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Employment Law - August 2016

Arbitrator or Judge? California Supreme Court Weighs in - Why it matters - Yet again, the California Supreme Court considered arbitration in the context of an employment agreement, this time reflecting on whether a judge or…more

MEasure - Summer 2016

Brexit – Impact on Middle Eastern Issuers - Whilst the precise legal and regulatory impact that the UK’s recent decision to leave the European Union (EU), dubbed Brexit, will have on the corporate finance market will depend on a…more

When Applying Alice, Evaluate the Invention as a Whole

Addressing for the first time eligibility issues under 35 USC § 101 for a method of preserving organ cells, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the district court’s ruling that the claims were directed to a…more

Informing Illinois Newsletter - August 2016

Is Your Police Department Ready for Body Cameras? - Police use of force has been heavily scrutinized for more than a year. In May 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it was providing $20 million in grants to help…more

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 16 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis One of our lead articles discusses a research report indicating that SEC enforcement activity has slowed in 2016. According to the article, the SEC has brought nearly ten percent fewer enforcement actions…more

A Novel Outcome at the International Trade Commission: Patent Claims Invalidated Under Alice in the 100-Day Pilot Program

On August 22, 2016, Administrative Law Judge David Shaw of the International Trade Commission (“ITC” or “Commission”) issued his final initial determination (“the ID”) in Certain Portable Electronic Devices and Components Thereof, Inv…more

EEOC Issues Final Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues after Public Input Process

Today the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its final Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues, to replace its 1998 Compliance Manual section on retaliation. The guidance also addresses the…more

Are Your Customer Accounts in Order? SEC Announces Sweep of Broker-Dealers and Implementation of the Customer Protection Rule Initiative

On June 23, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) announced that it would begin a coordinated effort across divisions to identify potential violations by broker-dealers of Rule 15c3-3 (the “Rule”) under the Securities…more

What is Telemedicine? A Cool Benefit or a Hot Mess?

We’ve had numerous inquiries lately about telemedicine benefits. My clients most typically ask either “is this a group health plan?” or “is it just access to another provider?” Clearly, there is much confusion surrounding…more

Volte face as hardship becomes part of French law

We sent out a client alert in April on the approaching entry into force of the new French civil code. We highlighted four innovations arising out of this major legal reform. This alert focuses on the introduction of the new…more

New International Entrepreneur Rule Revealed

Today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it is proposing a new rule, which would allow certain international entrepreneurs to stay in the U.S. on a case-by-case basis, in order to start or grow their…more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: August 2016 #5

Last week, we were reminded of the impact of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division enforcement activities. The agency announced that National Freight, Inc. will pay more than $1,000,000 in back wages to 359 workers following…more

Illinois Passes Family Caregivers Leave Law

Effective January 1, 2017, the Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act (the “Act”) will allow employees to use employer-provided personal sick leave benefits to care for an ill or injured family member or attend a medical appointment with a…more

SEC Requests Comments on Regulation S-K Relating to Disclosures on Management, Certain Security Holders and Corporate Governance Matters

On August 25, 2016, the SEC issued a release requesting comments on certain disclosure requirements under Regulation S-K relating to disclosures on management, certain security holders and corporate governance matters contained in…more

U.S. Appeals Court Finds a Software Patent Valid Even Under the Supreme Court’s “Alice” Test

A recent Federal Circuit decision in Bascom Global Internet Services, Inc. v. AT&T Mobility LLC, gives patent owners another illustration of patent subject matter eligibility under section 101…more

Regulators Publish Updates to CRA Guidance

The federal bank regulatory agencies adopted revisions to the interagency guidance on the Community Reinvestment Act, focusing on alternative systems for delivering retail banking services, innovative or flexible lending practices and…more

Educational Institutions Targeted in Fraudulent Payment Requests

Educational institutions should be aware of fraudulent request for payments from vendors. The FBI Boston Division identified three incidents over the past month where perpetrators submitted fraudulent transfer authorization forms to…more

