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Africa Regulatory Insight: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Regulatory Measures
ENSafrica, April 2021

ENSafrica recently released Africa Regulatory Insight: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Regulatory Measures. This comprehensive report outlines the COVID-19 regulatory measures for each country across Sub-Sahara Africa, providing the sector, measure, effective date/status and key points and impact for each region. The information provided herein is intended to provide a general overview, and is not an exhaustive list of all legislatice developments across Sub-Sahara...

Biden's Nominee to Lead OSHA May Signal Increased Enforcement Scrutiny
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, April 2021

President Joseph R. Biden on April 12 nominated current Cal/OSHA Chief Doug Parker to lead federal OSHA.  If confirmed, employers should prepare for the potential that California-style enforcement may reach the federal law. President Biden has pledged to make improved working conditions a central tenet of his administration, including support for changes to federal OSHA and the National Labor Relations Act...

Amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering Act
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, April 2021

The Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) has been further amended by Republic Act No. 11521,1 which took effect on February 8, 2021 (or immediately after its publication in the Official Gazette). (The new provisions introduced by R.A. 11521 to the AMLA are underlined below for ease of reference.) A. Spotlight on New Provisions B. Covered Persons and Covered Transactions C. Targeted Financial Sanctions D. Other Relevant Provisions   A. Spotlight on New Provisions R.A...

B.C. Government Announces Paid Leave for Employees to Get Vaccinated
Lawson Lundell LLP, April 2021

As British Columbia battles the third wave of COVID-19, the government has introduced legislation[1] which, if passed, will provide employees with paid leave to get the COVID-19 vaccine. On April 1, 2021, the British Columbia government introduced an unpaid job-protected leave of absence for employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine, or to assist a dependent in getting vaccinated against COVID-19...

Insurer Denies Coverage for Deal Litigation Despite Bank Purchasing Runoff Coverage for Pre-Acquisition Alleged Wrongful Acts
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, April 2021

Everest National Insurance Company has filed a lawsuit denying any obligation to cover a post-acquisition lawsuit by a credit union alleging fraud against two banks and their executives. The seller paid additional premium for an extended reporting period to report claims based on pre-acquisition wrongful conduct, but the insurer denied coverage on the ground that any claims asserted by the buyer are excluded under the D&O policy’s “insured vs...

Romanian Approach to the Whistleblowers’ Directive
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, April 2021

Romanian authorities have recently initiated the transposition process for Directive (EU) 2019/1937 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law (the “Whistleblowers’ Directive”). A limited period for public review of the first draft of transposition bill has just closed. The projection is that it will become law by December 2021 to meet the transposition deadline...

EFFECTS ON CRIMINAL LAW of Law No. 21,314 which Regulates Market Agents and Pension Advisors
Carey, April 2021

On April 13, 2021, Law No. 21,314 (“New Law”) was published in the Official Gazette, which sets forth new transparency requirements and reinforces the responsibilities of market agents, regulates pension counseling and other matters indicated therein. Article 1 of the New Law modifies Law No...

Cambodia: Ministry of Labour & Vocational Training Issues Guidance on Paying Wages During the Lockdown
DFDL, April 2021

On 19 April 2021, the MLVT issued ‘Instruction 043 concerning the Payment of Wages for Early April (2021) and Additional Allowances for Employees in the Garment, Enterprise, Handicraft and Business sectors during the Phnom Penh and Takmao city lockdowns to prevent the spread of COVID-19’ (“Instruction”). The Instruction states that the temporary lockdown measures in Phnom Penh and Takmao City should be regarded as the de facto suspension of employment...

Dutch Chapter of Latest Vertical Agreements Guide of Lexology GTDT.
Van Doorne N.V., April 2021

Read and download the Dutch chapter of the latest Vertical Agreements guide of Lexology GTDT, as updated by Sarah Beeston, Pim Jansen and Nina Korstenbroek. You can access the chapter by clicking on the link below. This comprehensive chapter explains how the Dutch competition rules are applied to agreements for the sale and purchase of goods or services between parties operating at different levels of the supply chain (so-called "vertical agreements")...

Cambodia: GDT Facilitates Online Document Submission
DFDL, April 2021

Notification no. 7179 GDT dated 18 April 2021 (“Notification 7179”) from the General Department of Taxation (“GDT”) provides procedures for the submission of scanned application forms, administrative letters, other documents or tax returns to the GDT, including tax branches in Phnom Penh and the provinces, via online (E-Document Submission System)...

Shearn Delamore & Co. Newsletter March Issue 2021
Shearn Delamore & Co., April 2021

Dear valued clients, colleagues and friends, We are pleased to bring you the March 2021 issue of our quarterly Newsletter, we hope that you will continue to find its contents of value to you. Real Estate PJD Regency Sdn Bhd v Tribunal Tuntutan Pembeli Rumah: Calculation of Liquidated Agreed Damages commences from the Date of Payment of Booking Fee A case note by Alexis Yong Mey Ling … read more...

