New Federal Statute Imposes Additional Requirements on Ocean Carriers, Ports, Terminal Operators and Chassis Owners

July 12, 2022 With a stated long term policy goal of solving problems with port congestion, shipping costs and extending regulatory oversight to international ocean carriers, the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 came into effect on June 16. The statute prohibits certain acts by ocean common carriers and marine terminal operators. The intention is […]

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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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