The new law, codified as N.J.S.A. § 34:6B-22, went into effect on April 18, 2022. Under the law, an employer that: knowingly makes use of a tracking device in a vehicle used by an employee without providing written notice to the employee shall be subject to a civil penalty in an amount not to exceed $1,000 for the first violation and not to exceed $2,500 for each subsequent violation.
On May 13, 2022, the U.S. Treasury (“Treasury”) released its 2022 Strategy for Combatting Terrorist and Other Illicit Financing (“2022 Strategy”). The proposed 2022 Strategy, prepared pursuant to Sections 261 and 262 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), outlines four goals to address the key risks identified by the 2022 National Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Proliferation Financing Risk Assessments:
The importance of accuracy in contractor proposal representations regarding cybersecurity compliance/capabilities, and the increasing number of bid protests based on alleged proposal inaccuracies regarding the same, is demonstrated in Connected Global Solutions, LLC v. United States (Fed. Cl. Apr. 21, 2022).
Like many other industries, manufacturing has been hit hard with labor shortages. As of April 2022, U.S. factory activity reportedly is at its slowest pace in more than 18 months. Consequently, many factories seek more agility from artificial intelligence and other automated processes to better manage disruptions and uncertainty. With these modernizations comes the threat of potential safety and health hazards and cyber threats.
On 4 March 2022, the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) announced two initiatives intended to address the impact of increased cybersecurity vulnerabilities and the rise of new sectors of the digital economy.
The Japanese government has issued a series of orders to freeze assets owned by the Russian government and related banks, companies, and individuals, in coordination with the international community’s sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.
On March 31, 2022, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council released version 4.0 of its Data Security Standard (PCI DSS 4.0). The new version—which brings major changes to the payments ecosystem—places an increased focus on targeted risk analysis, organizational maturity and governance.
On March 15, 2022, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois held in the case of Rogers v. BNSF Railway Company, No. 19-C-3083, 2022 WL 787955 (N.D. Ill. Mar. 15, 2022) (slip copy) that the Federal Railway Safety Act (“FRSA”), the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act (“ICCTA”), and the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act (“FAAAA”) do not preempt a claim under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”). The Court also held that for statute of limitations purposes, an individual’s claim accrues anew upon each BIPA violation they are subjected to, rather than only upon the first violation. This decision represents another blow to the arsenal of available defenses to defendants facing BIPA claims in state and federal court.
The SEC voted on March 9, 2022, by a vote of three to one, to propose regulations “to enhance and standardize disclosures regarding cybersecurity risk management, strategy, governance, and incident reporting by public companies” and strengthen investors’ ability to evaluate public companies' cybersecurity practices and incident reporting.
As adoption around blockchain, non fungible tokens (NFTs) and the metaverse grows, there’s an increasing focus on the legal challenges these emerging technologies present.
In Notice 2022-36, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced relief for taxpayers who failed to file certain tax and information returns with respect to tax years 2019 and 2020.
On August 11, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) unveiled its updated COVID-19 guidelines, revising both quarantine and isolation guidelines in the process.
On Aug. 24, 2022, the IRS issued Notice 2022-36, which provides penalty relief to taxpayers for certain late-filed 2019 and 2020 tax returns and information returns, but this relief is only afforded to those who file the eligible returns on or before Sept. 30, 2022, and the relief does not apply to all types of returns.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) received a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for detailed EEO-1 Report employee demographic information that thousands of U.S. employers submitted from 2016 through 2020.
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