Llinks Awarded Best Overall PRC Law Firms (Shanghai) 2021 by China Business Law Journal

In June 2021, China Business Law Journal, a leading international legal media, released its China Business Law Awards (regional awards). With outstanding performance and great market reputation, Llinks has won the Best Overall PRC Law Firms (Shanghai) 2021 Read more…

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Video: SCOTUS in Review, Biden Acts to Limit Non-Competes, NY HERO Act Model Safety Plans – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesdayThis week, we recap the U.S. Supreme Court’s term and its impact on employers.

U.S. Supreme Court Employment Law Decisions in Review (see video below)

The Supreme Court’s term ended on July 1, 2021. Attorney Stuart Gerson discusses two main cases from the term with labor and employment implications, Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid and TransUnion LLC v. Ramirez. He also discusses the Court’s interest in ERISA, including a case in which the Court granted certiorari that employers may wish to track in the next term.

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The law on "landing" or what threatens large IT companies in the near future

On July 2, 2021, the Federal Law “On the activities of Foreign entities in the Internet Information and Telecommunications Network on the Territory of the Russian Federation”, which is also known the Law on “Landing”, came into force for the landing of large IT companies. The aim of this law is to equalize foreign and Russian companies operating on the Internet.

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New requirements for online advertising have come into force

In order to tighten up control over online advertising, Federal Law No. 347-FZ of 02.07.2021 “On Amendments to the Federal Law “On Advertising” (the Law) came into force on July 2, 2021. These amendments primarily relate to online advertising focused on Russian consumers.

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Biden Issues Executive Order Encouraging Federal Action to Limit or Ban Non-Compete Agreements

On July 9, 2021, President Biden signed the Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy, which encourages the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) to employ its statutory rulemaking authority “to curtail the unfair use of non-compete clauses and other clauses or agreements that may unfairly limit worker mobility.”  Executive Order, Section 5(g).  While the language in the Executive Order refers to the “unfair” use of non-compete clauses, the Administration’s explanatory statement makes clear that “the President encourages the FTC to ban or limit non-compete agreements” altogether.

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Surprise billing regulations: Action steps for healthcare providers

Updated on July 13, 2021, to reflect the Federal Register publication date.

On July 1, four federal agencies[1] issued an interim final rule with comment period (the IFC), which will implement various provisions of the No Surprises Act relating to unexpected medical costs for out-of-network medical services. The IFC was published in the Federal Register on July 13, 2021. This article addresses implications and action steps for healthcare providers. Read more…

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Emmanuelle Campeau, New Partner in Our Insurance Law Practice Group

July 13, 2021 — An experienced litigator is joining RSS. Emmanuelle Campeau already has some 13 years’ experience before the courts. In addition to malpractice, and insurance and general liability cases, Emmanuelle has represented countless businesses and their executives in various tax litigation matters.

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The month of June was marked, at the legislative level, by the approval and publication, on the one hand, of the Ordinance no. 119/2021, of June 7, determined the starting date and duration of each phase of the “IVAucher” programme, created by Implementing Decree no. 2-A/2021, of May 28, in compliance with the provisions of no. 14 of article 405 of Law no. 75-B/2020, of December 31 and, on the other hand, of Law no. 36/2021, of June 14, which approved the Framework Law on Public Utility Status. Read more…

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Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Passes in the House for Second Time; More Likely To Become Law

On May 14, 2021, the United States House of Representatives passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“PWFA” or “HR 1065”) for a second time.  With a vote of 315-101, including support from all House Democrats and 99 Republicans, the PWFA now awaits Senate consideration.

As previously reported, the House had originally passed the PWFA on September 14, 2020 (“HR 2694”).  While members of congress have introduced versions of the PWFA each term since 2012, last year was the first approval.  After HR 2694 passed the House last September, by a vote of 329-73, the Senate did not consider it.  The post-election introduction of the current version of the PWFA, HR 1065, however, appears more likely to become law than its predecessor.  The current version has already received strong bipartisan support and, if considered, would likely receive strong support from Senate Democrats.   Additionally, the PWFA seems poised to pass because the Senate has authored its own version, S1486, which was introduced by a bipartisan group of senators before being sent to the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.  There are no substantive differences between HR 1065 and S1486, and the PWFA has captured widespread support from various worker advocates, civil rights groups, and business groups.

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Biden Administration targets competition

This article is part of a new McDonald Hopkins series on developments in restrictive covenant law that will dive deeper into how employers can protect their business interests in light of state – and potentially federal – limitations, strategies for revising employers’ non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, and other topics that will help businesses navigate the changing landscape of employee restrictive covenants. Read more…

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