Monthly Archives: February 2021

Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave: The Latest Updates as Workers Begin to Use the Program

As we previously reported, the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (“DFML” or the “Department”) continues to provide guidance as it rolls out the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program (“PFML” or the “law”), which provides eligible workers with partial income replacement benefits for qualifying reasons.  As a reminder, beginning January 1, 2021, workers may take paid family leave to: (i) bond with a newborn, newly adopted child, or new foster child; (ii) manage family affairs for a family member who is on active military duty in a foreign country; and (iii) care for a family member who is a covered service member.  Also as of January 1, 2021, workers may take paid medical leave to manage a personal illness or serious injury that incapacitates them from working.  Finally, beginning July 1, 2021, all PFML benefits will become available, including family leave to care for a family member with a serious health condition.

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BLOG POSTS Washington, D.C. bans all noncompete agreements, joining list of other states with restrictive noncompete legislation

The change of administration at the White House has created a whirlwind of speculation that noncompete agreements will soon become illegal. Could some noncompete agreements be outlawed in the near future? Sure. They already have been in many states. Will companies still be able to protect themselves against unfair competition? Absolutely. Read more…

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‘5 Questions With’ Cleveland Development Advisors President Yvette Ittu

1. What tools does Cleveland Development Advisors offer to developers and what is the impact of such development tools to businesses and residents in Northeast Ohio?

Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA) is Northeast Ohio’s leader in providing real estate financing, technical expertise and specialized tools to developers, businesses and community groups. As an affiliate of Greater Cleveland Partnership, CDA identifies, positions, and invests in catalytic, strategic, and transformational projects that promote inclusive, thriving neighborhoods and economic growth. Our success is only possible with the vision and generous support of our investors and partners who have entrusted their capital in one or more of the CDA managed funds. In addition, as a certified development entity, CDA uses tax credit tools such as New Markets Tax Credits as available to support development projects. Read more…

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Upcoming Insurance Coverage Dispute Deadlines for COVID-19 Claims

As companies continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on their businesses and the consequential loss of income suffered as a result of interruptions and/or shutdowns to their operations, policyholders should be aware of a number of key factors that could affect its ability to bring suit against its insurer.

Suit Limitation Clauses

An important stipulation within first-party policies (property, business interruption, event cancellation, etc.) to be cognizant of are suit limitation clauses. First-party insurance policies typically contain a clause entitled “legal action against us” or “suit against us” that outlines time restrictions imposed by the policy in permitting suits to be brought to contest a coverage position. Such provisions can vary by policy, but may be as restrictive as limiting suits to be brought within one year of the inception of a loss. Read more…

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Dealing with rampant unemployment fraud

One of the many unanticipated consequences of the COVID-19 crisis is a virtual explosion in fraudulent unemployment claims that individuals, employers and states are now dealing with across the country. While unemployment fraud is not new, the availability of enhanced benefits through the CARES Act and other payment programs has led to skyrocketing false claims using stolen identity information.   Read more…

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Even After Passage of Proposition 22, California Supreme Court Refuses to Review Order Enjoining Certain Businesses from Classifying Rideshare Drivers as Independent Contractors

In November 2020, California voters approved Proposition 22, removing businesses that operate on-demand rideshare and food delivery platforms from the scope of AB 5, California’s controversial independent contractor law.  But before voters approved Proposition 22, the Attorney General of California filed suit against two such businesses, seeking injunctive relief, restitution, and penalties.

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: The True Secret to Becoming a Rainmaker (revisited)

Join us for this week’s rainmaking recommendation from trainer and coach, Jaimie Field.

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Originally published on January 2, 2013

Shhhh… don’t tell anyone – particularly the other Rainmaking Trainers and Legal Marketing “experts” out there.

There is no one way to become a rainmaker.  

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Changes in the Federal Law “On combating the legitimization (laundering) of illegally obtained proceeds and terrorism financing”

1. List of controlled financial transactions is expanded

On January 10, changes to transactions with cash or other assets subject to mandatory control came into force. Now among other things the following transactions are subject to mandatory control:

• Operations for withdrawing or crediting cash funds to the account of a legal entity in the amount of RUB 600,000 or more (or the equivalent in a foreign currency), regardless of whether such operations are derived from the business activities of the company or not;

• Cash operations carried out under real estate transactions in the amount of RUB 3,000,000 or more (or the equivalent in foreign currency), regardless of the result of the transaction;

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Changes in the order of entry of foreign citizens to Russia

New amendments are introduced to the Order of the Russian Government dated 16.03.2020 No. 635-r “On temporary restriction of entry into the Russian Federation of foreign citizens and stateless persons and temporary suspension of registration and issuance of visas and invitations” (the “Order”):

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Video: OSHA’s Updated COVID-19 Guidance, CDC’s New Mask Guidance, Biden Administration Rollbacks – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday: This week, we look at updated safety and mask guidance and the top workplace regulations the Biden administration has rolled back.

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