP Issues Guidelines on the Establishment of Digital Banks
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, December 2020

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP, the Central Bank of the Philippines) has issued Circular No. 1105, Series of 20201 (Digital Bank Circular) dated December 2, 2020 to provide guidelines on the establishment of digital banks. This circular took effect on December 23, 2020 and was promulgated pursuant to the Monetary Board’s authority under Section 3.2(g) of the General Banking Law of 2000 to create other classes of banks...

Tennessee Extends Alcohol Carryout and Delivery through February 27
Waller, December 2020

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has extended the executive order allowing carryout and delivery of beer, wine and spirits for restaurants. Restaurants, limited-service restaurants and wine-only restaurants can continue to sell carryout and deliver alcoholic beverages and beer. There is no additional license or permission needed to deliver. Lee extended the privilege through to 11:59 pm February 27, which brings welcome certainty to an industry battered by the pandemic...

Regulating the Growth of Electronic and Digital Banking Services
Makarim & Taira S., December 2020

With the rapid development of technology and the rise of new finance products and players in the fintech industry, banks are pushed to produce new products and innovative services in order to serve their customers and keep abreast of the behaviour of consumers who appreciate the convenience of digital services. In response to this, the Financial Services Authority (Otoritas Jasa Keuangan -- OJK) has issued OJK Regulation No. 12/POJK...

SFC Issues FAQs for Compliance with Electronic Data Storage Rules
Deacons, December 2020

On 10 December 2020, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) providing guidance to licensed corporations(LCs) on how to meet the obligations in its 31 October 2019 circular on use of external electronic data storage providers (EDSP). The SFC also made consequential amendments to its Frequently Asked Questions on the premises for business and record keeping...

WSG Expert Talks On Demand: Ransomware Goes Corporate - A First-Hand Account
World Services Group, December 2020

Ransomware Goes Corporate - A First-Hand Account   An Interview With.... Sandra Elvin, National Security Office for Microsoft Sweden Jon Åsberg, Editor-in-Chief at Fokus, Sweden’s leading weekly news and current affairs magazine Faced with a range of obstacles, business leaders were already dealing with rising challenges to their risk and approach to cybersecurity; and then, along came Covid-19...

Steps for Proactive CPRA Compliance
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, December 2020

California voters signaled that privacy is a top priority by overwhelmingly approving Proposition 24 on Nov. 3, 2020—the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA). The CPRA amends and significantly strengthens the recently enacted California Consumer Privacy Act and moves California's privacy laws toward those of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)...

Use of Patents in Artificial Intelligence: What Does the New CIPO Report Say?
Lavery Lawyers, December 2020

Artificial intelligence is one of the areas of technology where there is currently the most research and development in Canada. To preserve Canada's advantageous position in this area, it is important to consider all forms of intellectual property protection that may apply. Although copyright has historically been the preferred form of intellectual property in computer science, patents are nevertheless very useful in the field of artificial intelligence...

New Year, New Law: Florida’s New Mandatory E-Verify Law
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2020

Effective Jan. 1, 2021, Florida law will require all public employers, as well as some private employers, to enroll in and use the E-Verify system. What is E-Verify? E-Verify is a free federal electronic database that allows employers to quickly validate documentation presented by new hires to establish that a new employee is lawfully eligible for employment in the United States...

CPRA Is Here… Now What? Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, December 2020

The California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 (CPRA), also known as CCPA 2.0, was approved by California voters on November 3, 2020. The new law builds on CCPA and forecasts an even stricter regulatory data privacy environment for businesses. Please join Bradley cybersecurity and privacy attorneys Erin Illman, Junaid Odubeko, and Steve Snyder for a discussion of areas that companies need to address before CPRA goes into effect...

New Cybersecurity Donation Safe Harbor and Exception – AKS and Stark Final Rule
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2020

On Nov. 20, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued two final rules, which implement changes to the Physician Self-Referral Law (Stark Law) and the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) regulations (respectively the CMS Final Rule and the OIG Final Rule, collectively the Final Rules)...

Back to 2020 - Forward to 2021: Arendt Weekly Update, 4 December 2020
Arendt & Medernach, December 2020

Back to 2020 - Forward to 2021 2020 was a busy year – and a uniquely challenging one to say the least. Legal and regulatory changes, many of them linked to the COVID-19 crisis, have impacted your business and will continue to impact it in the new year. That is why we are pleased to provide you with an overview of the major recent legal and regulatory developments that have taken place under Luxembourg and EU law...

Coronavirus Digest No. 6 Patents and Other Intellectual Property Rights
PLMJ, December 2020

The world is desperately seeking a vaccine and treatments against COVID-19 and the answer will also be found in intellectual property. For this reason, PLMJ and Inventa International have joined forces toprepare a Digest on these issues that is continuously updated...

 

 

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