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  • Cyber security guidance issued

    The National Cyber Security Centre for Ireland has published new guidance which sets out how people working from home as part of the fight against COVID-19 can protect themselves from cyberattacks while staying connected. Details of the guidance issued can be found here.

    Apr 9, 2020 2:27 PM

  • Data Protection Commission of Ireland issues report on use of cookies

    The Data Protection Commission has published a report on the use of cookies and other tracking technologies. Alongside the report, the DPC published new guidance for data controllers and will allow a six-month time period for compliance, after which action up to and including enforcement action will be considered. View report. View guidance.

    Apr 8, 2020 8:30 AM

  • Ireland’s Data Protection Commission Offers Tips for Safe Videoconferencing

    Ireland’s Data Protection Commission has issued advice on protecting data privacy when using videoconferencing. Organizations should: Use contracted service providers for work-related communications. Ensure you are happy with the privacy and security features of the services you ask employees to use. Ensure that employees use work accounts, email addresses, phone numbers, etc., where possible, for... (See Article)

    Apr 8, 2020 6:35 AM

  • Irish Revenue tax changes

    The Revenue Commissioners of Ireland have said that where a departure from the State is prevented due to COVID-19, Revenue will consider this ‘force majeure’ for the purpose of establishing an individual’s tax residence position. This will have potential impact for persons who are domiciled abroad for tax purposes.View latest guidance.

    Apr 7, 2020 8:38 AM

  • Irish Courts Service issues statement on Covid-19

    The Irish Courts Service has published a notice for practitioners and members of the public requiring services from court offices in respect of criminal, family law and civil law business during the Covid-19 pandemic. View here.

    Apr 3, 2020 7:30 AM

  • Data Access Requests in the Age of COVID-19, Guidance from Ireland

    Ireland’s Data Protection Commission weighs in on the issue of COVID-19 and data access requests: “The Data Protection Commission acknowledges the significant impact of the Covid-19 health crisis which may affect organisations’ ability to action GDPR requests from individuals, such as access requests. While the statutory obligations cannot be waived, should a complaint be made... (See Article)

    Mar 31, 2020 6:35 AM

  • Irish legislation regarding Covid-19 signed into law by President

    The Health (Preservation and Protection and other Emergency Measures in the Public Interest) Act 2020 was signed into law by President Michael D. Higgins on Friday 20th March 2020. The full text of the primary legislation will be available here shortly.

    Mar 25, 2020 3:39 PM

  • The U.S. Coronavirus Inbound Travel Ban Has Been Expanded to Flights from the U.K., Ireland, and Schengen countries, in Addition to the Previous Ban from China and Iran

    On Monday, March 16th, 2020, the U.S. will be extending the March 13th, 2020 “European Travel Ban” to certain foreign nationals who have been in the United Kingdom and Ireland for 14 days prior to boarding.  These two countries were previously exempted from the Wednesday, March 11th Presidential Proclamation (the “First Proclamation”). Exceptions and Limitations to the Coronavirus... (See Article)

    Mar 25, 2020 9:35 AM

  • Commercial tenants receive protection from eviction

    In summary, and in edition to other measures announced by the Government, no business will be forced out of their premises if they miss a payment in the next three months (currently up to 30 June 2020 but there will be an option for the Government to extend this). This measure applies to all commercial... (See Article)

    Mar 25, 2020 7:35 AM

  • Irish legislation regarding Covid-19 to be considered by Seanad Éireann

    The emergency legislation regarding Covid-19 will be considered by Seanad Éireann before the weekend of 28th/29th March. The bill is expected to be signed into law shortly after. Details of the bill can be found here.

