For more than two and a half years, employers across the country have navigated a nuanced web of legal requirements and guidance to safely operate during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Recent updates to the legal landscape at the federal, state, and local level, however, have left many employers asking: is the COVID-19 pandemic finally over? For now, the answer remains “no.” This post discusses three key reasons why employers should continue to operate with the pandemic in mind.
Non-compete agreements are generally unenforceable against lawyers, but there are some exceptions. In this episode, hear about employer options for restrictive covenants, including non-competes, non-solicits, and confidentiality agreements, for both in-house and outside lawyers.
Podcast: Spilling Secrets: Non-Compete Agreements for In-House and Outside Lawyers – Employment Law This Week
I am blessed with four of the best nieces and the best nephew around (and I will fight you on this).
Weekly, I have video chats with the two oldest ones, who are 13 (almost 14) and 11 (separately, because, teens/tweens).
The other day, 13 and I were talking about how she had to give a speech to her whole school (about 200 kids) because last year, she created a recycling program. Somehow, her school didn’t already have one, and she noticed that and decided they needed one. Uh, yeah, she’s amazing. So she rounded up some kids in her class, told them they could miss one lunch period a week, and figured out what she needs to do to make this happen. This year, her principal is going to oversee the club (I think because she knows it won’t continue after my niece graduates otherwise).
Trick or treat? The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) staff is focused on one “trick” this spooky season: Designing user interfaces to trick or manipulate users into taking actions they would not otherwise approve of, or putting obstacles in place to discourage consumers from exercising certain rights. These so-called “dark patterns” are a continued focus of the FTC, as discussed in a prior alert (regarding online subscriptions and e-commerce practices). Dark patterns were also specifically called out in a number of new state privacy laws. A recently released FTC staff report on dark patterns indicates that this focus is only growing, and that dark patterns can encompass a wide range of common marketing practices – from urgency offers to fee disclosures.
I. EDITORIAL – CESSATION OF VALIDITY OF DECREE-LAWS PUBLISHED IN THE CONTEXT OF THE COVID-19 DISEASE PANDEMIC
The month of September was characterised, in legislative terms, by the publication of the Decree-Law No. 66-A/2022, of 30 September, which determined the cessation of the validity of decree-laws published in the context of the COVID-19 disease pandemic and by the publication of the Decree-Law No. 57-C/2022, of 6 September, which established exceptional measures to support families in order to mitigate the effects of inflation. Read more…
RSS is proud to announce that Mathieu Boily is joining today the team of litigators in the firm’s Insurance Law Group. Mathieu already has three years experience before ethe courts in various cases related to insurance.
Mariella De Stefano, the Group’s Co-Chair, is pleased with this recruit. “Mathieu comes to us from the legal department of an insurance company. Since we represent numerous such companies, we will appreciate the input of someone who developed an insider’s view of the operations of an insurer.”
Pending New York City Legislation Would Create Further Price Transparency Requirements for Hospitals, and Impose Severe Penalties for Noncompliance
In September of this year, New York City Councilwoman Julie Menin announced her plan to introduce a series of bills that would create further price transparency requirements for hospitals, with noncompliance resulting in high financial penalties.
The bill package would create an office of hospital accountability that would inform the public as to how much hospitals are charging for various services via a price transparency information portal, where hospitals would be required to provide certain key pricing information to the public. Currently, such pricing data is not typically available for public access, and patients typically have little knowledge regarding how much they will be charged for services.
- The Legal Framework
Insolvency matters in Cyprus are governed by the Bankruptcy Law Cap.5, which deals with the bankruptcy of natural persons, and the Companies Law Cap.113, supplemented by the Companies (Winding Up) Rules and certain provisions of the Bankruptcy Law which regulate the insolvency of legal persons.
In 2015 the Cypriot Insolvency Law has been substantially amended and expanded in order to provide for the possibility of debt restructuring of natural persons through personal repayment plans and debt relief orders by the enactment of the Insolvency of Natural Persons (Personal Repayment Plans and Debt Relief Order) Law of 2015 (L. 65(I)/2015).
In light of the federal court ruling reinstating the Trump-era independent contractor regulation (discussed here), on October 13, 2022, the Department of Labor published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act.