Monthly Archives: March 2021

Russia’s Supreme Court provides clarification on the sale of tourism products and air transportation of passengers in the context of COVID-19

The Supreme Court in its Review as of on judicial practice related to the application of legislation in the context of measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 No.31 (“Review”), paid special attention to issues in the field of tourism and air transportation.

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Connecticut Bans Discrimination Based on Natural Hair

On March 4, 2021, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed House Bill 6515, an “Act Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair,” also known as the CROWN Act (the “Act”).  This legislation bans natural hair discrimination in the workplace by amending Connecticut’s anti-discrimination statute to define “race” as being “inclusive of ethnic traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles.”  (Conn. Gen. Stat. 46a-51(23)-(24)).   “Protective hairstyles” is defined to include, but not be limited to, “wigs, headwraps and hairstyles such as individual braids, cornrows, locs, twists, Bantu knots, afros and afro puffs.”

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Collective Bargaining Agreements and COVID-19 Paid Time for Vaccination

New York State now requires employers to grant employees paid time off for COVID-19 vaccinations. In my recent post with Susan Gross Sholinsky and Nancy Gunzenhauser Popper, “New York Issues FAQs on Paid Vaccination Leave Law,” we note that the law allows for limited waivers in collective bargaining agreements. While the law is vague, the State has now given some additional guidance in FAQ’s issued this week.

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Podcast: President Biden’s Use of the Defense Production Act – Diagnosing Health Care

New from the Diagnosing Health Care Podcast:  The Biden administration has invoked the Defense Production Act (“DPA”) to speed up the production of vaccines and increase the domestic production of COVID-19 tests, personal protective equipment (or “PPE”), and other essential supplies. Epstein Becker Green attorneys Neil Di SpiritoConstance Wilkinson, and Bonnie Odom discuss the administration’s reliance on the DPA as it continues to operationalize its pandemic response, and the challenges these actions are likely to present for medical product suppliers.

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: The Art of Introducing Yourself (Your Audio Business Card)

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

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Since the pandemic started, I have been doing a tremendous amount of virtual networking with a plethora of people. I am speaking specifically of group networking, not just virtual one-on-ones. And I have noticed something very interesting:  many have trouble describing what they do for a living in a few short, memorable sentences.   This is why you need to create an Audio Business Card, also known as an Elevator Pitch.  

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Civil Law Issues and Procedural Clarifications in Russia’s Supreme Court Third Review of Cases in the Context of COVID-19

On February 17, 2021, The Presidium of the Supreme Court approved the Review on certain matters of judicial practice in the context of measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 No.31 (“Review”). This is the third review by the Supreme Court containing legal positions on the application of law during a difficult sanitary and epidemiological situation.

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New York Issues FAQs on Paid Vaccination Leave Law

As we recently reported, as of March 12, 2021, all private employers in New York must provide their employees with up to four hours of paid leave to get each COVID-19 vaccination shot. The State has now released guidance on the new law (“Law”) in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”). Most importantly, the FAQs clarify that the Law does not create any retroactive benefit rights to paid vaccination leave. Accordingly, while an employer is free to apply the law retroactively if it wishes, the Law mandates that “only employees receiving vaccinations on or after March 12, 2021 are eligible for paid leave.”

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ARPA Provides Welcome Change for Participants in Dependent Care FSAs

One of the changes included in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the “Act”) is a temporary increase to the annual limit on pre-tax contributions to a dependent care flexible spending account (“DCFSA”) that can be excluded from income. For single taxpayers and married couples filing jointly, the limit increases to $10,500 (from $5,000) and for married individuals filing separately, the limit increases to $5,250 (from $2,500).  This change is effective for plan years beginning after December 31, 2020 and before January 1, 2022.

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Law Firm ILN-telligence Podcast | Episode 28: Laurent Marville | Reinhart Marville Torre

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

Laurent Marville is one of the founding partners of Reinhart Marville Torre in Paris, France, a member of the International Lawyers Network. In this episode, Lindsay and Laurent discuss the importance of technology as law firms change, both with respect to the pandemic and beyond, how his firm was seriously impacted by COVID-19 and still managed its way through, and what comes next.

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Jeffrey A. Hoover of Howard & Howard Selected as an Association for Corporate Growth-Detroit M&A All Star Advisor of the Year

ROYAL OAK, Mich., March 24, 2021 – Attorney Jeffrey A. Hoover has been selected as an “M&A All Star Advisor of the Year” by the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Detroit. He will be honored at the 6th Annual M&A All Star Awards Program on June 15, 2021.

Each year, ACG Detroit celebrates the men and women who have made incredible strides in the M&A community through its M&A All Star Awards. The awards program is intended to highlight the standout members of Metro Detroit’s M&A community and major milestones achieved in the past year. Winners are selected by a panel of peers who are middle market professionals and ACG Detroit members.

“I am a corporate and mergers and acquisitions attorney who advises clients regarding strategic business transactions.” –Jeffrey A. Hoover

Hoover, who practices out of the firm’s Royal Oak office, concentrates his practice in the areas of business transactions and corporate matters, including mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations of business entities, corporate finance, commercial lending, and real estate.

Hoover was selected by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of its “Michigan Go To Business Lawyers” (2020), by Michigan Super Lawyers as one of its “Rising Stars” (2011-2019), and was also recognized by Michigan Leading Lawyers (2017-2020) and dbusiness “Top Lawyers” (2013; 2014; 2020). He was a recipient of the M&A Advisor’s Emerging Leaders Awards in 2019.

Hoover earned his M.B.A. and B.B.A. from Eastern Michigan University and holds a J.D., magna cum laude, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School (now known as Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School).

About Howard & Howard:  

With a history spanning over 15 decades, Howard & Howard is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice, providing legal services to businesses and business owners. More than 160 attorneys practice out of offices in Royal Oak, Michigan; Illinois (Chicago and Peoria); Las Vegas, Nevada; and Beverly Hills, California. For more information, please visit howardandhoward.com.

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