On March 19, 2018, the Department of Commerce published procedures for product-specific exclusions from the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum products, and has begun to accept exclusion requests.  Each exclusion request will be available for public comment for 30 days after filing. View Full Post
Further to President Donald Trump’s Buy American and Hire American executive order, which directs the DHS to protect the interests of U.S. workers and make sure that there is no fraud, abuse, or circumvention of the laws, USCIS has issued a new policy memorandum, “Contracts and Itineraries Requirements for H-1B Petitions Involving Third-Party Worksites.” The guidance clarifies its position on employees who are employed at “third-party” worksites. View Full Post
Section 232 Steel and Aluminum Tariffs: Country-Wide Exemptions On March 8, 2018, the President of the United States issued two Presidential Proclamations announcing the imposition of tariffs on imported steel and aluminum products under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.  This law allows the President to impose additional tariffs on imports when national security is impacted. View Full Post
BCSC clarifies the evidentiary requirements for establishing commonality of harm By Connor Bildfell Canadian courts have consistently cautioned against applying an exacting standard of scrutiny at the certification stage. But the B.C. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Ewert v. Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha issues an important reminder that the standard of assessing evidence at the certification requires more than just symbolic scrutiny. View Full Post
Update on Overtime Class Actions in Canada By Justin Turc, Allyson Hopkins and Danielle Douglas Since 2007, several Canadian employers have found themselves defending class action claims that seek millions of dollars in unpaid overtime. This post examines some of the recent decisions and settlements relating to overtime class action claims in Canada and provides guidance for employers to help mitigate the risk of overtime class action claims. View Full Post
How Will GDPR Affect Cross-Border Transfers of Personal Data? Copyright: maxkabakov / 123RF Stock Photo On Fox’s Privacy Compliance & Data Security blog, associate Michelle Rosenberg provided a breakdown of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a widely discussed and substantive change to European data privacy rules going into effect on May 25, 2018. View Full Post
UK Government’s First FinTech Sector Strategy Launched at the International Fintech Conference The Strategy emphasises the UK government’s continued push to create a world-leading FinTech sector. By Stuart Davis, Charlotte Collins and Sam Wong At the second International Fintech Conference held on 22 March 2018, Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced the launch of the UK’s first Fintech Sector Strategy. View Full Post