Monthly Archives: February 2020

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DDTC Transitioning to DECCS on February 18

The Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) has announced that it will roll out the Registration and Licensing applications in its new online platform, Defense Export Control and Compliance System (“DECCS”) on February 18. Importantly, DTrade, DDTC’s current electronic licensing platform, will no longer be available after 6 p.m. Eastern on February 14. DECCS will additionally replace DETRA, EFS, ELLIE, and MARY, making DECCS a cloud-based one-stop-shop for ITAR-related licensing, registration, commodity jurisdictions, disclosures, and advisory opinions. Companies and individuals requiring the above services will need to set up a User Account in DECCS by enrolling here.

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Massachusetts Employers Receive New Guidance Regarding Reimbursement for Qualifying Paid Leave Plans Under the State’s PFML Law

The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (“DFML”) continues to provide ongoing substantive and procedural guidance regarding the implementation of the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Program (“PFML”). As previously reported, prior guidance has addressed how to determine if an employer meets the 25-covered individual threshold for reporting purposes, whether to count visa holders as part of the workforce for PFML purposes. Last week, the DFML provided clarification as to the requirements for an employer to qualify for reimbursement for benefits that it has paid as part of its private paid temporary disability, family, or medical leave policy.

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Chinese Legal and Regulatory Compliance Issues In relation to the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak


  • Latest Local Policies on Postponing Work Resumption and Suggestions on Flexible
    Work Arrangements
  • Rent Relief or Termination of the Lease Agreement due to the Epidemic Outbreak?
  • Ten Preferential Policies – Suzhou, Jiangsu Province
  • Impacts of the WHO Declaration – Public Health Emergency of International Concern
  • General Legal Issues in relation to the Epidemic Outbreak
  • Employer Response
  • Toolkit of Relevant Notification & Worksheet

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MCA Opens a New Way Out for an Old Problem – Squeezing Out the Minority Shareholders from a Company.

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India (“MCA”) vide its Notification dated February 3, 2020, has brought into effect the eagerly anticipated sub-sections (11) and (12) of the Section 230 of the Companies Act, 2013 (“CA2013”). These provisions facilitate the takeover of the company/squeezing out the minority shareholders under a scheme of compromise/arrangement. While the remaining provisions of Section 230 of the CA2013, and for that matter the whole Chapter XV of the CA2013 relating to compromise, arrangements and amalgamations, were brought into effect in the year 2016, it has taken the MCA well over 3 (three) years to notify these key provisions.

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The New York State “Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security Act” (SHIELD Act) Becomes Effective March 21, 2020: Is Your Organization Ready to Achieve Compliance?

Time is running out. The effective date of New York’s cybersecurity law mandating that organizations implement an information security program to protect “private information” of New York State residents, including employee and consumer data, is now only 45 days away. New York’s law requires the implementation of a cybersecurity program, including reasonable protective measures such as risk assessments, workforce training and incident response planning and testing. Businesses should immediately take steps to comply with the Act’s requirements effective March 21, 2020. New York’s law covers all employers, individuals or organizations, regardless of size or location, which collect private information on New York State residents.

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Trusts in Separation Cases: A Conference by Louis Dessureault

February 5, 2020 — The Supreme Court of Canada issued last December its decision in Yared v. Karam, in which it ruled on the inclusion of a trust in the family patrimony upon divorce.

This question will be the theme of a conference hosted by the Association de planification fiscale et financière, which will take place on Wednesday, February 12 in Montréal. The speaker will be Louis Dessureault who, along with his colleague Stewart Litvack, represented the winning party before the Supreme Court.

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Can a Solicitor be Penalised for Correcting their own Mistake?

A solicitor may no longer be entitled to rectify a mistake at their own expense and with the prior approval of both their professional indemnity insurers and the client themselves. Michael Murphy, Partner specialising in solicitor professional indemnity claims, weighs up the case

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Four Tips to Recover from Networking Burn Out

It’s February 4th, and that means it’s International Networking Week (I know you all had it on your calendars already!)

Apparently, January is a prime time for networking burn out, and that makes sense. It follows on a long season of holidays and entertaining, when we’re trying to fit in the last of our CLE requirements, meet up with family and friends, and rush to finish all of our end of the year work. So as we kick off February, who is really feeling fresh enough to network again in a way that’s going to effectively develop business for you and your firm?

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William Dion-Bernard to Speak on Private Client Matters

February 4, 2020 — Over the next few days, William Dion-Bernard will be taking part in two professional education activities related to private client matters:

  • On Thursday, February 6, he will be summarizing recent cases on trusts and estates as part of a seminar on trusts hosted by the Association de planification fiscale et financière;
  • On Tuesday, February 11, he will be presenting an introduction on estate law at a breakfast conference presented by RSS, in association with the Canadian Bar Association, Quebec Division.
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Harry and Meghan’s trade mark problem – third party jumps on the bandwagon and applies to register same mark in the EU to cover “jewellery” and “beer”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex submitted a trade mark application with the World Intellectual Property Office last year to register “SUSSEX ROYAL” in the UK, EU, Australia, Canada and the US. The application covers a range of goods and services in six classes, including printed publications; clothing; promotional and public awareness campaigns; volunteer projects for charitable purposes; education and training relating to nature, conservation and the environment; organising youth training schemes; counselling and emotional support services.

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