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International Lawyers Network

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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CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS’ DEADLINE TO SUBMIT PAY DATA IS FAST APPROACHING

Last fall, the California legislature passed Senate Bill 973, which requires employers with 100 or more employees to submit pay data to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) by March 31, 2021, and by March 31 each year thereafter.

The DFEH has since issued FAQS to assist employers in complying with the new reporting mandate. Read more…

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Cash rebate and tax relief for production of audiovisual works

Introduction

In recent years there has been a remarkable effort to make Greece an attractive destination for the production of audiovisual works (eg, films, TV series and video games). The most important initiatives in this respect are:

  • the cash rebate state aid scheme, which covers 40% of eligible production costs; and
  • the tax relief incentive, which covers 30% of eligible production costs.

An audiovisual work may qualify for both the cash rebate scheme and the tax relief,(1) provided that this complies with the EU Block Exemption Regulation (651/2014).

This article provides a brief outline of the above incentives.

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What You Need to Know Regarding the New Rule Requiring Greater Scrutiny of Information and Communications Technology and Services Transactions

On January 19, 2021, the Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) published its interim final rule on “Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain” (the “Final Rule”) to implement the provisions of a May 15, 2019 Executive Order on the same topic.

Scheduled to take effect on March 22, 2021, the Final Rule is intended to address the growing security risk to the nation’s information and communications systems from using technology developed by “foreign adversaries.” Commerce has requested public comment on the rule up until the time the rule takes effect (feedback must be received by March 22, 2021).

For the full article please Click HERE.

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MAKING A WILL DURING THE PANDEMIC

With COVID-19 remaining the key issue of the day, many of our clients have asked whether they can still create or amend their wills or powers of attorney during the national lockdown. The Law Society of Scotland has issued temporary guidance for the duration of the pandemic, meaning that the simple answer is yes. While our offices may be closed for the time being, Miller Samuel Hill Brown remains available to assist all of your Private Client needs. Read more…

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Llinks Client Alert – Commercial IP(November-December 2020)

The Supreme Court Amended 18 IP Judicial Interpretations including the Interpretation of on Several Issues
Concerning the Application of Laws in the Trials of Patent Infringement Disputes (II) On 29 December 2020, the Judicial Committee of the Supreme Court promulgated the Decision on Amending 18 IP Judicial Interpretations including the Interpretation on Several Issues Concerning the Application of Laws in the Trials of Patent Infringement Disputes (II), which came into force on 1 January 2021. The Supreme Court amended the 18 judicial interpretations on the IP-related laws on patents, trademarks, copyright, plant varieties, domain names, etc respectively to reflect the recently issued Civil Code. Since the original IP laws have been repealed by the Civil Code. Read more…

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The 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act Extends Pandemic Unemployment Benefits

On December 21, 2020, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA) which modifies or extends to March 14, 2021 many of the relief programs first created in March 2020 by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), including three expanded unemployment insurance benefits programs (which we previously blogged about here) and a new benefit program for “mixed earners”.  We provide here a summary of the updates to those programs.

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President Biden Issues Executive Order on Workplace Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic

On January 21, 2021, in an effort to provide enforcement of more stringent worker safety standards, President Biden issued an Executive Order (‘EO”) on Protecting Worker Health and Safety. The EO specifically orders the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) of the Department of Labor to:

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U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Opinion Letter Clarifying Independent Contractor Status

On January 19, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) issued an Opinion Letter applying the Department’s recently-issued Final Rule concerning Independent Contractor Status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (the “Final Rule”).  This Opinion Letter provides helpful guidance to businesses, especially those in highly-regulated industries, on how to properly structure their relationships with independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).

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Podcast: The Biden Administration’s First 100 Days – Diagnosing Health Care

In this episode of the Diagnosing Health Care Podcast, dive into the Biden Administration’s first 100 days in office and the potential executive orders, regulations, and new legislation with noteworthy health care policy implications.

Epstein Becker Green attorneys Ted Kennedy, Philo Hall, and Paulina Grabczak discuss President Biden’s priorities, including his COVID-19 response plan, and examines which “midnight rules” put in place by the Trump Administration could be intercepted or retained.

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Changes in the regulation of labor in non-commercial (non-profit) organizations starting from 2021

Starting from 2021, the amendments to the Labor Code regarding the regulation of labor in non-commercial (non-profit) organizations have come into force:

1. Ability to conclude fixed-term employment contracts by agreement with employees

This opportunity is provided to non-commercial (non-profit) organizations with a maximum of 35 employees, except for the following types of non-commercial (non-profit) organizations:

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