Connecticut Trade Secret Laws: 2021 Update

Our colleagues David S. Poppick and Carol J. Faherty have co-authored the 2021 update to “Trade Secret Laws: Connecticut,” a Q&A guide to state law on trade secrets and confidentiality for private employers in Connecticut, published by Thomson Reuters Practical Law.

Following is an excerpt (see below to download the full version in PDF format):

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CONSTRUCTIVE DISMISSAL? NOT IDEAL IF IDEL

The Ontario Superior Court recently released an endorsement in Taylor v. Hanley Hospitality, 2021 ONSC 3135, which dealt with O. Reg. 228/20 Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (“IDEL“). The Regulation was enacted as a temporary measure by the Ontario government on May 29, 2020 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and deems temporary layoffs relating to COVID-19 to be IDELs, retroactive to March 1, 2020 and prospective until September 25, 2021. This decision provided much needed guidance on how constructive dismissals are impacted by IDEL.

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OSHA issues emergency temporary standard applicable to healthcare providers

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has announced it will issue an emergency temporary standard (ETS) to protect healthcare workers from contracting coronavirus. Read more…

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Model Tenancy Act, 2021

Introduction of the Model Tenancy Act, 2021:

The Union Cabinet, on June 2, 2021, approved the Model Tenancy Act, 2021 (“Tenancy Act”) for circulation to all States and Union Territories for adaptation by way of enacting fresh legislation or by suitably amending the existing rental laws. According to the Government’s press release, the Tenancy Act aims at “creating a vibrant, sustainable and inclusive rental housing market in the country” to promote creation of adequate rental housing availability for all income groups. More so, the Tenancy Act is intended to overhaul the Indian legal framework in relation to rental housing and institutionalise rental housing by creating a Rent Authority (i.e., an officer appointed under the Tenancy Act) for reporting renting arrangement.

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European Commission Adopts Revisions to Standard Contractual Clauses

The European Commission (Commission) issued updated Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) on June 4, 2021. The long-awaited announcement follows a 2020 decision by the EU’s highest court to overturn the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework (Privacy Shield), which previously allowed for data transfers between the European Union and the United States (see our prior Alert). The publication of the revised SCCs will help global businesses comply with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when transferring personal data to affiliates and third parties outside of the European Economic Area (EEA). Read more…

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INTERNET MEMES IN RUSSIAN PRACTICE: IP PROTECTION AND PERSONALITY RIGHTS ISSUES

When we say “meme”, we usually mean an internet meme. An Internet meme is an idea (and some content embodying this idea) spread via the Internet.

Memes are usually created in the internet community for humorous purposes. However, memes in practice may raise issues associated with copyright, registration of trademarks, or even with personal data protection.

This article is an overview of curious cases discussed in the Russian legal community and related to internet memes.

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: A Listicle of 22 Different Tactics to Use for Rainmaking Success

Join us for this week’s rainmaking recommendation from trainer and coach, Jaimie Field.

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One of the most requested pieces of information for which I am asked is a list of different marketing and business development tactics you could use to

  1. Market your services, and
  2. Create relationships.
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U.S. Department of Justice Announces Interagency Task Force to Combat COVID-19 Relief Fraud

On May 17, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced the establishment of a COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force (“Task Force”) to ramp up enforcement efforts against COVID-19-related fraud.[1]

Organized and led by Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco, the Task Force convened its first meeting on May 28 and aims to “marshal the resources of the [DOJ] in partnership with agencies across government to enhance enforcement efforts against COVID-19 related fraud.”[2]  The Task Force will involve coordination among several DOJ components, including the Criminal and Civil Divisions, the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  “Key interagency partners” have also been invited to join the Task Force, including the Department of Labor, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Homeland Security, the Social Security Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Small Business Administration, the Special Inspector General for Pandemic Relief, and Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, among others.

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Podcast: What’s New for Insurers in Mental Health Parity Compliance – Diagnosing Health Care

In this episode of the Diagnosing Health Care Podcast:  The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury jointly released a set of frequently asked questions (“FAQs”) related to recent changes made to the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act effective as of February 10, 2021, and enacted by the Consolidated Appropriations Act at the end of 2020. Accordingly, health plans and insurers must ensure that they understand, and are prepared to provide regulators with documentation of their compliance with, parity requirements on at least a small group of specific non-quantitative treatment limits.

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Biden Signs Executive Order Protecting Americans’ Sensitive Data from Foreign Adversaries

On June 9, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order (“June 9 E.O.”)  elaborating on measures to protect the information and communications technology and services (“ICTS”) supply chain with specific emphasis on connected software applications.  The June 9 E.O. directs federal agencies to (1) assess the threats posed by connected software applications controlled by foreign adversaries, (2) provide recommendations on how to protect sensitive personal data of U.S. persons, and (3) evaluate transactions involving connected software applications that pose risks to U.S. national security. The June 9 E.O. also revokes three Executive Orders issued last fall by former President Trump that targeted several Chinese communications and financial technology software applications, including TikTok and WeChat.

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