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EEOC Issues Guidance on the ADA & Employer Use of AI Screening Tools

Over the past several years, workplace artificial intelligence (“AI”) tools have matured from novel to mainstream.  Whether facilitating attracting, screening, hiring, and onboarding job applicants or charting the career path or promotability of current employees, workplace AI tools will likely become more prevalent.  Legislators and administrative agencies have taken note and are in various stages of examining and regulating these tools, with the primary goal of ensuring that they do not violate federal and state laws prohibiting workplace discrimination.

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Employment Law Q&A: What is AI and why does it matter for employers?

What is AI?

AI stands for “artificial intelligence.” Generally, AI is the ability of a digital computer or computer-controlled robot to perform tasks commonly associated with intelligent beings. The term is frequently applied to the development of systems endowed with the intellectual processing characteristics of humans, such as the ability to reason, discover meaning, generalize, or learn from past experience. Read more…

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Five Lessons from DDTC’s Most Recent Consent Agreement

On January 21, 2022, the U.S. Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) entered into a consent agreement with Torrey Pines Logic, Inc. (“TPL”) and its founder and president, Dr. Leonid Volfson, for alleged violations of the Arms Export Control Act (“AECA”) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”).1 TPL, an electro-optics and communications equipment company, allegedly committed violations that involved the attempted unauthorized export and unauthorized export of defense articles, including to proscribed destinations; involvement in ITAR-regulated activities while ineligible; and failure to maintain export transaction records. Read more…

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Risks Associated With a Simplified Life Insurance Proposal and Nullity Ab Initio

On March 28, RSS obtained a favourable decision on behalf of its client in Kabeya c. Compagnie d’assurance-vie RBC [RBC], 2022 QCCS 1035. In this decision, the Court concluded that a life insurance policy was null and void due to a false declaration by the insured regarding his Canadian citizenship status. The Court also considered the appropriateness of using a simplified form at the time of the application for a life insurance policy, as opposed to a more detailed application form, while recognizing the materiality of the false declaration in the insurer’s assessment of the risk.

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Marcel-Olivier Nadeau Elected Vice-president of the Bar of Quebec

At its June 1 meeting, the board of directors of the Bar of Quebec elected Marcel-Olivier Nadeau as vice-president of the Bar. He will be a close collaborator of the Bâtonnière Catherine Claveau. In this position, he will be at the forefront of the Bar’s involvement in the numerous legal issues that make headlines in Quebec.

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“Material Changes” to New Hampshire’s Noncompete Law Proposed

We have written recently about legislative action in various states concerning their restrictive covenant laws, including Washington state’s prohibitions on nondisclosure and nondisparagement provisions in employment agreements, a proposal in Connecticut to codify limitations on noncompetes, and a law passed in Colorado that would limit the use and enforcement of noncompetes and non-solicitation provisions. Another state that is considering new noncompete legislation is New Hampshire.

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Martin Côté Featured in a Continuing Education Activity of the Bar

Today, May 31, Martin Côté is presenting “Tout ce que vous devez savoir relativement au secret professionnel de l’avocat en entreprise et au privilège relatif au litige”, a contining education webinar hosted by the Bar of Quebec.

L’article Martin Côté Featured in a Continuing Education Activity of the Bar est apparu en premier sur RSS – Robinson Sheppard Shapiro.

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RSS Welcomes Ariane Vanasse in Its Insurance Law Group

RSS is proud to announce that Ariane Vanasse, a litigator, is joining the firm’s Insurance Law Group. A member of the Bar since 2018, Ariane has focused her practice on litigation and dispute resolution, dealing with numerous areas of law such as claims for latent defects.

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11 Connolly Gallagher Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

11 Connolly Gallagher Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

Eleven Connolly Gallagher attorneys have been named by Super Lawyers in their annual attorney rankings. Seven attorneys were named Super Lawyers and four additional attorneys were recognized as Rising Stars in a ranking process that included peer nominations, peer evaluations, and independent research. Approximately 5 percent of attorneys are named as Super Lawyers and 2.5 percent are named as Rising Stars. Connolly Gallagher offers its clients a multidisciplinary approach and is proud to be recognized by Super Lawyers for excellence in eleven different practice areas.

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Supreme Court Holds That Judges Can’t Invent Rules Governing Arbitration Waiver

Litigators who defend cases brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), particularly ‘collective actions” alleging wage-and-hour violations, often have been able to counter, or even sometimes support, allegations that arbitration agreements have been waived where the conduct of a party has caused prejudice to the other side. In the case of Morgan v. Sundance, Inc., a unanimous Supreme Court has now held that the determinant of waiver is solely dependent upon the nature and magnitude of the actions of the party that might be inconsistent with arbitration, without respect to alleged prejudice.

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