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Even If You Are a U.S. Company, Don’t Ignore the GDPR

May 4, 2018 at 3:20 PM - GDPR,


Complying with the EU’s New Data Privacy Law

GDPR.-Notebook-with-Notes-General-Data-Protection-Regulation-on-the-table-of-a-businessman-.-898176928_3869x2579On May 25, 2018, the European Union (EU)'s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force, broadening the scope of privacy obligations for companies doing business in or with Europe. The GDPR applies to all businesses that collect and use personal information of EU residents, including organizations located outside the EU.

U.S. companies, including Data Processors in the United States, may be subject to the GDPR if they offer products or services to EU residents or if they monitor the behavior of such residents even if they do not have a physical presence in the EU.

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Does my Small, Simple Deal Really Need a Lawyer’s Input? -- 5 Examples Where Small Deals had Big Consequences

April 26, 2018 at 12:19 PM - risk management,


It’s no surprise that start-ups and small businesses are mindful of their budgets. Occasionally, however, cost-consciousness can lead a company to question the need for a contract or contract review, particularly when a transaction involves a small dollar amount or simple service offering. By assuming a lower risk of liability in these situations, the cost of hiring a lawyer to write, or review, a contract can seem unnecessary. This is a misconception.

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Does GDPR Apply to Nonprofits?

April 11, 2018 at 10:02 AM - Nonprofits,


The GDPR goes into effect on May 25th. In this ACC Docket article, Lakshmi Sarma Ramani, a member of our Washington D.C.-area team, reviews its applicability to nonprofit organizations.

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Should Employers Participate in the New DOL PAID Program? 

March 22, 2018 at 2:32 PM - Employment Law,


On March 6, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced a new pilot program – the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (“PAID”) – which allows employers to self-report inadvertent overtime and minimum wage violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) without risk of litigation or enforcement proceedings. The new six-month pilot program is expected to launch in April 2018.

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Massachusetts' Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Goes Into Effect April 1, 2018

March 12, 2018 at 8:30 AM - Employment Law,


On July 27, 2017, Massachusetts’ Governor Charlie Baker signed into law the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), which applies to employers with six or more employees. The PWFA makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee due to pregnancy or a condition related to pregnancy, including, but not limited to, the need to express breast milk for a nursing child.  The PWFA also provides needed and reasonable accommodations to pregnant workers.

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Preparing for the new Massachusetts Pay Equity Law

March 5, 2018 at 9:14 AM - Employment Law,


The Massachusetts Act to Establish Pay Equity (“MEPA”) takes effect on July 1, 2018. The goal of the new law is to reduce pay differentials among men and women doing comparable work. The penalties for violating the new law include back wages (double the amount of the unpaid wages for up to three years), other compensation, and attorney’s fees. The new legislation also lengthens the statute of limitations for filing a claim to three years, and plaintiffs may choose to go directly to court to file suit or to file a claim with the Massachusetts Attorney General. 

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