Who wants to chair a FINRA arbitration

Every time that I start a FINRA arbitration, I find myself having the same internal debate; did we pick the right person to serve as the arbitration chair. Unfortunately, you will not know the answer to that question until after your…more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - August 2016 #3

CMS Releases Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice For Public Comment – CMS announced that the public has the opportunity to comment on the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON). The MOON is a standardized form developed by…more

NLRB Enforces Ambush Election Rules…..Then Finds Way Around Them

There has been a lot of hype about the so-called NLRB ambush election rules.  These are, of course, the NLRB’s take on fixing what it deemed a broken secret ballot election scheme, one allegedly marred by employers gaming the system to…more

Immigration Relief for Foreign Entrepreneurs

On August 26, 2016, USCIS released the text of a proposed rule to be published in the Federal Register shortly, that provides temporary immigration relief to qualifying foreign entrepreneurs whose presence in the U.S. would be a public…more

SEC Requests Comment on Corporate Governance, Management and Security Holder Matters

The SEC is requesting public comment on certain disclosure requirements in Regulation S-K relating to management, certain security holders, and corporate governance matters contained in Subpart 400. This request is part of the Division…more

Privacy Tip #49 – Use a Passphrase Instead of a Password

I love to train employees on data privacy and security. It tends to be rather entertaining as I can tell crazy stories about real life scenarios about data breaches or compromises. The stores are quite beneficial, as most employees say…more

JAMS Global Construction Solutions Newsletter, Summer 2016

Q&A with Linda Turteltaub, Skanska USA Building - Today, we are talking with Linda Turteltaub, Corporate Counsel, Skanska USA Building. Linda has worked in both construction and as a construction lawyer prior to joining Skanska about…more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.29.16

One of the big themes running through the Fed’s Jackson Hole conference that wrapped last weekend: whoa, there.  Just take it easy.  It’s time for legislatures to kick government spending into high gear—not for central bankers to play…more

GAO Says Companies Face Continuing Challenges in Determining Whether Their Conflict Minerals Benefit Armed Groups

GAO noted in a recent report that as a result of country-of-origin inquiries, an estimated 19 percent more companies that filed Form SD with the SEC reported that they knew or had reason to believe they knew the source of the conflict…more

IRS Updates Ruling Policy on Corporate Business Purpose and Device Requirements under Section 355

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released Revenue Procedure 2016-45 (the “Revenue Procedure”) on August 26, 2016, permitting taxpayers once again to seek private letter rulings on issues of “corporate business purpose” and…more

Department of Defense Issues New Guidance on Military Lending Act Regulations

On August 26, 2016, the Department of Defense (DOD) issued an interpretive rule providing guidance on the DOD’s regulations implementing the Military Lending Act (MLA). Specifically, the interpretive rule aims to clarify certain…more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19589 - Velecela v. All Habitat Services, LLC - SC19589 Concurrence - Velecela v. All Habitat Services, LLC - Claim for negligent infliction of bystander emotion distress…more

Social Links: Google penalizes sites with pop-up ads; proposed Federal legislation to criminalize revenge porn; ad industry group questions Kardashians’ social media posts

Google is cracking down on mobile pop-up ads by knocking down the search-result position of websites that use them. The National Labor Relations Board decided a social media policy that Chipotle had in place for its employees…more

What NOT to Wear to your Very First Telehealth Visit

To be candid, the title of this article is not exactly what it is about, but now that I have your attention . . . “Telehealth” means the use of real-time, interactive audio, video telecommunications or electronic technology or…more

NLRB issues two key decisions affecting higher ed

On August 23, the National Labor Relations Board issued several decisions affecting unionization rights at private universities. In the first of these, Columbia University, the Board held that graduate and undergraduate teaching…more

Proposed Treasury Regulations Would Severely Limit Valuation Discounts

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of the Treasury unveiled its long-awaited proposed regulations targeting valuation discounts commonly used in estate planning, thereby overturning decades of settled law. As drafted, the proposed…more

