Monthly Archives: December 2020

Russia Increases Remuneration Payments Owed to Employees for Exclusive Rights to Patentable Objects

On November 16, 2020, the Russian government approved new rules increasing the rates of remuneration employers must pay employees for their inventions, utility models and industrial designs (the “Rules”).  The Rules will be effective from January 1, 2021 until January 1, 2027.

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Employers May Choose to Extend Paid FFCRA Leave through March 31, 2021

The Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (“FFCRA” or the “Act”) paid leave mandates are set to expire on December 31, 2020.  As explained in our March 20, 2020 Act Now Advisory, the FFCRA requires employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide up to 80 hours of Emergency Paid Sick Leave and up to 12 weeks of Public Health Emergency Leave due to COVID-19-related reasons.  The FFRCA also provides employers with a payroll tax credit equal to 100 percent of the cost of the paid leave taken by employees in accordance with the Act.

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Protection of Photographic Works

With the development of science and technology, cameras or mobile phones are now having various built-in shooting modes or parameters to facilitate photographers to quickly shoot assorted scenes or atmospheres, which is quite different from the traditional way that photographers need to adjust various parameters by themselves. Regarding whether the photographic works taken using the built-in shooting modes or parameters of the camera or mobile phone meets the requirements of the Copyright Act for “creativeness (originality)”, the Intellectual Property Court adopted positive opinions both in the Min-Zhu-Shang-Zi No. 2 Judgment rendered on October 22, 2020, and the Min-Zhu-Shang-Yi-Zi No. 15 Judgment on October 29, 2020.

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SPACE BASED REMOTE SENSING POLICY, 2020

Dissemination of remote sensing data to support development activities in India are guided by the Remote Sensing Data Policy of India of 2001 and 2011. The remote sensing technology was promoted by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in early seventies and ISRO launched its first remote sensing satellite in 1988. Since then, ISRO satellites have been providing crucial remote sensing data and information on critical issues such as natural resources, climate change, disaster management etc. and the data is being used for a variety of applications and developmental and operational activities.

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News regarding Covid-19 regulations in Latvia

From 30 December 2020 to 4 January 2021 and from 8 January 2021 to 10 January 2021, it is prohibited to leave the place of residence from 22.00 to 5:00, the prohibition does not apply to:

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Review of court practice on disputes related to the employment termination at the initiative of the employer

In its recent review of practical experience of employment cases by Russian courts1, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation (the Supreme Court) defined legal strategies that should be guided when considering disputes related to the termination of an employment contract at the employer’s initiative. Below we consider the main conclusions of the Supreme Court.

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With Wage-Fixing Indictment, Department of Justice Initiates Long-Promised Criminal Proceedings

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that a federal grand jury in Texas indicted Neeraj Jindal, the former owner of a physical therapist staffing company, in connection with an illegal wage-fixing conspiracy to depress pay rates for physical therapists (“PTs”) and physical therapist assistants (“PTAs”) who travel to patients’ homes or assisted living facilities in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area.  The indictment was something of a landmark for the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”), which for years had promised that such criminal prosecutions were forthcoming in connection with its ongoing investigations of illegal no-poach and wage-fixing agreements by employers.

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New York Enacts Law Requiring Single Occupancy Restrooms Be Gender-Neutral

On December 23, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed into law Assembly Bill A5240A (“Law”), amending the State’s Civil Rights Law and Education Law to make all single-occupancy bathrooms located in public places, including schools, restaurants, bars, and other establishments, gender-neutral. The Law closely mirrors a similar New York City law passed in 2016, and marks a step toward equal access to public space for transgender and gender nonconforming individuals across the State.

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E-LEGAL® NEWSLETTER – NOVEMBER 2020

I. EDITORIAL – RENEWAL OF THE DECLARATION OF THE STATE OF EMERGENCY

In the month of November we highlight, at a legislative level, the renewal of the declaration of the state of emergency, based on the verification of a situation of public calamity, through the Decree of the President of the Republic no. 59-A/2020, of November 20.

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The FFCRA: It’s goodbye for now, but maybe not forever

With 2020 coming to an end, speculation swirled among employers about whether the Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s December 31 expiration date would be extended. Well, employers have their answer in the stimulus bill signed by President Trump on December 27. It’s goodbye for now to the FFCRA, but it may not be goodbye forever. Read more…

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