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.
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.
By Wolfgang Paul, nbs partners
On 25 June 2021, the German Bundestag adopted the Transparenzregister und Finanzinformationsgesetz (TraFinG, transparency register and financial information act). The Act represents the implementation of Directive (EU) 2019/1153 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019.
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.
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.
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.
By Daniel Waldman and Alan Kay, Pallett Valo LLP
Even before COVID-19 forced us to interact with each other exclusively in front of screens, the world was already becoming a more digital place. Meetings were increasingly occurring over videoconference; documentation could be delivered by email (rather than by mail or fax) and electronic signatures were becoming the norm on contracts.
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.
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.
By Monika Birnbaum, FPS
Forfeiture of leave at the end of the year or at the end of the statutory forfeiture periods only if the employer reminds the employee.