Events related to the COVID-19 pandemic may have caused roles within retail operations to shift, and managers may have been required to do more when employees are unexpectedly sick or when staffing levels fell due to the “great resignation.
More than 43 million Americans quit their jobs in 2021, according to The Washington Post. This mass exodus has put a particular strain on operators of warehouses, distribution centers, and 3PL providers who have been forced to confront the labor shortage while e-commerce sales have surged over recent years.
On Sept. 5, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB 257, the controversial Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act, also known as the “FAST Act” (the Act).
The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) is in effect as of June 21, 2022. Congress passed the Act in December 2021 to increase enforcement of longstanding U.S. policy prohibiting the importation of goods, or components thereof, made with forced labor and to create a “rebuttable presumption” that merchandise from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) or by an entity on the UFLPA Entity List is made with forced labor and thereby prohibited from entry into the United States.
On May 17, 2022, the European Commission (Commission) announced it had conducted so-called “dawn raids” (i.e., unannounced inspections) at multiple undisclosed companies in the fashion industry in several European Union Member States.
This is the first episode in our new series “Supply Chain Disruptions,” where we explore how supply chain issues are affecting businesses everywhere, and when the flow of goods and services may settle into a new normal.
Outside the United States, particularly in the European Union (EU), the assessment and reporting of corporate Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations and risks have already become legal requirements.
As COVID-19 positivity rates continue to decrease, on February 13, 2022, Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi issued three news executive orders revising travelers’ declaration requirements, relaxing COVID-19 restrictions and providing for additional vaccine booster mandates for certain employees.
In January 2022, the New York State Senate introduced a bill that seeks to impose significant human rights and environmental due diligence and disclosure obligations on fashion retail sellers and manufacturers operating in the state of New York.
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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