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Can I Bring Cannabis from Canada Home?

Cannabis has been legalized in Canada as of October 17, 2018. What does this mean for employers with employees traveling to and from Canada? Can travelers from Canada to the United States with legally purchased cannabis simply drive to a state where recreational or medical use of cannabis is legal? The bottom line: Employers should remind employees that they cannot cross into the United States with Canadian cannabis under any circumstances.

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Corporate Downsizing: Federal Government proposes changes to large proprietary company thresholds

On 16 November, the Federal Government released for public consultation exposure draft regulations, Corporations Amendment (Proprietary Company Thresholds) Regulations 2018 (Regulations). The Regulations propose to reduce the financial reporting burden for some proprietary companies by increasing the thresholds for determining what constitutes a large proprietary company under the Corporations Act.

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Privatization of electric power generation concessionaires: creation of new 30-year concession possible

On January 26, 2018, Federal Decree 9.271 / 2018 was published, which regulates the granting of concessions in the electric sector associated with the privatization of the concession holder of a public electric power generation concession.

In summary, the Federal Government tries to stimulate the market to participate in the privatization auctions of the electric power generation public service concessionaires, by predicting that the winning companies of the auction will have the possibility of granting a new concession contract by the up to 30 years from the date of its execution.

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Federal government extends deadline for drafting municipal sanitation plans for the third time

The Government has again extended the deadline for municipalities to prepare their Basic Sanitation Plans, which will now end on December 31, 2019.

By means of a decree published on December 29 last (Decree 9,254 / 2017), the Government amended Decree 7,217 / 2007, which originally provided for the preparation of Municipal Plans until December 2014 (later changed to 2015 and 2017). With the new wording, municipalities that do not have their Plans completed by the stipulated date will not have access to the federal budget resources or to financings managed by the Federal Administration, when destined to public services of basic sanitation.

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Na véspera da perda de vigência do PRT, Governo Federal institui novo programa para quitação de débitos com descontos em multas e juros de mora

Por meio da Medida Provisória nº 783/2017, o Governo Federal instituiu o Programa Especial de Regularização Tributária (“PERT”) para a quitação de débitos tributários e não tributários perante a Receita Federal (“RFB”) e a Procuradoria Geral da Fazenda Nacional (“PGFN”), devidos por pessoas jurídicas ou físicas, com vencimento regular até 30/04/2017, estendendo o escopo de débitos passíveis de regularização originalmente concedido pelo PRT (MPV 766/2017), cujo prazo para conversão em Lei expirou em 01/06/2017. Também podem ser quitados no PERT os débitos objeto de: parcelamentos ativos ou rescindidos (inclusive parcelamentos efetuados no PRT); discussão em esfera administrativa ou judicial; ou lançamento por auto de infração.

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Federal trade union regime: back to the future!

February 4, 2016 — Last spring, the federal government caused quite a stir within trade unions with the adoption of Bill C-525, that tightened the rules for the accreditation of a union while facilitating the revocation of certification. The Bill came into force on June 16, 2015.

In April, RSS had issued a bulletin on this amendment.

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Federal climate-change decision could create hurdle for BC LNG

The federal government has said that provinces are responsible for controlling greenhouse gas emissions within their borders, explains David Austin in the Globe and Mail. David makes these comments in advance of a federal decision on climate-change measures, which could create a new hurdle for the BC LNG industry. Learn more.

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Federal Government introduces Insolvency Law Reform Bill 2015

The Insolvency Law Reform Bill 2015 has been introduced into Parliament as part of the Australian Government’s strategy to modernise and strengthen the nation’s insolvency and corporate reorganisation framework.

The Bill comes at a time when the Government has announced major changes to insolvency law as part of its innovation package concerning areas like insolvent trading as well as default periods for personal bankruptcies. Those changes, however, appear only to be in the embryonic stage and seem to have overshadowed other important reforms which the Government has slipped into Parliament just last week.

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