    Mar 23, 2020 4:38 PM

  • Commercial contracts in Ireland and Irish parties to international contracts governed by civil law: points to bear in mind due to COVID-19

    The essence of any contract is that the parties make a bargain involving mutual commitments. A decision by one or more parties not to honor any of those commitments, or the objective inability to do so, can thus lead to contractual disputes. COVID-19, categorized as a global pandemic by the WHO since 11 March 2020, has significantly affected an array of commercial contracts: interrupting supply lines, halting construction works and generally destabilizing business. It is clear that the occurrence of the virus was unforeseeable, unforeseen and is outside of the control of contractual parties. In common law jurisdictions like Ireland, the law approaches situations like these in two main ways. (See Article)

    Mar 23, 2020 7:33 AM

  • Irish Courts Service issues statement on Covid-19 and the arrangements of Courts

    The Irish Courts Service has published statements from the Presidents of each courts jurisdiction. This details Court arrangements for litigation during the current period in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Details of each Court's arrangements can be found here. Statements by Presidents of each Court.

    Mar 18, 2020 11:21 AM

  • The U.S. Coronavirus Inbound Travel Ban Has Been Expanded to Flights from the U.K., Ireland, and Schengen countries, in Addition to the Previous Ban from China and Iran

    On Monday, March 16th, 2020, the U.S. will be extending the March 13th, 2020 “European Travel Ban” to certain foreign nationals who have been in the United Kingdom and Ireland for 14 days prior to boarding.  These two countries were previously exempted from the Wednesday, March 11th Presidential Proclamation (the “First Proclamation.”) Exceptions and Limitations... (See Article)

    Mar 17, 2020 7:34 AM

  • Establishing a Business Entity in Ireland (Updated)

    I. Introduction - As a common law jurisdiction, Ireland’s legal system is similar to that of the US and the UK and businesses can be carried on in Ireland in several different ways, including as sole traders, partnerships or companies. Companies - A company is a body formed and registered under the Companies Act 2014, which has legal personality separate and distinct from its shareholders. There are various types of companies and each has its own distinct advantages and disadvantages... Please see full Chapter below for more information. (See Article)

    Mar 17, 2020 7:33 AM

  • Rod Compares US and EU CBD Regulations at Europe Canna Expo-Dublin

    Rod Kight compares and contrasts the EU and US regulatory regimes for CBD at Europe Canna Expo-Dublin. I had a great experience in Dublin speaking at the Europe Cann Expo (ECE). Held last week, it was the first major cannabis conference to be hosted in Ireland. Although ECE is a pan-European conference, Ireland featured heavily... (See Article)

    Mar 16, 2020 7:34 AM

  • U.S. Extends Travel Restrictions to U.K. and Ireland – Department of Homeland Security Outlines New Re-Entry Process for U.S. Citizens, U.S. Legal Permanent Residents and Other Exempted Individuals from Certain European Countries, China, and Iran, including Mandatory 14-Day Self-Quarantine Period

    Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST, the U.S. will extend the same travel restrictions to the U.K. and Ireland as are already in effect for other European countries, China and Iran. The Department of Homeland Security also issued a Fact Sheet outlining the return process for persons affected by the March 11 presidential... (See Article)

    Mar 16, 2020 7:34 AM

  • Ireland, Luxembourg Add Guidance On COVID-19 And GDPR

    Luxembourg- Employers should NOT: •require that employees communicate to them daily a statement of their body temperature or fill out medical sheets or questionnaires •have visitors or other external persons sign a declaration by which they certify that they have no symptoms of the coronavirus or that they have not recently traveled to a risk zone, etc... (See Article)

    Mar 13, 2020 7:32 PM

  • Irish Data Protection Commission conducts dawn raid to learn more about Facebook’s pending dating service

    Report on Supply Chain Compliance 3, no. 5 (March 5, 2020) - On Feb. 3, Facebook Inc. informed the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) that it would be rolling out a new dating service Feb. 14. The DPC was concerned about lack of information regarding the service and the fact that Facebook had not conducted a data protection impact assessment in order to assess any risks. (See Article)

    Mar 13, 2020 7:32 AM

  • IRELAND: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Employer FAQs

    The spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) across the globe remains a significant concern in the workplace. Employers are confronting difficult questions regarding how to handle safety and health rules, travel restrictions, compensation, immigration, and other employment issues. (See Article)

    Mar 12, 2020 7:32 AM

  • The Weekly Hill Update

    Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, posted when Congress is in session. HEADLINES • After passing emergency funding to respond to the coronavirus, Washington is now turning to potential measures to bolster the economy – as equity markets opened Monday plummeting 7 percent before trading was halted. • President Donald Trump will meet... (See Article)

