Chemical Industry Regulatory Update – November 2020

A Newsletter from The Adhesive and Sealant Council and Thompson Hine LLP

Date: November 05, 2020

The chemical industry is subject to complex and ever-evolving laws and regulations. New standards governing the production and use of chemicals are implemented every year worldwide, and existing laws and regulations are constantly changing to keep pace with new information and scientific advancements. Chemical Industry Regulatory Update provides a monthly digest of recent legislative and regulatory developments and related industry news.

You’re Not on Mute – Protecting Trade Secrets in a Remote World

Deborah S. Brenneman, Hannah E. Caldwell

Let’s set the scene: You are running a few minutes late to an important Zoom meeting with a potential client. You hurriedly search for the dial-in information. Then, you type in the 10-digit meeting ID buried at the bottom of an email. Next, you enter your password. And now, you have been corralled into a virtual waiting room where you must stay in meeting purgatory until the host grants you access to the call. Is all this really necessary? Continue reading.

Murphy’s Law – Literally

Rebecca Brazzano, Hannah E. Caldwell, M. Scott Young

The adage goes, “anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” Murphy’s law – New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s law, that is – took on a new meaning for New Jersey employers. Signed on October 28, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 192 which requires employers to follow a laundry list of new COVID-19 safety protocols as of 6 a.m. on Thursday, November 5. Giving just eight days to comply, the Executive Order mandates that private and public employers implement uniform health and safety standards in response to the recent surge in coronavirus cases. Read more.

New CFIUS Critical Technology Mandatory Filing Requirements in Effect as of October 15

David M. SchwartzSamir D. VarmaFrancesca M.S. GuerreroBrent ConnorJoyce RodriguezScott E. Diamond*

New mandatory filing requirements were issued to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) for certain foreign investments and became effective on October 15, 2020. The final rule significantly alters the mandatory CFIUS filing requirements relating to foreign persons’ investments in or acquisitions of U.S. businesses involving critical technologies, critical infrastructure or sensitive personal data. Read more.

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