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August 3, 2021Client Alerts
Invoking Investor Demand, SEC Chair Makes the Case for Mandatory Climate Risk Disclosures: ‘Companies and Investors Alike Would Benefit from Clear Rules of the Road’

Since the start of the Biden administration, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has signaled that climate and broader environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure will be an area of heightened focus, subject to more proactive and aggressive regulatory oversight and enforcement.

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July 16, 2021Client Alerts
New York Establishes New Requirements for Employers under the New York HERO Act: What You Need to Know

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (NY HERO Act) (the “Act”) into law on May 5, 2021. Amendments were made in June and signed by Governor Cuomo on June 14, 2021. The purpose of this new law is to protect employees against exposure and disease during a potential future airborne infectious disease outbreak. The Act establishes a new obligation on New York employers to develop extensive workplace health and safety standards to prevent exposure to airborne infectious diseases in the workplace.

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May 28, 2021Client Alerts
Preparing for a Return to the Workplace, Employers Are Making Big Decisions

Employers are starting to make big decisions on returning to the workplace, especially with the fast-changing announcements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC recently announced that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks indoors. Assuming states where the Company has offices lift mask requirements for those who are fully vaccinated, how do employers handle the situation? Should we put employees on the “honor system” and tell them they don’t need to wear a mask if they are fully vaccinated? Or should we be asking for proof of vaccinations as a prerequisite for allowing employees not to wear masks?

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January 12, 2021Client Alerts
2020 Year-End Executive Compensation Matters: Annual Equity Compensation Award Reporting Reminders

Employers must file information returns with the Internal Revenue Service and provide employees with information statements related to incentive stock option exercises that occurred during calendar year 2020. Similarly, employers (typically relevant only for public companies) must file information returns with the IRS and provide employees with information statements related to initial transfers of stock acquired during 2020 under an employee stock purchase plan that complies with Internal Revenue Code Section 423.

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January 11, 2021Client Alerts
PPP Update: January 2021

On December 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 was signed into law.

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December 9, 2020Client Alerts
New California Law Requires Diversity on Corporate Boards of Directors

With the passage of Senate Bill 826 at the end of September 2018, California became the first state in the U.S. to require public companies incorporated in California or other public companies with their principal executive offices in California (according their Annual Report on Form 10-K) to have specified numbers of women serving on their Boards of Directors. In addition, with the passage of Assembly Bill 979, these same public companies will be required to have at least two members of their Boards of Directors from an “underrepresented community.”

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November 30, 2020Client Alerts
Understanding the CPRA

On November 3, Californians voted to approve Proposition 24, the California Privacy Rights Act (or “CPRA”). This ballot initiative will significantly modify the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), California’s existing privacy law which came into effect less than a year ago.

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November 20, 2020Client Alerts
New and Amended Sick Leave Laws in New York State and New York City

A recent New York law and an amendment to New York City’s existing Earned Safe and Sick Time Act (“ESSTA”) will require employers to update their policies and issue notices before the end of the year. Below is a summary of the new NY law, the amended NYC law and their impact on employers.

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August 12, 2020Client Alerts
FAQs on SPACs (Special Purpose Acquisition Companies)

Over the last several months, we have seen a dramatic interest among successful venture-backed companies in pursuing an exit with SPACs (Special Purpose Acquisition Companies). An exit via a SPAC entity may be the right option for companies looking to raise capital and obtain access to the public markets in lieu of a traditional IPO.

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July 24, 2020Client Alerts
COVID-19 Screening in the Workplace: CCPA and Other Privacy Implications

This alert is the third in our series of Privacy Topics: Practical Guidance from Gunderson Dettmer – a collection of practical privacy and data security guidance and accompanying materials designed to facilitate your company’s compliance efforts. As companies throughout the U.S. are starting to reopen their offices after months of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, today’s alert focuses on privacy considerations under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and other laws in connection with COVID-19 screening in the workplace. The CCPA went into effect on January 1, 2020, and enforcement by the California Attorney-General began on July 1, 2020, with no delay in enforcement despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

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July 17, 2020Client Alerts
Privacy Alert: EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Is Invalidated in Landmark European Court of Justice Decision

What now? In the landmark Schrems II decision, the European Court of Justice invalidates the Privacy Shield; upholds the Standard Contractual Clauses (but only with additional scrutiny and safeguards). Yesterday’s Schrems II decision, which invalidated the U.S.-EU Privacy Shield Framework and added complexity to the use of Standard Contractual Clauses, has major implications for international data transfers.

