Posts from October 2018.

On October 11, 2018, President Trump signed the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (the “MMA”).[1] 

The MMA was unanimously approved in both chambers of Congress before the President’s signature and marks the first major copyright legislation since the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 (aka the Mickey Mouse Protection Act). The MMA is actually a collection of three separate laws (the MMA, the CLASSICS Act, and the AMP Act) designed to address three specific areas of music law that have been rife with uncertainty since the Copyright Act of 1976 ...

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Beginning September 21, 2018, employers must use the newly issued model Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act form (or their own form based on the model) when providing the required written notice to an employee or a job applicant that a background check will be conducted. The revised federal form is also required if an employer plans to take adverse action against an employee or applicant based on the report.  

The revised form includes notification of the newly granted right under the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act passed by Congress ...

Technology procurement is quickly evolving from a tactical, organization-wide undertaking to one that is more strategic and catering to multiple units within a company’s infrastructure. More businesses are taking advantage of things like Bellwether procurement software as a way to improve their procurement process. As a result, the skill set of the CTO, CIO, General Counsel and other members of the procurement team must follow suit. Upgrades used to be about minimizing costs and lowering risks. But those were the old days. Now, the procurement team responsible for software ...

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On September 13th, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that it will propose a new joint employer rule that represents a relaxation of the current standard for determining if businesses are joint employers.  Under the current rule, known as the Brown-Ferris rule, the definition of joint employer is expansive, so that an employer having only indirect or potential control over another employer’s workers can be found to be a joint employer. 

Under the proposed rule, an employer may be found to be a joint employer of another employer’s employees only if it possesses and ...

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