Doing Business in Sudan - A New Era
Afridi & Angell, April 2021

Lifting of US Sanctions The US Government announced the removal of Sudan from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism effective as of Monday 14 December 2020. After 27 years of US sanctions, such step restores sovereign immunity for the Sudanese government in US Courts. It is also a critical step in the process of reintegrating Sudan into the global economy and offering a lifeline of international financial aid to Sudan...

Shearn Delamore & Co. Legal Updates April 2021
Shearn Delamore & Co., April 2021

Dear valued clients, colleagues and friends, We are pleased to bring you the latest legal updates for April 2021. Tax & Revenue Income tax The technical guideline Garis Panduan Berhubung Permohonan Pengecualian Cukai Pendapatan Kepada Institusi Atau Organisasi Keagamaan Yang Layak Di Bawah Perintah Cukai Pendapatan (Pengecualian) 2020 [P.U...

Cambodia: Extension of Due Date for March Monthly Tax Returns & Payments
DFDL, April 2021

Notification no. 7175 GDT dated 16 April 2021 (“Notification 7175”) from the General Department of Taxation (“GDT”) provides an extension of the due date for the March 2021 monthly tax returns and payment. Key Takeaway For taxpayers whose businesses are prohibited to operate under Decision No. 49 the deadline for the March 2021 monthly tax payment and return submission has been extended to 15 May 2021...

Focus on COP26: The Long Road to Glasgow
Shoosmiths LLP, April 2021

The UK will host the UN’s COP26 climate change conference in November 2021, but what is a COP – and what happened at the previous 25 COPs? 15 April 2021 marks 200 days until COP26 is due to start. Taking place in Glasgow from 1-12 November 2021, COP26 is the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)...

China Introduces Pharma-Friendly Revisions to Patent Examination Guidelines
Deacons, April 2021

Did you know? The Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) revised Patent Examination Guidelines came into force on 15 January 2021. The changes significantly relax the patentability requirements for inventions in the pharmaceutical, chemical and biotech field. Why does this matter to you? The revised guidelines focus on the examination criteria for novelty and inventive step in relation to the rapidly developing field of chemical and biotech inventions...

More Room for Joint Sustainability Initiatives
Van Doorne N.V., April 2021

The realisation of large sustainability projects often requires various market players to work together...

IRS Guidance: COVID-19 PPE May be Eligible to be Reimbursed from Health FSAs, HRAs, and HSAs
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, April 2021

On March 26, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) published Announcement 2021-7, which notifies taxpayers that certain amounts paid for personal protective equipment (such as masks, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes) for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of COVID-19 (“COVID-19 PPE”) may be an eligible expense that can be reimbursed from certain health care account based plans...

News on the State Support Granted for Temporary Reduction of Working Time (“Kurzarbeit”)
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, April 2021

06.04.2021 – The Law no. 58/02.04.2021 for approving the GEO no. 211/2020 and amendment of GEO 132/2020 was published in the Official Gazette no. 345 dated April 5th, 2021 These new legal provisions introduce a series of amendments of articles wording, certain values/limits and conditions to be met regarding the possibility to temporarily reduce the working time in the current context and access the specific state support...

New California Bill Would Impose Strict Products Liability on All Online Retailers
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, April 2021

A new bill in the California Assembly has the potential to alter substantially the existing legal framework of products liability for online retailers. Assembly Bill No. 1182 (“AB 1182”), which was introduced on February 18, 2021, would impose strict products liability on online retailers who (1) communicate offers of sale and (2) facilitate payment between a third-party seller and a purchaser, even if the online retailer never takes physical possession of the product...

American Rescue Plan Act: New Guidance on COBRA Premium Assistance
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, April 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) became law in March of this year. One of the many relief provisions included in ARPA is a temporary subsidy of COBRA continuation premiums for certain individuals, summarized in our prior alert, found here...

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, April 2021

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) is a new federally-funded program providing emergency assistance for eligible venues adversely affected by COVID-19. The program, administered by the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Disaster Assistance, will offer over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, providing economic relief to eligible entities. This legal update summarizes the requirements and additional information related to the grant application process...

Can I Bring My Dog to Work After COVID-19?
Lawson Lundell LLP, April 2021

As we look forward to returning to our normal routines, after we have all had the opportunity to be vaccinated, many people are wondering what permanent workplace changes will remain in place or will be introduced for workers; as well as the pets they either acquired or became more attached to during quarantine. I am certain my dog thinks I decided to stay home with him all day because he is so wonderful (which he is)...

Companies Must Reach Net Zero Emissions to Stay Relevant to Investors
ENSafrica, April 2021

The race to achieve net zero emissions has played a significant role in pushing forward the fight against climate change. Key stakeholders are becoming alive to the opportunity presented by a decarbonised economy and those who do not get on board now risk being left behind. What chrnet zero? Simply put, net zero is premised on attaining a balance between greenhouse gas emissions produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere...

Venezuelan Legal Context: Oil, Gas and Mining
LEGA Abogados, April 2021

We would like to present our publication entitled "Venezuelan Legal Context: Oil, Gas and Mining".  In it you will find 6 papers prepared by members of LEGA's Energy and Natural Resources practice area. With these papers we wish to contribute to the discussion of key aspects related to energy and natural resources issues in Venezuela...

 

 

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