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Companies Will Need to Embrace Change in Order to Emerge Less Scathed from the Shadow of COVID-19
Shoosmiths LLP, July 2020

How successfully a business emerges following this pandemic will depend to a great extent on how quickly it identifies and implements long term necessary changes. Nobody is yet clear what the post-Covid-19 world will look like. It is possible that things revert back to the way they were quicker than anyone imagines. That said, it is very difficult to imagine no lasting or consequential changes to the way we work or live...

Merger Control Regime in Malaysia
Shearn Delamore & Co., June 2020

Many jurisdictions have put in place legislation to regulate merger activities. There have been discussions that it is high time for Malaysia to implement a general merger control regime under the Malaysian Competition Act 2010. As it presently stands, general merger activities which do not fall within two specific sectors (will be discussed below) are not regulated and no prior sanction is required from the Competition Commission before a merger transaction takes place...

Arbitration Expectations: Understanding the Process of Resolving a Dispute
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, June 2020

Arbitration is one of the preferred mechanisms of dispute resolution in the construction industry. Understanding how an arbitration will unfold is useful in managing a dispute. Most domestic construction disputes are referred to arbitration through, and according to the rules, of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), but other organizations that follow different rules and processes do exist. For AAA arbitrations, the following steps provide a rough outline of a typical proceeding...

An Employer's Guide for Handling Vacation Issues in the Time of COVID-19
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, June 2020

Even in more traditional times, summer posed staffing issues for most employers, as employers juggled employee vacation requests while working to maintain a functional workplace. Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in stay-at-home orders in most states which either limited the ability of some businesses to operate or resulted in businesses furloughing employees or having them work from home...

Unprecedented: COVID-19 Litigation Trends, Issue 13
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, June 2020

This 13th edition of Unprecedented, our weekly update on COVID-19-related litigation brings new developments in everything from constitutional law to tort liability. Shutdown cases show no signs of slowing down, and it seems probable that more will follow as some states reverse reopening plans in response to coronavirus outbreaks...

Fed. Circ. Inserso Ruling Brings Bid Protest Considerations
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, June 2020

In a split decision with far-reaching implications for both government contractors and the private bar, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in Inserso Corporation v. U.S., recently addressed timeliness and waiver issues in the bid protest context. The facts of this significant case, the majority and dissenting opinions, as well as key takeaways for federal contractors and their attorneys, are discussed below. The Facts The U.S...

Federal Court Prohibits Prop 65 Warning on Glyphosate-based Herbicides
Buchalter, June 2020

On June 22, 2020, a US District Court for the Eastern District of California issued a permanent injunction against requiring a Proposition 65 warning on the labels of herbicides containing glyphosate, such as Roundup.  In National Association of Wheat Growers, et al. v...

Supreme Court Rules Against Termination of DACA
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2020

On June 18, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not follow appropriate administrative procedures to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and, therefore, was unauthorized to do so. The decision was a 5-4 ruling, written by Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor...

Latest Covid-19 Travel Advisory: More Expatriate Groups Permitted to Return to Malaysia
Shearn Delamore & Co., June 2020

Pursuant to the verbal announcement made by our Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob last week, the Government has further released written guidelines on the categories of expatriates who are permitted to return to Malaysia and the measures to be undertaken prior to and after entering Malaysia...

OMG! Has Chinas Supreme Court Reversed its Position on OEM Trademark Infringement? The Implications of the HONDAKIT Case
Deacons, June 2020

Foreign brand owners have often questioned whether they need a trademark registration in the PRC when engaging PRC factories for Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) activities. Previously, a pure OEM arrangement with proper authorisation from the owner of a trademark registration in the exporting country, would generally not be considered infringement of identical or similar PRC trademarks...

32 Years' Service Does not Provide Immunity from Dismissal for Poor Performance
Shearn Delamore & Co., June 2020

In the recent decision of Abdul Malek Bin Mohamed v MISC Bhd dated 17 June 2020 [Award 840 of 2020], the Industrial Court recognised that the tenure of service of an employee in an organisation does not shield the employee from having to render satisfactory performance at the level required by the Company. The Industrial Court upheld the dismissal of an employee for poor performance after 32 years of service...

Executive Order Suspends Entry of Certain Visa Categories due to Coronavirus Outbreak
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2020

Effective June 24, 2020, a new executive order from President Donald Trump will go into effect, limiting the entry of certain categories of foreign nationals to the U.S. through December 31, 2020 ostensibly to protect the U.S. labor market as it recovers from COVID-19. The order focuses on suspending and limiting entry of foreign nationals who are currently outside of the U.S...

10 Quick-and-Key Questions on a Safe Return to Work with Covid-19
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, June 2020

With the exit from the lockdown now in full force, more companies are bringing their staff back to their work premises. We have listed 10 quick-but-key questions that every business manager or HR specialist must deal with during this restart. To read the full Q&A, CLICK HERE...

