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To Be or Not to Be (An Independent Contractor): DOL Seeks to Clarify Independent Contractor Test in Landmark Proposed Rule
Dykema, September 2020

  On September 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its first-ever proposed rule outlining a test for when a worker is an employee or independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  In its proposed rule, the DOL has created a new framework for the well-established “economic reality” independent contractor test...

Does COVID-19 Signal the End of the Civil Jury Trial?
Lawson Lundell LLP, September 2020

As courts cautiously resume in-person hearings across the country, there is looming uncertainty about when—or if—civil jury trials will ever resume. For instance, B.C. and some regions in Ontario have announced that civil jury trials are suspended until at least 2021—and Ontario is considering whether to abolish them altogether...

Data Security Law Blog
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, September 2020

DataSecurityLaw.com is the firm’s resource for the latest news, analysis, and thought leadership in the critical area of privacy and cybersecurity law. Patterson Belknap’s Privacy and Data Security practice provides public and private enterprises, their leadership teams and boards with comprehensive services in this critical area...

New Employment Standards Leaves for COVID-19 & Their Impact on Pension & Benefit Plans
Lawson Lundell LLP, September 2020

In response to COVID-19, the federal government and the provinces have introduced various measures to mitigate the financial impact across the country. One of these measures is the introduction of a new type of type of unpaid, job-protected leave related to COVID-19. As of the date of this bulletin, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, and the federal government have introduced these new leaves...

SEC Adopts Significant Amendments to Regulation S-K and Accredited Investor and Qualified Institutional Buyer Definitions
Waller, September 2020

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted several significant amendments affecting disclosure requirements under Items 101, 103 and 105 of Regulation S-K and also expanded the definitions of “Accredited Investor” and “Qualified Institutional Buyer” under Rule 501(a) and Rule 144A, respectively. As SEC Chairman, Jay Clayton, announced in the press release, Items 101, 103 and 105 have not undergone significant revisions in over 30 years...

How Far will the Rainbow Stretch?
Deacons, September 2020

Since 2017, the courts in Hong Kong have recognised various rights of same-sex couples, including the right to be granted a dependent visa, spousal benefits, and tax benefits. In 2020, two more cases went before the court seeking determination on issues relating to foreign same-sex marriage...

HHS Implements New Radiation Oncology Payment Model
Waller, September 2020

Details regarding a new Medicare payment model for radiation oncology care have been released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The new Radiation Oncology Model (RO Model) qualifies as an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) and a MIPS APM under the Quality Payment Program. According to this release from HHS, the RO Model aims to “promote quality and financial accountability for providers and suppliers of radiotherapy...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Guidance in Implementing San Francisco Department of Public Health COVID-19 Health Screening Forms
Buchalter, September 2020

San Francisco’s Department of Public Health (“SFDPH”) issued yet-another update to its Shelter-in-Place Order, C19-07, on September 14, 2020 (now up to version “i”). This order has been frequently modified to reflect changes in other state and local directives, as more is learned about the disease and as more businesses are allowed to re-open...

Ninth Circuit Sharply Curtails Excess Insurers’ Ability to Challenge Propriety of Primary’s Exhaustion in AXIS Reinsurance Co. v. Northrop Grumman Corp.
Buchalter, September 2020

When a company is faced with defending itself against a large claim, it often requires the availability of insurance proceeds from not just the company’s primary insurer, but also from its excess insurance layers.  In this scenario, however, excess insurers sometimes will refuse to step in after exhaustion of the underlying insurance layers, arguing that the exhaustion of those underlying layers was wrongful due to payments for uncovered claims...

Ohio Passes Law Providing COVID-19 Liability Shield for Individuals, Businesses, and Health Care Providers
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2020

On Sept. 14, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed into law a bill, which provides significant protections against tort claims arising from COVID-19 to all entities, including individuals, businesses, health care providers, property owners, government entities, churches, and schools. Amended Sub...

Practical Strategies to Limit Premises Liability Claims Involving COVID-19
Haynes and Boone, LLP, September 2020

Businesses that open their doors to customers, guests, and other visitors during the pandemic must be vigilant, not only to keep their premises safe to those who enter, but also to avoid lawsuits by individuals who claim they contracted COVID-19 on business premises...

DOJ Clarifies Guidelines on Settling Cases Based on Ability to Pay
Waller, September 2020

In early September, the Department of Justice issued additional guidance that the Commercial Litigation Branch can consider when settling cases for less than the full amount of the claim based on the defendant’s inability to pay. Under its statutory authority, the Civil Division has the ability to settle claims for less when an entity offers the maximum amount that it is able to pay and the federal government is acting as plaintiff...

