As part of a “third wave” of executive orders, on January 22, 2021, President Biden issued an executive order instructing the Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management to “provide a report to the President with recommendations to promote a $15/hour minimum wage for Federal employees.” The Biden Administration announced via a Fact Sheet published on the White House’s website that the move is purportedly designed to ensure that the federal government is a model employer:
Monthly Archives: January 2021
As featured in #WorkforceWednesday: In early January, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued proposed rules on using incentives to encourage employee participation in wellness programs. While we don’t know exactly how President Biden’s EEOC will adjust the proposed rules, attorney Frank Morris explains why employers should keep the rules in mind when offering incentives to employees for COVID-19 vaccination. Read more.
Last fall, the California legislature passed Senate Bill 973, which requires employers with 100 or more employees to submit pay data to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) by March 31, 2021, and by March 31 each year thereafter.
In recent years there has been a remarkable effort to make Greece an attractive destination for the production of audiovisual works (eg, films, TV series and video games). The most important initiatives in this respect are:
- the cash rebate state aid scheme, which covers 40% of eligible production costs; and
- the tax relief incentive, which covers 30% of eligible production costs.
An audiovisual work may qualify for both the cash rebate scheme and the tax relief,(1) provided that this complies with the EU Block Exemption Regulation (651/2014).
This article provides a brief outline of the above incentives.
What You Need to Know Regarding the New Rule Requiring Greater Scrutiny of Information and Communications Technology and Services Transactions
On January 19, 2021, the Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) published its interim final rule on “Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain” (the “Final Rule”) to implement the provisions of a May 15, 2019 Executive Order on the same topic.
Scheduled to take effect on March 22, 2021, the Final Rule is intended to address the growing security risk to the nation’s information and communications systems from using technology developed by “foreign adversaries.” Commerce has requested public comment on the rule up until the time the rule takes effect (feedback must be received by March 22, 2021).
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With COVID-19 remaining the key issue of the day, many of our clients have asked whether they can still create or amend their wills or powers of attorney during the national lockdown. The Law Society of Scotland has issued temporary guidance for the duration of the pandemic, meaning that the simple answer is yes. While our offices may be closed for the time being, Miller Samuel Hill Brown remains available to assist all of your Private Client needs. Read more…
The Supreme Court Amended 18 IP Judicial Interpretations including the Interpretation of on Several Issues
Concerning the Application of Laws in the Trials of Patent Infringement Disputes (II) On 29 December 2020, the Judicial Committee of the Supreme Court promulgated the Decision on Amending 18 IP Judicial Interpretations including the Interpretation on Several Issues Concerning the Application of Laws in the Trials of Patent Infringement Disputes (II), which came into force on 1 January 2021. The Supreme Court amended the 18 judicial interpretations on the IP-related laws on patents, trademarks, copyright, plant varieties, domain names, etc respectively to reflect the recently issued Civil Code. Since the original IP laws have been repealed by the Civil Code. Read more…
On December 21, 2020, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA) which modifies or extends to March 14, 2021 many of the relief programs first created in March 2020 by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), including three expanded unemployment insurance benefits programs (which we previously blogged about here) and a new benefit program for “mixed earners”. We provide here a summary of the updates to those programs.
On January 21, 2021, in an effort to provide enforcement of more stringent worker safety standards, President Biden issued an Executive Order (‘EO”) on Protecting Worker Health and Safety. The EO specifically orders the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) of the Department of Labor to:
On January 19, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) issued an Opinion Letter applying the Department’s recently-issued Final Rule concerning Independent Contractor Status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (the “Final Rule”). This Opinion Letter provides helpful guidance to businesses, especially those in highly-regulated industries, on how to properly structure their relationships with independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).