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|National Audit Offices Publishes Report Following Inquiry to Examine Government's Funding of Kids Company|
Alison Paines, Chris Priestley; Withers Bergman LLP;
November 13, 2015, previously published on October 29, 2015The National Audit Office ('NAO') has become the latest organisation to conduct an inquiry following the closure of Kids Company. The NAO's inquiry follows the Charity Commission's decision to open a statutory inquiry and the Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee's...
|Modern Slavery Act 2015: Are You Required to Produce a Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement?|
Christina Morton, Claire Pardo; Withers Bergman LLP;
November 13, 2015, previously published on November 4, 2015Many large businesses may be unaware that section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, which came into force on 29 October, will require them to prepare a statement disclosing the steps they have taken to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in their businesses and supply chains. The...
|NYS Government Ethics Agency Proposes to Restrict Campaign Fundraising|
Mark F. Glaser, Joshua L. Oppenheimer; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
November 10, 2015, previously published on November 4, 2015In late October 2015, the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) released a draft Advisory Opinion that would overturn a nearly 20-year-old ethics opinion regarding political activities by public office holders and their employees. This proposal could have a significant impact on...
|Brady Tapped at Ways and Means|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
November 10, 2015, previously published on November 6, 2015On Wednesday, the 33 members of the House Republican Steering Committee selected Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) to be the next Chairman of the influential House Ways and Means Committee. Brady was selected over Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH) to succeed former Ways and Means Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI), who was...
|Navigating Canadian Drone Law Requirements|
Bryce Dillon, Robert P. Kinghan, David Lowdon; Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.;
November 10, 2015, previously published on November 2, 2015Unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, are often associated with their military or law enforcement applications. However, civilian UAVs are becoming more common in Canada. UAVs are remotely-piloted or autonomous power-driven aircraft ranging dramatically in size and functionality....
|Ryan Seeks Greater Cooperation from All Republicans|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
November 10, 2015When he announced that he would be willing to run for Speaker, Paul Ryan (R-WI) said he would do so only if he could unite the entire Republican Party. As part of this effort, Speaker Ryan is now calling for a weekly meeting of the leaders of the centrist Tuesday Group, the conservative Republican...
|White House Releases Text of Trade Deal|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
November 10, 2015, previously published on November 6, 2015On Thursday, the White House finally released the full text of the 12-nation Pacific Rim trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The release of the text triggers the 90-day review period for Congress. Under the fast-track trade legislation signed this spring, President Obama...
|Chevron Corp. c Yaiguaje: the Supreme Court States the Jurisdiction of the Ontario Courts to Recognize and Enforce Foreign Judgments|
Eric D'Aoust; Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.;
November 10, 2015, previously published on November 4, 2015The Supreme Court of Canada recently released its decision in Chevron Corp. c Yaiguaje, 2015 SCC 42, a case concerning the recognition and enforcement of a foreign judgment.
|What Constitutes Actual or Constructive Knowledge of a Defective Pole?|
Jeffrey Bearss; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
November 10, 2015, previously published on November 2, 2015It's often hard to know when equipment in the field is defective, as many things wear over time. Inspecting equipment is critical, to avoid incidence of resulting damage. When equipment is defective, and damages occur as a result, the utility is exposed to liability. In general, most states find...
|Everything You Need to Know About Ontario's New Anti-SLAPP Law|
Derek J. Bell; Bennett Jones LLP;
November 6, 2015, previously published on October 29, 2015On October 28, 2015, the government of Ontario passed the Protection of Public Participation Act, 2015 (PPPA), designed to identify and eliminate strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs). The PPPA is the result of an expert advisory panel's recommendations of 2010. In short, the...