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.
By Edith Huber-Wurzinger, Gaedke & Angeringer Steuerberatung GmbH
When posting and hiring out employees to Austria, companies are required to comply with certain laws and agreements in Austria. Some regulations will be familiar to the employer abroad, others won’t.
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.
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.
By Maria Tassou, Pallett Valo LLP
In a decision issued 17 October 2019, Morningstar v Hospitality Fallsview Holdings Inc., the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (“WSIAT”) found that a worker’s right to file a civil action for constructive dismissal was statute-barred.
By Karina Reizner and Florina Mattick, Hategan Attorneys
According to the latest statistics, 10% of employed persons in Europe now work remotely, with the Netherlands leading the trend at 13.7%. Worldwide, it is expected that remote work will at least equal, if not exceed, fixed-offce locations by 2025.
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.
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).
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.
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).