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The International Lawyers Network (ILN) is a leading association of 91 high-quality, full-service independent law firms.

Since 1988, the ILN has helped its members keep pace with today’s global economy, through access to the tremendous strength and depth of the combined expertise of 5,000 lawyers in 67 countries on six continents.

ILN member firms are among the most respected and most experienced counsel in their jurisdictions. Clients’ increasing need for reliable foreign counsel is well-met by the personalized, high-quality and cost-effective legal services provided by ILN member firms. Unique to the ILN are the strong personal and professional relationships among its members and their clients developed over the past 26 years. Far from a mere directory, the ILN is an affiliation of lawyers who gather on a regional and worldwide basis annually and work routinely with each other to address client requirements and needs.

Each of the ILN’s member firms is international in outlook and staffed by highly trained senior attorneys, who are experts in a broad range of practice areas. ILN members have demonstrated experience in working successfully with international companies. They are independent, mid-sized firms within their jurisdictions, and are committed to the focus of the International Lawyers Network, admitted to the Network only after a rigorous application process. The ILN provides clients with high-quality service from experienced local counsel who work in firms that maintain excellent reputations in their own countries. This means that clients have immediate access to attorneys who are native, both linguistically and culturally, to the country of interest.

The ILN’s international directory app is available for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry smartphones. To access the app, click here or log on to ILNmobile.com from your smartphone.

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BIG MAC ATTACK : NLRB General Counsel Argues Franchisees and McDonald’s Are Joint Employers

NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin announced on Tuesday July 29th   that he has authorized issuance of Unfair Labor Practice Complaints based on 43 of 181 charges pending against McDonald’s, USA, LLC and various of its franchisees, in which the Board will allege that the company and its franchisees are joint-employers. If the General Counsel prevails on his theory that McDonalds is a joint employer with its franchisees, the result would be not only a finding of shared responsibility for unfair labor practices, but could also mean that the franchisor would share in the responsibilities of collective bargaining if unions are successful in organizing franchisors’ workers.  The news, which comes as Fast Food Forward, which is affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (“SEIU”) wraps up its convention in Illinois.

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Court Upholds Effective Disinheritence

The British Columbia Supreme Court recently refused to vary a mother’s Will that left only a token $10,000 to an estranged son.  In Brown v. Pearce Estate, the challenged Will read in part:

“I wish to leave no more than the $10,000 referred to above to my estranged son…Although I have sacrificed for him and I have supported him over the years, he has refused any contact with me, and…he has made it clear that he wants no further relationship with me.”

The son asked the Court to vary the Will, claiming that the mother owed him a moral duty to provide more than the $10,000 gift.  The Court considered the facts carefully, and declined to order a variation. 

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Two for Tuesdays: More LinkedIn

The weather is finally beautiful here on this Two for Tuesdays – low humidity and low heat, just the way I like it!

Another thing I like, as you may know, is LinkedIn. Our first Two for Tuesdays post offered two tips for LinkedIn, and there’s so much to gain from it that I’m back to bring you two more! The first post focused mostly on what changes you could make to your profile, while today, we’ll look at what you should be doing in terms of your usage of LinkedIn.

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SFKS Xi’an Electronic Newspaper Issue One Hundred and Thirty-Six

Laws and Regulations Updates
I. Regulations on Determination and Protection of Well-Known Trademarks
On 3 July 2014, the State Administration for Industry & Commerce promulgated an amended version of the Regulations on Determination and Protection of Well-Known Trademarks (the “Regulations”), which will formally come into effect in August of this year. The original version of the Regulations on Determination and Protection of Well-Known Trademarks (the “Original Regulations”), which was promulgated on 17 April 2003, will be abolished concurrently. More…

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NLRB Drops Next Shoe On Micro-Units In Retail: Finds Bergdorf Goodman Women’s Shoe Sales Employees Not An Appropriate Unit

The NLRB finds that the women’s shoe sales employees at Bergdorf Goodman’s New York Store are not an appropriate unit for bargaining. The Board’s unanimous decision to reverse the Regional Director’s finding that the shoe sales team did constitute an appropriate unit and could have their own vote on union representation comes one week after its decision finding that a unit limited to the cosmetics and fragrance sales employees at a Macy’s in Saugus were an appropriate unit for bargaining. The Regional Directors who issued the Decisions and Directions of Election in Macy’s and Bergdorf Goodman each had relied on the Board’s Specialty Health Care decision, which is now often referred to as the “Micro Unit” decision.

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The New Jersey Technology Council: Informative Discussions at the 2014 Annual Meeting

By Michelle Capezza, Ian Carleton Schaefer, and Arthur O’Brien (upSKILL Project Manager, NJIT)

The New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC) is a not-for-profit, trade association which focuses on connecting decision-makers and thought-leaders from technology and technology support companies through access to financing opportunities, networking, and business support. Through its programs, the NJTC provides timely business information to help its members grow and succeed and provides forums for member companies to work together to advance New Jersey’s, and the region’s, status as a leading technology center. At NJTC’s Annual Meeting held in July at The Forsgate Country Club in Monroe, NJ, the NJTC furthered its mission by hosting a series of discussions on topics of import to today’s technology companies. The meeting was abuzz with various conversations and idea exchanges on various topics including the current U.S. patent system, forging partnerships between academic institutions and industry to meet workforce needs, early stage funding, and cloud management/hosting colocation as well as presentations from corporate CEOs regarding the challenges facing their companies.

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An Unconventional Convention: Fast Food Workers Of The World Unite With SEIU Support

The New York Times reported today in its business section in article by Steven Greenhouse, who covers labor matters for the paper, about a convention taking place in Addison. The convention, underwritten by the Service Employees International Union or SEIU, which has been not very quietly backing the “Stand for Fifteen,” movement in its quest for wages of $15 per hour in the fast food field.  It is probably not a coincidence that Addison is just four miles from McDonald’s headquarters in Oak Brook, Il.

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Let’s Be a Little More International in Our Networking

This afternoon, I was reading an article on four suggestions for rules to follow when networking internationally.  The tips are good ones (and we’ll go into more on them in a moment), but it occurred to me as I was reading that they’re actually quite good tips for all types of networking – whether you’re meeting people from other cultures, or just two blocks away. 

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Law Society Publishes a Report on the Introduction of Employment Tribunal Fees

The report by the law society urges government to rethink the fees introduced for employment tribunals.

The report published 28 July has said that the fees represent a major barrier to access to justice. They are also the reason for an 81% drop in the number of cases going before UK employment tribunals since the introduction of the fees in July 2013.

Convener of the Law Society’s Access to Justice Committee, Stuart Naismith said:

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Proposed amendments to Retirement Villages Act withdrawn

On 5 June 2014, the Government tabled provisions to amend the Retirement Villages Act 1999 (NSW) (the Act) that were scheduled to commence from 4 July 2014 with the commencement of the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014 (the Bill). Those changes to the Act have since been withdrawn.

The Bill commenced on 4 July 2014 without the amendments to the Act included.  They had been removed by the legislative council on 18 June 2014 prior to the Bill being passed. More…

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