Monthly Archives: November 2020

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House Bill 218 expanding the use of public-private partnerships

Public-private partnerships have been widely discussed over the last 10 years as the public sector looks for creative ways to address the need for more public infrastructure dollars. A public-private partnership (P3) is an alternative procurement model for public infrastructure.  The goal of the P3 model is to create more funding and to transfer the risks best managed by the private sector – to the private sector – allowing the public sector to focus on its core mission and strengths.  Read more…

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Stay at Home Tonight Order and House Bill 404 aimed at combating virus

During the week of Nov. 16, 2020, the state of Ohio has seen an average of 7,618 COVID-19 cases per day, a 71 percent increase from two weeks earlier. Both Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Legislature have introduced new orders and bills to combat the increased and ongoing effects of the pandemic. Read more…

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COVID-19 Spike Prompts NJ Governor to Issue New Restrictions for Indoor Bars/Restaurants, Indoor Organized Sports, and Gatherings

The rising number of COVID-19 cases in New Jersey has prompted Governor Phil Murphy to issue two new Executive Orders aimed at tightening restrictions on businesses and activities, with a goal of slowing the spread of the virus: (1) Executive Order 194 (“EO 194”) sets limits on indoor operations for bars/restaurants, prohibits indoor interstate youth sports competitions, and clarifies occupancy limits for personal care services; and (2) Executive Order 196  (“EO 196”) tightens prior restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings.

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Benefits Under Paid Family and Medical Leave Are Available January 1: What Employers Need to Know

As we near the end of a historically challenging year for businesses nationwide, one significant challenge for Massachusetts employers still looms large: beginning January 1, 2021, Massachusetts employees and some self-employed individuals will be eligible to take up to 26 weeks of paid, job-protected leave for family or medical reasons through the Commonwealth’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program (PFML). The benefits program will be administered by the Department of Family and Medical Leave (Department) and funded by the PFML payroll tax in place since October 1, 2019. Online benefits applications will be available December 2, 2020, for employees seeking leave beginning January 1, 2021, to bond with a new child. Employees seeking leave for other covered reasons must wait until January 1, 2021, to submit benefits applications.

This alert summarizes key PFML provisions and provides information regarding eligibility, applying for benefits, calculating benefits, coordinating benefits, and job protection. Read more…

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Bill 59: An Act to Modernize the Occupational Health and Safety Regime

By Eliab Taïrou, from our Labour and Employment Law Group

November 20, 2020 — This reform was eagerly awaited in Quebec workplaces. On October 27, 2020, the Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity, Mr. Jean Boulet, tabled Bill 59, the Act to modernize the occupational health and safety regime [“Bill 59”].

It is in fact mainly a modernization of the Act respecting occupational health and safety, that is to say the preventive system in matters of health and safety at work, as well as the Act respecting industrial accidents and occupational diseases, a work-related illnesses and injuries compensation plan. These laws were passed in 1979 and 1985 respectively and have not been extensively revised since their adoption.

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EU-U.S. DATA TRANSFERS POST SCHREMS II

In July, the EU-US Privacy Shield was invalidated by the Court of Justice of the European Union (the Court) (see our prior alert). While the Court upheld the Standard Contractual Clauses (SCC’s) as a sufficient transfer mechanism, it indicated that supplementary measures, to address inadequate privacy protections of some foreign jurisdictions, might be necessary, requiring a case-by-case assessment.

Since that time, the U.S. Department of Commerce has spoken out about the legal basis for cross-border data transfers, the European Data Protection Board (the EDPB) has provided guidance on supplementary measures and now the SCC’s have been updated by the European Commission (the Commission), and remain subject to a public comment period through December 10th, 2020.

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Video: NY Travel Advisory Changes, CA’s COVID-19 Exposure Notice, Executive Order Reversals – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday: This episode looks at how workplace guidance is changing as COVID-19 surges and the executive orders most likely to be reversed by the new administration.

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Maryland Update: Governor Hogan Announces Additional COVID-19 Restrictions

Just one week after ordering new business restrictions to combat the recent surge of COVID-19, Governor Larry Hogan announced further mitigation measures in Maryland that will dial back business operations.

On November 17, 2020, Governor Hogan issued Executive Order 20-11-17-01, which amends and restates Executive Order 20-11-10-01 (which we previously summarized here).  The amended order goes into effect at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 20, 2020.

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Rule 10: Don’t Be Creepy™

The final installment of a 10-part series featuring our video Rules of the Road: Return to Work in the Time of COVID-19.

Did COVID-19 end sexual harassment?

Did a global pandemic that sent humanity indoors, forcing many of us to work remotely (if at all) and to be socially distant while avoiding handshakes and touching obviate the need for such an obvious rule?  Well, not exactly.  I have been advising clients on this rule and the ripe environment for harassment claims since the pandemic began, and in candor, my position has been met with varying degrees of skepticism (yes, you can still see people rolling their eyes even if they’re not on camera.)

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Law Firm ILN-telligence Podcast| Episode 22: Rick Walsh | Lewis Rice

Join us for our latest episode of the Law Firm ILN-telligence podcast!

Rick Walsh is the Chairman of Lewis Rice, a leading regional law firm based in St. Louis, Missouri with additional strategic offices. They are also a member of the International Lawyers Network. In this episode, Lindsay and Rick discuss the ongoing impact of the pandemic on a firm’s culture and the next generation of lawyers, business development and client management in a virtual world, and what will be key in the future. Tune in below!

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