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10 Tips to Bolster a Licensee’s Source Code Escrow Protections

10 Tips to Bolster a Licensee’s Source Code Escrow Protections

July 8, 2021 at 12:45 PM -

When licensed software lies at the heart of a product or service, the licensee must consider how its business could be impacted in the event access to the software is suddenly disrupted (i.e., the licensor goes out of business). In some cases, the licensee’s contingency plan may include exercising a negotiated option to purchase a license to the software’s source code directly from the licensor; or if the software is easily replaced, finding an alternate vendor. When a source code license is not available and/or the software is not easily replaced, however, the licensee often considers a source code escrow arrangement.

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GDPR-Compliant Organizations: Why You May Need an EU Representative

GDPR-Compliant Organizations: Why You May Need an EU Representative

July 7, 2021 at 11:14 AM - GDPR,

The General Date Protection Regulation (GDPR) made its debut on the global privacy stage in 2018, and now, three years later, most U.S. companies doing business in the EU are well-aware of the regulation’s main provisions and their daily operational impact. However, the GDPR’s rules are expansive; and as a result, some of its “lesser known” articles have been overlooked by a number of smaller companies with limited in-house privacy resources.

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The New SCCs are Here!

The New SCCs are Here!

July 1, 2021 at 2:06 PM - EU-U.S. Privacy Shield,

At long last, the new standard contractual clause (SCCs) are here!

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Connecticut Amends Its Pay Equity Laws, Requiring Wage Range Disclosure and More

Connecticut Amends Its Pay Equity Laws, Requiring Wage Range Disclosure and More

June 29, 2021 at 10:57 AM - employment policies,

Recently, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed into law House Bill No. 6380, “An Act Concerning the Disclosure of Salary Range for a Vacant Position,” (the Act). The Act amends the state’s current pay equity laws by requiring Connecticut employers to disclose the wage range of vacant positions to applicants and current employees and by modifying the prohibition against sex-based compensation discrimination. The Act goes into effect on October 1, 2021.

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Mandating COVID-19 Vaccines for Employees: Just Because You Can (Maybe), Doesn’t Mean You Should

Mandating COVID-19 Vaccines for Employees: Just Because You Can (Maybe), Doesn’t Mean You Should

June 17, 2021 at 1:22 PM - employee policies,

As discussed in an earlier post, adopting a mandatory vaccination policy for employees is not a simple decision. Among the many factors to consider is the potential risk of legal action arising under federal laws such as the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) or the National Labor Relations Act, as well as state-law challenges alleging public policy violations or wrongful termination of employment. Recently, some employers have decided to require COVID vaccines for employees, citing Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Updated Guidance in support of this policy.  Many other employers are still considering how to proceed. Despite the EEOC’s position that an employer may enact a mandatory vaccination policy for all of its employees physically entering the workplace, mandatory vaccine policies are not without risk of unintended, negative consequences for the organization.

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Massachusetts’ New COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Law

Massachusetts’ New COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Law

June 8, 2021 at 11:00 AM - paid leave,


On May 28, 2021, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a new law providing job- protected, emergency paid sick leave for COVID-related illness, quarantine and vaccinations (“COVID-19 Sick Leave”) for all employees in the Commonwealth.

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Contract Signed, Deal Done: 4 Important Next Steps

Contract Signed, Deal Done: 4 Important Next Steps

May 18, 2021 at 1:47 PM - commercial contracts,

We’ve all heard stories about lavish closing dinners (perhaps you’ve attended one or more), where the completion of large corporate transactions are celebrated over dinner, drinks and token gifts of appreciation. Yet, even the execution of a small commercial agreement can be cause for raising a glass or simply breathing a deep sigh of relief. Hard work deserves a moment of pause. However, once the ink has dried on a newly-executed agreement and the party is over, what happens (or should happen) next? Placing the agreement into a neat, three-ring binder may feel organized, but it will not ensure performance under the agreement.

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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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