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ILN Statement on Ukraine

The International Lawyers Network condemns in the strongest possible terms the reckless and unprovoked attack by Russia on Ukraine. We join with the International Bar Association in their statement against this blatant breach of international law and send our support to our member firm, PETERKA & PARTNERS Ukraine, and their families, as well as the citizens affected. We hope for an end to the war as soon as possible.

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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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UPDATE: Washington, D.C. Universal Paid Leave Increases Will Begin October 2022

On June 7, 2022, the District of Columbia Council approved the Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Support Act of 2022 (“Act”), which includes an increase to the number of weeks of paid leave available to eligible employees through the Universal Paid Leave Act (“UPLA”) (also known as “Paid Family Leave,” or “PFL”).  Generally, as we previously explained, PFL-eligible employees are those who spend at least 50 percent of their work time – whether full time or part time – in D.C.

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New Wave of Russian Sanctions, General Licenses, FAQs, and Export Controls

On June 27 and 28, 2022, the U.S. government unleashed a new wave of sanctions and related measures aimed at Russians and Russian industry in response to Putin’s ongoing war against Ukraine. The Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) 1) added 99 persons to the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (“SDN”) List, and 2) prohibited the importation of gold from Russia. OFAC also issued five new General Licenses. Read more…

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A & K METAXOPOULOS AND PARTNERS LAW FIRM – ANNOUNCEMENT – WOMEN IN BUSINESS LAW AWARDS 2022

A & K Metaxopoulos and Partners Law Firm proudly announces that Marilena Nikolaraki, Salaried Partner is the winner of the award Trademark Lawyer of the Year, awarded by Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Women in Business Law Awards EMEA 2022.

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Employers Beware – SEC Renews Enforcement Initiative Against Agreements (This Time a Non-Compete) That Interfere With Whistleblowers’ Unfettered Access to the SEC

Exchange Act Rule 21F-17, adopted in 2011 under the auspices of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, prohibits any person from taking any action to impede an individual from communicating directly with the SEC, including by “enforcing, or threatening to enforce, a confidentiality agreement . . . .”  The SEC has prioritized enforcing this rule expansively, by requiring employers to provide SEC-specific carveouts to policies and agreements governing confidentiality.  According to an Order issued last week against The Brink’s Company ( “Brink’s” or “Brinks”), the SEC seems to suggest that employers must provide a specific carveout in restrictive covenant agreements permitting employees and former employees to report information to the SEC in addition to the statutory disclosure provided for in the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA).

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DTSA Whistleblower Language May Be Required, but Is It Sufficient? Not According to the SEC.

Exchange Act Rule 21F-17, adopted in 2011 under the auspices of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, prohibits any person from taking any action to impede an individual from communicating directly with the SEC, including by “enforcing, or threatening to enforce, a confidentiality agreement . . . .”  The SEC has prioritized enforcing this rule expansively, by requiring employers to provide SEC-specific carveouts to policies and agreements governing confidentiality.  According to an Order issued last week against The Brink’s Company ( “Brink’s” or “Brinks”), the SEC seems to suggest that employers must provide a specific carveout in restrictive covenant agreements permitting employees and former employees to report information to the SEC in addition to the statutory disclosure provided for in the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA).

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Video: SCOTUS Overturns Roe v. Wade – What Employers Should Consider – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday:  This week, we look at the significance of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and the impact that the overturning of Roe v. Wade will have on employers.

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California’s Amended Automatic Renewal Law Takes Effect July 1, 2022: What Subscription-Based Companies Need to Know

Businesses offering subscription-based products or continuous services must be ready to comply with California’s amended automatic renewal law (ARL), which takes effect Friday, July 1st. The update to the already robust ARL includes additional notice and cancellation requirements for free trials, as well as automatically renewing subscription plans. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 390 in October 2021, which amended the ARL. Read more…

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State and Local Minimum Wage Increases Are Coming on July 1, 2022

The weather is not the only thing changing this summer. As reflected in the charts below, nearly two dozen states and localities are increasing their respective minimum wages effective July 1, 2022. Accordingly, employers with minimum wage workers should consult with counsel to ensure that their compensation practices are compliant with the laws in all jurisdictions in which they operate nationwide.

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Update: Health Plan Considerations Now That Roe v. Wade Is Overturned

Update: This alert originally published on May 16, 2022, has been updated in light of the Supreme Court decision made on June 24, 2022, which overturned Roe v. Wade.In the wake of the Supreme Court’s opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, employers must immediately consider the group health plan implications now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned, which removes the federal protection of abortion rights and enables each state to set its own legal requirements regarding abortions. Without Roe, an estimated 26 states either already have laws on their books banning or severely restricting access to abortions, or are likely to pass such laws. This means that group health plan coverage of abortions may be available to participants in certain states and not others. The below provides an overview of group health plan considerations that plan sponsors and administrators should review with counsel. Read more…

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Fifth Circuit Holds COVID Is Not a “Natural Disaster” Under the WARN Act

On June 15, 2022, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that COVID-19 does not qualify as a “natural disaster” under the federal Workers’ Adjustment and Retraining Notification (“WARN”) Act, effectively foreclosing one important argument used by employers in defense of COVID-19-related WARN lawsuits.  As this is the only appellate court to affirmatively interpret WARN’s “natural disaster” exception, barring a split by other circuits, this case sets an important precedent in ongoing COVID-19-related WARN litigation, as well as WARN suits related to future pandemics.

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