Monthly Archives: March 2022

Washington, D.C. Ban on Non-Competes Postponed Until October 2022

The D.C. Council (the “Council”) is poised to further postpone the Ban on Non-Compete Agreements Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Act 23-563) (the “Act”). On March 1, 2022, Councilmember Elissa Silverman introduced emergency legislation (B24-0683) that would push back the Act’s applicability date from April 1 to October 1, 2022. Councilmember Silverman simultaneously introduced and the D.C. Council adopted an emergency declaration resolution (PR24-0603) allowing the measure to proceed directly to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s desk for signing after a single reading.

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A New Legislative Framework for Managers?

By Roxanne Cloutier-Peace, from our Labour and Employment Law Group

The Court of Appeal recently ruled on an issue that had been causing a clash of long-established principles in labour relations in Quebec: the exclusion of managers from the application of the Labour Code, and therefore, the prohibition of unionization.

For the longest time, junior managers have been considered as representatives of upper management: their exclusion was therefore necessary to prevent employer interference in the association process. Now, as the Court of Appeal points out, hierarchical structures opposing management and workers have become increasingly fluid.

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Publication of the book "Contratti internazionali. Manuale teorico-pratico. Principi generali – Tecniche di negoziazione – Tavole di comparazione"

The book “Contratti internazionali. Manuale teorico-pratico. Principi generali – Tecniche di negoziazione – Tavole di…

The book aims to offer to entrepreneurs and professionals who work in the field of international trade (corporate lawyers, legal and tax advisors, marketing experts, etc.) the necessary tools to understand the main aspects of international contracts and agreements; in the various chapters of the book, the main international contracts used in the business activities of the companies are analyzed with a practical slant.

The book is also accompanied by a formulary that allows the reader to deal more quickly with individual contracts, in some cases also providing the English language version of the most significant clauses.

Find out more at the following link.

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The Not So Permanent Standard: Virginia Moves to Withdraw COVID-19 Rule

The first state to implement workplace health and safety standards for COVID-19 is poised to roll back those requirements. Virginia’s Permanent COVID-19 Employee Health and Safety Requirements (the “Permanent Standard”) established requirements for employers to control, prevent, and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  However, with the Omicron wave receding, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin says the Permanent Standard presents “a significant burden on businesses” and should be reconsidered.

Pursuant to Governor Youngkin’s Executive Order issued on January 15, 2022, the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board (the “Board”) convened on February 16, 2022, to determine whether the Permanent Standard is still necessary.  Adopting the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s (“DOLI”) recommendation, the Board agreed that there is no continued need for the Permanent Standard because the virus, “based on emerging scientific and medical evidence, . . . no longer constitute[s] a grave danger to employees in the workplace.”

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Law Firm ILN-telligence Podcast | Leen Hooites, PlasBossinade Advocaten

Leen Hooites is a tax and insolvency partner with PlasBossinade Advocaten in Groningen in the Netherlands, which is also an ILN member firm. In this episode, Lindsay and Leen consider the benefits of the firm’s ability to renovate and invest in technology at the start of the pandemic, the importance of in-person engagement despite the efficiency and effectiveness of remote working, and our collective contributions to improving the world around us.

You can listen to the podcast here, or we’ve provided a transcript of the highlights below.

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Video: New Law on Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Claims, Cyber War Ramps Up, Salaried Nonexempt Status – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday:  This week, we look at H.R. 4445, new federal legislation that addresses mandatory arbitration of sexual assault and harassment claims.

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Anti-piracy committee and new legal framework according to Law 4821/2021

Anti-piracy committee

Τhe Committee for the Notification of Copyright and Related Rights Infringement on the Internet (known as the “anti-piracy committee”) was first established under Law 4481/2017. Its aim is to deal with cases of online infringement of copyright and related rights through an extrajudicial mechanism.

The anti-piracy committee consists of three members:

  • the president of the Hellenic Copyright Organisation;
  • a representative of the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT); and
  • a representative of the Hellenic Data Protection Authority.
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ILN Today Post

ILN Statement on Ukraine

The International Lawyers Network condemns in the strongest possible terms the reckless and unprovoked attack by Russia on Ukraine. We join with the International Bar Association in their statement against this blatant breach of international law and send our support to our member firm, PETERKA & PARTNERS Ukraine, and their families, as well as the citizens affected. We hope for an end to the war as soon as possible.

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Absence of Subrogation in Matters of Divided Co-Ownership Insurance: Potential Impacts on a Third Party

By Stéphanie Beauchamp, from our Insurance Law Practice Group

This paper was written under a partnership with the Montreal Association of Insurance Women.

March 2, 2022 — In 2018, the legislature incorporated new provisions into the Civil Code of Quebec to regulate insurance in matters of divided co-ownerships. One of these is article 1075.1 CCQ, which now prevents the insurer from being subrogated into the rights of the following persons against such person:[1]

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Nine RSS Lawyers Rated by Lexpert

March 2, 2022 — RSS spares no effort to provide our clients the very best services possible. Year after year, Lexpert’s ratings, determined by our peers’ reviews, reflects the firm’s flawless reputation, and 2022 is no exception. This year, Normand Laurendeau, a transportation law expert, is added to our recognized lawyers.

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