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  • Legal Alerts
    |August 10, 2022

    The Russia-Ukraine conflict has far-reaching implications for the insurance industry and for insurers and insureds alike. Many corporate policy holders around the world have withdrawn or scaled back operations with Russia and/or Russian-based corporations.

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  • Legal Alerts
    |August 09, 2022

    Healthcare companies may need to be mindful that the federal government has started investigating and prosecuting referral-based arrangements for private insurance claims under the Travel Act and the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act.

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  • Legal Alerts
    |August 05, 2022

    In March 2022, in response to Russia’s actions in the Ukraine conflict, the Biden Administration along with the governments of Austria, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the European Commission created the Russian Elites, Proxies, and Oligarchs (REPO) task force. The REPO task force – consisting of the justice and finance ministers in each member nation – have seized or begun forfeiture proceedings with respect to more than $30 billion worth of assets.

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  • Legal Alerts
    |August 04, 2022

    A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia has dramatically changed the landscape for employers to litigate against personal injury and wrongful death claims by employees. In a recent matter, the plaintiff brought a deliberate intent action under West Virginia Code § 23-4-2 against his employers for injuries that he allegedly suffered while working as a coal miner. He contended that the injuries were caused by unsafe workplace and dangerous mining activities.

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  • Blogs
    |August 04, 2022

    For the last few years, we have seen numerous bills introduced by senators and members of the House of Representatives regarding name, image, and likeness (NIL) rights. For the most part, all these bills sought to create specific rules and federal oversight in this area. However, because of the partisan nature of the bills, none of them has ever progressed beyond the introduction of the proposed bill to be considered for possible enactment.

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  • Legal Alerts
    |July 29, 2022

    On July 22, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued two new Russia-related General Licenses (GLs) authorizing certain financial transactions that are otherwise prohibited under U.S. sanctions laws and regulations. These general licenses grant U.S. persons and financial institutions greater latitude in settling Russian foreign sovereign debt through the wind down of agreements and participation in a credit default swap auction, respectively. The new measures follow Russia’s alleged default on a sovereign bond in June 2022 (caused by payment in rubles rather than U.S. dollars) and will help U.S. investors wind down their financial commitments and settle certain credit default swaps.

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  • Blogs
    |July 27, 2022

    Corporate social responsibility, or CSR, is a form of self-regulation that reflects a business' accountability and commitment to contributing to the well-being of communities and society through various environmental and social measures. What does CSR have to do with employment law? According to Deloitte’s 2021 Millennial and Gen Z Survey, everything. The study found that the modern workforce prioritizes culture, diversity, and high impact over financial benefits.

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  • Legal Alerts
    |July 27, 2022

    On July 19, 2022, the California Court of Appeal issued an opinion in Meda v. AutoZoners, Inc. that further defined an employer’s obligation to “provide” its employees with suitable seating pursuant to the Industrial Welfare Commissions’ Wage Orders. The Court of Appeal reversed the trial court’s granting of summary judgment, holding that where an employer has not expressly advised its employees of the availability of seating, and where the employer has not provided a seat at a workstation, the question of whether an employer has provided suitable seating is fact-intensive and not subject to summary judgment.

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  • Blogs
    |July 27, 2022

    As outlined by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in its proposed changes to rules regarding disclosure of cybersecurity incidents, there has been a steady increase in cyberattacks, some of which have had devasting effects on businesses, consumers, and investors. The SEC proposal is premised on the belief that investors would benefit from more timely and consistent disclosure about material cybersecurity incidents and greater availability and comparability of disclosure by public companies.

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  • Blogs
    |July 26, 2022

    Over the last year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has stepped up enforcement proceedings in traditional high-priority areas, including tipped employee wages, employee meal break and rest periods, and misclassification of workers as independent contractors. Now, the DOL WHD is poised to raise the compensation threshold level for white-collar exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime requirements, with a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by October 2022.

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