San Francisco, USA

The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act: What non-US companies doing business in California should know

By Terry Myers and Peter Flägel, Gibbons P.C.

California enacted the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act in 2010 to ensure that consumers are provided with information about the efforts of companies doing business in California to abolish human traffcking and slavery from product supply chains. There are three requirements for the statute to apply. The company must:

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Mandatory mask policies and human rights

By Andy Balaura and Maria Tassou, Pallett Valo LLP

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario recently released a decision regarding a municipal by-law requiring businesses to implement mask policies during the Covid-19 pandemic. In Sharma v Toronto (City), 2020 HRTO 949, Sharma brought an application against the City of Toronto, alleging that the City had discriminated against him contrary to the Ontario Human Rights Code on the protected grounds of “creed” and “disability”, because he was denied service at several businesses due to this by-law.

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Entitlement to holiday pay including overtime pay?

By Jeffrey L. R. Kenens, TeekensKarstens advocaten notarissen

In this case the plaintiff claimed to be entitled to holiday pay including overtime hours, arguing on the basis of the European Working Hours Directive (Directive 2003/88/EC) and the case law of the European Court of Justice based on it (ECJ). The ECJ has rendered three judgments that are important for the assessment of the case – namely the judgments of 16 March 2006 in Robinson-Steele, of 15 September 2011 in Williams v British Airways and of 13 December 2018 in Hein v Albert Holzkamm.

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How to use data for litigation, investigations and disputes

By Christine Hasiotis, UnitedLex

In today's dynamic legal environment, a lawyer's digital aptitude has become a key lever of success. Furthermore, with this reality, the traditional role of trusted advisor is expanding. No longer are lawyers responsible for sifting through only a few boxes of paper documents to develop the facts of their case. In any litigation, dispute, or investigation, the goal is to piece together the puzzle of the story in the most favourable or defensible light.

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Homeoffice, Germany

What about the home office? Rules and regulations and Covid-19

By Dr Angelika Baumhof and Cathrin Kirchbach, Jakoby Dr Baumhof

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced us to avoid personal contact for much of the past year and a half. In many companies, this was achieved in particular by working from home (known as “home office” in Germany). For this reason, a temporary legal regulation was enacted in Germany, according to which employers were obliged to offer or enable employees to work from home. This regulation ended on 30 June 2021.

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Working from home and Covid-19 – a French perspective

By Santiago Guzmán, FIDAG SARL

Since October 2020, there have been alternating periods of curfew and lockdown. During lockdown periods, home-based work has been the norm for all employees whose duties are compatible with working remotely, especially for employees who have a higher risk of a severe form of the disease, and/or live with a person susceptible to developing a severe form of the disease.

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Shops, Vancourver, Canada

Commercial leases in the age of Covid-19: Tenant once again ordered to pay rent even if landlord not pulling its weight

By Daniel Waldman, Pallett Valo LLP

It goes without saying that Covid-19 has made life diffcult for commercial tenants. When we went into lockdown in 2020, businesses naturally ran into diffculty meeting all their obligations, including the payment of rent. As a result, tenants have often sought recourse from the courts and have consistently been told that they must honour their leases and can’t get out of paying rent. As a recent decision has demonstrated, this holds true even if landlords don’t pull their weight when it comes to keeping up with their obligations related to the pandemic.

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Beverly Hills, USA

Personal jurisdiction in the digital age

By Peter S. Selvin, Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP

The concept of “presence” for jurisdictional purposes has evolved with the widespread use of websites, social media and other digital platforms. A company or individual may have no physical presence in a forum, but may nevertheless be subject to personal jurisdiction in that forum, as a consequence of their activities on these digital platforms.

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President Biden announces federal vaccine mandate

By Katie Tranter, DBL Law

On 09 September 2021, President Joe Biden announced new federal vaccine mandates that are expected to impact nearly 80 million Americans, representing two-thirds of the American workforce. The mandate is aimed at combating the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. President Biden has directed the Department of Labor to issue a rule mandating that all businesses with 100 or more employees either require their employees to be fully vaccinated or require unvaccinated employees to receive mandatory weekly Covid-19 testing.

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