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Attorney General Provides Final Regulations for MA Earned Sick Time Law

New Regulations Offer Guidance to Employers to Ensure Sick Time Policies Comply with the Law - The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office released final regulations concerning the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law...more

Consumer Food Fraud Claim Sinks in Arkansas Safe Harbor

On this date in 1896 the Dutch completed the harbor at IJmuiden. (That capital J is not a mistake. The I and J go together as a digraph, and they form a ligature that effectively makes up a single letter in the Dutch...more

Federal Circuit Strikes Final Blow to Celebrex Patent

In 2008, the Federal Circuit determined that claims 1-4 and 11-17 of U.S. Patent No. 5,760,068 were invalid for obviousness-type double patenting (OTDP) over a related parent patent, in part because the ‘068 patent was filed...more

Texas Sales and Use Tax Issues

In This Presentation: - Senate Bill 1396 - Certificated Carriers - Sale for Resale Clarified and Expanded - Use Tax Presumption of Texas Use - Related Party Transactions - Fractional...more

Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law Takes Effect July 1st

The Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law, which requires nearly all Massachusetts employers to provide earned sick time to employees, goes into effect on July 1, 2015. Unless they qualify for the limited safe harbor provision...more

Supreme Court’s Denial of Cert Preserves Safe Harbor for Madoff Victims

Yesterday, the Supreme Court denied two petitions for certiorari filed by Irving H. Picard—the Trustee for the estate of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities (“Madoff Securities”)—and the Securities Investor Protection...more

EU Data Privacy Updates

A brief rundown of developments in recent weeks in the area of EU data protection law: - EU Data Protection Regulation - On Monday, June 15, the EU Council (comprised, for purposes of data protection reform, of...more

Massachusetts Attorney General Publishes Final Earned Sick Time Regulations

On June 19, 2015, the Massachusetts Attorney General published the final regulations concerning the new Earned Sick Time (“EST”) law that will go into effect on July 1, 2015. These final regulations differ somewhat from the...more

EU/Swiss-U.S. Safe Harbor: More Scrutiny by the FTC?

On May 29, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") announced the approval of the final orders for two U.S. companies, TES Franchising, LLC ("TES") and American International Mailing, Inc. ("AIM"), settling complaints that...more

After contentious debate, FCC approves order on 21 pending petitions seeking clarification of the TCPA: key points

In a vote of three to two, with voting falling along political party lines, the Federal Communications Commission approved an order addressing 21 pending petitions seeking clarifications of various aspects of the Telephone...more

IRS Issues Solar Tax Equity Memo Stating the Obvious

On Friday, the IRS issued a heavily redacted Chief Counsel Advice (CCA) memorandum, which addresses the intersection of solar investment tax credit partnership flip transactions and the wind production tax credit partnership...more

The Label on Your "Handmade" Whiskey Is Causing More Problems Than You Think

The recent market for artisanal and handcrafted goods has spawned a spate of consumer class actions against makers of popular liquors, including Tito’s Vodka, Maker’s Mark, and Jim Beam, for using terms like “handmade,”...more

Update on the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law: What Employers Need to Do by July 1, 2015

The Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law (the “ESTL”) becomes effective next month, imposing significant obligations on all employers to provide up to 40 hours of earned sick time to Massachusetts employees. By July 1, 2015,...more

Meeting of the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (Committee) met on June 3 to discuss various topics including (1) SEC rules with respect to intrastate crowdfunding; (2) the...more

Newly Revised Model FMLA Forms Are Now Available

With little fanfare and no advance notice, the Department of Labor (DOL) has posted new model Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms. The previous model FMLA forms expired on February 28, 2015 (note the expiration date in the...more

Massachusetts Attorney General Revises "Safe Harbor" Provision to Address Part-Time Employees and Publishes Notice Poster

On June 10, 2015, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office published a revised Safe Harbor provision concerning the Earned Sick Time Law that made significant changes to the Safe Harbor provision previously issued on May...more

DOL Issues Updated FMLA Notices and Forms Addressing GINA "Safe Harbor" Language Requirements

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued new versions of the agency's template Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) notices and certification forms, which have been approved for use for the next three years.  The new...more

DOL Releases Updated FMLA Health Care Provider Certification Forms - Employers: Begin Using the New Forms Immediately; Note the...

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently published updated health care provider certification forms for employers to provide employees who request leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) due to any one of the...more

Discovery in International Litigation: Data Privacy and Best Practices for Global Organizations

In an increasingly global economy, it is only natural to see a rise in complex and high-stakes international lawsuits. As a result, cross-border discovery issues are now commonplace, a staple of international litigation. ...more

Alert: Act Now: Massachusetts Mandatory Sick Leave Is Coming Soon

As we previously reported, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot measure that will allow Massachusetts employees to earn and use sick time under certain conditions. Under the new Earned Sick Time law, employees who work for...more

Massachusetts Attorney General Issues Revised “Safe Harbor” Delaying Full Implementation of New Earned Sick Time Law and Required...

On June 10, 2015, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (AGO) issued two important new documents for employers concerning implementation of the new earned sick time law that goes into effect on July 1, 2015. The AGO has...more

Employees Who Suffer Only Economic Losses From a Data Breach Cannot Sustain a Negligence Claim Against Their Employer

Creating a private cause of action in negligence for data breaches could result in the filing each year of possibly hundreds of thousands of lawsuits by persons whose confidential information may be in the hands of third...more

Massachusetts Sick Time - AG Amends Safe Harbor Provision

Attorney General Maura Healey has revised the "safe harbor" provision for the new sick leave law which is effective on July 1, 2015. The original safe harbor allowed employers who already provided at least 30 hours of...more

2015 Nevada Business Entities Law Update

The 78th Session of the Nevada Legislature made a number of changes to provisions of Title 7 of the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) governing business entities, including corporations, limited liability companies and limited...more

Massachusetts Attorney General Issues Required Notice of Employee Rights and Clarifies the "Safe Harbor" Exemption

On June 10, 2015, the Massachusetts Attorney General issued a Notice of Employee Rights (the "Notice") under the Commonwealth's new earned sick leave law, as well as a document clarifying the scope of the "safe harbor"...more

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