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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt | September 2022

Multiemployer pension plan (MEPP) withdrawal liability often costs millions of dollars, ‎even for small employers. People weighing whether to buy or sell a construction company (or its ‎assets) will want to be aware of any potential withdrawal liability that may be assessed.‎ Employers that withdraw from an underfunded MEPP are subject to withdrawal liability ‎under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) ...

Buchalter | September 2022

By: John Epperson and Peter McGaw A ban on the sale of nondurable food packaging in California containing PFAS chemicals goes into effect on January 1, 2023, which is now less than four months away. The ban was contained in Assembly Bill 1200, which was enacted in October 2021, along with unrelated new requirements for disclosure of chemicals in cookware ...

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt | September 2022

Many federal contractors are required to file Type 2 Consolidated Employer Information Reports, Standard Form 100 (EEO-1 Reports). Generally, employers that are subject to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and has 100 or more employees must file an EEO-1 Report with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ...

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP | September 2022

Last month, the Dutch competition authority (ACM) cleared a joint agreement among soft-drink suppliers including Coca-Cola to discontinue plastic handles on multipacks to make the packaging more recyclable and reduce plastic. Applying its draft sustainability guidelines, the ACM found that the arrangements did not harm competition given that evidence showed the handles did not play a role in the competitive process and participants remained free to decide on, e.g ...

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP | September 2022

A new licensing scheme is coming into force in Scotland to regulate short-term lets. The scheme requires hosts of self-catering accommodation to have a licence in place to accept bookings and welcome guests. This article explains who needs to apply for a licence, when the deadlines are, and how to apply ...

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP | September 2022

What is driving the imperative for ESG alignment? There has been a cultural shift in society as more and more individuals commit to leading sustainable lives. Those individuals – whether as consumers, employees or other stakeholders in industry – now expect the businesses operating in their communities to function in a more sustainable manner too ...

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP | September 2022

“A lot going on” was a very apt phrase used in the opening session of the Onshore Wind Conference 2022 in Glasgow. And it’s clear to see why: onshore wind is generating cheap and reliable energy, creating high-skilled and sustainable jobs, contributing positively to the Scottish economy and enjoying a groundswell of popular support, with the latest poll commissioned by RenewableUK showing 76% of people are in favour of renewable projects being developed in their local area ...

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP | September 2022

As the licencing scheme for short-term lets comes into force in Scotland on 1 October 2022, hosts will need to understand the various conditions they must meet to obtain a licence. This article explains when planning permission may be necessary and details the series of conditions that hosts must meet to obtain a licence. If you are wondering if you need to apply for a licence, when the deadlines are, and how to apply, read the first article in our series to find out more ...

Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS | September 2022

One of the proposals set out in the Green Paper concerns an investment obligation for streaming services. According to the proposal, streaming services are required to either invest directly in Norwegian films and series, or, if the services do not invest sufficiently in Norwegian content, contribute to the financing of such productions through financial contributions to the Norwegian Film Fund ...

Hanson Bridgett LLP | September 2022

Key Points AB 2449 provides complex and restrictive alternative teleconference procedures: At least a quorum of the members of the legislative body must participate in person from a singular physical location identified on the agenda, which location will be open to the public and within the boundaries of the local agency; A member may only teleconference for publicly disclosed "just cause" or in "emergency circumstances" approved by the legislative body; and A member may only teleconfere

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP | September 2022

HUD issued Mortgagee Letter 2022-16 (“the Letter”) on September 7, changing a Departmental policy on surplus cash distribution that had been in place for roughly half a century.  Multifamily borrowers with loans that close after September 7 may, subject to certain preconditions, take distributions of surplus cash monthly instead of annually or semi-annually ...

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP | September 2022

On September 9, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its latest efforts to assert control over and regulate the Web3 ecosystem – an Office of Crypto Assets. This new office will be housed within the Division of Corporation Finance's Disclosure Review Program (DRP), which has historically been the source of focused review of issuer filings. Once officially established later this fall, the office will join the seven existing offices of the DRP ...

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP | September 2022

“Government efforts to manipulate markets and prices on consumer goods never work as intended, and in this case, would be counterproductive.” The waning days of summer signal the approaching midterm election season. Amid inflation, recession and voter discontent, it’s understandable that a group of congress members are anxious to put points on the board with a price-control scheme that they wrongly believe will lower prescription drug prices ...

Kudun and Partners | September 2022

On the occasion of our annual merit-making ceremony, Kudun and Partners spent the afternoon creating beautiful memories with children with visual impairments at the Bangkok School for the Blind. Led by project champions, Pimklao Kanchanakom, Thanpitcha Rojanawiboonchai, and Thanyawan Khositapha, associates of Kudun and Partners, interactive activities have been organized to express our support for the children with visual impairments ...

Carey Olsen | September 2022

Summary Carey Olsen is pleased to have supported government in the development of the LLC Law, which demonstrates Jersey’s continuing status as a leading international financial centre, and has been prepared following initial discussions with various stakeholders including Jersey Finance. It also follows the recent introduction of LLCs to both the Cayman Islands and Bermuda ...

Kudun and Partners | September 2022

On September 12 – 13, Kudun and Partners participated in the TED Series: Intern 101, organized by ALSA Thailand, as guest speakers for knowledge sharing and internship preparation sessions. On the first day of the event, Kongkoch Yongsavasdikul, our partner, shared his expertise in the practice of capital markets to student members of the association ...

Mamo TCV Advocates | September 2022

  While their advent was initially hailed as a revolution for the creative industries, non-fungible tokens (“NFTs”) appear to have lost significant steam over the past months with the Wall Street Journal reporting that NFT sales have dropped by 92% over September 2021 figures ...

Shoosmiths LLP | September 2022

We published an article on the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) commenting on the publication of the exposure drafts of two International Financial Reporting Standards (the Standards). The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) recently published its response welcoming the Standards. Key points The FCA stated that the Standards generally met its expectations as set out in its Strategy 2022 to 2025 ...

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP | September 2022

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) updated its "frequently asked questions" (FAQs) Tuesday, providing guidance relating to the sanctions against Tornado Cash, the Ethereum “mixer” it blacklisted in August, following allegations that North Korea used Tornado Cash to launder stolen digital assets ...

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt | September 2022

There have been significant delays in registering entities at SAM.gov, and that has been adversely impacting the ability of some federal contractors to respond to certain procurements/solicitations because FAR 4.1102(a) requires offerors to be registered in SAM.gov at the time of an offer or a proposal submission. On September 8, 2022, the Department of Defense (DOD) acknowledged the issue with SAM.gov and issued a class deviation permitting contracting officers to include FAR 52 ...

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt | September 2022

In 2019, the Oregon legislature passed the Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML) Act, establishing a paid ‎family and medical leave insurance program for Oregon workers that will be funded by employee ‎contributions. After pandemic-related delays finalizing regulations and preparing for implementation, ‎the program—now branded as “Paid Leave Oregon”—is finally taking effect ...

Shoosmiths LLP | September 2022

Much has been reported about harassment in the workplace, not least the Fawcett Society report in 2021 which showed at least 40% of women experience sexual harassment during their career. Progress in this area is slow as recent case law demonstrates ...

Shoosmiths LLP | September 2022

There are many situations where an employer is required to calculate an employee’s weekly pay. Whilst this might appear straightforward, there are nuances that employers need to be aware of. We explore the most common tricky areas and how to address them. Identifying a week’s pay is necessary when calculating holiday pay, statutory redundancy pay, notice pay or the basic award for an unfair dismissal claim ...

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