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USTR Creates Web Portal for Section 301 Tariff Product Exclusion Requests

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he Section 301 tariff. USTR published its much-anticipated notice in the Federal Register.1 List 3 contains nearly 6,000 tariff classifications covering imported Chinese-origin goods valued at approximately USD 200 billion annually. The new web portal process is a different approach for submitting Section 301 product exclusion requests than regulations.gov used for filing exclusion requests covered by List 1 and List 2 of Read More

New York State Legislature Passes “Game-Changing” Bill Extending Workplace Discrimination and Harassment Protections

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Last year, New York State passed legislation that dramatically increased the legal protections against sexual harassment, including requiring all employers to adopt a sexual harassment policy and implement annual sexual harassment training for all employees. Late last week, the Democratic-controlled New York State Legislature passed a bill containing several even more sweeping laws further extending protections against not only sexual Read More

New York Ramping Up Oversight of Chemical Substances in Consumer Products

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The Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) has promulgated regulations for the Household Cleansing Products Disclosure Program (“Program”), which requires manufacturers of cleansing products to disclose, on their websites, the ingredients of their products sold and any research and investigations on the ingredients’ effects on human health and the environment. New York State regulations will be effective starting October 2, 2019. New Read More

Recent Developments in Consumer Privacy Legislation and Cybersecurity Practices

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As regulators attempt to keep pace with the ever-changing technological landscape, legislation and agency guidance continue to evolve. Below, we provide insight into two recent developments – the clarification and modification of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and the release of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) voluntary cybersecurity practices for health care organizations. Read entire Read More

Beneficiary’s Residency Not Enough for State To Tax Trust, Supreme Court Rules

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that a trust beneficiary’s residence in a state by itself doesn’t give the state the right to tax the trust. More specifically, the justices decided that North Carolina couldn’t tax trust income that (a) has not been distributed to the resident beneficiary, (b) the resident beneficiary has no right to demand and (c) Read More

New Opportunity Zones Guidance from IRS Clarifies Key Provisions of Program

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From its recent inception, the Qualified Opportunity Zone program has generated a lot of interest from potential investors, but many have waited until receiving further guidance from the Internal Revenue Service about how, exactly, a variety of aspects of the program will be handled. As of April 17, 2019, the waiting is over, with the second – and apparently final Read More

GDPR ONE YEAR ON – AN IRISH PERSPECTIVE

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25th May 2019 marked the first anniversary of [General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679] (the “GDPR”).   The GDPR governs the processing of personal data of EU data subjects.  It modernised and sought to harmonise the collection of previous data protection laws in Europe in a way which enhances a data subject’s rights and at the same time emphasises transparency, security Read More

NEXT STEPS FOR COMPANIES FOLLOWING THE LATEST U.S. GOVERNMENT EXPORT BAN

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A recent change in U.S. export control regulations requires all U.S.-based entities (including subsidiaries of foreign-headquartered companies) to immediately stop exporting most technologies to Huawei and several of its related entities. Violations of these regulations can result in fines and/or imprisonment. U.S.-based entities that export technology and products, as well as overseas companies that receive U.S.-based technology, need to be Read More

NEW CALIFORNIA INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR TEST APPLIES RETROACTIVELY ACCORDING TO THE NINTH CIRCUIT

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As we have previously reported, the California Supreme Court last year set forth a revolutionary new “ABC test” for determining whether workers are properly classified as employees or independent contractors, making it dramatically more difficult for California employers to lawfully retain independent contractors. On May 2, 2019, in Vazquez v. Jan-Pro Franchising Int’l, Inc., the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals determined Read More

WHAT WILL THE CALIFORNIA CONSUMER PRIVACY ACT ACTUALLY BRING IN 2020?

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California’s passage of a landmark data privacy and protection law, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), has rightly drawn significant attention.  You may be aware that this sweeping new privacy legislation has its fair share of ambiguities, drafting errors, and contradictions, and has already been amended once. The law, which will become effective January 1, 2020, with enforcement delayed until Read More