The Ashley Madison Breach: Canada-Australia Report of Investigation and Takeaways for all Organizations

On August 23, 2016, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) released its joint report with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) regarding its investigation of the 2015 Ashley Madison breach…more

California's Legislature Puts Additional Disclosure Pressure on Fund Managers with the Passage of AB 2833

On August 24th, the California Legislature approved Assembly Bill No. 2833 (“AB 2833”), which is now headed to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for signature. If Governor Brown signs the bill, as is expected, all public pension plans in…more

Franchise Relationships, Personal Information and Trade Secret Liability

Corporate entities that share confidential personal information with each other, including those in franchise relationships, should strongly consider potential privacy and trade secret risks and consider available alternative measures…more

Treaty Tip: Is it an Insurance Policy or a Reinsurance Agreement?

Whether a risk shifting agreement is an insurance policy or a reinsurance agreement may have important consequences. For example, many states prohibit the mandatory arbitration of disputes arising out of insurance policies, while…more

Move Over AB 32, Here Comes SB 32! (and AB 197)

Last week, the California Legislature voted to extend the state's ambitious climate change targets while simultaneously pushing a reform bill covering the California Air Resources Board (ARB). Senate Bill 32 (SB 32) establishes a new…more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House (August 26, 2016)

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Maine Home to New National Monument - Utilizing powers granted to presidents under the American…more

Arkansas' New Telemedicine Rules a Small Step Forward

The Arkansas Legislative Council’s Rules and Regulations Subcommittee approved, on August 16, 2016, proposed regulations which, if accepted by the Arkansas Legislative Council, will remove some restrictions on telemedicine providers in…more

Florida Court Holds Budget Request Forms and Activity and Service Fee Records Not “Educational Records”

On August 11, 2016, a Florida state court judge held that the University Central Florida Board of Trustees (“UCF”) must produce Budget Request forms and Activity and Service Fee Database records to Knight News, Inc. (“KNI”) in response…more

New Rule Finalizes Small-Business Subcontracting Changes

Regulatory amendments related to small-business subcontracting will take effect on November 1, 2016. On July 14, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council issued a final rule in the Federal Register to implement regulatory…more

Provider Mergers: The Need for Early Antitrust Advice

Given the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) aggressive antitrust enforcement program attacking provider mergers in hospital, physician, and other markets, it’s become extremely important for those considering a merger to seek early…more

RIGHT IN THE BREADBASKET: Lessons From Early Cases at the Intersection of Noncompetes and the DTSA

As many TSW readers are aware, 2016 has been a big year for trade secret law, with both the United States and the European Union expanding trade secrets protections and increasing the uniformity of their laws. But as good as this year…more

NLRB: Graduate, Undergraduate Teaching Assistants Are Employees Under NLRA

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) on Aug. 23, 2016, issued a 3-to-1 decision concluding that graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants at Columbia University are employees under the National Labor Relations…more

FinCEN Proposal Looks to Extend AML Requirements to Non-Federally Regulated Banks

On April 25, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, proposed a rule that would require all banks, regardless of whether they are subject to regulation by a “Federal…more

Cybersecurity News and Notes – August 2016 #3

In Case You Missed It: Sometimes data breaches crop-up in the most unlikely of places. Last week we learned that the vendor that handles fish and hunting licenses for the states of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington was hacked. The breach…more

Small Breaches Matter Too: OCR Broadens HIPAA Breach Investigations

The Regional Offices of the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) already investigate every reported Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) breach affecting 500 or more individuals…more

SEC Charges 71 Issuers under its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative

On August 24, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced enforcement actions against 71 municipal issuers and other obligated persons (collectively, the municipal issuers) under the SEC’s Municipalities Continuing…more

The risks of co-employment liability in France

Against a background of financial crisis and corporate restructurings, French workers have taken to the ramparts. Employees dismissed "for economic reasons" have, in increasing numbers, been filing complaints under the Labor Code…more

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