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Global: Building a New Workforce Reality

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There is no question that the pandemic has changed the future of work. From an increased focus on health and safety to transitioning to...

International: COVID-19 – Gender-responsive budgeting as a response to widening gender inequality

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Keketso Kgomosotho, Candidate Attorney in Johannesburg, writes about gender responsive budgeting and how it can be used to make meaningful improvements to gender inequality in the workplace. 

United States: 50 State Shelter-In-Place / Reopening Tracker

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Shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders have been prevalent throughout the United States since March 2020 as state and local governments have sought to protect their citizens from the spread of the COVID-19 virus while at the same time reopen their economies in accordance with phased reopening plans. Keeping abreast of the evolving nature of these orders and plans as the spread of the virus continues to evolve is critical to the functioning of all businesses throughout the country.

Singapore: CCCS consults on proposed amendments to competition guidelines

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The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) is updating six of its competition guidelines, to educate and inform businesses and competition practitioners by refining and clarifying the analytical and procedural frameworks employed by the CCCS in administering and enforcing the Competition Act (Cap. 50B) (the "Act") in Singapore. The CCCS is conducting a public consultation for feedback on its proposed amendments to the competition guidelines in respect of the treatment of intellectual property rights, market definition, section 47 prohibition (abuse of a dominant position), enforcement, substantive assessment of mergers and merger procedures ("Public Consultation"). The closing date for submissions is 8 October 2020.

US 50 State Shelter-in-Place / Reopening Tracker

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Shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders have been prevalent throughout the United States since March 2020 as state and local governments have sought to protect their...

United Kingdom: COVID-19 – CCO investigations continue despite impact of Covid-19

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On 25 August 2020, HMRC confirmed that there are now 10 ongoing investigations concerning the corporate criminal offence of "failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion (CCO) (see here). This follows HMRC’s previous update on the matter in February 2020 (see here). While this indicates that HMRC have only opened one new investigation since December 2019, a further 22 “live opportunities” are currently under review, which marks a significant increase in activity during the course of this year.  This brings the total number of live CCO investigations and opportunities to 32. It is clear from this that, despite the impact of Covid-19 on resources, HMRC is nonetheless continuing to increase scrutiny through the CCO in its pursuit of corporate criminal tax evasion offences

United States: SALT Savvy – Coast to Coast SALT | Update 3

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On 2 September 2020, the Baker McKenzie State and Local Tax (SALT) Subpractice Group covered the latest coast-to-coast state and local tax developments.

International: In the know – Finding certainty in uncertain times – Part Two

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In the second part of this two part series... Baker McKenzie's leveraged finance teams in London and New York consider available remedies under both English and New York law if commitments are not met.

International: COVID-19 – Government Intervention Schemes Guide

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In brief Countries around the globe are facing unprecedented and rapid change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government Intervention Schemes Guide provides a summary...

Africa: The first deal under AfCFTA gets under way as negotiators adapt to new...

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In brief The African Union announced in August 2020 that negotiations around the first commercial trade deal under the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement...
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