Hanoi, Vietnam

The Implications of the New Labour Code for Foreign Companies in Vietnam

By David Lang and Nga Dinh, Viettonkin Consulting

Vietnam has approved an amended Labour Code, which came into effect in January 2021. Most of the code remains the same; however, changes have been introduced in respect of hiring and firing employees. This is a big step towards aligning with international labour standards, as the government integrates into the larger global economy.

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Massachusetts Lawsuit Over Black Lives Matter Masks: When it Comes to Employees’ Self-Expression, Consistency is Key

By Jennifer Huelskamp, Freeborn & Peters LLP

In a recent federal case, Whole Foods employees alleged the grocer violated Title VII by discriminating against employees for wearing Black Lives Matter (BLM) masks. Plaintiffs alleged that disciplining employees for wearing BLM masks constituted unlawful racial discrimination and that discipline of employees for opposing the policy constituted unlawful retaliation.

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Mississauga, Canada

Renewal of a Commercial Lease – A Landlord’s Silence Does Not Amount to Bad Faith

By Daniel Waldman, Pallett Valo LLP

When it comes to the renewal of commercial leases, courts have always remained adamant that deadlines must be strictly met. For example, if a tenant is required to exercise its option to renew its lease by a certain date, the renewal right will be lost if it is not exercised on time. In a recent decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal, it was affrmed that this rule remains true regardless of whether or not the landlord cooperates with the tenant in informing them of when the right to renew must be exercised. In coming to its ruling, the court also confirmed the limits on the duty of good faith set out by the Supreme Court late last year.

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Food and Beverage False Advertising Litigation

By Pooja S. Nair, Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 saw more false advertising food and beverage cases filed in the United States than any year prior, continuing a trend in this area. One hundred and seventy-seven actions were filed in 2019, up from 164 in 2018, and 145 in 2016 and 2017. To put these numbers in context, only 53 of these cases were filed in 2011. This article offers an overview of some of the food and beverage false advertising and labelling cases filed so far in 2021, and anticipated trends for this type of litigation going forward.

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Warsaw, Poland

Another Side to Collective Redundancies

By Jeremiasz Kuśmierz, Penteris

The legal framework for collective redundancies was unified across the EU 23 years ago. However, there remain substantial differences between states and as a result, collective redundancies are still rife with challenges and costs.

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Wilmington, USA

The New Federal Law on Corporate Transparency - What Business Owners and Their Advisors Need to Know Now

By Melissa W. Bailey and Mark Davidson, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP

Approved by Congress in January 2021, the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) is a new federal law requiring many business entities to identify to the Treasury Department the individuals who own a 25% or greater interest in the entity or who otherwise exercise substantial control over the entity. The CTA seeks to identify entities used for money laundering and other criminal activities by requiring entities to disclose their ownership and control.

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Non-Fungible and Non-Classifiable? What Lawyers and Accountants Should Know about NFTs

By Małgorzata Kociszewska, Penteris

The world of new tech and computing has gone mad for nonfungible tokens (NFT). But is it just another technological innovation, albeit created in 2015, or a natural consequence of the development and spread of the virtual world? Unlike virtual currencies, non-fungible tokens are, as the name suggests, non-fungible, i.e., non-exchangeable, meaning that they represent a unique record of a string of code in the digital ledger, within blockchain technology.

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