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Torres Law Launches Torres Trade Advisory to Expand Solutions for Businesses Facing Complex Trade Law Compliance Issues

Keeping with its commitment to provide comprehensive export compliance support to U.S. and international companies, Torres Law, PLLC launched Torres Trade Advisory, an audit, risk, and trade compliance advisory firm.

“Torres Trade Advisory will allow us to boost our collaboration with companies across the industry,” said Olga Torres, Founder and Managing Member of Torres Law, “working with them to resolve the broad range of legal and non-legal challenges they face on a daily basis: compliance with import laws, export controls, and economic sanctions, analyzing and mitigating risks, ensuring continuous operations around the globe, and more.”

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3 legal documents every 18-year-old needs to have

As 18-year-olds across the country prepare to take their first steps into adult life – whether attending college, university, vocational training program, entering the workforce, or taking a gap year – parents of those now-adult-children should be aware there are important legal documents that should be in place to ensure they can continue to be there for their child if needed. Read more…

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Video: The Future of Non-Compete Agreements – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday:  This week, we look at the restriction and legislation of non-compete agreements.

The Future of Non-Compete Agreements

The restriction and legislation of non-compete agreements is gaining traction around the country, with states and the federal government passing or proposing new restrictions on the clauses. In July, President Biden signed an executive order that discussed the regulation of non-compete agreements, which in the past has only been the province of the states. Attorneys Pete Steinmeyer and Brian Spang discuss how the executive order impacts employers, changes to expect, and how to best prepare for the future.

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You’re an Ontario Employer with Staff Working Outside Your Province? Severance Pays Could Be Costlier Than You Think

By Theodore Goloff, from our Labour and Employment Law Group

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August 11, 2021 — From time to time, judgments are rendered in other provinces in Canada which require our attention here in Quebec. The recent judgment by the Divisional Court of Ontario in Hawkes v. Max Aicher (North America) Limited, 2021 ONSC 4290 (Can LII), is one such case.

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The Future of Non-Compete Agreements – Employment Law This Week Video

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday:  This week, we look at the restriction and legislation of non-compete agreements.

The Future of Non-Compete Agreements

The restriction and legislation of non-compete agreements is gaining traction around the country, with states and the federal government passing or proposing new restrictions on the clauses. In July, President Biden signed an executive order that discussed the regulation of non-compete agreements, which in the past has only been the province of the states. Attorneys Pete Steinmeyer and Brian Spang discuss how the executive order impacts employers, changes to expect, and how to best prepare for the future.

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New Jersey Mandates COVID-19 Vaccination or Weekly Testing for Workers in Health Care and Congregate Settings

Our colleague Denise Dadika and Alexandria Adkins of Epstein Becker Green have a new post on the Workforce Bulletin blog that will be of interest to our readers: “New Jersey Mandates COVID-19 Vaccination or Weekly Testing for Workers in Health Care and Congregate Settings.”

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DC Proposes Amendments to Recently Enacted Non-Compete Ban

Just as Washington, D.C. employers begin navigating the District’s recently enacted non-compete ban, changes to the law are already in the works. As we previously reported, earlier this year D.C. enacted the Ban on Non-Compete Agreements Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Act 23-563) (the “Act”), which prohibits employers from requiring or requesting that an employee sign any agreement containing a non-compete provision. For a more detailed summary and analysis of the Act, please refer to our December 22, 2020 article.

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Catherine Cloutier’s Involvement for the Welfare of Jurists

August 5, 2021 — The practice of law can be a source of stress for many a professional. The Canadian Bar Association is well aware of this situation: its Board of Directors has created a CBA Well-Being Subcommittee, whose mission is to provide assistance to professionals facing mental health problems.

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FTC Dings Coloring Book App for Drawing Outside COPPA Privacy Lines

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced a settlement with Kuuhuub Inc., the operator of an online coloring book app, along with its Finnish subsidiaries Kuu Hubb Oy and Recolor Oy, for violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The FTC alleged that the app collected personal information from children who used the app without notifying their parents and obtaining their consent as required by COPPA. Read more…

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The Impact of the New Pay Equity Act on Employers Under Federal Jurisdiction

By Dimka Markova, from our Labour and Employment Law Group

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August 4, 2021 — Although the Canadian Human Rights Act recognizes the right to pay equity, wage differences between men and women still exist. Such was the focus of the Pay Equity Act [the Act], adopted by the federal Parliament on December 13, 2018, and the accompanying Pay Equity Regulations, which will implement a proactive pay equity regime applicable to both public and private sector employers under federal jurisdiction and with at least 10 employees. As of August 31, 2021, when the Act becomes effective, employers will be held to a careful appraisal of their compensation practices and to award the pay increases required to compensate the differences between salaries paid to men and women for work of equal value.

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