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Illinois Passes Bill Requiring Anti-Harassment Training

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The Illinois General Assembly has passed SB 75, a bill that would require all employers in the state to provide workplace sexual harassment training to employees annually, following the trend of California, New York, Delaware, Connecticut and Maine, who have passed similar laws. Failure to train employees would result in a $500 penalty to businesses with fewer than four employees Read More

Illinois Allows Easier Way for Remote Retailers to Collect Sales Tax

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Illinois has cleared one of the last remaining minefields for out-of-state businesses selling to Illinois residents to submit the state sales tax that they are required to collect on such sales. Starting in 2020, instead of trying to follow sometimes tricky state tax rules, these remote vendors can now use certified third-party providers to collect and remit required sales tax, Read More

Alastair Keatinge reflects that charities should consider reporting notifiable events in line with their adoption of the Scottish Governance Code

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Alastair Keatinge contributed his thoughts on the publicity that the figures raised in the latest issue of Third Force News (June 2019) and an extract of the article follows. Interesting debate followed the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) releasing figures that charities have reported over 300 ‘notifiable events’ over the past three years. On one side, we have observers noting how high Read More

Year two of the GDPR marks the end of basic compliance

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In the Scotland on Sunday (16 June 2019) Nimarta Cheema highlights that too many Scottish SMEs “Don’t know what might hit them” from GDPR now we are at the end of the informal education phase. Following the first anniversary of the legislation coming into force, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will be implementing more stringent enforcement and there are several examples of Read More

EU Trade Marks following Brexit

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In Europe, a trade mark registration system exists through which a single European Union trade mark (“EUTM”) application may be filed before the European Union Intellectual Property Office and if granted, will extend registered trade mark rights simultaneously in all EU member states, including the United Kingdom (“UK”). With the UK set to leave the EU and the continuing uncertainty Read More

CHANGES IN CONVERTIBLE INSTRUMENTS FOR EARLY STAGE FINANCINGS

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There are currently two main types of convertible instruments that are in widespread use for pre-Series A and other “bridge” financings: convertible promissory notes and SAFEs (Simple Agreements for Future Equity). Each of which are alike in that the amounts invested under the applicable instrument convert into shares of the issuing company in question, upon the happening of certain events, Read More

3 REASONS WHY NON-UNIONIZED EMPLOYERS CANNOT IGNORE THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT

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When people think of the National Labor Relations Act (or the “NLRA,” for short), the image that most commonly comes to mind is that of a historic workers’ rights law enacted back in the 1930s to encourage the formation of labor unions and to assist the nation’s economic recovery from the Great Depression. They often assume that now, almost 100 Read More

Reducing Risk in Employee Hiring and Exit Processes

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Hiring and separation are some of the critical decisions an organisation has to make in an increasingly litigious business environment. Separation presents a higher risk of legal backlash, particularly when an employee is disgruntled. Though not as obvious, the hiring process also presents a significant risk to an organisation. Besides the immediate financial cost, hiring the “wrong” employee poses a Read More

Title VII at SCOTUS

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In April 2019 the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would hear three cases related to discrimination based upon sexual orientation and gender identity during its next term. The Court will analyze the scope of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of a protected class. Currently, the lower courts are Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Rules EEOC Charge is Procedural Requirement, Not Jurisdictional

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As we have discussed previously, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), is a federal statute that prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It also prohibits retaliation against individuals who assert rights under the statute. To assert a claim under Title VII, the statute outlines that as a Read More