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On October 7, 2021, Governor Newsom signed the Silenced No More Act (SB-331), which expands existing restrictions on the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in settlement agreements based on claims of workplace discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.  
The Biden Administration just announced that starting November 8, 2021 there will be stricter vaccine and COVID testing requirements for all air travelers into the US.
Many may not realize that the synonymous phrase “Play Like a Champion Today” could be trademarked by a private company. In this case, the phrase has been registered by Play Like A Champion Today LLC (PLACT) and PLACT has licensed the phrase for Notre Dame merchandise. 
On October 13, 2021, the EEOC once again issued updated FAQs concerning the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, among others, to issues arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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Mattress manufacturer, Resident Home LLC and its owner, Ran Reske, will pay $750,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges over alleged misrepresentations that its mattresses were made from 100% USA-made materials in violation of an earlier FTC administrative order prohibiting the company
Large employers should soon have specific guidance on complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) vaccine and testing mandate.
The Massachusetts Department of Family Medical Leave (DFML), which administers the Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) law in Massachusetts has published important information regarding an increase in the amount of weekly benefits available in the upcoming year.
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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on October 13, 2021, warned 700 major consumer products companies and national advertisers that any future violations of the FTC’s endorsement and testimonial guidance could result in civil fines of up to $43,792 per incident. While the notices do not allege a
The renowned theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku joins Fox Forum to discuss immortality, time travel, whether we are living in a simulation, string theory, when AI and the robots will take over, and the inventions that could change our lives.
Effective October 18, 2021, Xavier Becerra, the Secretary of Health and Human Services renewed the declaration of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) that was first declared on January 20, 2020.
As COVID-19 vaccination mandates continue to increase across the country, employers are legally required to manage, and in some cases accommodate exemption requests
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As critical product shortages arose during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidance documents outlining temporary policies that allowed non-drug manufacturers to produce alcohol-based hand sanitizers and alcohol for use in such hand sanitizers.
The Second Circuit held recently that the screenwriter of the pop culture classic “Friday the 13th” did not write the Screenplay as a work made for hire, and, as the author of the work, could regain U.S. ownership rights to the work.
On September 24, 2021, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force published its Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors that set forth the requirements for a covered contractor.
Business owners of entities classified as partnerships or S corporations should take note of a potential opportunity to reduce U.S. federal income taxes through a state tax election to pay state income tax at the entity level.
AF Automotive successfully represented a California BMW dealership in an action for alleged violations of the Fair Employment and Housing Act or “FEHA”.
On September 27, 2021, a substantive amendment was approved by the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) in an emergency rulemaking action.
In a positive development for employers faced with competing Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) actions, on September 30, 2021, the California Court of Appeals (Second District, Division Four) held in Turrieta v. Lyft., Inc. that ride-share drivers who sued the ride-share company in separate PAGA
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