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India Orders Shutdown Impacting Millions of Outsourced Technology and Financial Sector Workers

March 26, 2020 | Alert | By Julie Korostoff, Meredith M. Leary, Laura A. Stacey

This alert discusses what companies outsourcing critical business process functions to India should do in light of the Indian government’s order that telecom, IT, and other technology companies should, as far as possible, work from home.
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The Impact of AI

February 3, 2020 | Article | By Christian Tamotsu Fjeld

Read the transcript of a San Francisco Business Times panel discussion on artificial intelligence, including ML Strategies Vice President Christian T. Fjeld’s insights on emerging regulatory issues.
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MintzTech Connect Industry News — January 2020

January 27, 2020 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

This issue of MintzTech Connect includes tax guidance on the treatment of virtual currencies, a “how-to” for writing gender-neutral agreements, and a podcast on the basics of venture debt.
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How to Write Gender-Neutral Contracts

January 27, 2020 | Article | By Kati I. Pajak

In this article, Mintz attorney Kati Pajak provides guidance on how to adjust contract language to be gender-neutral.
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MintzTech Connect Upcoming Events — January 2020

January 27, 2020 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

Learn about upcoming events for start-ups, entrepreneurs, and the tech community.
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FCC Simplifies Evaluations of Certain Wireless Medical Devices

December 11, 2019 | Blog | By Laura Stefani

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates wireless medical devices in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), with the FCC’s role related to certain technical concerns such as the successful sharing of wireless frequency bands. Another area that FCC regulates is radio frequency (RF) safety – the possible harmful effects to human health from RF energy created by wireless devices. The FCC looks to health and safety agencies such as the FDA, EPA, and OSHA, to provide guidance and recommendations on what level of RF emissions are deemed “safe,” and then sets rules for how responsible parties must evaluate compliance with these limits. These rules on safe emission levels apply generally to devices that produce RF signals. The FCC proposed modifications to its RF safety rules in 2013, and finally on December 4, 2019, issued a decision that adopts many of its proposals.
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IRS Provides Additional Guidance on the Tax Treatment of Cryptocurrency

November 21, 2019 | Alert | By Abraham Reshtick, David Salamon

This alert takes a detailed look at the additional guidance issued by the IRS on October 9, 2019 on the tax treatment of cryptocurrency.
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On September 20, 2019, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) filed a Notice of Public Review of the proposed 225 CMR 21.00, the Clean Peak Energy Portfolio Standard regulation. DOER seeks public comment on the proposed regulation. Originally part of An Act to Advance Clean Energy, which was signed into law in 2018, the Clean Peak Energy Portfolio Standard, or Clean Peak Standard (CPS), is designed to reduce demand at peak times and to shift energy use at these times to clean energy source.
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MintzTech Connect Upcoming Events — October 2019

October 15, 2019 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

MintzTech upcoming events - October 2019
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Using Vivastream, an event data analytics platform, companies that host their own events or exhibit at a third party industry event can learn more about attendee behavior: What was each attendee interested in? How does this compare to their stated interests? Which content and topics did they find most engaging?
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MintzTech Connect Industry News — October 2019

October 15, 2019 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

This issue of TechConnect covers common Equity Incentive Plan mistakes and profiles event data analytics company Vivastream and Gas It Up, a start-up focused on mobile gasoline delivery.
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Gas It Up set out to solve an obvious problem: No one likes to fill up their vehicle with gas! Not only is it inconvenient, especially in inclement weather, but filling up at a gas station can also be unnecessarily expensive and unsafe — exposing you to potential credit card fraud and an increased risk of physical harm. The solution? High quality, cost-competitive fuel, delivered directly to your vehicle.

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Five Common Equity Incentive Plan Mistakes

October 11, 2019 | Article | By Sebastian E. Lucier

Equity Incentive Plans (aka, Stock Option Plans) are a standard feature in nearly every start-up. Although the basic concept (granting an equity interest to an employee or other service provider) is simple enough, there are a few administrative and legal technicalities that need to be respected. Below is a list of five common mistakes that start-ups make when administering their Equity Incentive Plans.

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In this episode of MintzEdge’s From the Edge podcast, attorney Ben Stone talks to Ananth Kasturiraman and Caroline Fay, co-founders of Skillist, about how their company connects employers with untapped talent in order to increase the efficiency of the labor market.

Skillist addresses underemployment through a skill-based, identity-blind online process. Find out what we miss when we rely entirely on resumes for job applications, how a new platform addresses unconscious bias in hiring, Skillist’s backstory, and more in this exciting podcast.
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MintzTech Connect Industry News - July 2019

July 18, 2019 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

This month’s industry newsletter features an article on California’s Consumer Privacy Act, a Q&A with NYC incubator RLab, and a spotlight on LA’s type:A — a new company focused on health care brands.
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MintzTech Connect Industry News — Spotlight on type:A

July 18, 2019 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

Through its product, type:A is striving to bring clean beauty to the mainstream – and so far, that effort has been a striking success. Consumers, influencers, media, and investors have had amazing initial responses to the product, and type:A is working fast to capitalize on this momentum. With the support of Mintz, they have raised an extended seed round to fuel these efforts and allow the business to reach its full potential. Soon, they plan to be the go-to brand for safe, effective, and clean personal hygiene products.
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Recently, California passed the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), currently the nation’s leading state law regarding consumer privacy. The CCPA will become effective January 1, 2020. Companies that need to comply will have less than eight months to come up with a compliance plan and revise their business model, if necessary.
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MintzTech Connect Upcoming Events - July 2019

July 18, 2019 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

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MintzTech Connect Industry News — Q&A with RLab

July 18, 2019 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

RLab started as a partnership between New York City and its universities to turn the city into a global leader for virtual reality, augmented reality, and related technologies. Innovation in VR and AR has the potential to impact a lot of the industries that make up New York City’s economy – from media and entertainment to health care and manufacturing. RLab was founded to spur corporate innovation, support entrepreneurs and startups, and build a talent pipeline for future jobs.
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Emerging Legal Trends AI: Can Israel Join the U.S. and Europe as a Leader in AI Protections?

June 10, 2019 | Blog | By Michael Renaud, Asa Kling, Marguerite McConihe, Derek Constantine

The intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and intellectual property invokes fascinating theoretical questions.  With these questions, however, come significant practical issues that businesses, legal practitioners, and governments need to address proactively. Israel is embracing the challenge.
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