Monthly Archives: October 2022

The White House Releases “Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights: Making Automated Systems Work for the American People”

On Tuesday October 4, 2022, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (“OSTP”) released a document entitled “Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights: Making Automated Systems Work for the American People” (the “Blueprint”) together with a companion document “From Principles to Practice: A Technical Companion to the Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights” (the “Technical Companion”).

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SEC Penalizes Kim Kardashian Over $1 Million for Paid Crypto Post

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) settled with Kim Kardashian over allegations she violated Section 17(b) of the Securities Act (the “Act”) by publishing an Instagram post promoting the crypto-currency, EthereumMax token (EMAX), to her 250 million followers, without adequate disclosures. Kardashian received approximately $250,000 for this post.Under Section 17(b), it is unlawful for any person to publish or promote “any communication which describes a [purchasable] security for a consideration…without fully disclosing the receipt…of such consideration and the amount thereof.” Section 17(b)’s mandate to include the amount paid for a securities post goes over and above the more widely known Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requirement that all paid social posts be clearly and conspicuously disclosed as advertising. Read more…

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Video: EEOC’s LGBTQ+ Guidance Blocked, Employer COVID-19 Update, NYC Prepares for Pay Transparency Law – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday:  This week, we look at updates ranging from discrimination issues and COVID-19 guidance to local pay transparency law compliance.

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Enforcement in Quebec of Foreign Judgments: Restraint Is in Order With Abusive Clauses

Quebec law allows for the recognition and enforcement of judgments rendered by foreign courts. Although these decisions are rendered according to foreign laws, can or must Quebec courts take into consideration the Quebec and Canadian public order principles in deciding whether to recognize such judgments?

In Awanda c. AMBC Ventures Inc., 2022 QCCA 1133, the Court of Appeal had the opportunity to answer this question.

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Video: “Quiet Quitting” Legal Pitfalls, NYC Automated Decision Tools Law, Twitter Cybersecurity Whistleblower Claims – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday:  This week, we look at the trend of “quiet quitting” and the legal and technology considerations employers should weigh when navigating the issue.

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DOJ Further Revises Corporate Criminal Enforcement Policies: Focusing on Individual Accountability, Corporate Responsibility, and Additional Demands on Chief Compliance Officers

Building on attempts in recent years to strengthen the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) white collar criminal enforcement, on September 15, 2022, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco announced revisions to DOJ’s corporate criminal enforcement policies. The new policies, and those that are in development, further attempt to put pressure on companies to implement effective compliance policies and to self-report if there are problems. Notably, the new DOJ policies set forth changes to existing DOJ policies through a “combination of carrots and sticks – with a mix of incentives and deterrence,” with the goal of “giving general counsels and chief compliance officers the tools they need to make a business case for responsible corporate behavior” through seven key areas:

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Limerick Civic Trust’s New Chair Focused on Ambitious Plans for greater community engagement in Limerick

Over 50 Restoration & Improvement Projects Earmarked Reliant on Funding

29 September 2022:  Donal Creaton, a leading Limerick solicitor, has recently appointed Chair of Limerick Civic Trust wants the voluntary organisation to play a bigger role in improving Limerick’s heritage and environment for its community, its citizens, visitors and tourists.

Speaking about his aspirations for the new role, Donal said, “My focus for the year ahead will be on attracting more contributing members and patrons so we have the financial support to embark and complete some of the very long lists of restoration and heritage improvement projects we have earmarked. In addition, I will be overseeing the development of stronger working and mutually beneficial relationships with partners and public bodies as we demonstrate our competency in delivering civil community projects.”

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Chip Connolly Named to Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America

Chip Connolly Named to Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America

Lawdragon recently released its inaugural list of Leading Litigators in America.  Managing Partner Arthur G (Chip) Connolly was recognized for Corporate, Commercial and Intellectual Property litigation. 

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NLRB Offers New Guidance on When It Will Hold an In-Person Election – Replaces Positivity Metric with CDC Tracker

The National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) isn’t giving up on pandemic-related mail ballots in representation elections any time soon. On September 29, 2022, in a decision concerning an election at a Seattle area Starbucks, the Board passed on an opportunity to cast aside its COVID-Era six-factor test articulated in Aspirus Keweenaw, 370 NLRB No. 45 (2020), which has been used for the past two years to determine if a Board-conducted representation election should be conducted by mail or in person (called a “manual” election in Board parlance). Instead of jettisoning the Aspirus test entirely, the Board replaced just one of the tests factors, now relying on the CDC Community Level Tracker rather than test positivity trends or rates in this analysis.

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Build New Habits to Get New Results

Have you ever heard the saying “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results?”

Well, the counter-argument could be made that to get new results, you need to build new habits. It has been said that you need 21 days of doing something to make it a habit – so if you start now, by the end of October, you’ll have some new habits built into your routine!

What do I mean by that?

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