Is the COVID-19 Pandemic Over? For Employers, Not Yet

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.

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Spilling Secrets Podcast: Non-Compete Agreements for In-House and Outside Lawyers

Now on Spilling Secrets, our podcast series on the future of non-compete and trade secrets law:

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.

Our all-star panel of attorneys – Pete SteinmeyerKate RigbyMillie Warner, and Erik Weibust – discuss more.

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Podcast: Spilling Secrets: Non-Compete Agreements for In-House and Outside Lawyers – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday:  This week, we bring you our special Spilling Secrets podcast series on the future of non-compete and trade secrets law.

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Being a Good Leader Means Knowing When to Ask For Help

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).

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FTC Staff Report Brings Dark Patterns to Light

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.

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ILN Today Post

Newsletter – September 2022

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…

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RSS Welcomes Mathieu Boily in Its Insurance Law Group

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.”

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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.

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ILN Today Post

Cyprus Insolvency Procedures

  1. 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).

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DOL Proposes New Rule Regarding Independent Contractor Status

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.

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