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Shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders have been prevalent throughout the United States since March 2020 as state and local governments have sought to protect their citizens from the spread of the COVID-19 virus while at the same time reopen their economies in accordance with phased reopening plans. Georgia extended their state-wide orders and/or the duration of the current phase of their reopening plans. While Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Vermont and West Virginia. have eased restrictions, mask requirements and/or advanced to the next phase of their reopening plan.

The 2021 edition of Duties and Liabilities of Directors of Australian Companies from Baker McKenzie is a timely guide for directors of Australian companies, setting out pivotal issues for directors to consider in the current evolving corporate governance environment. Matters covered in the guide include common law and statutory duties, delegation, financial reporting, continuous disclosure, financial assistance, directors’ insurance and indemnities and other topical issues including climate change, whistleblower protections and anti-bribery and corruption.

Key developments reflected in this week’s update include extension of state-wide orders and/or the duration of the current phase of their reopening plans for Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan and South Carolina. While California, Hawaii, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Utah and Washington eased restrictions and/or advanced to the next phase of their reopening plan.

Consumer and employee activism and political pressure at both the global and national levels were combining to force ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) issues to the top of the board’s and management’s agenda. Having a clear corporate purpose was becoming essential. On 15 April 2021, partners from across Baker McKenzie recrded a webinar on ESG and Litigation Risks, as part of the Demystifying ESG Webinar Series.

The 2021 edition of Duties and Liabilities of Directors of Australian Companies from Baker McKenzie is a timely guide for directors of Australian companies, setting out pivotal issues for directors to consider in the current evolving corporate governance environment. Matters covered in the guide include common law and statutory duties, delegation, financial reporting, continuous disclosure, financial assistance, directors’ insurance and indemnities and other topical issues including climate change, whistleblower protections and anti-bribery and corruption.

The UK Supreme Court has confirmed that Asda retail employees (who are nearly all women) can continue their claim for equal pay as compared to Asda’s distribution centre employees (who are nearly all men). The fact that they worked exclusively at different sites did not prevent the comparison. The decision removes one potential hurdle for claimants in equal pay litigation.

In brief On 1 June 2021, Act No. 37/2021 Sb., on Registration of Ultimate Beneficial Owners (“Act”), will take effect, implementing Directive (EU) 2018/843 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2018 (AML Directive V) in Czech law and introducing new requirements regarding the publicity of…