The Freezing of Customer Bank Accounts for Money Laundering Reasons
Deacons, September 2020

There a number of reasons why Hong Kong banks freeze a customer’s bank account but this article is limited to exploring why Hong Kong banks may be required to do so for money laundering reasons. The money laundering offence in Hong Kong law The offence of “money laundering” is prosecuted in Hong Kong under section 25(1) of the Organized and Serious Crimes Ordinance, Cap. 455 (“OSCO”)...

MOFCOM Amends and Releases FIE Complaint Measures
Deacons, September 2020

In recent years, foreign investment laws and regulations have undergone sweeping reform of which the complaint mechanism introduced under the new Foreign Investment Law and its implementing regulations for foreign invested enterprises (FIEs) is particularly noteworthy...

The BWC Offers Employers Assistance Through COVID-19 Pandemic
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique issues in the workforce and to employers. Fortunately, the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has implemented policies and programs over the last several months intended to reduce employer hardships. Below are a few policies to note and verify have been applied to your business...

DOL Issues Revised FFCRA Regulations in Response to Court Ruling
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2020

On Sept. 11, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced revisions to the regulations implementing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), following the New York federal court’s decision that invalidated some of the prior regulations as either inconsistent with the text of the FFCRA or insufficiently explained by the DOL in its original regulations...

Low Federal Interest Rate Provides Unique Gifting Opportunity Through GRATs
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2020

For the last several months, local and national economies have struggled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To mitigate the downturn, the federal government reduced interest rates to near zero. This reduced rate has created a unique estate planning opportunity for individuals who hold assets they expect will appreciate, who wish to make lifetime gifts to their lineal descendants, and who wish to make such gifts without incurring annual or lifetime gift tax liability...

Department of Labor Issues Updated and Revised Regulations for the Families First Act
Waller, September 2020

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was enacted on March 18, 2020, creating additional leave rights for employees in response to the COVID-19 pandemic through two provisions: the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLA) and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA). Since then, however, the exact contours of employee rights and employer obligations under the FFCRA have been the subject of some debate and disagreement...

Governor Wolf’s COVID-19 Orders Fall Under Constitutional Challenge
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, September 2020

Since March, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and his administration have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by imposing some of the strictest limitations in the country on the Commonwealth’s residents and businesses...

Arrangement for Mutual Service of Judicial Documents in Civil and Commercial Cases between the HKSAR and Macao SAR
Deacons, September 2020

An official channel has been established between Hong Kong and Macao, with effect from 1 August 2020, whereby the Courts of Hong Kong and Macao may entrust each other with the service of judicial documents in civil and commercial proceedings. The Rules of High Court and Rules of District Court have been amended to give effect to the Arrangement...

Section 30A(6) of the Bankruptcy Ordinance (Cap.6): Care to be Exercised by Creditors when Making Objections to Automatic Discharge from Bankruptcy
Deacons, September 2020

In the recent case of Re Shum Tung Lam formerly known as Shum Wan Man [2020] HKCFI 1720, the Court of First Instance was asked to clarify the requirements under section 30A(6) of the Bankruptcy Ordinance (Cap. 6) (BO) which governs objections made by creditors or trustees to the automatic discharge of a bankrupt from bankruptcy...

Court of Appeal Reaffirms Three Core Requirements to Wind Up Foreign Company
Deacons, September 2020

Under section 327 of the Companies (Winding Up and Miscellaneous Provisions) Ordinance (Cap. 32), the Court can exercise its discretion to wind up a foreign-incorporated company. A recent case reaffirms the three core requirements necessary to enable the court to exercise that discretion...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Entrapment-by-Estoppel: A Potential Future Defense for Lenders in PPP Fraud Cases
Buchalter, September 2020

By: Joshua M. Robbins, Michael C. Flynn, and Robert S. Gillison The past decade has taught lenders much about regulatory enforcement risk.  In the fallout of the 2008 financial crisis and collapse of the housing and related markets, the Department of Justice and other agencies aggressively stepped up investigations of lenders seen as complicit in the misconduct of borrowers and others...

Taxpayer Appeals Loss in Rare Constitutional Challenge to Composite Return Statute
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, September 2020

Cases challenging the constitutionality of state pass-through entity (PTE) nonresident owner withholding or composite return statutes are extremely rare. However, a recent Alabama Circuit Court decision, Black Eagle Minerals, LLC v. Alabama Department of Revenue, Case No. CV-2018-900328.00 (Cir. Ct. Montgomery County, Ala., July 27, 2020), highlights why such challenges may be more common when PTE composite returns are mandatory...

GAO Report on Abusive Tax Schemes Perpetuates Misunderstandings of Captives
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, September 2020

A GAO report was intended to shed some light the use of captives as abusive tax shelters. Instead it only risks perpetuating misunderstandings, says Bradley’s Davis Smith...

 

 

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