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June 17, 2020Client Alerts
Mandatory Form BE-10 Reporting Requirement for All U.S. Persons with Foreign Investments - Due Dates Extended to August 31, 2020

Form BE-10 is part of a recurring 5-year benchmark survey designed by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (“BEA”) to gather current economic data on the foreign investment operations of U.S. multi-national enterprises and their foreign affiliates. All “U.S. reporters” with one or more foreign affiliates during their 2019 fiscal year must make Form BE-10 filings regardless of whether they were contacted by the BEA.

The deadlines for filing Form BE-10 with the BEA have been, in both cases, extended to August 31, 2020 (originally May 29, 2020 for filers with less than 50 foreign affiliate filings and June 30, 2020 for filers with 50 or more foreign affiliate filings).

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June 17, 2020Client Alerts
Mandatory Form BE-10 Reporting Requirements for All U.S. Persons with Latin American Investments – Due Date Extended to August 31, 2020

Form BE-10 is part of a recurring 5-year benchmark survey designed by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (“BEA”) to gather current economic data on the foreign investment operations of U.S. multi-national enterprises and their foreign affiliates. All “U.S. reporters” with one or more foreign affiliates during their 2019 fiscal year must make Form BE-10 filings regardless of whether they were contacted by the BEA. Latin American venture-backed businesses that include U.S. holding companies in their corporate structure may be U.S. reporters.

The deadlines for filing Form BE-10 with the BEA have been, in both cases, extended to August 31, 2020 (originally May 29, 2020 for filers with less than 50 foreign affiliate filings and June 30, 2020 for filers with 50 or more foreign affiliate filings).

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June 11, 2020Client Alerts
CARES Act: Small Business Loan Program Update

SBA Issues First Guidance Following Passage of the PPP Flexibility Act

Following the enactment on June 5, 2020 of the bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (the “Flexibility Act”), the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) has issued new guidance interpreting and implementing the act. As discussed in our previous client alert on the subject, the Flexibility Act amended the Small Business Act and the CARES Act to significantly modify the forgiveness and other provisions of the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”).

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May 21, 2020Client Alerts
California Consumer Privacy Act: “Notice at Collection” and Privacy Policy Requirements

This alert is the second in our series of Privacy Topics: Practical Guidance from Gunderson Dettmer – a collection of practical privacy and data security guidance and accompanying materials designed to facilitate your company’s compliance efforts. Today’s alert focuses on notices that must be presented to California consumers under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) as it stands on May 21, 2020. For an overview of the CCPA, including guidance on which companies must comply, click here. Please click here for a questionnaire to help you gather and organize information your attorney will need to create your CCPA-compliant privacy policy.

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May 13, 2020Client Alerts
CARES Act: Small Business Loan Program Update

On May 13, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, issued additional guidance (including a new safe harbor) regarding the certification required of all PPP borrowers that “[c]urrent economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the Applicant.”

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April 23, 2020Client Alerts
CARES Act: Small Business Loan Program Update

SBA and Treasury Provide Additional Guidance on Necessity Certification for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

On April 23, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, issued new guidance on the certification required of all PPP borrowers that “[c]urrent economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the Applicant.”

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April 22, 2020Client Alerts
California Consumer Privacy Act: California-Based Employees and Job Applicants

This alert is the first in our series of Privacy Topics: Practical Guidance from Gunderson Dettmer – a collection of practical privacy and data security guidance and accompanying materials designed to facilitate your company’s compliance efforts. Today’s alert focuses on the rights of CA-based employees (including job applicants) under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) as it stands on April 22, 2020.

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