Monthly Archives: April 2021

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E-LEGAL® ARTICLE – FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR BUSINESS

Summary:
Due to the evolution of the epidemiological situation in Portugal, in the context of the pandemic caused by COVID-19 disease, the Government decided to adopt a set of measures, through the creation of support mechanisms for workers and companies, as a result of the economic and social effects emerging from the worsening of the pandemic situation in Portugal, as well as to extend a set of extraordinary and temporary support measures to mitigate the effects of the pandemic crisis. Read more…

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“Ohio employers quietly grapple with workplace marijuana policies”

McDonald Hopkins member Ryan Neumeyer was quoted in Crain’s Cleveland Business as part of Jeremy Nobile’s April 3 piece “Ohio employers quietly grapple with workplace marijuana policies.”

Nobile writes:

Multistate operators facing differing state or local rules related to marijuana are increasingly looking to develop uniform policies, said Ryan Neumeyer, a labor and employment attorney with McDonald Hopkins. This may mean making the more lenient policy the company standard, as what works in Ohio may not legally apply elsewhere. Read more…

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President Biden introduces behemoth infrastructure plan

On Wednesday, March 31, 2021, President Joe Biden introduced a “once-in-a-generation” proposal, called the American Jobs Plan, to completely overhaul the country’s aging infrastructure. The newly introduced $2 trillion package is one that the president says will, “build our economy from the bottom up and the middle out, not the top down.” Although both political parties have acknowledged the need to update and overhaul the country’s infrastructure, especially as other countries continue to fund and improve upon their own, the behemoth package has already ruffled many political feathers. Many Republicans have asserted that President Biden’s package is over reaching and would be better described, as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stated, as a “Trojan horse.” Read more…

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Just Released: A Surprisingly Active Year in Public Relations M&A

In Davis+Gilbert’s annual Public Relations M&A Report, Michael Lasky and Brad Schwartzberg provide an in-depth analysis of the public deals completed in 2020 and the market activity and trends already underway this year. Read more…

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ARPA’s Impact on Multiemployer Pension Plans and Contributing Employers

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”).  ARPA is the latest COVID-19-related stimulus legislation passed by Congress, but, unlike prior legislation, ARPA provides expansive funding rule changes and significant financial assistance to deeply underfunded multiemployer pension plans, including a one-time payment to certain plans from the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (“PBGC”) without any repayment obligations.

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COVID-19: CAN EMPLOYERS CARRY OUT TESTING IN THE WORKPLACE?

Employees being infected with Covid-19 can have a significant impact in the workplace, including lost productivity and the self-isolation of groups of employees who may have been exposed, not to mention the potentially severe impact on the health of infected employees. Employers have duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 towards their employees to provide a safe system of work, as well as duties towards members of the public on their premises.

Given this, a measure employers may be considering, particularly as more workplaces begin to open up or people return from working remotely, is carrying out Covid tests in the workplace, or providing tests for employees to do on a regular basis. Read more…

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WHAT HAPPENS TO JOINT PROPERTY WHEN COHABITATION ENDS?

Our previous blog covered Cohabitation Agreements and the protection that they afford cohabiting couples in the event of separation.  Another area which we felt it was useful to consider is what happens to joint property in the event of a cohabiting couple separating.

If you reside with your partner but are not married, the legal definition of this arrangement is known as ‘cohabitation.’  Cohabiting couples do not have the same protection in law as married couples, in the event of their separation or death.  This can prove to be very difficult for some couples particularly as, in practical terms, their lives operate in the same way as it would if they were married.  Many cohabiting couples own joint property together and have children together, but simply are not married. Read more…

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Massachusetts Case Highlights Importance of Clear Communication in Compensation Plans

Preparing the terms of employee compensation can be a resource-intensive task requiring input from stakeholders across numerous departments, including human resources, finance, and legal. However, as the Massachusetts Appeals Court’s recent decision in Alfieri v. Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. demonstrates, investing those resources to complete the task will pay dividends when an employer is faced with a potentially costly claim for unpaid wages.

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Recognition from Legal 500 EMEA 2021

We are thrilled to have received international recognition for our legal services in seven practice areas, along with recommended lawyers, by Legal 500 EMEA 2021:-

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“NAME:WRECK” Cybersecurity Vulnerability Highlights Importance of Newly Issued IoT Act

A recently discovered security vulnerability potentially affecting at least 100 million Internet of Things (“IoT”) devices[1] highlights the importance of the newly enacted IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020 (the “IoT Act”). Researchers at the security firms Forescout Research Labs and JSOF Research Labs have jointly published a report detailing a security vulnerability known as “NAME:WRECK.” This is exactly the type of issue that the new IoT Act was and is designed to address at the governmental level, because the vulnerability can detrimentally affect the security of millions of interconnected IoT devices. As our recent blog “New Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Law’s Far Reaching Impacts” discussed, this is the type of cybersecurity risk that all organizations should consider and factor in to their supply chain risk assessments and mitigation measures. If your organization directly uses IoT devices, or contracts with vendors who supply IoT devices or software/systems using IoT devices, whether in the healthcare, manufacturing, retail, financial services, hospitality or employment context, you should be evaluating your cybersecurity programs for protecting IoT devices.

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