Puerto Rico Department of Labor Issues Guidelines on New Workplace Harassment Law

February 10, 2021 On February 3, 2021, the Puerto Rico Department of Labor (“PR DOL”) issued the long-awaited Private Sector Workplace Harassment Guidelines (“Guidelines”). The Guidelines summarize and underscore many requirements contained in Act No. 90-2020, Law to Prohibit and Prevent Workplace Harassment (“Act 90”). Act 90 defines “workplace harassment” as ill-intended, unwanted, repetitive, and […]

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Court Expands LGBTQ Employment Protections

June 2020 (rev. 02/2021) On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) issued its ruling on Bostock v. Clayton County, 509 U.S. ___ (2020) establishing an unprecedented protection for LGBTQ people in the workplace by expanding the definition of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The employment protection states […]

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US Coast Guard Issues New Marine Safety Information Bulletin Enforcing Presidential Executive Order and Centers of Disease Control’s Order Requiring Masks To Be Worn On All Public Maritime Vessels, Including Ferries

April 19, 2021 On February 1, 2021, the Commandant of the US Coast Guard (“USCG”) issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin Number 02-21, (“MSIB 02-21”) enforcing Presidential Executive Order 13998 and Centers of Disease Control’s Order “Requiring Persons to Wear Masks While on Conveyances and Transportation Hubs.” Bulletin 02-21 requires persons to use face masks on board of commercial […]

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USCG Sets Safety Zone for the Transportation of Natural Gas

Effective until February 28, 2020 San Juan, Puerto Rico. The United States Coast Guard (“USCG”) has extended the temporary rule that established a safety zone for transportation of liquified gas carriers.  The previous rule, designed to protect personnel, transiting vessels, and liquified propane gas carriers, was effective until Novmeber15, 2019.  The new temporary rule, which […]

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Motion to Dismiss or Motion to Transfer to enforce Forum Selection Clauses in the First Circuit after the United States Supreme Court Decision in Atlantic Marine?

It is not uncommon that contracts will contain forum selection clauses to establish the place where a party can bring suit regarding a dispute or incident arising as consequence of the contractual relation. As a general rule, a forum selection clause will be enforced unless the party opposing said clause “[can] clearly show that enforcement […]

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