IRS Issues CARES Act Guidance for Retirement Plans
Hanson Bridgett LLP, June 2020

Key Points IRS guidance expands the definition of “qualified individual” for receiving a tax-favored coronavirus-related distribution (“CRD”) from a retirement plan and other plan changes under the CARES Act. The guidance confirms that plan changes under the CARES Act are optional, including the loan repayment delay, and provides a safe harbor method for implementing the loan repayment delay...

Latest Update on the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, June 2020

View our other alerts and articles on the SBA Paycheck Protection Program on our Coronavirus/COVID-19 resource page. This alert was originally published on June 4, 2020, and is being updated as new information becomes available...

The Civil Aviation Authority, the National Immigration Authority and the Ministry of Labor Extend the Measures Taken as a Result of the State of Emergency due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Morgan & Morgan, June 2020

Civil Aviation Authority: All international flightsshall remain suspended untilJuly 22, 2020. National Immigration Authority: All identifications issued by the National Immigration Authoritythat weredue to expirebetween March 13 and July 31, 2020,willremain validuntilOctober 31, 2020,without incurring in fines or surcharges...

Dismissal Can be Fair Even When the Employer Cannot Prove All the Charges Against the Employee
Shearn Delamore & Co., June 2020

In a recent decision of the Industrial Court in Dewalaxhmana a/l A S Param v Weststar Aviation Services Sdn Bhd (Award No. 692 of 2020), we successfully defended the Company in a claim of unfair dismissal brought by a former employee. It is worth noting that in this case, even though the Industrial Court found that the Company had only proved four out of the seven charges against the former employee (the Claimant), the dismissal was still held to be fair...

Forced Resignation Does Not Automatically Amount to Unfair Dismissal
Shearn Delamore & Co., June 2020

A case of forced resignation does not automatically amount to an unfair dismissal. In the recent decision of Mohd Rizam bin Ibrahim v Prince Court Medical Centre Sdn Bhd dated 5 June 2020 [Award 716 of 2020], the Industrial Court ruled that although the employee was forced to resign, the same was with just cause and excuse...

Catching Up To California: The U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Title VII Protects Gay and Transgender Applicants and Employees
Hanson Bridgett LLP, June 2020

Key Points Title VII prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The holding does not change currently-existing legal obligations for California employers as discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is prohibited under the FEHA. California employers should ensure they are complying with FEHA’s posting and training requirements. On Monday, June 15, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court published a long-awaited opinion, Bostock v...

Opening the Golden Door: The Fourth District Shines a Light on CEQA Compliant Greenhouse Gas Mitigation
Hanson Bridgett LLP, June 2020

Key Points The third Golden Door iteration resulted in a common refrain: San Diego County has not yet reached the high bar for greenhouse gas mitigation (GHG) measures under CEQA Enforceability is a significant component of a CEQA compliant GHG mitigation measure In a nod to the recently approved Newhall Ranch plan, the Court of Appeal outlined the contours of acceptable carbon offset programs, both within and outside California In Golden Door Properties, LLC, v...

Unprecedented: COVID-19 Litigation Trends, Issue 12
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, June 2020

This 12th edition of Unprecedented, our weekly update on COVID-19-related litigation brings new developments in labor and employment cases, consumer protection cases, and civil rights litigation. Price gouging and fraud for personal protective equipment (particularly N95 masks) remain major focuses, with manufacturers, retailers, and governments all taking action...

Ninth Circuit Decision Solidifies the Importance of Adhering to Registration Formalities
Buchalter, June 2020

A recent decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is likely to have a significant impact on both copyright infringement matters and copyright registration practices in the Ninth Circuit, if not nationwide.  The case, Unicolors v. H&M, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS U.S. App. LEXIS 17097 (9th Cir. May 29, 2020) involved claims for copyright infringement brought by Unicolors, Inc. (“Unicolors”) against retailer H&M Hennes & Mauritz, L.P. (“H&M”)...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Treasury Issues New PPP Interim Final Rule, and Revised Long Form and New Short Form EZ Forgiveness Application and Instructions
Buchalter, June 2020

To implement the changes to the PPP program contained in the recently enacted PPP Flexibility Act, Treasury has issued a new Interim Final Rule (IFR).  It has also issued a revised forgiveness application form, worksheet and instructions, and a new expedited (EZ) forgiveness application form and instructions that can be used by certain borrowers.  Links to those documents can be found below...

New Job-Creating Wage Subsidy Helps Companies Rebuild in the Midst of the Pandemic-Caused Economic Crisis
Szecskay Attorneys at Law, June 2020

In its notice published on May 18, 2020, the National Employment Service (Nemzeti Foglalkoztatási Szolgálat) laid down the fundamental criteria that must be met by an applicant to be eligible for the new EU-supported wage subsidy intended to help create new jobs in Hungary in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is an enormous difference between the Kurzarbeitwage subsidy and this job-creating wage subsidy...

Labor Update: COVID-19 Preventative Measures for Workplaces
QIL+4 ABOGADOS, June 2020

The Guide for the Identification of Labor Risks by Covid-19 and Preventive Measures in Workplaces was published by the Guatemalan Social Security Institute...

 

 

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