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Handling Requests for Time Off Under the BRAVE Act

In August of 2018, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law An Act Relative to Veteran’s Benefits, Rights, Appreciation, Validation and Enforcement, otherwise known as the BRAVE Act.

The BRAVE Act amended existing laws concerning Massachusetts veterans in a number of ways, some of which touch directly on the employer-employee relationship.

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Lessons from the L3Harris Technologies Consent Agreement with DDTC

On September 19, 2019, the U.S. Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) entered into a consent agreement with L3Harris Technologies, Inc. (“L3Harris”) for alleged violations of the Arms Export Control Act (“AECA”) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”). L3Harris, an aerospace and defense technology company, allegedly committed violations that involved the unauthorized export of defense articles and technical data, as well as a failure to provide accurate and complete reporting and violations of licenses.[1]

The L3Harris consent agreement with DDTC provides five valuable takeaways for all defense exporters:

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Building Relationships: Connection Through Storytelling

Daily, we interact with lots of people – this happens in person, at our offices, in the coffee shop, at our kids’ sporting events or art classes. It happens online, through our group chats, text messages with friends, Facebook shares, LinkedIn comments, etc. We interact so much and so frequently, that we’ve reached a real saturation point with these interactions, and even with our professional messages, we can see a lack of care that a lot of us are giving to the details over the tools and the shiny new thing. Instead, we’re just blindly producing more and more and more and more, adding more noise (as Adrian Lurssen would say). 

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InsightsCBP Announces New Rule to Combat Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty Infractions

On August 14, 2019, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (“CBP”) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking requiring customs brokers to verify the identity of their importer clients, in particular non-resident importers.[1]

CBP stated that the purpose of the rule is to strengthen the agency’s ability to prevent fraudulent transactions, improve revenue protection, and help prevent the use of shell or shelf companies attempting to evade customs laws, in particular as relates to intellectual property rights, anti-dumping / countervailing duties, and health and safety requirements. CBP also asserted that creating more rigorous standards for importer verification will improve the competitiveness of brokers that comply with customs regulations. 

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Published by American Bar Association, Comprehensive Reference Work Covers Franchise Law in the U.S. Howard & Howard Attorney Matt Kreutzer Edited California Chapters for Franchise Deskbook: Selected State Laws, Commentary, and Annotations

Las Vegas, October 22, 2019 – Matt Kreutzer, attorney at Howard & Howard in Las Vegas, served as senior contributing editor of the recently published Franchise Deskbook: Selected State Laws, Commentary, and Annotations, Third Edition.

The two-volume reference book, published by the American Bar Association (ABA), was designed and authored specifically for franchise lawyers in the U.S. More…

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The insurer’s obligation to defend and indemnify: A subject revisited, yet still current

By Marika Douville, from our Insurance Law Practice Group.

October 22, 2019 — In Développement les Terrasses de l’Île inc. c. Intact, compagnie d’assurances, 2019 QCCA 1440, the Court of Appeal of Quebec examined claims for the cost of repairing construction defects and the cost of repairing the damage caused by the defects, and had to decide the extent of the insurer’s obligation to provide a defence to the insureds, who were allegedly responsible for the defects.

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Telemental Health Laws – 2019 Survey and App Update Released

I’m pleased to announce that we’ve released the 2019 update of our Telemental Health Laws survey. Now in its fourth year, the survey covers state telehealth laws, regulations, and policies within mental health and is available as a complimentary app for iPhoneiPad, and Android devices.

Please see our full announcement detailing milestones achieved in 2019, current barriers, and opportunities for 2020 and beyond: “Epstein Becker Green Finds Telehealth Services Are Increasingly Accessible to Mental Health Professionals Despite Legislative Barriers.”

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Litigators of the Week: How O’Melveny, Willkie and Epstein Becker Litigators Teamed Up to Challenge Trump’s Wall

“Our challenge was not a partisan effort or about political views, but rather a defense of the Constitution and delicate balance between the executive and legislative branches upon which our government is founded.”

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NJ Department of Labor Adopts Regulations on Suspension and Revocation of Employer Licenses

Continuing New Jersey’s efforts to eliminate and to hold employers accountable for employee misclassification, the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) recently adopted Regulations implementing a 2010 law (“Law”) that empowers the NJDOL Commissioner (“Commissioner”) under certain circumstances to direct the suspension or revocation of one or more licenses held by an employer who has failed to maintain and report required State wage, benefits and tax records or who has failed to pay wages, benefits, taxes or other contributions required by State law.  The Regulations specifically empower the Commissioner to direct the suspension and revocation of State-issued occupational and professional licenses, such as for physicians, dentists and other licensed healthcare professionals, where such individuals have management responsibilities sufficient to be deemed an “employer.”  Incorporating the definition of employer contained in Article 1 of New Jersey’s “Wages” law N.J.S.A. 34:11-4.1(a), the Regulation states,  “the officers of a corporation and any agents having the management of such corporation shall be deemed to be the employers of the employees of the corporation.”

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Will your exterior signs be French enough on November 24, 2019?

October 17, 2019 — New requirements on commercial signage will soon be mandatory. If your business displays on its exterior signs a trademark in a language other than French, you must ensure that they comply with these new requirements, otherwise sanctions could be applied against you.

Richard Uditsky explains these new requirements.

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