Sharon Druker Designated Lawyer Emeritus

March 26, 2021 — The title of Avocat émérite — Lawyer Emeritus — is one of the most prestigious distinctions that the Bar of Québec can give to its most deserving members. Therefore, RSS is both very happy and exceptionally proud to announce that Sharon G. Druker, Ad. E., is among the members selected by the Bar to receive this title.

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UPCOMING FEDERAL BUDGET — APRIL 19TH PLANNING FOR POSSIBLE CAPITAL GAINS TAX INCREASE

On March 22, 2021, the Finance Minister, Chrystia Freeland, finally announced the date of the federal budget (the “Budget“) to be April 19th, 2021.

There has been much anticipation and speculation regarding the upcoming Budget, as the previous budget was tabled more than 2 years ago (on March 19, 2019). One of the biggest areas of speculation during the span of budgets delivered under the Trudeau government has been whether the government will announce an increase in the capital gains inclusion rate.

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E-LEGAL® ARTICLE – SUSPENSION OF JUDICIAL DEADLINES

 Summary:

As result of the pandemic situation caused by SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and COVID-19 disease, it was approved exceptional and temporary measures in Justice sector.

In the present Article, we proceed with a brief analysis about the temporary and exceptional legal regime of the suspension of judicial deadlines, since Law no. 1-A/2020, of March 19, until the most recent legal publication, Law no. 4-B/2021, of February 1.

Keywords: Covid-19, Suspension of Deadlines, Justice, Courts, Exceptional and Temporary measures. Read more…

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COBRA Benefit Included in American Relief Plan

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) which includes, among its many provisions, a COBRA premium assistance benefit. This provision treats an individual eligible for COBRA assistance, for purposes of any COBRA continuation provision, as having paid in full the COBRA premiums for the period April 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021 (the Premium Assistance Period). This relief will be available for anyone who (1) becomes COBRA eligible during the Premium Assistance Period, (2) is currently enrolled in COBRA, or (3) is within their COBRA continuation period (generally 18 months) but did not elect or previously dropped COBRA coverage. Any person who qualifies for assistance and is currently enrolled in COBRA – or did not elect COBRA but is within their COBRA continuation period – must elect COBRA coverage within 60 days of receiving notice of the extended election period from their former employer.

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Russia’s Supreme Court provides clarification on the sale of tourism products and air transportation of passengers in the context of COVID-19

The Supreme Court in its Review as of on judicial practice related to the application of legislation in the context of measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 No.31 (“Review”), paid special attention to issues in the field of tourism and air transportation.

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Connecticut Bans Discrimination Based on Natural Hair

On March 4, 2021, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed House Bill 6515, an “Act Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair,” also known as the CROWN Act (the “Act”).  This legislation bans natural hair discrimination in the workplace by amending Connecticut’s anti-discrimination statute to define “race” as being “inclusive of ethnic traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles.”  (Conn. Gen. Stat. 46a-51(23)-(24)).   “Protective hairstyles” is defined to include, but not be limited to, “wigs, headwraps and hairstyles such as individual braids, cornrows, locs, twists, Bantu knots, afros and afro puffs.”

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Collective Bargaining Agreements and COVID-19 Paid Time for Vaccination

New York State now requires employers to grant employees paid time off for COVID-19 vaccinations. In my recent post with Susan Gross Sholinsky and Nancy Gunzenhauser Popper, “New York Issues FAQs on Paid Vaccination Leave Law,” we note that the law allows for limited waivers in collective bargaining agreements. While the law is vague, the State has now given some additional guidance in FAQ’s issued this week.

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Podcast: President Biden’s Use of the Defense Production Act – Diagnosing Health Care

New from the Diagnosing Health Care Podcast:  The Biden administration has invoked the Defense Production Act (“DPA”) to speed up the production of vaccines and increase the domestic production of COVID-19 tests, personal protective equipment (or “PPE”), and other essential supplies. Epstein Becker Green attorneys Neil Di SpiritoConstance Wilkinson, and Bonnie Odom discuss the administration’s reliance on the DPA as it continues to operationalize its pandemic response, and the challenges these actions are likely to present for medical product suppliers.

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: The Art of Introducing Yourself (Your Audio Business Card)

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

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Since the pandemic started, I have been doing a tremendous amount of virtual networking with a plethora of people. I am speaking specifically of group networking, not just virtual one-on-ones. And I have noticed something very interesting:  many have trouble describing what they do for a living in a few short, memorable sentences.   This is why you need to create an Audio Business Card, also known as an Elevator Pitch.  

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Civil Law Issues and Procedural Clarifications in Russia’s Supreme Court Third Review of Cases in the Context of COVID-19

On February 17, 2021, The Presidium of the Supreme Court approved the Review on certain matters of judicial practice in the context of measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 No.31 (“Review”). This is the third review by the Supreme Court containing legal positions on the application of law during a difficult sanitary and epidemiological situation.

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