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U.S. Imposes Travel Ban on Noncitizens Recently Present in India

U.S. Imposes Travel Ban on Noncitizens Recently Present in India

May 3, 2021 at 2:09 PM - Immigration,

In response to the tragic COVID-19 outbreak unfolding in the Republic of India (“India”), President Biden has issued a Proclamation that, effective May 4, 2021, suspends entry into the U.S. for certain noncitizens who were physically present in India during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry. This new restriction largely mirrors those already in effect for travel from Brazil, People’s Republic of China, Iran, Ireland, countries in the European Schengen Area, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

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Federal Trade Commission begins enforcement of COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act

Federal Trade Commission begins enforcement of COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act

May 3, 2021 at 1:24 PM - COVID-19,

The COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act (COVID-19 Act) was passed last year to protect the public from deceptive marketing related to the treatment, cure, prevention, mitigation, or diagnosis of COVID–19, or any government benefit related to COVID-19, by making such practices illegal under the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act). The COVID-19 Act also authorizes the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to seek civil monetary penalties for first-time violations of the COVID-19 Act, a remedy not normally available under the FTC Act.

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New Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Law passed in California

New Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Law passed in California

May 3, 2021 at 9:31 AM - COVID-19,

On March 29, 2021, a new California law took effect mandating COVID-related supplemental paid sick leave for employers with more than 25 employees. Specifically, Senate Bill (SB) 95 creates new Labor Code Section 248.2, which requires employers to provide supplemental paid sick leave for certain absences related to COVID-19, in addition to other paid time off benefits to which they are already entitled. This law (referred to below as the “2021 SPSL law”) applies retroactively to January 1, 2021 and is effective through September 30, 2021.

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Changing Tides in U.S. Labor Relations

Changing Tides in U.S. Labor Relations

April 27, 2021 at 3:02 PM - NLRB,

On March 31, newly appointed Acting General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Peter Sung Ohr, issued a memorandum to all Regional Directors advising that his office plans to robustly enforce workers’ rights under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NRLA), including the right to engage in concerted activities for mutual aid or protection.

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Connecticut Follows Trend in Banning Hair Discrimination in the Workplace

Connecticut Follows Trend in Banning Hair Discrimination in the Workplace

April 16, 2021 at 12:55 PM - employee policies,

On March 4, 2021, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed into law House Bill No. 6515, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of ethnic hairstyles historically associated with race. Known as the CROWN Act (which stands for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair), the law amends Connecticut’s anti-discrimination law to define race as “inclusive of ethic traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles.” Under the new law, "protective hairstyles" include "wigs, headwraps and hairstyles, such as individual braids, cornrows, locs, twists, Bantu knots, afros and afro puffs." 

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F-1 students seeking OPT can now file Form I-765 online

F-1 students seeking OPT can now file Form I-765 online

April 15, 2021 at 9:59 AM - Immigration,

F-1 Students Seeking Optional Practical Training Employment Authorization Document Can Now File Form I-765 Online

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Additional Insights into the Use of Force Majeure for COVID-19

Additional Insights into the Use of Force Majeure for COVID-19

April 13, 2021 at 10:50 AM - commercial contracts,

A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, some businesses are still incurring losses due to COVID-related closures and other restrictions. As we shared last April, the possibility of mitigating those losses by relying on a force majeure provision depends on a variety of different factors, including which state law governs your contract, the exact wording of the force majeure clause contained within it, and other facts and circumstances, such as the subject matter of the agreement and/or the foreseeability of the pandemic at the time you entered into the contract.

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5 Issues a Buyer/Licensee Should Consider Before Renewing Vendor Agreements/Licenses

5 Issues a Buyer/Licensee Should Consider Before Renewing Vendor Agreements/Licenses

April 7, 2021 at 11:32 AM - commercial contracts,

A common or “boilerplate” provision in commercial contracts is the renewal clause. Typically included in the Term section, this clause dictates if and how the agreement will renew after the initial term ends. When entering an agreement, your position on the renewal provision will likely depend on your role in the relationship (e.g., as either buyer or seller of products/services).

In some agreements, renewal is automatic if neither party opts out in writing. Although automatic renewal terms may be convenient, particularly when your business depends on the seller’s product or license, they may also be costly unless there is a termination for convenience right with a short notice period.

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