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Learning The ABCs Of California’s New Worker Classification Test: Understanding The Application And Significance Of Dynamex

The California Supreme Court published a unanimous decision presenting a new legal standard for determining whether workers should be classified as employees or independent contractors. The Court moved away from the previous, multifactor worker classification analysis and joined other jurisdictions that have adopted the “simpler, more structured” “ABC” test as the legal standard for worker classifications. In addition, the Court placed the affirmative burden on employers to prove that they properly classified their workers. 

Brexit and Copyright Law

At the end of March the European Commission issued a “Notice to Stakeholders. Withdrawal of the United Kingdom and EU Rules in the Field of Copyright.”  It is a helpful but notably incomplete summary of the legal repercussions of Brexit on copyright law in the UK and EU.

Sanctions and Iran: President Trump’s 8 May 2018 announcement and what this means for non-US shipping

On 8 May 2018, President Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and to reimpose on Iran a multitude of sanctions that were lifted in January 2016 under the JCPOA.


China tightens scrutiny on overseas intellectual property transfers

On March 29, 2018, the Chinese State Council released Measures for the Overseas Transfers of Intellectual Property Rights (Measures) for trial implementation. The Measures regulate overseas intellectual property (IP) transfers from the People’s Republic of China by imposing heightened scrutiny over the potential impact to national security and China’s technology innovation capabilities. Under the Measures, the Ministry of Commerce and various state departments are empowered to conduct a security assessment of certain overseas IP transfers. Although there is no indication as to how long the “trial implementation” period will last, the release of the Measures clearly represents a stepping up in China’s technology export regulations. This gear upshift may have a ripple effect on multinational businesses that are parties to IP licensing transactions or those that have research and development (R&D) activities in China.


10,000 Foot View

The Collaborative Decade

Welcome to the Reed Smith Conversations, a new podcast from Reed Smith, produced by Wf360 productions. Reed Smith Conversations is a four-part series, each a highly interactive discussion on a topic of importance to all of us, perhaps now more than ever. In each episode, you’ll hear from people who may shake up your thinking on issues you thought you already knew well.