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Video: Return-to-Work Behavior Policies, U.S. Soccer’s Landmark Agreement, and Board Diversity in California – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday:  This week, we look at a range of recent anti-harassment and gender equity updates from across the country.

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Another California Board Diversity Statute Struck Down in Court: Appeal to Be Filed

For the second time this spring, a California statute designed to promote diversity in corporate boardrooms was blocked by a state judge. On May 13, 2022, in Crest v. Padilla I (Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. 19STCV27561) (Crest), Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis ruled that California Corporations Code Section 301.3 (SB 826), which requires publicly listed corporations in California to have women on their boards, violates the Equal Protection Clause of California’s Constitution. California Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber has since announced plans to appeal the decision, stating that “SB 826 was passed not to remove men from the boardroom, but simply to make room for highly qualified women who have been excluded from the corporate board selection process for decades.”

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La protection des biens affectés à l’utilité publique qui appartiennent aux municipalités

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Il est connu que les municipalités bénéficient de la dualité démoniale. En ce sens, les biens de la municipalité font partie soit de son domaine privé ou soit de son domaine public. La distinction est importante puisque les biens de la municipalité affectés à l’utilité publique font partie de son domaine public et sont, de ce fait, insaisissables (art. 916 du Code civil du Québec) (ci-après « C.c.Q »).

Si on ajoute aux dispositions législatives ci-haut mentionnées celles prévues à l’article 2668 du C.c.Q., les biens de la municipalité insaisissables ne peuvent être grevés d’une hypothèque légale ou conventionnelle.

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Federal Trade Commission issues new and expansive guidance on data breach notification

The Federal Trade Commission has issued new guidance explicitly stating it now interprets the Federal Trade Commission Act as imposing consumer data breach notification obligations. Notably, unlike state data breach notification laws already in effect, the guidance does not specify particular data points that would trigger a notification obligation if compromised. Rather, the guidance imposes notification obligations when a compromise of any data would “increase the likelihood that affected parties will suffer harm.” Read more…

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Welcome to the Metaverse: Legal Issues Marketers Need To Consider

Since the concept of the “metaverse” was widely introduced to the public in 2021, it seems as though every day brings news of another company, brand, celebrity or product trying to establish a foothold in this digital space.Clearly not a passing fad, the metaverse is rapidly shaping up to become a multidisciplinary and multi-sensory venue where new methods of interaction, community-building and self-expression can be found. It has already featured powerhouse pop stars’ performances at hugely successful concerts on Roblox; opportunities for the fashion-forward to flex rare non-fungible tokens (NFTs) minted by luxury brands in Fortnite; and, in Decentraland, beer-brand-sponsored virtual bars where consumers’ avatars can enjoy a cold one while watching the big game. Read more…

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U.S. to the International Corporate World: Violations of Russia Sanctions Are Our Top Priority

Now more than ever, U.S. and multinational companies must do everything they can to ensure strict compliance with international sanctions imposed on Russia, Belarus, and individuals linked to those governments.

That’s because the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has made it clear that, after generally stepping up its efforts to fight white-collar crime, it is turning its attention to identifying and preventing Russia sanctions evasion and export violations: Read more…

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Outrageous Scam or Investor Must-Have? What ESG Means To Your Global Trade Business

Lately there has been much chatter about Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”) policies in business. Elon Musk has called ESG “an outrageous scam.” And while there is no clear definition, investors and ratings agencies, as well as ultimate buyers and consumers, increasingly look for financially and morally sound companies that are committed to these principles, and the U.S. government is codifying various aspects of the wider ESG umbrella into law. While commenters tend to focus much attention on the Environmental side, this article will look at the trade-related areas encompassed by the Social and Governance aspects of ESG, including Human Rights, Forced Labor, Trade Controls, Anti-Corruption, and other areas of trade-related corporate compliance

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Upcoming Amendments to National Instrument 33-109 Registration Information and Related Instruments: What Registrants Need to Know Before June 2022

As of June 6, 2022, amendments to National Instrument 33-109 Registration Information (“NI 33-109“) and to National Instrument 31-103 Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations (“NI 33-101“) (the “Amendments“) come into force. These Amendments are relevant to all registration categories. Registrants will be required to update their internal policies and practices to comply with the Amendments. This article summarizes the Amendments and serves as a reminder about the upcoming changes.

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RSS Welcomes Francis Hemmings in Its Estates, Wills and Trusts Group

RSS is pleased to announce that Francis Hemmings is now part of its Estates, Wills and Trusts Group. Since his call to the Bar, in 2012, Francis has accumulated substantial experience in litigation matters, especially in matters involving vulnerable or incapable persons.

Marilyn Piccini Roy, Ad. E., TEP, head of the group, is pleased with this new member. “Francis’s profile is ideally suited to complement our team. Already, he has significant experience in litigation matters, which will be most useful in analyzing our clients’ cases. Of course, he will be implicated in contestations and settlement of disputes.”

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Chambers USA 2022 Ranks Connolly Gallagher in Three Delaware Practices

Chambers USA 2022 Ranks Connolly Gallagher in Three Delaware Practices

Connolly Gallagher LLP appears in three Delaware practice categories in the 2022 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business released June 1. The prestigious Chambers guide has consistently ranked Connolly Gallagher for Delaware Chancery, Intellectual Property and Labor & Employment services.

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