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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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CONSTRUCTIVELY DISMISSED EMPLOYEE ENTITLED TO BONUS PAYMENT DURING NOTICE PERIOD

The Supreme Court of Canada recently released its decision in Matthews v Ocean Nutrition Canada Limited, 2020 SCC 26, awarding a constructively dismissed employee with $1.1 million dollars in damages for his employer’s failure to provide him with 15 months of reasonable notice upon termination, and a bonus payment that realized during his reasonable notice period.

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FTC ACTION REGARDING VIOLATIONS OF THE RESTORE ONLINE SHOPPERS’ CONFIDENCE ACT AND DECEPTIVE COMMERCIAL PRACTICES RESULTS IN $10 MILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT

Age of Learning, Inc. (Age of Learning), which operates as ABCmouse, a subscription service for young children’s educational content, agreed to pay $10 million dollars to settle claims by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding its negative option and billing practices, including its failure to clearly tell parents that their subscriptions would automatically renew at the end of the term.

The Complaint

The FTC filed a complaint against Age of Learning alleging that the company violated the FTC Act by making misrepresentations about cancellations, failing to clearly disclose the terms of the auto-renewal subscriptions and unfairly charging consumers without their prior consent. Read more…

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FAQ: US DOL Releases Regulations Clarifying Employer FFCRA Obligations

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued revised rules (the Revised Rules) clarifying its prior rules on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FFCRA provides eligible employees with up to 2 weeks of emergency paid sick leave (EPSL) and up to 12 weeks of paid public health emergency leave (EFMLA Leave) for certain covered reasons. The Revised Rules, which took effect on September 16, 2020, were promulgated in response to a Southern District of New York (SDNY) court decision that struck down various aspects of the DOL’s original FFCRA rules. Read more…

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Out Of Character: Jersey Boys, Detective Stories, & The Case Of Space-Traveling Tardigrades

At heart, and still, I am a non-singing Jersey Boy, and one who grew up reading Sherlock Holmes stories and watching Star Trek, the Original Series (before it even needed that modifier), in reruns in the 1970s while also keeping up with the real Rocky.  And, I have been writing for ILN IP Insider for five and one half years (first article appeared in March 2015), and have shown my Star Trek chops and character knowledge here on several different occasions, like bouncing from planet to planet.  So, to paraphrase that famous opening, I have tried exploring “Law: the final frontier. These are the voyages of ILN’s enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new cases. To explain new rights and new rationalizations. To boldly show where lawsuits have gone before!”

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Part II – Labour Laws: The Code of Social Security, 2020

Legislation of the 3 (three) long awaited labour codes, namely (a) the Industrial Relations Code Bill, 2020; the Code on Social Security Bill, 2020; and the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code Bill, 2020 by the Parliament of India on September 23, 2020, marks a major milestone in ushering reforms in the labour sector.

In Part I series of our Labour Laws update, we discussed some of the key changes and provisions introduced by the Industrial Relations Code Bill, 2020 (https://www.mondaq.com/article/995216).  Changes introduced through the Code on Social Security Bill, 2020 are discussed herein, in Part II of the Labour Code series.

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“Ban the Box” Update: St. Louis Enacts Ordinance; California and Hawaii Expand Existing Laws

In the last several years, a growing number of states and municipalities have passed “ban the box” laws that to varying degrees prohibit employers from inquiring into a job applicant’s criminal background until later in the hiring process and/or restrict employers from using certain criminal conviction information in connection with their hiring decisions.  Recently, St. Louis, Missouri joined this group, while California and Hawaii expanded their existing prohibitions on criminal history inquiries.

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Connecticut Extends Existing COVID-Related Executive Orders and Issues Additional Orders Affecting Employers

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Ned Lamont declared a public health and civil preparedness emergency in Connecticut.  In connection with this declaration, Governor Lamont has issued numerous Executive Orders throughout the pandemic.  The Executive Orders were set to expire on September 9, 2020, if they were not terminated earlier.

On September 1, 2020, Governor Lamont extended the existing public health and civil preparedness emergency until February 9, 2021. In addition, on September 8, 2020, Governor Lamont issued Executive Order 9A, which reissues and extends all prior Executive Orders to November 9, 2020.  As a result, the Sector Rules, which set forth the rules for workplaces as they reopen in Connecticut, will remain in effect until at least November 9, 2020, and we expect they will be extended further.

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Davis Malm Welcomes Allison Ahern Fillo

Davis Malm is happy to announce that Allison Ahern Fillo has joined the firm. Allison will continue to advise businesses and individuals seeking U.S. immigration and naturalization benefits. Her practice will enhance Davis Malm’s robust business capabilities by counseling clients on day-to-day immigration issues regarding employment and compliance, as well as immigration concerns arising in corporate transactions. Allison also assists clients in obtaining all categories of nonimmigrant visas and U.S. lawful permanent residence.

We are excited to expand our service capabilities with Allison’s addition and look forward to working with her. Learn more about Allison.

Learn more about our immigration practice. 

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Gaming Attorney Jennifer Carleton Brings In-House Counsel Experience to Boyd School of Law Course

ROYAL OAK, Mich./LAS VEGAS, NV, October 20, 2020 – Howard & Howard attorney Jennifer Carleton is sharing her significant experience in gaming and Native American/Indian Gaming Law as an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Boyd School of Law. Carleton is teaching an online course this semester entitled “Special Topics: Indian Gaming Law.”

The class, offered for the first time at Boyd School of Law, will explore numerous legal issues involved in the operation of tribal gaming facilities in the U.S. It also examines the background and history of tribal gaming in North America; the provisions and application of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA); and the powers of the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC). In addition, the course will address some of the major issues currently impacting the Indian gaming industry, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the growth of online gaming, and the addition of sports betting.

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Unwinding the ambiguity for FDI in Digital Media Sector

To boost the flagging economy, the Government of India last year announced certain changes to the Foreign Direct Investment Policy (“FDI Policy”) under which investment norms were relaxed in certain sectors. Pursuant to the said announcement, Press Note no. 4 dated September 18, 2019, was released which detailed the amendments to the consolidated FDI Policy concerning coal mining, contract manufacturing and single-brand retail trading. However, one change in the press note which raised questions was the decision to introduce and allow 26% FDI in uploading and streaming of news and current affairs through digital media under the Government approval route.

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