Regulatory

New Portuguese Legislation on Limits for Payments in Cash

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On August 23, 2017, a new law regulating the use of cash as mean of payment came into force in Portugal and significantly lowered the amount of cash payments.

Supply Chain Transparency and Australia’s Closer Look at Modern Slavery Laws

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Australia is considering whether to adopt modern slavery legislation, similar to that found in the United Kingdom (UK) and California.

New regime respecting the appropriation of the assets / rights pledged through a commercial...

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The Portuguese Government established a new regime respecting the appropriation of the assets / rights pledged through a commercial pledge.

Portugal: Electronic complaints book

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The availability of the Electronic Complaints Book has been made compulsory for essential public service providers since July 1st and shall also be mandatory, from July 1st, 2018, for all suppliers of goods and service providers who carry out their activity either through a physical establishment open to the public or through digital means.

German Data Retention Obligations Suspended

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On 28 June 2017, the German telecommunications regulator decided to suspend enforcement of the provisions of the German Telecommunications Act which required providers of publicly available telephone services for end users and providers of publicly available internet access services for end users to retain certain metadata from 1 July 2017 onwards.

Brexit update for product manufacturers and sellers

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Following the start of negotiations between the United Kingdom and the remaining 27 EU Member States, there are two new Brexit-related publications which will be of interest to those manufacturing or selling products on the UK and EU-27 markets.

Indonesian OJK Issues New Regulation on Administrative Sanctions

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The OJK would issue administrative sanctions incrementally. However there are now exceptions to this general rule.

Canada: Pharmaceutical Industry Should Prepare for Individual Producer Responsibility

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The uncertainty among producers within the waste diversion industry in Canada over the coming change from an industry-funded organization fee-based model to an individual producer responsibility regime for “brand holders” has principally focused upon those various regulated waste streams at the centre of mandatory diversion.

Hand Vein Authentication Bolsters Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance

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Notorious frauds at many Global Fortune Companies highlight the importance of internal controls. In spite of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX or SOA), external auditors continue to disclose large numbers of material weaknesses in internal control systems of many public companies.

Final Text of the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation

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On 24 January 2017, the European Parliament's Committee on International Trade approved the the Conflict Minerals Regulation. This paves the way for the text to be formally adopted by the EU institutions in the coming months.
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