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Although the economy has begun its recovery, it continues to display contradiction and uncertainty. Unemployment continues at a relatively high rate yet businesses complain of not being able to fill job openings. An inordinate number of workers are quitting their jobs.
Last week, in a major break from its policy under the Trump administration, the US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights issued a Notice of Interpretation, explaining that it will enforce Title IX's prohibition against sex discrimination to include: (1) discrimination based on
On February 24, 2021, we first reported on the most significant variants of the novel coronavirus then emerging across the globe and here in the United States.
Based upon the records of the New York Fed and the Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED) of the St. Louis Fed, the level of reverse repo activity on June 17th -18th  reached unprecedented levels.
Earlier today, the US Department of Labor published a notice of proposed rulemaking “to limit the amount of non-tip producing work that a tipped employee can perform when an employer is taking a tip credit against the federal minimum wage.”
On Wednesday, President Biden signed legislation establishing the 11th national holiday, Juneteenth National Independence Day.
On June 9, 2021, in Professional Transportation, Inc., 370 NLRB No. 132 (2021), the National Labor Relations Board held that the offer of Local 1077 of the United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers to handle or collect an employee’s mail-in ballot constituted objectionable solicitation in a Board
This week, to observe LGBTQ+ Pride Month and the anniversary of the US Supreme Court ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, holding that firing employees due to their sexual orientation or transgender status violates Title VII’s prohibition against sex discrimination, the EEOC released new resources.
Colorado passes its own omnibus state privacy law. Although there are overlaps with the California and Virginia privacy laws, the Colorado Privacy Act has its own distinctions and variations, namely a longer cure period and an explicit ban on consent obtained through dark patterns.
Due to COVID-19, the interview waiver process has been implemented more broadly at consular posts around the world and the requirements to qualify have been expanded.
In April, Houston Methodist Hospital announced its decision to mandate the COVID-19 vaccination for all employees. One hundred seventeen employees sued to block the mandate.
As part of the transition to SOFR, an advisory subcommittee of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced last week it is recommending that interdealers exclusively use SOFR rather than LIBOR for linear derivative trades.
In July 2020, the Trump Administration issued an Executive Order (the EO) directing the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take certain actions and finalize rulemakings designed to “support the goal of safe importation of prescription drugs.”
Crippling data breaches and sophisticated ransomware attacks are increasingly common threats to modern businesses. Ransomware attacks can not only target confidential company data and data collected from customers but employee data as well.
On March 31, 2021, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) into law, legalizing adult-use cannabis in the state and establishing a regulatory framework to govern what likely will be one of the nation’s largest cannabis markets.
Last week the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case Unicolors, Inc. v. H & M Hennes & Mauritz, LP, which considers when inaccuracies in a US copyright application can be used to invalidate a resulting registration.
On May 24, 2021, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel E. Bowser announced plans to invest a record-setting $400 million into the District’s affordable housing production via direct injection into the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF).
Effective May 28, 2021, Massachusetts employers are required to make paid leave time available to employees for COVID-related illnesses, quarantine, and vaccinations. Paid leave benefits are paid by the employer and then reimbursed by the Commonwealth.
The legislation updates the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by prohibiting internet companies from collecting personal information from anyone 13- to 15-years old without the user’s consent
In May 2021, two photojournalists filed a class action lawsuit against Instagram, alleging that the social media giant allowed and encouraged third parties to ‘embed’ images shared to the platform in violation of copyright law.
With the new demands on litigators to adapt trial presentation techniques for proceedings conducted by virtual conferencing, success will be driven by how well you are prepared.
The Supreme Court has issued a much anticipated opinion on the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (the CFAA), holding in Van Buren v. United States that an individual “exceeds authorized access” under the CFAA when he accesses a computer with authorization but then obtains files
Nothing is safe from fraudulent activity, not even emerging NFTs (non-fungible tokens). While most domain owners are still learning about NFTs, cryptosquatters have been busily creating NFTs using well-known trademarks. There is now greater clarity regarding resources for addressing this troublesome
In the most recent WorldSmart podcast, Chief Legal Officer at ESI, Tony Aguilera, sits down with International Co-Chairs Hunter Carter and Malcolm McNeil to discuss supply chain challenges during the age of COVID-19 and what the future of business holds.
Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission expanded its technical assistance to address COVID-19 vaccinations. Here are some of the highlights.