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In this WorldSmart podcast, Ecuadorian politician and diplomat Ivonne Baki joins Hunter Carter and Malcolm McNeil to discuss women in politics, fair trade agreements with Ecuador, and the art of diplomacy.
Effective January 1, 2022, California Senate Bill 41, the Genetic Information Privacy Act (GIPA), imposes requirements on the collection, use, and disclosure of genetic data collected or derived from direct-to-consumer genetic testing products and services.
On January 13, 2022, the Supreme Court reinstituted a stay blocking OSHA's COVID-19 vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard (ETS), which mandated that employers with 100 or more employees require their employees to get vaccinated or undergo weekly testing for COVID-19.
On March 1, 2022, SB 21-271 will take effect in Colorado, exposing employers to increased potential criminal penalties for violations of Colorado's anti-non-compete statute, Colorado Revised Statute § 8-2-113.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has issued a unanimous opinion in Meehan v. Medical Information Technology, Inc., holding that the termination of an at-will employee for exercising the statutory right of rebuttal to information included in their personnel record.
Around the globe, automakers, parts suppliers, and related industries are making long-term investments in electric vehicles (EV), EV batteries, charging stations, and associated technologies.
Under legislation signed on December 31 by Governor Kathy Hochul, (S.3762/A. 1396; L2021, ch. 828), all pharmacy benefit managers operating in New York State will be required to register with the State Department of Financial Services (DFS) by April 1, 2022, and thereafter to be licensed.
The components and products that are used in the assembly of EVs are critical to the deployment and functionality of EVs and their global supply chain.
Rare-earth magnets (i.e., neodymium-iron-boron permanent magnets), widely considered the most efficient way to power EVs, are the latest commodity to be potentially subject to Section 232 tariffs, which have previously been imposed at a rate between 10 and 50% for the steel and aluminum industry.
Throughout 2021, the administration and Congress have made clear the support for US domestic manufacturing of the electric mobility supply chain. Their goal is to both boost economic growth and reduce US carbon emissions.
Through Section 301, "China Tariffs," the United States Trade Representative (USTR) imposes additional ad valorem tariffs rates between 7.5% and 25% on the majority of Chinese-origin products, including lithium-ion batteries, battery cells, and critical minerals.
In light of the impact of high tariffs on EV inputs under Section 301 and Section 232 measures and the uncertainty of future trade actions, qualification under the US-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) Agreement is more important than ever to maintain a competitive advantage in this industry.
The United States Supreme Court has granted certiorari to address the important question of whether the Federal Arbitration Act ("FAA") requires the enforcement of an arbitration agreement that would require representative action claims.
As expected, on January 1, 2022, the additional Section 232 tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from the European Union (EU) were replaced with a new Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ).  
US importers should participate in the Task Force's comment and hearing process to flag due diligence challenges and formulate the strategy to enforce the import prohibitions.
In March 2020, the Department of Labor issued a rule billed as a measure designed to increase labor union financial transparency.
In a notice issued yesterday in The Atlanta Opera, Inc. 371 NLRB No. 45 (2021), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) invited parties and amici to submit briefs addressing whether the Board should reconsider its standard for determining the independent contractor status of workers.  
Last week, we reported on the District of Columbia’s newly-announced requirement that certain indoor facilities verify that patrons, ages 12 and over, are vaccinated against COVID-19. Here’s some additional information that you should know.
In November, with the pandemic apparently subsiding in DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser eased the City’s indoor mask mandate. On December 20, with COVID-19 cases again on the rise, Mayor Bowser declared a new state of emergency and reinstated the mask requirement.  
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has issued an opinion in Jinks v. Credico (USA), LLC setting forth the appropriate standard governing joint employer liability under the Massachusetts Wage Act.
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On December 17, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued an Opinion lifting the stay of OSHA's emergency temporary standard (ETS) requiring employers with 100 or more employees to implement mandatory COVID-19 vaccine or weekly testing policies for their employees.
On December 6, 2021, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all private sector employers that employ more than one employee in New York City.