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The International Lawyers Network (ILN) is a leading association of 91 high-quality, full-service independent law firms.

Since 1988, the ILN has helped its members keep pace with today’s global economy, through access to the tremendous strength and depth of the combined expertise of 5,000 lawyers in 66 countries on six continents.

ILN member firms are among the most respected and most experienced counsel in their jurisdictions. Clients’ increasing need for reliable foreign counsel is well-met by the personalized, high-quality and cost-effective legal services provided by ILN member firms. Unique to the ILN are the strong personal and professional relationships among its members and their clients developed over the past 30 years. Far from a mere directory, the ILN is an affiliation of lawyers who gather on a regional and worldwide basis annually and work routinely with each other to address client requirements and needs.

Each of the ILN’s member firms is international in outlook and staffed by highly trained senior attorneys, who are experts in a broad range of practice areas. ILN members have demonstrated experience in working successfully with international companies. They are independent, mid-sized firms within their jurisdictions, and are committed to the focus of the International Lawyers Network, admitted to the Network only after a rigorous application process. The ILN provides clients with high-quality service from experienced local counsel who work in firms that maintain excellent reputations in their own countries. This means that clients have immediate access to attorneys who are native, both linguistically and culturally, to the country of interest.

The ILN’s international directory app is available for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry smartphones. To access the app, click here or log on to ILNmobile.com from your smartphone. Request more information about ILN membership here.

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CSA PUBLISHES PROPOSED CLIMATE-RELATED DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS

Investor demand for climate-related disclosure, as well as information provided by public companies, has grown dramatically in recent years. This has resulted in incomplete or inconsistent climate-related disclosure. In light of this, on October 18, 2021 the Canadian Securities Administrators (“CSA“) published the proposed National Instrument 51-107 Disclosure of Climate-related Matters (the “Proposed Instrument“) and its companion policy for a 90-day comment period. The Proposed Instrument would introduce disclosure requirements regarding climate-related matters for reporting issuers. This article summarizes the main components of the Proposed Instrument.

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News regarding Covid-19 regulations in Latvia

The Cabinet of Ministers has decided that starting from October 21 to November 15, particularly strict Covid-19 restrictions will come into force in Latvia.

This newsletter has been prepared as a brief overview of the current amendments and should not be regarded as an all-embracing analysis of the amendments. 

General

Starting from 21 October 2021 to 15 November 2021, it is prohibited to leave the place of residence from 20.00 to 5:00, the prohibition does not apply to:

  • persons going to or from the place of work or persons who are performing work or service duties – the person shall present a certification (name, surname, personal identification code, address of residence, reason and time for leaving the place of residence, the place of work, name, address and telephone number of the management of the place of work (contact person in the place of work)) and an ID (passport or ID card);
  • persons who need to receive psychological support, medical treatment, including vaccination against Covid-19 infection, or veterinary care for animals, or persons who visit a 24-hour pharmacy – the person shall present a certification (name, surname, personal identification code, address of residence, reason and time for leaving the place of residence, the place of service to be received) and an ID (passport or ID card);
  • to persons who need to get to or from the airport, port, railway station or bus station – the person shall present a certification (name, surname, personal identification code, address of residence, reason and time for leaving the place of residence, the place of service to be received) and an ID (passport or ID card).

From 21 October 2021 to 15 November 2021:

    • Places of sale and service provision places opens no earlier than at 6.00 and ends no later than at 19.00;
    • The working hours of petrol stations, pharmacies, tourist accommodation places, Covid-19 vaccination points, public transport and passenger transport services, freight transport and related services, delivery services, emergency and utilities services, will not be restricted.
    • stores, where 70% of the product range is food or hygiene products, pharmacies, optician’s shops, gas stations, animal feed stores, press shops, bookstores, telecommunication goods and services shops, flower shops are allowed to work on-site;
    • all public events are cancelled and prohibited;
    • related to entertainment, gambling, betting, attractions, beauty care, wellness, active recreation, physical activities, sports, tourism (except accommodation and foreign travel), photo and video services, face-to-face consultations, collective hunting.it is prohibited to provide on-site services.
Employment
  • Work duties, if allowed by the specific nature of the work, shall be carried out remotelyOn-site work is performed by employees employed in sectors of critical importance to the public or employees for whom the employer has determined during the impact assessment that the work must be performed on-site.
  • Those employees who require a vaccination certificate or certificate of recovery to perform work dutiesbut have not completed the vaccination course, from October 20, 2021 until the receipt of the vaccination certificate, may perform work duties – with a test certificate issued no earlier than 72 hours or not earlier than 72 hours before an employer-organized screening antigen test in areas where testing services are not available (e.g., in rural areas).
  • Employees who will perform on-site work after 15 November 2021 shall have a vaccination certificate or certificate of recovery, in some cases a testing certificate is also allowed.
  • All employees working on-site (including fully vaccinated and persons recovered) shall certify in writing on a daily basis at the place of work that they have no symptoms of acute respiratory diseases and have not been in direct contact with persons subject to isolation, home quarantine or self-isolation;
  • From 15 December 2021, all employees, including volunteers and outsourced persons working on-siteshall have a valid vaccination certificate or certificate of recovery.
Commercial activities
  • It is planned that on October 26, 2021, the Cabinet of Ministers will decide on aids for companies to overcome the Covid-19 crisis, in particular working capital grants and salary subsidies.
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Video: OSHA ETS in Review, Texas Vaccine Mandate Ban, Health Premium Incentives – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday:  This week, we review the status of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) emergency temporary standard (ETS) requiring employers to mandate vaccines.

