Chapter News

Advancing the EU social market economy: adequate minimum wages for workers across Member States

The Commission today proposes an EU Directive to ensure that the workers in the Union are protected by adequate minimum wages allowing for a decent living wherever they work. When set at adequate levels, minimum wages do not only have a positive social impact but also bring wider economic benefits as they reduce wage inequality, help sustain domestic demand and strengthen incentives to work. Adequate minimum wages can also help reduce the gender pay gap, since more women than men earn...

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Member News

Marks Paneth | U.S. Presidential Election 2020: Competing Tax Policy Agendas

As election day approaches, voters are paying more attention to each candidate’s positions on a host of issues. In the area of tax policy, both major-party presidential candidates have offered sharply different views on how the tax laws should be changed, preserved or expanded in order to help alleviate the economic consequences resulting from COVID-19, promote policy objectives and turn around a struggling US economy. It is important to note that while the candidates’ current proposals contain very little...

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COVID-19 News, Member News

EACCNY Labor Post-Pandemic Series | A Guide on Returning to Work Safely in the U.S. & Italy

With the help of our members, we are creating a Thought-Leadership series on the impact of COVID-19 on Labor & Employment from the perspective of both sides of the Atlantic. Today, we present Richard P. Romeo, Principal at Offit Kurman in New York, and Silvia Tozzoli, Partner at Legance Avvocati Associati in Milan, Italy, who will address “A Guide on Returning to Work Safely in the U.S. & Italy”. | The American Perspective This section discusses some of the challenges facing businesses in...

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Member News

Ogletree Deakins | USCIS to Expand Premium Processing Program, Increase Fee Rates

On October 1, 2020 President Donald Trump signed into law a stopgap spending measure to spending measure to fund the U.S. government through December 11, 2020. The spending measure includes a provision titled “Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act,” which authorizes U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to expand the premium processing program and to increase program fees. Although the spending measure takes effect immediately, it is likely that USCIS will need several weeks before the agency can implement the necessary...

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The EU Single Window Environment for Customs – a path towards streamlined customs controls and trade facilitation through enhanced cooperation between authorities at the EU borders

On 28 October 2020, the European Commission proposed a new initiative that will make it easier for different authorities involved in goods clearance to exchange electronic information submitted by traders. The “EU Single Window Environment for Customs” will enhance cooperation and coordination between different authorities, and will support the automatic verification of non-customs formalities for goods entering or leaving the EU. Each year, the Custom Union facilitates the trade of more than €3.5 trillion worth of goods. Efficient customs clearance and...

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COVID-19 News, Member News

FTI Consulting | Insider Threat and How to Mitigate It – 5 Top Tips

In today’s digital age — where hackers can override a system from the other side of the globe — organisations have to be warier than ever. Unfortunately, it’s no longer enough to remain vigilant of the outside world. Some of the most damaging threats originate from within. In the midst of COVID-19, there’s been an uptick in insider threats ranging from malfeasant board members to malicious employees. And while some instances are simply the result of accidental negligence, often there are more...

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EU Commission disburses €17 billion under SURE to Italy, Spain and Poland

The European Commission has disbursed a total of €17 billion to Italy, Spain and Poland in the first instalment of financial support to Member States under the SURE instrument. As part of today's operations, Italy has received €10 billion, Spain €6 billion, and Poland €1 billion. Once all SURE disbursements have been completed, Italy will receive a total of €27.4 billion, Spain €21.3 billion and Poland €11.2 billion. This support, in the form of loans granted on favourable terms, will...

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COVID-19 News, Member News

DeVore & DeMarco | Working From Home? Please Practice Good Cyber-Hygiene!

As corporations and even entire municipalities are increasingly advising their employees to work from home in light of COVID-19, it is important to remember that doing so it not without its risks. For any organization that has information to protect -- be it is customer or employee personally identifying information, financial information, or confidential and proprietary trade secrets -- permitting company data to travel home with or be remotely accessed by employees raises the chances of a cyber- incident involving...

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Member News

Littler | New York State Issues First Guidance on Paid Sick Leave Law

On October 20, 2020, New York State issued its first guidance on the New York State Sick Leave Law (New York Labor Law § 196-b) (NYSSLL). The guidance, titled “New York State Paid Sick Leave FAQ” (FAQ) appears on the state’s new webpage dedicated to an overview of the NYSSLL, which includes, among other things, information about sick leave accruals, eligibility for sick leave, and permitted uses of sick leave. The guidance, currently consisting of 44 questions and answers, addresses a multitude of...

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Boeing WTO case: the EU gets formal green light to impose duties on U.S. imports

Today, the Dispute Settlement Body of World Trade Organization (WTO) formally authorised the EU to take countermeasures against the United States. The EU can now increase its duties on U.S. exports worth up to $4 billion. Today's decision follows the WTO panel announcement confirming EU retaliation rights in reaction to illegal subsidies granted to the U.S. aircraft maker, Boeing. Executive Vice-President for an Economy that Works for People and Commissioner for Trade, Valdis Dombrovskis, said: “Today's formal approval by the Dispute Settlement...

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