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Three Fundamental Questions on Data Classification Compliance

Recently, China has intensively promulgated regulations and draft guidance documents on data classification and grading system (see Chart 1). These regulations and documents purport to refine the data classification and grading system stipulated in the regulations already in effect, and provide specific guidance to government departments and organizations to implement the classification and grading system. From the angle of corporate compliance, it is also necessary for enterprise to fulfill complex data compliance obligations based on data classification and grading system. In this article, by “separating the wheat from the chaff” from a very complex legal regime, we briefly analyze three fundamental questions.

(1) What is data classification and grading system?

(2) Why to implement the system?

(3) How to implement the system?

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The minefield of mandatory vaccinations

Directions around the Victorian government’s expansion of the mandatory vaccinations were made today.

The Directions, which previously covered health care, construction and teachers, now apply to all workers in Melbourne and regional Victoria who perform work outside their place of residence.

We look at the key points, including employer responsibilities, important dates, and what to do when employees refuse to be vaccinated .

If you would like to discuss these or any other Employment Law issues, please contact Heather Richardson or Isabella Royce. Read more…

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New York State Department of Labor Releases Updated New York HERO Act FAQs

As we previously reported, as of September 6, 2021, all New York HERO Act (“HERO Act”) airborne infectious disease exposure prevention plans (“Safety Plans”) must be implemented due to COVID-19 being designated as a serious public health risk under the HERO Act. This designation was recently extended until at least October 31, 2021, per the New York Commissioner of Health’s announcement.

To help employers comply with the HERO Act’s requirements, the New York State Department of Labor (“NYSDOL”) has published a variety of guidance materials, such as model Safety Plans, including Information and Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) that were recently updated. The new FAQs contain important changes for employers concerning Safety Plans, as required under Section 1 of the HERO Act, as well as the HERO Act’s joint labor-management workplace safety committee requirements under Section 2, effective November 1, 2021. FAQs are now available in 11 languages on the NYSDOL’s HERO Act website.

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: The Four Ds of Rainmaking

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

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I am a fan of Ernestine Shepherd.

Who, you ask?

Ernestine Shepherd is the World’s oldest female bodybuilder; at what she says is a young 85 years old.  She is incredible.

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No More Private Confidential Settlements of New York Division of Human Rights Complaints

On Friday, October 1, 2021, the New York State Division of Human Rights (“the Division”), the agency responsible for enforcement of the New York State Human Rights Law (“NYSHRL”), issued a notice, partially reproduced on the Division’s website, announcing a significant change in policy regarding the agency’s processes for complaint resolution: after October 12, 2021, the Division will no longer grant requests for discontinuance of complaints due to confidential private settlements.

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PRRB Updates Its Rules and Mandates Electronic Filing

On September 30, 2021, the Provider Reimbursement Review Board (the “Board”) issued a revised set of rules that become effective November 1, 2021. These new and revised rules affect all new and some pending Medicare Part A provider appeals. These rules clarify several aspects of Board appeals and simplify some of the Board’s complex procedures.

The most significant change is the requirement that all submissions to the Board must be made electronically through the Office of Hearings Case and Document Management System (“OH-CDMS”) unless the provider or representative submits a request to the Board for an exemption and the Board grants that request. If an exemption is necessary, a provider or representative may communicate with the Board at a new email address (PRRB@cms.hhs.gov).   In order to file documents electronically, providers or their representatives should register with OH-CDMS in advance of any filing date.

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Meet our newest legal team members

We are thrilled to introduce the newest members of our legal team. Their collective experience strengthens our existing business, employment and litigation practice areas, and expands our service capabilities to clients with immigration, divorce and family law needs. We are excited to grow our firm and look forward to working with our colleagues to better serve our clients.
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M&A and ESG: The Due Diligence Process

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors have become a growing focus for companies and their stakeholders. In our first co-authored blog post of this series, EPOCH Pi and McDonald Hopkins discussed the growing importance of ESG to companies and their stakeholders and the impact this can have on corporate value overall ranging from cultural alignment to environmental, social and governance risks that are most material to a business and ultimately its long-term financial value.  Read more…

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Is your business prepared to deal with electricity price shocks?

The price of gas has more than doubled in the past year.  In the Northeast and Midwest, over a third of all electricity is generated from natural gas – consequently – we are starting to see electricity price shocks.

Among the reasons for the spike in natural gas prices are new restrictions on drilling, ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) and its imposed limits of fossil fuel companies to the capital markets, increased LNG (liquefied natural gas) exports, capital markets requiring free cash flow from drillers, a dramatic increase in input costs, and increased demand in the United States due to the economic recovery following the pandemic. With production idling during the pandemic, the United States gas stockpile now sits 7 percent below average while Europe is 20 percent below average. Read more…

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Video: Preparing for Biden’s Vaccine Mandate, Mandate Pushback Begins, NLRA’s Reach Expected to Expand – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday:  This week, we look at the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for federal contractors and how the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is creating a more expansive view of the employment relationship.

Employers Prepare for Biden’s Expansive Vaccine Mandate

The full impact of President Biden’s COVID-19 action plan is sinking in for employers. The Safer Federal Workforce Task Force released guidance for federal contractors and subcontractors requiring vaccinations for most employees of federal contractors by December 8.

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