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New York State Requires Notice of Electronic Monitoring

New York State Requires Notice of Electronic Monitoring

December 7, 2021 at 12:50 PM - Employment Law,

Last month, New York Governor Hochul signed into law a bill that will require employers to notify new employees of electronic monitoring of telephone, email and internet access and usage, and to obtain their written acknowledgement of the notice. This new law (the “Act”), which goes into effect on May 7, 2022, applies to all private employers, regardless of size, with a place of business in New York State.

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New Testing Requirement for All U.S.-Bound International Air Travelers

New Testing Requirement for All U.S.-Bound International Air Travelers

December 6, 2021 at 4:00 PM - COVID-19,

All U.S.-bound international air travelers must obtain a negative one-day COVID-19 test result, regardless of citizenship and vaccination status, prior to embarkation

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5 Key Elements of a Document Retention Policy

5 Key Elements of a Document Retention Policy

December 1, 2021 at 12:08 PM - document destruction,

A document retention policy is a set of practices adopted by a company to guide how documents, records and other important information are to be stored, saved and destroyed. Companies adopt document retention policies for any number of reasons, but many do so in order to comply with state and federal laws mandating either specific retention periods for certain types of records or document destruction protocols. A comprehensive policy also plays a critical role in helping to determine the existence and location of certain records in the event of litigation. At a minimum, these policies can help to control document storage costs by eliminating retention of any records whose maintenance may no longer be necessary or required by law.

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Joint Ventures Involving Tax-Exempt Organizations (Part 2)

Joint Ventures Involving Tax-Exempt Organizations (Part 2)

November 30, 2021 at 9:19 AM - Nonprofits,

Lakshmi Sarma Ramani (a Member of our Washington D.C.-based team) and co-author Anita Drummond discuss joint ventures between tax-exempt organizations and for-profit entities in their new 2-part series featured in the ACC Docket's Nonprofit Knowledge column.

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U.S. Imposes Travel Ban from Southern African Regions Effective November 29, 2021

U.S. Imposes Travel Ban from Southern African Regions Effective November 29, 2021

November 29, 2021 at 3:00 PM - travel restrictions,

In response to the COVID-19 “Omicron” variant outbreak unfolding in several southern African regions, President Biden has issued a Proclamation that, effective November 29, 2021, suspends entry into the U.S. for certain nonimmigrants who were physically present in Republic of Botswana, the Kingdom of Eswatini, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Malawi, the Republic of Mozambique, the Republic of Namibia, the Republic of South Africa, and the Republic of Zimbabwe during the fourteen (14) day period preceding their entry or attempted entry.

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“Forgetting” to Pay Wages in California may be a Criminal Offense in 2022

“Forgetting” to Pay Wages in California may be a Criminal Offense in 2022

November 23, 2021 at 10:11 AM - employment policies,

Effective January 1, 2022, a new California law imposes criminal penalties on employers who intentionally withhold wages and tips from their employees. The law was passed on September 27, 2021, when California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into effect Assembly Bill 1003, making an employer’s intentional theft of wages - in an amount greater than nine hundred fifty dollars ($950) from any one employee, or two thousand three hundred fifty dollars ($2,350) in the aggregate from two or more employees, in any consecutive 12-month period - punishable as grand theft.

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The Basics of Forming an LLC

The Basics of Forming an LLC

November 22, 2021 at 12:28 PM - startups,

When forming a new business, a founder must make several important decisions upfront including what type of legal entity to select. Choosing the appropriate legal structure requires consideration of issues such as ownership structure, liability, profit distributions, tax treatment and capital raising, to name a few.

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USCIS Issues Welcome Policy Guidance Addressing Work Authorization for Certain E, H-4 and L-2 Spouses

USCIS Issues Welcome Policy Guidance Addressing Work Authorization for Certain E, H-4 and L-2 Spouses

November 17, 2021 at 3:39 PM - Immigration,

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency has issued new policy guidance stemming from its settlement agreement in Shergill et al. v. Mayorkas, a federal lawsuit that sought to compel USCIS to provide automatic employment authorization extensions for certain H-4 and L-2 spouses.

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