Legal Updates

New York Joins the Wave of States Requiring Businesses to Adopt Reasonable Cybersecurity Safeguards to Protect Private Information

New York is the latest state to adopt a law that requires businesses that collect private information on its residents to implement reasonable cybersecurity safeguards to protect that information. New York now joins California, Massachusetts and Colorado in setting these standards. New York’s law mandates the implementation of a data security program, including measures such as risk assessments, workforce training and incident response planning and testing. Businesses should immediately begin the process to comply with the Act’s requirements effective March 21, 2020. Notably, New York’s law covers all employers, individuals or organizations, regardless of size or location, which collect private information on New York State residents.

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Employment Law This Week®: Cannabis User Protections, WHD Opinion Letters, New Salary History Bans, NYS Anti-Harassment Training Deadline

This Employment Law This Week® Monthly Rundown discusses the most important developments for employers in July 2019.

This episode includes:

  • Increased Employee Protections for Cannabis Users
  • First Opinion Letters Released Under New Wage and Hour Leadership
  • New Jersey and Illinois Enact Salary History Inquiry Bans
  • Deadline for New York State Anti-Harassment Training Approaches
  • Tip of the Week: Disrupting bias with teams and clients

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End of the Road for Private Cryptocurrencies in India – the Proposed Ban

With more and more investors being attracted to invest in virtual currencies with their astonishing highs and painful lows, the
cloud of confusion with regard to recognition and regulation of such currencies under Indian laws loomed. The nuances and
legal status of virtual currencies under Indian laws including various directions issued by the Reserve Bank of India (“RBI”)
on virtual currencies have been extensively discussed in our previous articles1,2.

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Talking Tax – Issue 165

Tax integrity changes and other measures

The Treasury Laws Amendment (2019 Tax Integrity and Other Measures No. 1) Bill 2019 (Cth) (Bill) was introduced to the House of Representatives on 24 July 2019 and proposes to make a raft of legislative changes to improve the integrity of Australia’s tax system.

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Hall & Wilcox partners with Checkbox to drive innovation in the legal industry

Leading independent Australian business law firm Hall & Wilcox has become Checkbox’s first Solutions Partner. This enables Hall & Wilcox to develop quick and effective solutions in the Checkbox platform for in-house legal teams to support them in delivering legal services more efficiently.

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Are Your AI Selection Tools Validated? OFCCP Provides Guidance for Validation of AI-Based Algorithms

We have long counseled employers using or contemplating using artificial intelligence (“AI”) algorithms in their employee selection processes to validate the AI-based selection procedure using an appropriate validation strategy approved by the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures (“Uniform Guidelines”).  Our advice has been primarily based on minimizing legal risk and complying with best practices.  A recently updated Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQ”) from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) provides further support for validating AI-based selection procedures in compliance with the Uniform Guidelines.

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Cryptocurrencies in, then out, of new draft legislation restricting payments by cash

Last week, the Australian Government released its exposure draft of the Currency (Restrictions on the Use of Cash) Bill 2019 (Bill) for public consultation. While the draft Bill currently captures digital currencies by default, the Government intends to provide relief from application for digital currency.

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Landlord caught between a rock and a hard ‘lease’: VCAT finds sand quarry to be a ‘retail premises’ lease

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has recently handed down the decision of Phillips v Abel [2019] VCAT 1031 which continues the trend of pushing the boundary of what had traditionally been considered ‘retail premises’ for the purposes of the Retail Leases Act 2003 (Act).

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Government reintroduces National Sports Tribunal legislation

Last week, the Federal Government introduced a revised bill into Parliament to establish the National Sports Tribunal.1 This follows an earlier draft bill introduced into Parliament in February 2019 which did not proceed due to the recent Federal election.

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The countdown is on: less than 12 months to go for large companies to prepare modern slavery statements

In Australia, it’s estimated that around 15,000 people may live in conditions of modern slavery, forced labour, wage exploitation, human trafficking or debt bondage.1 The introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth), which commenced on 1 January 2019, aims to minimise modern slavery practices in the Australian market by requiring large businesses to report on modern slavery risks in their operations and supply chains, and actions taken to address these risks.

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