    Mar 10, 2020 7:33 AM

  • Irish Data Protection Commission investigating Google and Tinder

    Report on Supply Chain Compliance 3, no. 4 (February 20, 2020) - After a number of complaints regarding Google‘s processing of location data, the Irish Data Protection Commission opened an investigation into whether or not Google “has a valid legal basis for processing the location data of its users and whether it meets its obligations as a data controller with regard to transparency.” (See Article)

    Mar 10, 2020 7:32 AM

  • FSAI data shows food recalls up slightly in Ireland

    The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) issued an average of two alerts per week in 2019 about products subject to withdrawal or recall. This past year, a 107 alerts were issued made up of 55 food alerts and 52 food allergen alerts compared to 56 and 46, respectively in 2018. Food alerts relate to... (See Article)

    Mar 9, 2020 7:34 AM

  • Republic of Labour Law – Irish HR Updates

    Welcome to our inaugural edition of the Republic of Labour Law, a monthly newsletter in which we distill the most important Irish legal and HR updates from the last month in 500 words or less. (See Article)

    Mar 6, 2020 7:32 AM

  • Register for Fox Rothschild’s Annual Privacy Summit

    Don’t miss our annual Privacy Summit, scheduled for April 16. This information-packed, daylong event will bring you fully up to date on the latest, emerging issues in cybersecurity and data privacy.  The program kicks off with keynote speaker Leslie Ireland — former Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, U.S. Department of the Treasury, and National... (See Article)

    Feb 21, 2020 7:33 AM

  • EU Data Protection Authorities Discuss Enforcement Priorities

    European Union Data Protection Authorities discussed enforcement priorities at the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Data Protection Intensive. Key takeaways: CNIL: Online advertising and cookies are a focus right now. Ireland DPC: currently handling 10,000 complaints with 23 investigations into so-called big tech companies, and two investigations at the decision-making stage. An area of... (See Article)

    Feb 19, 2020 7:33 AM

  • Food Standards Agency announcement on CBD

    The Food Standards Agency (FSA), which regulates foods and food businesses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, yesterday issued its long awaited statement on CBD in foods. In January 2019, the European Commission updated the Novel Food Catalogue to state that extracts of Cannabis sativa L. and derived products containing cannabinoids are considered as novel... (See Article)

    Feb 17, 2020 7:34 AM

  • Irish DPC Issues New Guidance For Data Controllers On Data Security

    Ireland’s Data Protection Commission has published guidance on data security. Key Takeaways- The most effective means of mitigating the risk of lost or stolen personal data is not to hold the data in the first place. (See Article)

    Feb 14, 2020 5:33 PM

  • Blockchain Week in Review: Week of January 31, 2020

    Weekly Focus Replies to Motions for Summary Judgments filed in SEC v. Telegram Cases Consolidated in Class Action Suit Against iFinex Inc Bittrex Introduces Insurance Coverage Research Report Finds the Number of Cryptocurrency Scams Rose in 2019 Research Report Indicates Regulatory Uncertainty a Barrier for Digital Asset Companies Coinbase Custody Launches in Ireland Cambodia Announces... (See Article)

    Feb 10, 2020 7:34 AM

  • That’s Your Opinion, but is it Personal Data?

    Are opinions about someone personal data? Ireland’s Data Protection Commission explains. Key takeaways: An opinion can include personal data. If the opinion is not recorded — GDPR does not apply. If made or recorded for someone’s “purely personal or household” activities, with no connection to a professional or commercial activity, GDPR doesn’t apply. GDPR may... (See Article)

    Feb 4, 2020 7:33 AM

  • Littler Global Guide - Ireland - Q4 2019

    Supreme Court Confirms When an Employee is Entitled to Legal Representation - Precedential Decision by Judiciary or Regulatory Agency - On November 11, 2019, the Supreme Court upheld last year's decision of the Court of Appeal in the case of Iarnród Éireann/Irish Rail v Barry McKelvey. (See Article)

    Jan 29, 2020 9:45 AM