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Published: 18 Oct 2021

Main Headlines: Biden’s chief medical adviser said he expects US regulators to consider whether people who got the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine should get an mRNA shot against Covid-19 as a booster. A so-called mix-and-match booster has been discussed among scientists and government experts, though no timeline has been released for when it might be officially considered. The issue is com...

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Employers be Warned: If You Aren't Careful, Remote Work Could Become a Permanent Feature of Your Staff's Employment Terms

Employers be Warned: If You Aren't Careful, Remote Work Could Become a Permanent Feature of Your Staff's Employment Terms

Published: 18 Oct 2021

With two recent important pronouncements on both sides of the border, employers are worried about whether they can keep up with the ever-evolving issues surrounding COVID-19. Today and next week, I will answer the many employment law questions swirling about. But first, those proclamations. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that all federal government employees, including C...

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Howard Levitt: No, You Don't Have the Right to Express Your Political Opinions at Work

Howard Levitt: No, You Don't Have the Right to Express Your Political Opinions at Work

Published: 18 Oct 2021

Returning to work after the more customary Thanksgiving weekend of the past, many will have shared holiday dinners with relatives holding different social, political and pandemic-related opinions. While it is trite to note that politics does not make for polite discussion, the pandemic has pushed intellectual and ideological divide to the forefront of the public spotlight, particularly in r...

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Howard Levitt: Can You have Different Rules for Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Employees?

Howard Levitt: Can You have Different Rules for Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Employees?

Published: 18 Oct 2021

I will continue this week to answer all the important questions employers have been asking, and also pierce through the considerable misinformation being provided by laypeople and other lawyers alike. The topic of employees’ vaccination status has the potential of creating a new rift between employees and employers in an already charged work environment. It’s clearly an issue that has challenged b...

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Range of Opinion

Range of Opinion

Published: 18 Oct 2021

A 30-year-old female presented to an Accident & Emergency Department with abdominal pain. She had been sick for about 12 hours. Investigations revealed an appendicitis. She was admitted to hospital and consented for a laparoscopic (keyhole) appendectomy, being informed of the risks, including bleeding and infection. She was given intravenous antibiotics, and the operation was carried out withi...

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Today's Rates & Market News

Today's Rates & Market News

Published: 14 Oct 2021

Main Headlines: The Federal Reserve could begin phasing out its pandemic-era stimulus programme as early as next month and wrap up the process by mid-2022, as more officials pencil in an interest rate rise next year. Minutes from the September meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee showed officials firming up their plans for the eventual end to the $120bn monthly asset purchase programme tha...

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Indonesia’s Omnibus Law: Halal Certification to Impact Businesses | Dezan Shira & Associates

Indonesia’s Omnibus Law: Halal Certification to Impact Businesses | Dezan Shira & Associates

Published: 14 Oct 2021

Indonesia issued a new Halal certification law, under Government Regulation 39 of 2021 (GR 39/2021) that will impact businesses in most industries. GR 39/2021 states that products that enter, circulate, and are traded in Indonesia must be Halal certified unless they are originating from materials prohibited under Islam (Haram). GR 39/2021 is one of a number of implementing regulations of the Omnib...

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Today's Rates & Market News

Today's Rates & Market News

Published: 13 Oct 2021

Main Headlines: The House of Representatives has approved a debt ceiling measure in the lower house, designed as a short-term increase in America’s borrowing limit, averting a potential debt default looming as early as next week. The vote in the Democratic-controlled lower chamber now paves the way for President Biden to quickly sign the measure into law, following approval of the measure in the S...

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