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NC Legislative Update - March 2017 #3

The Week - Last Friday, a three-judge panel issued a split decision in the ongoing legal battle between the State’s executive and legislative branches. The panel ruled that the Senate did in fact have the authority to...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 3/27-3/31

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week...more

Restrictions on collective redundancies of Saudi nationals

As part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's wider Saudisation initiative, new legislation has been bought into force which prohibits employers from collectively dismissing its Saudi national employees without prior approval from...more

New Rules for Tipped Employees in Brazil and How They Affect the Hospitality Industry

On March 13, 2017, Brazil's President Michel Temer signed into law new regulations concerning the payment, distribution, tax withholdings, and reporting of tips, whether voluntarily given by customers or charged by employers...more

The Massachusetts CARE Act: A Bright Future for Cooperation Between Healthcare and Family Caregivers

Caring for a sick, disabled or incapacitated loved one can be a stressful proposition, but a new Massachusetts law aims to ease the burden by providing formal support to family caregivers. The Caregiver, Advise, Record,...more

New York Paid Family Leave Rules Announced: Delivery Date January 1, 2018

On February 22, 2017, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (the “Board”) released proposed rules (the “Proposed Rules”)i establishing the rights and responsibilities of employees, employers, and insurance carriers...more

New York Proposes Regulations on New Paid Family Leave Law

Last year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (“PFLBL”). This law will provide eligible employees up to 12 weeks of paid family leave, to be funded through a payroll tax on...more

Business Group News: The Connecticut Uniform Limited Liability Act

The Connecticut Uniform Limited Liability Company Act, Public Act 16-97 (the "New Act") will become effective for all existing and new Connecticut LLCs on July 1, 2017. The New Act is more comprehensive, modern and well...more

Maine Delays Effective Date of Anti-Discrimination Provisions of Recreational Marijuana Law

On November 8, 2016, Maine voters approved “Question 1”—An Act To Legalize Marijuana (“ALM” or “the Act”). “Emergency” legislation since passed by the Maine legislature and signed by Governor Paul LePage now provides...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: March 2017

Legalized Drug Use Impacts the Food and Beverage Industry - In the November 2016 general election, voters in Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota amended their state constitutions to authorize the use of marijuana for...more

Insolvency - proof liquidation netting strengthened and broadened in Germany

A decision of the German Federal Court of Justice (“Bundesgerichtshof” - BGH) in June 2016 regarding the validity of liquidation netting agreements sparked widespread fear of a new banking crisis. It led to immediate action...more

New Ohio Law Provides Limited Exception To Employer’s Right To Prohibit Firearms On Its Premises

On March 21, 2017, Ohio Senate Bill 199 will go into effect as Ohio Revised Code §2923.1210, which expands the rights of employees with valid concealed handgun licenses to transport and store a firearm and ammunition on an...more

Dutch and French Legislatures Introduce New Human Rights Due Diligence Reporting Requirements

In February 2017, legislatures in the Netherlands and France took significant steps to implement mandatory due diligence and reporting rules regarding the impact of an employer's operations and supply chains on human rights. ...more

California Businesses To Provide Neutral Restrooms So All Genders Can Do Their Business

In California, all business establishments, places of public accommodation, or government agencies with single-occupancy restrooms are now required to identify such toilet facilities as all-gender restrooms. In September...more

New Mandatory Gender Pay Gap Disclosures Will Soon Take Effect for Large Employers in Great Britain

Effective April 6, 2017, new Gender Pay Reporting regulations to address the gender pay gap (the “Regulations”) come into force in Great Britain. The Regulations are intended to address the pay gap between men and women by...more

Puerto Rico Adopts Local Equal Pay Act

On March 8, 2017, Puerto Rico enacted Act 16, creating the Puerto Rico Equal Pay Act ("PR Equal Pay Act" or "the Act"). The law's stated intent is to eradicate the pay difference between female and male employees. To that...more

BPCIA Appears Unaffected by Proposed New Healthcare Law

On Monday, March 6, House Republicans unveiled their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). Although the proposed legislation repeals or amends several provisions of the ACA, based on a preliminary...more

German Reform of Avoidance in Insolvency

I am pleased to share a great article on the recent reform of German insolvency law regarding avoiding pre-insolvency transactions by my good friend and colleague Annerose Tashiro, a leading cross-border insolvency specialist...more

The Policing and Crime Act 2017: Changes to the UK Financial Sanctions Regime

The policing and crime bill received royal assent on 31 January 2017. The new Policing and Crime Act 2017 (the Act) introduces changes to a wide cross-section of the criminal justice system, including policing powers and...more

Update on California’s End of Life Option Act

In June 2016, California became the fifth state to enact an aid-in-dying law. California’s End of Life Option Act (the “Act”) authorizes an adult who is suffering from a terminal disease and meets other qualifications to...more

New Survey Says 75 Percent of Respondents Unfamiliar with China’s New Cybersecurity Law: eDiscovery Trends

Are you familiar with it? According to a survey conducted by Consilio and released earlier this week, 75 percent of legal technology professionals responding to the survey indicated that they are not familiar with...more

California Adopts Broad Gender-Neutral Bathroom Rules–Signage Rules Expand Beyond ADA Concerns

Effective March 1, California’s Equal Restroom Access Act (ERAA) will require some single-occupancy restrooms to have signs indicating they are gender-neutral....more

In Georgia, the Blue-Pencil Only Strikes Overly Broad Non-Competes and Does Not Rewrite Them

In Spring 2011, the Georgia legislature passed a new restrictive covenant statute, which, for the first time, allowed Georgia courts in reviewing non-competition agreements between employer and employee to blue-pencil or...more

Expanded Concealed Carry Rights for Employees Go Into Effect on March 20, 2017

Ohio legislation expanding concealed carry laws will take effect on March 20, 2017. In December of last year, Governor Kasich signed into law Senate Bill 199, which allows employees with a valid concealed carry license to...more

Florida Employers: Here Comes Medical Marijuana – Are You Ready?

Florida voters turned out in droves to pass Amendment 2 to legalize medical marijuana. This Constitutional Amendment greatly expanded what was once a very narrow right in Florida to be treated with low dose THC cannabis....more

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