Monthly Archives: April 2021

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SAG-AFTRA Welcomes the Influencer

After spending a decade carving out space in the industry, influencers are now being welcomed into the SAG-AFTRA union, which is recognizing them as a unique class of “multi-talented performers whose performances should be covered by a SAG-AFTRA contract.”

Social media content creators, commonly known as “influencers,” have become increasingly sought after by advertisers looking to tap into the influencer’s internet-based following. While “influencer” is officially an industry recognized job title, membership into the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), the premier labor union for professional performers, had previously been largely unattainable. Desiring traditional labor union protections and health and pension benefits, influencers had taken steps in recent years to unionize themselves. Read more…

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Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2021 A pre-packaged insolvency resolution process for MSMEs

The Government has promulgated an Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2021 (“Ordinance 2021”) to introduce a pre-packaged insolvency resolution process (“PIRP”) for corporate persons classified as micro, small and medium enterprises (“MSMEs”) with a maximum default value of INR 1 crore.

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CLAIM EMPLOYEE HOME OFFICE EXPENSES FOR 2020

With the deadline fast approaching to file personal income tax returns for 2020, some important questions to consider are whether or not an employee is eligible to claim a deduction for home office expenses for the tax year of 2020 and if so how to calculate such home office expenses?

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E-LEGAL® NEWSLETTER – MARCH 2021

I. EDITORIAL – EXCEPTIONAL SUSPENSION OF COLLECTIVE LABOUR AGREEMENT SUBSISTENCE TERMS; EXTENSION OF THE TERMS OF EXCEPTIONAL AND TEMPORARY MEASURES; EXCEPTIONAL AND TEMPORARY REGIME FOR OBLIGATIONS AND TAX DEBTS AND SOCIAL SECURITY CONTRIBUTIONS

The month of March was characterised, in legislative terms, by the approval and publication, on the one hand, of Law no. 11/2021, of March 9, which exceptionally suspended the terms of subsistence of the collective labour agreement and, on the other hand, of Decree-Law no. 22-A/2021, of March 17, which, within the scope of the COVID-19 disease pandemic, established new exceptional and temporary measures and extended the terms of the exceptional and temporary measures already established. Read more…

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Alston v. Spiegel: A Reminder That Sanctions May Provide Employers with a Tool to Deter Frivolous Suits

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are intended to promote the “just, speedy, and inexpensive determination” of lawsuits. For companies defending baseless employment claims, those words may feel like an empty promise. The First Circuit’s recent decision in Alston v. Spiegel sanctioning an attorney for filing frivolous discrimination and retaliation claims, however, reminds employers that there are strategies for deterring such claims

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Florida Legislature Provides COVID-19 Liability Protection for Health Care Providers

At the end of March, Florida joined the roster of states that have erected legal shields for health care providers against COVID-19-oriented liability claims. Concerned about uncertainty surrounding the emergency measures taken in response to COVID-19 and the effects that lawsuits could have on the economic recovery and the ability of health care providers to remain focused on serving the needs of their communities, the Florida Legislature passed CS/SB 72 on March 29, 2021.  Governor Ron DeSantis signed CS/SB 72 into law as Laws of Florida 2021-1.  This law creates two new statutory provisions – section 768.38 and section 768.381, Florida Statutes – effective on passage.

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Lidings Advocates Reverse Wrongful Judgments in Supreme Court, Protecting Independent Creditors

During a lengthy five-year bankruptcy of the pharmaceutical distributor Grama LLC, the bankruptcy manager challenged transactions with suppliers – large international pharmaceutical companies. Worst-hit was AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals obliged to return the bankrupt distributor 266 million rubles. Lidings represents the company since 2019.

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The Eleventh Circuit Finally Breaks Its Silence on Website Accessibility – but Was Its Decision Worth the Wait?

After keeping us waiting with baited breath for several years, the Eleventh Circuit finally broke its silence – issuing its long-anticipated ruling in Gil v. Winn-Dixie Stores, holding that websites are not covered as places of public accommodation under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“Title III” or “ADA”).  In doing so, the Court reversed and vacated the district court’s decision finding that defendant, Winn-Dixie Stores, violated Title III by failing to maintain a website that is accessible to individuals, who are blind or have low vision.

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NLRB Holds Arbitration Agreements Can Remain Confidential—for Now

Confidential arbitration agreements between employers and their employees are commonplace.  Employers favor such agreements for many reasons, including preserving privacy and allowing legitimate claims to be either settled or litigated based on their merits, rather than the threat of public embarrassment or high defense costs.  Employees, too, may value the confidentiality afforded by arbitration.  In contrast to private and confidential arbitration proceedings, public testimony and publicly filed court pleadings, motions, and briefs may contain unflattering or salacious allegations that are readily accessible to the public and may harm an employee’s future employment prospects and reputation.

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U.S. Institutes Arms Embargo and Additional Sanctions Against Russia

U.S. companies involved in international trade and transactions have become accustomed to compliance hurdles when conducting business with the Russian Federation (“Russia”).

Prior to the inauguration of President Biden, many commenters predicted additional sanctions or other punitive measures against Russia at the beginning of the new presidential administration. These predictions were fulfilled on March 2, 2021, when multiple U.S. executive branch agencies announced additional measures against Russia in response to the poisoning of Russian opposition figure Aleksey Navalny. Read more…

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