The CDC and the Biden Administration Issue New Mask and Vaccine Guidance and Mandates, and Employers May Soon Follow Suit
With COVID-19 cases once again rising due to the spread of the more contagious Delta variant, the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) and the Biden Administration have issued new guidance and requirements on masking and vaccinations.
SEC Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) Disclosure Rule Could Help AgTech Attract Investors
AgTech companies promoting sustainability and positive social impacts may benefit from improving impact investors’ ability to assess and compare entities on these issues.
Many F-1 OPT foreign nationals have been approved for H-1B status effective October 1st in this year’s H-1B lottery Employers & F-1 workers should be careful during the transition from F-1 to H-1B status to ensure they maintain legal status and work authorization.
Arent Fox is pleased to announce that Labor & Employment Partner Rob Carrol has been named among the 2021 “Top Labor & Employment Lawyers” in California by the Daily Journal for the second year in a row as a result of his Team’s impressive track record of success on behalf of AF’s clients.
Senator Chuck Grassley Introduces Bipartisan Amendments to False Claims Act Aimed at Clarifying “Confusion” Over Materiality Standard
On Monday, Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, introduced the False Claims Amendments Act of 2021, section 2 of which would provide that defendants “may rebut an argument of materiality” as to an allegedly false claim submitted to the government for payment “by clear and convincing evidence.”
Joke’s on Moore: Southern District of New York Rejects Defamation Suit Against Sacha Baron Cohen From Trick Appearance in Showtime Comedy Series
Sacha Baron Cohen has once again demonstrated his ingenuity not just on television but also in the courtroom. Cohen prevailed in a $95 million lawsuit brought by Roy Moore, the disgraced former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, who lost a U.S. Senate race after he was accused of sexual mis
With COVID-19 rates again rising rapidly among unvaccinated individuals, California health care and government leaders are pushing to increase vaccination rates for healthcare workers in the state.
Perhaps you’ve seen it: A gigantic, inflatable, plastic, fanged, red-eyed, and beclawed rat, nicknamed Scabby, that unions sometimes deploy when protesting non-union businesses. Former NLRB General Counsel targeted Scabby for extermination, contending that using it in that manner ran afoul the Natio
The fashion industry is known for taking creative risks, so it is understandable that the industry is taking its next steps—literally—out of this world. Big name labels and innovative fashion start-ups are setting their sights on the so-called “Metaverse,” a persistent, digital universe that transce
In a lawsuit filed on June 29, 2021, in Texas state court, a major national retailer alleges that a Texas law restricting its retail locations from selling liquor to consumers violates the Texas Constitution. The retailer is asking the court for a declaratory judgment that Section 22.16 of the Texa
Although this article is focused on tax-exempt debt, the tax ramifications of the LIBOR transition are not limited to the municipal finance world, and the elimination of LIBOR may also have a significant impact on taxable debt, interest swap transactions and other transactions utilizing LIBOR.
According to court documents, the defendant admitted to, among other things, distributing unnecessary compound prescriptions by adjusting prescriptions and paying recruiters commissions for procuring prescriptions for high-margin medications.
In California, The “Regular Rate” for Meal and Rest Period Premium Pay and Overtime Are Now Retroactively the Same
Since 2001, California Labor Code Section 226.7 has required employers to pay employees an additional hour of pay at the employee’s “regular rate of compensation” for not providing compliant meal or rest periods. The California Supreme Court’s new decision in Ferra v. Loews Hollywood Hotel, LLC int
Municipal advisors, as well as other regulated entities, should be aware of their general obligations under Federal securities laws and MSRB Rules when formulating advice about securities or products, in particular, if it involves the LIBOR transition. Importantly, municipal issuers and conduit b
Expanded telehealth services temporarily permitted during the COVID-19 public health emergency would be further extended to December 21, 2023, in order for CMS to conduct analyses regarding permanent expansion of certain telehealth services.
On Tuesday, July 13, DC lawmakers unanimously approved emergency legislation that will gradually phase out tenant protections, including the moratorium on evictions.
SCOTUS: Accessing Private Database for Improper Purpose Not Violation of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
Headlines that Matter for Privacy and Data Security
On July 19, 2021, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) renewed the declaration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), effective July 20, 2021.
Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule for 2022 Released: What Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Need to Know
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) calendar year 2022 rule proposing changes to payment policies under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and Medicare Part B (the Proposed Rule) will officially be published in the Federal Register on July 23, 2021.
Senate passage of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, issuance of the updated Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory, and other recent government action may indicate that all products produced in whole or part in XUAR may soon be banned. Companies should be aware that this may impact the
The best benchmark for a company or a bank primarily depends upon the entity’s debt/interest rate swap situation as summarized below. This analysis also touches on the rationale behind the derivatives market's recent embrace of the move to recommended benchmarks in the US, starting on July 26.
The US policy behind this mandate is consistent with the desire to encourage open banking standards, albeit in a more piecemeal fashion than what has already been done in the UK.
Medical Device Company Pays $38 Million to Resolve Criminal Charges Related to Fraudulent Misbranding of Surgical Gowns
US-based multinational medical device company, Avanos Medical Inc., entered into a deferred prosecution agreement and agreed to pay more than $22 million in connection with a criminal complaint charging the company with one count of introducing misbranded surgical gowns in interstate commerce with t
Are California Vehicle Dealers Being Targeted for Their Failure to Remit Unclaimed Property to the State? The State is Auditing, so Dealer Beware!
California is paying closer attention to ensure that unclaimed property at your dealership is actually turned over to the State.