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September 2021


Return-to-Office Toolkit

The Return-to-Office Toolkit is an invaluable resource for in-house and employment attorneys navigating the complex issues and legal pitfalls related to bringing employees back to the office. It compiles key information on issues ranging from vaccine mandates to communicating with employees, and it incorporates state-specific information where relevant. Among the topics included are:

  • Testing & Screening
  • Vaccines & Vaccination
  • Recordkeeping & Health Information
  • Recruiting & Hiring
  • Accommodating Religious Beliefs

The Return-to-Office Toolkit is available on the In Focus: Remote Work page and the Practical Guidance homepage.

Project Management

Project Management for Legal Operations Part 2 includes nearly 30 new documents – overviews, checklists, worksheets – to help legal operations professionals focus on the planning, execution, monitoring, and closure phases of a project. Part 1, released in June, provides a foundational understanding of project management. This content is available from the Practical Guidance – Project Management tile on the In Focus: Project Management page.


Virginia Privacy

In Focus: Virginia Privacy addresses new legislation (Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act [VCDPA], eff. 1/1/2023) creating rights and obligations regarding the collection and processing of consumers’ personal data. Coverage includes Practical Guidance, Bloomberg Law News and Analysis, Law Firm Client Alerts, and more.


A new in-depth overview of Canadian cannabis regulations, including province-by-province summaries, has been added in a dedicated Canada tile on the In Focus: Cannabis page. The overview was contributed by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, and is a response to customer requests for Canadian provincial-level resources similar to our U.S. state cannabis coverage.

ERISA Class Actions & Arbitration

The In Focus: ERISA Class Actions & Arbitration page has been enhanced to include a new graphic showing the current circuit split on the issue of fiduciary liability under ERISA for benefit miscalculations. The graphic is hyperlinked to an analytical article published in the Compensation and Planning Journal, Ninth Circuit Rules Out Fiduciary Liability in Benefits Miscalculation Case, Opening Rift with Labor Department. The article discusses the liability that fiduciaries might face when outsourcing ministerial duties, such as the calculation of benefits, to third parties.


An updated Federal Securities Class Action Tracker includes filtering options and alerting functionality. Summary documents link to the relevant docket and provide data such as the settlement amount and the number of days from the filing to the stipulation of settlement by the court. The tracker covers cases from January 2019 to date.


Among recent additions to our Practitioner Perspectives are:


A new treatise – Opioid Prescribing: An AHLA 50 State Survey with Summaries and Links – provides descriptions of, and detailed references to, state authority with respect to:

  • Prescription drug monitoring requirements
  • Opioid-related licensure and related requirements for physicians and medical professionals
  • Related state Medicaid requirements
  • Related state workers’ compensation requirements, and
  • Additional state-level initiatives and resources designed to combat the opioid crisis

ERISA Litigation has been updated. This resource is designed to help practitioners determine whether ERISA applies to cases that may otherwise be labeled as breach of contract, divorce, insurance, personal injury, or fraud.

McDonnell Douglas: The Most Important Case in Employment Discrimination Law has been fully updated. This resource describes existing law and any major variations from the majority view in an effort to help practitioners navigate cases where judges sometimes apply the doctrines inconsistently even within the same circuit.


The new Fringe Benefits Guide contains concise and comprehensive information on issues related to taxes as well as the structuring of fringe benefits.


Analysis: Why Didn’t Remote Work Change Law Firm Billings? Bloomberg Law’s Remote Practice Survey indicates no decrease in average billing per case for a majority of firm attorneys since social distancing restrictions were put in place.

To access Bloomberg Law, please click here.