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California Employers: Meal Period Rounding Is Not Permitted

California Employers: Meal Period Rounding Is Not Permitted

March 3, 2021 at 5:02 PM - employee policies,

Time rounding is common practice used by employers of hourly employees to simplify their payroll calculations. Although this practice is legal, federal and state guidelines do exist on how to fairly round “hours worked” by employees. Recently, the California Supreme Court offered additional parameters on the use of time rounding, holding that such practices are not permissible in the context of providing non-exempt (hourly) employees their 30-minute unpaid meal periods.

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Nine Issues to Look for in the Payment Provisions of a Contract

Nine Issues to Look for in the Payment Provisions of a Contract

March 1, 2021 at 3:02 PM - commercial contracts,

Virtually all contracts have payment-related provisions which can span a wide variety of ancillary issues, including invoicing, disputes over invoiced amounts, timing of payments, and remedies for late payments. When reviewing these provisions, your position will, naturally, depend on your role in the agreement: are you the vendor collecting payment or the customer making payment? In some situations, such as in co-marketing deals, payments will be flowing in both directions.

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The Privacy Shield is Dead: Here Come the New SCCs

The Privacy Shield is Dead: Here Come the New SCCs

February 19, 2021 at 4:16 PM - EU Laws,

As we reported last year, the invalidation of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield on July 16, 2020 is forcing the hand of U.S. companies which access the personal data of EU residents to find a new, lawful mechanism by which to do so in accordance with EU data protection laws. One such alternative – the use of the EU’s standard contractual clauses (SCCs) (a/k/a “Model Clauses”) – was recently bolstered by much-needed proposed updates to the clauses themselves.

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Sexual Harassment in the Remote Workplace

Sexual Harassment in the Remote Workplace

February 17, 2021 at 1:47 PM - harassment prevention training,

In this new era of remote working, employers may think that the risk of sexual harassment is no longer a major concern, and therefore, prevention training should not be a high priority. Unfortunately, this reasoning relies on misconceptions about harassment and can lead to serious problems for an employer, including challenging employee relations issues, disruption of business operations, embarrassing news coverage that can damage an organization’s brand and bottom line, and costly litigation and liability under federal and state anti-harassment laws.

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OSHA Releases COVID-19 Guidance for the Workplace

OSHA Releases COVID-19 Guidance for the Workplace

February 10, 2021 at 2:01 PM - employee policies,

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued guidance to employers in the form of best practice recommendations for protecting employees from COVID-19. Intended only for workplaces outside the healthcare industry, OSHA’s “Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace” focuses on the creation of a COVID-19 prevention program which prioritizes employee involvement, communication and training.

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Proposed Changes to HIPAA Privacy Rule in 2021

Proposed Changes to HIPAA Privacy Rule in 2021

February 2, 2021 at 2:03 PM -

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) will see significant changes this year as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) continues its “Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care” initiative which aims to remove obstacles to coordinated patient care that may exist due to federal regulations like HIPAA. On December 10th, the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, indicating its intention to revise the HIPAA Privacy Rule, among other priorities.

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Massachusetts Court Says Online Terms of Service May Not Form Binding Contracts with Users

Massachusetts Court Says Online Terms of Service May Not Form Binding Contracts with Users

January 12, 2021 at 3:47 PM - online agreements,


Last week, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) issued a decision (Kauders v. Uber Technologies, Inc.) with serious implications regarding the enforceability of online agreements in the Commonwealth. This decision represents the first time the SJC has considered a substantive contract formation issue within the context of online agreements. By concluding that online contracts must meet the same standards of formation that exist for traditional contracts under MA law, the SJC’s decision will effectively require companies to reevaluate the way they present terms of service on website and mobile applications, if they wish for them to be enforceable in MA.

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More Paycheck Protection Program Funds Available

More Paycheck Protection Program Funds Available

January 5, 2021 at 2:14 PM - COVID-19,

In December, Congress convened to discuss the federal government’s 2021 operating budget, resulting in the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the “Act”) on December 27th. Nestled within its nearly 6,000 pages was a second COVID-19 stimulus package providing approximately $900B in pandemic aid, including a renewal of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that was originally established under the CARES Act last Spring.

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