Member Publications

April 19, 2024
In a recent decision, the United States Supreme Court held that whether workers can be compelled under federal law to arbitrate disputes depends on whether their responsibilities qualify them as transportation workers, not whether they work for an employer in the transportation industry. The Federal Arbitration Act The Federal Arbitration Act (the “FAA”) is a nearly century-old law setting forth…
April 13, 2024
On 4 March, Karien van Gennip, Acting Minister of Social Affairs and Employment introduced the Draft Bill on Modernizing Restrictive Covenants for internet consultation. As expected, the draft bill includes significant restrictions on both non-competition clauses and business-relations clauses. The outlines of the proposed changes are as follows. Proposed changes in brief The maximum duration of …
April 1, 2024
Any lawyer who has been involved in corporate M&A for a period of time will be familiar with the process known as due diligence (DD).  Most M&A lawyers will have been involved in conducting the legal DD for a prospective purchaser of either the shares or the assets of a target company.  Purchasers and their M&A lawyers understand the importance and value of thorough DD. In our experie…
March 28, 2024
The Office for Personal Data Protection ("OPPD", "the Office") has published its inspection plan for 2024. The OPPD will focus its inspection activities in 2024 on, among other things: the use of data from the population register by public authorities, the recording of telephone calls, processing of personal data in information systems within the Schengen area, the processing of persona…
March 26, 2024
The Government of Gujarat, vide notification no. GHR/2024/19/LED/TGS/e-file/11/2023/2453/M3, dated February 5, 2024, has granted exemption to establishments engaged in IT/ITeS services and financial services from the provisions of section 12 and section 14 of the Gujarat Shops and Establishments (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Services) Act, 2019 (“Gujarat S&E Act”). These provisio…
March 26, 2024
The Government of Haryana, vide notification no. 11/6/2022-4lab dated March 14, 2024, has issued conditions for factories seeking exemption to employ women during night shifts, specifically between 07:00 PM to 06:00 AM, with a focus on prioritizing safety and security of women workers while increasing their participation in the workforce. This exemption will remain valid for 1 (one) year from the …
March 20, 2024
On March 13, 2024, the German Federal Government adopted the updated draft of a "Fourth Act to Reduce Bureaucracy for Citizens, Business and the Administration" (so-called Bureaucracy Reduction Act IV) presented by the Federal Ministry of Justice. Approval by the Bundestag and Bundesrat (the two legislative bodies in Germany) is considered likely. We would therefore like to summarize the possible …
March 19, 2024
Just to recap what has happened, in July of 2019, the Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) reported the issuance of Opinion Letter 2019-10. In that Opinion letter, the WHD addressed the compensability of time spent in a truck’s sleeper berth while otherwise relieved from duty. The WHD concluded that the time for which drivers are relieved of all duties and permitted to sleep in a sl…
March 14, 2024
On March 6, 2024, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted its highly anticipated climate-related disclosure rules. The rules faced public scrutiny since their proposal two years ago, with the SEC receiving more than 24,000 comment letters. The final rules are meaningfully scaled back from the proposed rules, notably eliminating the proposed requirement to disclose Scope 3 greenhouse gas emi…