Raleigh (NC), USA

New Paid-Leave Laws Require Employers to Change Practices

By D. Beth Langley and Sarah M. Saint, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP

Since there is no federal paid sick leave law in the US, employers’ mandates and employees’ rights vary from state to state and locality to locality. In recent years, thirteen states, Washington, DC, and several localities, have mandated paid sick leave for employees. Further, Maine recently passed a law requiring employers to provide paid leave for employees regardless of reason.

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The Benefits of an Interdisciplinary Approach

By Ran Kamil and Sharon Godesh, Soroker Agmon Nordman | IP & beyond

Often there comes a time during the development of a new product when a prior-art search reveals that someone obtained a patent for an aspect of the product, and the development process hits the patent wall. In such cases, the developer has numerous options: from abandoning the product altogether; obtaining a license from the patent holder; applying to revoke or cancel the patent; purchasing the patent; to launching the product anyway and risking being sued for patent infringement. The disadvantages of all these options are that they are costly and usually require revealing information regarding the development of the new product prior to its launch.

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These 2020 Cybersecurity New Year’s Resolutions Will Aid in Securing Your Business

By S. Wilson Quick, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP

In this day, data is often one of the most valuable assets companies have and it needs to be protected as such. Guarding data has become crucial for every business, no matter the size and industry. In the first half of 2019, there were 3,800 publicly disclosed breaches and 4.1 billion records exposed according to NortonLifeLock Inc., a global leader in consumer cyber safety. To protect your customers and business, here are five tasks we recommend implementing in 2020.

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New Changes Within Dutch Employment Law

By Jeffrey L. R. Kenens, TeekensKarstens advocaten notarissen

In 2015, Dutch employment law changed tremendously. Now, the Dutch government has decided to make even more amendments as from 01 January 2020. The main purpose of these new changes in legislation is to persuade employers to offer employees permanent employment contracts.

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Portable Document A1: Mandatory for Europeans Doing Business in Europe

By Dr Angelika Baumhof and Cathrin Kirchbach, Jakoby Dr Baumhof

Every European citizen and citizens of EFTA states on a business trip abroad in the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Luxembourg need a portable document A1 to prove their social security status. This applies even a) in the case of short-term business trips, as well as b) for self-employed persons (e.g. tax consultants, auditors, lawyers) and managers (CEOs).

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Toronto, Canada

The 24-Month Reasonable Notice “Cap” in Canada

By Marty Rabinovitch, Devry Smith Frank LLP

Dawe vs The Equitable Life Insurance Company of Canada (2019, Court of Appeal for Ontario). If a Canadian employee is terminated from their employment without a valid legal reason, or without cause, unless there is an enforceable termination clause in their employment contract which states otherwise, the employee is entitled to reasonable notice at common law. Canadian courts have consistently held that, although there is no offcial cap, the reasonable notice period should not exceed 24 months, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

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US Department of Labor Announces Final Rule on New Salary Levels for White-Collar Overtime Exemptions

By Patricia W. Goodson, D. Beth Langley and Jessica Thaller-Moran, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP

On 24 September 2019, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) released its final Overtime Rule, which increases the minimum weekly salary threshold for white-collar positions exempt from overtime. According to the Final Rule, the new minimum weekly salary for white-collar exempt positions will increase from USD 455 to USD 684 (or USD 35,568 annually).

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