Coronavirus/COVID-19

Disclosing financial performance representations in franchise disclosure documents during the COVID-19 pandemic

Many franchisors, as required by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Franchise Rule and applicable state franchise laws, updated their Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) in the spring of 2020. Those FDDs included information from the franchisor’s previous fiscal year, which, in most cases, ended on Dec. 31, 2019. Many franchisors included financial performance representations (FPRs) in Item 19 of their FDD based on revenue data for franchisee and/or company-owned units from fiscal year 2019, which predated the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…

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Video: CDC Permits Shortened Quarantine Periods, CAL/OSHA COVID-19 Regulations, NY Amends WARN Act – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday: This week, we look at a new COVID-19 quarantine timeline and stricter workplace safety regulations in California.

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Value-Based Payments: A Comprehensive State Survey

Epstein Becker Green (“EBG”) has released Value-Based Payments: A Comprehensive State Survey.

EBG has researched, compiled, and analyzed state-specific content about the regulatory requirements involved in providers moving away from fee for service reimbursement (such as discounted fees and per diems) and towards value-based payment arrangements involving “downside” risk or insurance risk-sharing with insurers, HMOs, and other types of state-regulated health plans. Some types of risk-sharing arrangements include capitation, shared savings and losses, and percentage of premium reimbursement.

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Lidings Takes Advanced Positions in New Pravo.ru–300 Rating

Lidings Takes Advanced Positions in New Pravo.ru–300 Rating

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News regarding Covid-19 regulations

The state of emergency related to the spread of Covid-19 in Latvia has been extended until 11 January 2021, strengthening the previously established restrictions.

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CDC’s Revised Guidance Allows for Shorter Quarantine Periods for Close Contacts

In advance of the December holiday season, the CDC has issued a revised guidance on recommended quarantine periods.

The revised guidance provides shortened quarantine periods for individuals who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. While the CDC maintains that the 14-day quarantine period provides greater protection for reducing transmission of the coronavirus, the agency has now provided two shorter options, which it says are designed to help alleviate the personal economic hardship associated with the extended quarantine period.

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Modified CDC guidance offers employers options for quarantining

Under revised guidance issued on Dec. 2, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided new options for shorter quarantine periods due to COVID-19 exposure. These new quarantine alternatives will provide some relief to employers dealing with staffing shortages due to quarantining employees.  Read more…

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New Jersey Tightens Restrictions on Outdoor Gatherings and Indoor Sports

With New Jersey experiencing a second wave spike of COVID-19 infections and with holiday season gatherings upon us, on November 30, 2020 Governor Phil Murphy issued Executive Order 204 (“EO 204” or the “Order”) tightening restrictions on outdoor gatherings and pausing indoor practices and competitions for youth and adult sports.

Indoor Youth and Adult Sports

With limited exception, EO 204 prohibits youth and adult indoor sports practices, competitions, and other organized sporting activities from December 5, 2020 until January 2, 2012. The prohibition will not affect collegiate and professional sporting activities.  In addition, the Order permits private fitness classes, lessons, and trainings at gyms, studios and similar locations to continue.

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Employment Law Update

The Government have published an updated Return to Work Safely Protocol, extended the triggered redundancy protection period, and issued a Remote Working Checklist to assist employers in their health and safety obligations to employees working from home. We also outline the benefits of digitising HR records.

The ‘Work Safely Protocol’

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CANADIAN INNOVATION DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Canadian Innovation Week, namely November 16th to November 20th this year, is a movement organized by the Rideau Hall Foundation and Canadian Innovation Space which seeks to recognize Canadians advancing their respective industries and sectors, to connect individuals across the country and to encourage collaboration, creativity and innovation amongst current and future innovators.

Canadian Innovation Week is being held virtually this year. Many of the week’s conversations concern efforts related to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Below, we briefly outline some of the major developments in the past eight months with respect to intellectual property innovation during the pandemic.

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