Employers Await White House Decision on OSHA ETS

Last week, OSHA sent to the White House its draft emergency temporary standard, which will require employers with 100 or more employees to ensure that their employees are vaccinated or provide a negative COVID test at least weekly. The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs will now review OSHA’s ETS, holding meetings with business groups, worker groups, and other interested parties. Meanwhile, further clarification has been released on the mandatory safety protocols and vaccination requirements federal contractors must implement.

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Preparing for a Legal and PR Crisis After Company Vaccine Mandates

Among the many disruptions that COVID-19 has visited upon the business world, the pandemic has made many corporate crisis management playbooks obsolete when it comes to managing interconnected legal and reputational risks.

What’s different about today’s crisis landscape that makes organizations vulnerable to new, unprecedented problems? The most inflammatory issue is clear: COVID-19 vaccine policies. Read more…

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THE PARASKAVEDEKATRIAPHOBIA PRECEDENT: Why Friday The 13th Decision Raises Fear Of Slashing Long-Held Copyrights

Admittedly, the second word in that title is a mouthful—but Paraskavedekatriaphobia is a real word, with an etymology and definition.  It even has a synonym, friggatriskaidekaphobia.  Each means “fear of Friday the 13th.”    Though I am tempted to write this October piece about Halloween (whether it is the day or the movies by that name, including one out again this season), I cut over instead to a different set of haunts and howls caught on film.  (But I will pause along the way to note that the Seuss/Star Trek mash-up case about which I have written before has recently settled, which I had to mention, of course.)

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Wait…Content Marketing Can Get Me…Clients??

I’m going to suggest a theory – that there are many lawyers out there who hear the phrase “content marketing” and assume that it’s either absolute nonsense (raise your hand) or more of that marketing hooey (and therefore secretly nonsense, or at the very least, not something you’re supposed to be involved in – raise your hand).

Am I right?

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The Ransomware Plague Continues, but the Response Model Is Changing

Ransomware is a term that has entered popular speech as it has echoed across the front pages of newspapers and the internet. While most people might not understand exactly how ransomware works, or how it might be launched by a “Zero Day” exploit, they understand it locks the holder out of computers that store highly sensitive information ranging from a company’s intellectual property to the private personal information of consumers, medical patients, and others like them. Individuals fear the disclosure of that information and potential identity theft. Government fears the national security impact on our critical infrastructure and electoral politics when state-sponsored or protected actors block access to the data that runs modern society. Read more…

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CHANGES TO THE LAW ON TIPPING

On 24 September 2021 the Government announced that there would be changes to the current laws on staff tips based on its findings from the Consultation on Tipping, Gratuities, Cover and Service Charges in 2016 (All tips to go to staff under government plans to enhance rights of 2 million workers – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). When the legislation comes into force businesses will no longer be able to take any part of the tips (or service charges) given to staff. A change in the rules has become more urgent after the pandemic spurred a switch to cashless payment with 80% of all UK tipping now happening by card, making it easier for businesses to keep funds. Read more…

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UK GOVERNMENT TO INTRODUCE NEW RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY DEVELOPER TAX

Following the tragedy at Grenfell Tower in London, the UK government have made it a priority to address the issue of unsafe cladding on residential units. In response, the government have announced that it would introduce a new tax levy in 2022 on the profits which large residential property developers make from UK residential development.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said the new taxes would be to “ensure the industry takes collective responsibility for historic building safety defects”. Read more…

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WHAT FINANCIAL SUPPORT, IF ANY, AM I ENTITLED TO FROM MY SPOUSE FOLLOWING OUR SEPARATION?

Following the breakdown of a marriage or civil partnership in Scotland, spouses have an obligation to support each other financially, based on what is reasonable in the circumstances. This form of financial support is known as aliment. Aliment is only payable whilst parties are still married or in a civil partnership. Once decree of divorce, or dissolution of a civil partnership has been granted, financial support in the form of aliment would stop. When determining whether aliment should be paid, or when trying to calculate the level of aliment that is reasonable, the following matters must be considered:

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