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Is Furlough Leave an Option for Struggling Parents?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

Lockdown 3.0 is upon us and once again schools are closed and working parents find themselves having to balance childcare and home-schooling whilst trying to manage their own work and responsibilities. For those who cannot reasonably work from home, or who may struggle with having to provide childcare at the same time as meeting the demands of their role, employers are able to consider offering furlough leave as an option...

Work, Lockdown and Curfew: Answers to Your Questions
Lavery Lawyers, January 2021

In order to reduce community transmission and preserve everyone's safety and that of our healthcare system, the government requires everyone to make extra efforts, both in their private lives and at work. The closure of retail businesses, save for some exceptions, is maintained, the lockdown to prevent gatherings continues and a curfew was added on January 9, 2021, to remain in effect until the currently announced date of February 8, 2021 1 ...

2021 Predictions: What is on the Horizon for Real Estate?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that no one can predict the future. But as we start 2021, we look at some of the legislative changes impacting real estate and expected to come into force, or be progressed, this year. Residential With Brexit concluded and the prospect of vaccinations bringing the Coronavirus pandemic under control, the government is keen to pursue its agenda of levelling up the country...

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...

Proof by Sampling in Construction Cases
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

How does one resolve a dispute involving thousands of individual items where it is impractical to deal separately with each one? A recent decision in the Technology and Construction Court provides some guidance - but raises further questions. The case is Standard Life Assurance Limited v Gleeds (UK)(a firm) and Others (December 2020, TCC). Standard Life had engaged Costain as its main contractor for the development of a large residential and retail development in Berkshire...

UIF Does a Payment Re-Run and Gives Clarity on COVID-19 TERS Benefits Over the Festive Season
ENSafrica, January 2021

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (“UIF”) has shed some light on what will happen to existing and outstanding COVID-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (“TERS”) applications and payments, particularly over the festive season. We discuss the must-knows for employers below...

Court of Appeal Holds Business Rates Payable Despite Property Guardian Scheme
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

The Court of Appeal has overturned a decision by the Upper Tribunal and confirmed that a property guardianship scheme did not mitigate liability for business rates. Background Property guardians are individuals who temporarily live in empty property at reduced rents, ostensibly to protect it from damage and squatters. Typically, they are students, key workers or young professionals looking for cheap living space...

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...

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...

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...

When is a Change more than a Change?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

Sometimes a claimant realises that it has made a mistake. Its case may be pleaded incorrectly, elements of its claim may be unsustainable or stronger claims could be available to it. With permission, amendments can be made but when do these changes become something more than a simple amendment? R G Carter In the recent case of R. G...

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...

The Changing Face of the Office
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.   Contrary to popular belief, the Covid pandemic has not destroyed real estate as an investment class; rather it has accelerated the rate at which it was already evolving...

Brexit and Your Marks in the UK: A Brief Report
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2021

The Brexit transition came to an end on 31 December 2020. Moving forward, the EU rules of law and legal system will no longer bind the UK, including for intellectual property matters...

Shoosmiths: Top Covid Insights
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

As we face a new period of lockdown, the memories of March come flooding back. However, it is useful to remember that, as a nation, we are better prepared this time, and our shared experiences of the last ten months will help to ensure we tackle the challenge ahead positively, constructively and from a more informed position than before...

Coronavirus: New Measures to Support Tenants
PLMJ, January 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to the adoption of a set of exceptional and temporary measures to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and to the introduction of various forms of support intended to mitigate the economic impact of this situation...

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...

Power to the Contract
TSMP Law Corporation, January 2021

A recent court of appeal decision has definitively clarified the test for assessing the enforceability of liquidated damages clauses in Singapore. Contracting parties intending to incorporate liquidated damages clauses must be mindful of the type of damages that may be recovered in the event of default, especially when exercising a contractual right to terminate the contract...

New York Enacts a Moratorium on COVID-19-Related Residential Evictions and Foreclosures
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

On December 28, 2020, New York passed a new law entitled the “COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020.” The act places a moratorium on COVID-19-related residential real property mortgage foreclosure actions and residential eviction proceedings until May 1, 2021, where a tenant or homeowner has submitted a “hardship declaration” to the foreclosing party, landlord, and/or the court...

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...

New Temporary Special Rules for Flexible Spending Accounts
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

The president has signed into law the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, which includes several temporary special rules aimed at minimizing forfeitures and increasing the utility of health and dependent care flexible spending accounts (FSAs). Plans providing for one or both accounts can take advantage of these participant-friendly rules immediately...

Tax Highlights of Malaysia’s Budget 2021
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2021

In this article, Yeoh Yu Xian sets out the key highlights from Malaysia’s 2021 budget. INTRODUCTION On 6 November 2020, the Malaysian Minister of Finance, Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz, unveiled the Malaysian Budget 2021 (“Budget”). This Budget’s allocation of RM 322.5 billion is the largest on record for the country1...

When Do CARES Act Forbearance Rights and Foreclosure Moratoriums End?
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

The March 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) contains a number of provisions that help borrowers with federally backed mortgage loans. Among these are forbearance protections for borrowers with single-family loans and multifamily loans. However, only one of the forbearance provisions has a clearly defined period when the rights are available...

Orchard Circle Sdn Bhd v Pentadbir Tanah Daerah Hulu Langat: Section 8 of the Land Acquisition Act 1960
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2021

A case note by Rajasingam Gothandapani and Lynnette Tan Hui Ling. INTRODUCTION It is trite that a declaration in Form D under section 8(1) of the Land Acquisition Act 1960 (“LAA”) lapses and becomes ineffective by effluxion of time if no award is made within two years from the date of its publication in the Gazette...

How to Provide Employees $26,250 in Nontaxable Student Loan Repayment Assistance
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act, recently passed as part of the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021,” has significantly extended the tax exclusions for employer-paid student loan repayment assistance introduced under the CARES Act. With this extension, employers can provide employees with student loan repayment assistance of up to $5,250 per year for 2021 through 2025 (up to $26,250 total)...

 

 

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