Monthly Archives: December 2020

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How employers should handle vaccination issues in relation to COVID-19 vaccination

Mandatory vaccination policies are typically legal, but in many cases implementing such policies may prove challenging. In a recent Gallup Poll, only 58% of those in the U.S. said they would willingly be vaccinated. That potentially leaves a significant percent of individuals unvaccinated creating a dilemma for employers about whether to mandate vaccines for employees. Read more…

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Automatic notification of enforcement proceedings

On November 26, 2020 the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a Resolution introducing amendments to the legislation on enforcement proceedings. In particular, the Resolution changes the procedure for notification of persons involved in enforcement proceedings. The new procedure provides for the sending of notices of enforcement proceedings via the Unified Portal of State Services without an application from users for the transfer of legally significant electronic notices to them from state authorities. At the moment to receive notifications electronically it is necessary to submit a special application.

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Challenges and opportunities in structuring group practice compensation under the revised self-referral and anti-kickback regulations

The final rules which were issued on November 20 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) promise significant changes in how financial relationships involving physicians are analyzed for purposes of compliance with the physician self-referral law, known as the “Stark Law,” and the Federal anti-kickback statute.[1] The overview that follows seeks to highlight some challenges and opportunities for physician practices in structuring physician compensation to comply with the new and modified Stark Law standards and related anti-kickback considerations. Read more…

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Video: Congress Passes Relief Bill, EEOC’s Vaccine Guidance, Return to Work Delayed – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday: This week, Congress finally passes a COVID-19 relief bill as employers make longer-term plans for vaccination programs and return to work.

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U.S. DOL Announces Final Rule Revising Its Tipped Employee Regulations

Rules relating to tip credit and pooling have resulted in a significant amount litigation in the hospitality industry, and, in many cases, substantial liability or settlements. Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced its new final rule that revises current regulations pertaining to tipped employees. The final rule specifically addresses tipped occupations that qualify for application of a tip credit, as well as permissible and impermissible tip pooling practices.

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Law Firm ILN-telligence Podcast | Episode 24: David Gitlin, Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld

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

David Gitlin is a partner with Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld, a business law firm with an entrepreneurial spirit in Pennsylvania and a member of the International Lawyers Network. In this episode, Lindsay and David talk about the impacts of the pandemic and a changing profession on how young lawyers are trained and educated, the tension between culture and remote working, and how he’s managed to find time to pursue passions even while working more than ever.

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U.S. DOL Announces Final Rule Revising Its Tipped Employee Regulations

Rules relating to tip credit and pooling have resulted in a significant amount litigation in the hospitality industry, and, in many cases, substantial liability or settlements. Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced its new final rule that revises current regulations pertaining to tipped employees. The final rule specifically addresses tipped occupations that qualify for application of a tip credit, as well as permissible and impermissible tip pooling practices.

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Steering clear of litigation pitfalls that can arise from ESG disclosures

With the popularity of impact investing increasing, evaluating a company’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) disclosures – or determining whether the company has issued ESG disclosures at all – is on the rise. Impact investing involves considering a company’s positive environmental and social impact alongside its financial performance. An increasing number of companies are including ESG disclosures into mandatory filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as well as publishing such disclosures on their websites, and showing them in presentations to investors. Although ESG disclosures are widely viewed as a step in the right direction towards corporate social responsibility, the content of ESG disclosures can subject a company to liability if they are not drafted carefully and accurately. Read more…

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Due Diligence and Best Practices to Avoid Forced Labor in Supply Chains

The sad fact of forced labor in global supply chains cannot be denied. There are many indicators that forced labor is taking place, including restriction of movement and isolation, intimidation and violence, withholding of wages, retention of identification documents, reporting to immigration authorities, debt bondage, abusive working and living conditions, and excessive work schedules.

In response to this growing human rights concern, the U.S. has enacted regulatory controls, including import and export laws, economic sanctions, and regulations impacting U.S. government contracts, to encourage due diligence and responsible business conduct in global supply chains. This article will provide an overview of the recent developments in regulatory requirements governing forced labor prevention in global supply chains and recommended due diligence protocols.

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DEEMED IDEL FURTHER EXTENDED TO JULY 3, 2021

What is IDEL?

The acronym “IDEL” refers to the Ontario government’s Infectious Disease Emergency Leave, which was added to the Employment Standards Act (the “ESA“) in March, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The IDEL is a job-protected leave under the ESA, which means that employees cannot be terminated, penalized or reprised against for requesting or taking an IDEL. The IDEL is an unpaid leave of absence.

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