Anxiety and the ADA

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

By Rogers Stevens, Associate, Pepper Hamilton LLP Q: An employee in my company has requested intermittent leave as an accommodation for what he claims is a debilitating “anxiety,” but he has no job performance issues and seems fine to me. Are we required to provide a reasonable accommodation under the ADA for anxiety? A: The […]

Josep Borrell assumes the post of EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

On 1 December, Josep Borrell assumed the post of EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission. Josep Borrell, former Foreign Minister of Spain, assumed the post as High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Vice-President of the European Commission, headed by new […]

AI and Automated Decisions: GDPR and the Evolving Decision-Making Process

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Broadly speaking, artificial intelligence (AI) is the term given to the ability of computer software to simulate human cognition, allowing machine systems to learn, reason, and interact. Over time, algorithmic software can be “trained” to make connections – from random inputs to revealing outputs – which allow it to “learn”, and “make” decisions.

Approval of the European Commission 2019-2024

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

The von der Leyen team voted into office by the European Parliament On 27 November during the plenary session in Strasbourg, a large majority of members of the European Parliament voted in favour of the von der Leyen Commission. Ahead of the vote, the President-elect presented her team of Commissioners to the European Parliament. She […]

Dividing Misappropriation Claim Among Different Trade Secrets Ineffective to Avoid Statute of Limitations

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

In most states for certain claims, the statute of limitations is tempered by the “discovery rule,” under which the limitations period does not start until the claimant knew or should have known of its claim against the wrongdoer. Although some types of claims may not get the benefit of this rule—such as claims for defamation—the […]

Report on the Results of the Survey on the Access to Finance of Enterprises in the Euro Area – April to September 2019

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

For the period from April to September 2019 the net percentage of euro area small and medium-sized enterprises’ (SMEs) turnover remained broadly stable at robust levels (20%, down from 21% for the previous period). For the first time since mid-2016, euro area SMEs reported a deterioration in profits in net terms (-1%, down from 0%), […]

Scaling up Ambition: The EU Bank Presents New Policies and Targets at #COP25

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

At the COP 25 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Madrid, the European Investment Bank (EIB), the EU bank, will be discussing how its new climate action roadmap and recent decision to phase out support for unabated fossil fuel energy projects can support European Union leadership on international climate action. The EIB delegation will engage […]

Vulcan Insight Analysis of the Latest EU Developments 25 – 29 November 2019

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Von der Leyen Commission confirmed Wednesday saw the confirmation of Ursula von der Leyen’s Commission by the European Parliament, with 462 votes in favour, 157 against and 89 abstentions. Before the vote, von der Leyen presented her agenda for the coming years, outlining digitisation, climate change and financial services as her top priorities. Von der Leyen […]

ING Reports Outcome of 2019 EU-wide Transparency Exercise

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

ING Groep N.V. notes the announcements made today by the European Banking Authority and the European Central Bank (ECB) regarding the information of the 2019 EU-wide Transparency Exercise and fulfillment of the EBA Board of Supervisors’ decision. Background 2019 EU-wide Transparency Exercise At its meeting in April 2019, the EBA Board of Supervisors approved the package […]

USTR Announces Additional Exclusions Granted to Sec. 301 List 3 Products

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

On November 26, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) announced that 32 additional product descriptions will be excluded from the Section 301 trade remedies imposed on Chinese-origin products. The newly announced exclusions all relate to items on China 301 List 3 (the $200 billion trade action) which, unless excluded, are subject to an additional tariff […]