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International Lawyers Network

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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“Ask the Expert”- Free Employment Law Seminar

We would be delighted if you could join us at our next “Ask the Expert” employment law seminar, which is being held at 29, Royal Exchange Square on Friday 27th March 2015. As always, the seminar will be jointly hosted with Syme Drummond, recruitment specialists.

This time round, we will be looking at the legislative changes taking effect in April, with particular focus on the new Shared Parental Leave scheme coming into force on 5th April. Additionally, we will provide an updated overview of recent developments in the holiday pay cases that have caused difficulties for so many employers recently.

Members of our employment team will be on hand to also provide their practical views and opinions on the matters raised by you, so please do let us know in advance of any other topics you would like us to cover during the seminar.

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University of Limerick scholarship (5.3.2015)

style=”text-align: justify”>This year we were delighted to award the annual Holmes O’Malley Sexton Student Scholarship prize of €2,500 to Marian Dino, a fourth year Law and Accounting student at the University of Limerick, who achieved the highest results in her final year. The presentation was made by Donal Creaton, HOMS Partner, at a ceremony held in the University of Limerick. HOMS wish Marian every success in her future career. …

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: Why Can’t They Sleep?

The title of Jaimie’s post made me chuckle a little, since it’s the middle of the night on the east coast at the moment, and I am wide awake, as I’m currently in Shanghai for our Asia Pacific conference. I was awake myself last night on and off, in part because of jet lag, in part because I was worried I’d sleep through my alarm and miss the morning meetings, and in part because I was mentally running through my conference checklists and thinking about all of the emails and work I could be doing instead of sleeping.

But, despite all of that, I’ve managed to get through almost all of it, as usually is the case, and we’re almost ready for tonight’s kickoff reception and dinner. Keep an eye on our Instagram and Facebook pages for photos from the events! Now, on to Jaimie’s post! 

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International Financial Services Centre to be set up

In March, the RBI will notify an international financial services centre (IFSC) under the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (FEMA), to be set up in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The notification will make regulations relating to financial institutions (or their branches) set up in the IFSC. Such financial institutions (or their branches) set up in the IFSC will be treated as non-resident Indian entities located outside India, and will conduct business in such foreign currency and with such entities, whether resident or non-resident, as the regulatory authority may determine. Also, subject to certain provisions, nothing contained in any other regulations will apply to a unit located in IFSC. The respective regulatory authority will develop the regulatory framework for provisions of financial services in IFSC. The Government of India would permit the Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA) to allow insurers (life, non-life and health insurers) including foreign insurer or re-insurers to set up branches in IFSC. Similarly, RBI would permit the setting up of IFSC Banking Units (IBUs) by banks. The RBI has also formulated a draft scheme for the setting up of IBUs by banks. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) will allow setting up of exchanges and allow other activities for fund raising, merchant banking, brokerage, fund management, private equity, etc. Activities like currency derivatives, NIFTY futures, depository receipts, etc. will take place on the exchanges like any other IFSC.

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Cook County Enacts Wage Theft Ordinance with Serious Consequences for Employers

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Megan TothCook County recently became the largest county in the nation to pass a “wage theft” ordinance that will have significant consequences for employers that are located in, contract with, or do business in Cook County. Effective May 1, 2015, qualifying employers found in violation of any state or federal wage-payment laws within the past five years may face business license denial or revocation, be denied or lose existing contracts with Cook County, and face enormous property tax liability.

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Alzheimer’s Patient Lost Right-to-Die Despite Expressed Wishes

Today, BC Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal brought by the family of Margaret Anne Bentley, a patient at the final stage of Alzheimer’s disease. My colleague Amy Mortimore posted a blog when the family of Mrs. Bentley commended the lawsuit in August 2013, and Areet Kaila posted a blog when the BC Supreme Court released its decision in February 2014.

In 1991, Mrs. Bentley signed a “statement of wishes” in which she asked that she be allowed to die should she suffer from an extreme disability with no expectation of recovery and that she not be provided with nourishment or liquids. In another undated “statement of wishes” purportedly to have been signed by Mrs. Bentley as well, she asked that she be allowed to die and not be kept alive by artificial means such as life support systems, tube feeding, antibiotics , resuscitation or blood transfusions. She also indicated in this undated document that she would accept basic care and request aggressive palliative care, drugs, or any other measures to keep her from pain or distress.

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Sharon G. Druker maintains her involvement with Mount Sinai Hospital

March 3, 2015 — Sharon G. Druker’s mandate as a member of the Mount Sinai Hospital Users’ Committee was renewed for a further three years.

Mount Sinai is a 107–bed, McGill University affiliated hospital where innovative research and out-patient services play an increasingly key role.

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West Coast LEAF 28th Annual Equality Breakfast

Congratulations to Parvinder Hardwick, who chaired the committee that organized this morning’s very successful West Coast LEAF 28th Annual Equality Breakfast for International Women’s Day. Keynoting was Minnijean Brown Trickey, one of the Little Rock Nine who bravely desegregated Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Today’s event brought in over 700 attendees.

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D.C. Circuit Reinstates FMLA Claim Even Though Plaintiff’s Leave Request Was Granted

Client service is paramount in the hospitality industry, and frequent or extended leaves of absences by employees may make providing the same level of consistent service difficult.  But employers should take heed of the recent decision by the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals when considering employee requests for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.  In Gordon v United States Capitol Police, No. 13-5072 (D.C. Cir. Feb. 20, 2015), the D.C. Circuit held that an employer who discourages an employee from taking FMLA leave may be liable for an interference claim, even if that discouragement was “ineffective.”  In other words, don’t bully, discourage, or make employees jump through unnecessary hoops if they ask for FMLA leave, because those employees may still have a viable lawsuit for FMLA interference despite having received the requested leave.

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Two for Tuesdays: Tips for The Biggest Challenge to Content Marketing

As you read this, I will either be in Shanghai, or on my way there (my brain is currently too fried from conference prep, getting ready for a blog launch, and a variety of other projects to calculate the time/travel difference!). And that’s actually a perfect segue for this week’s Two for Tuesdays, in which we look at the biggest challenge that you’re going to see to content marketing in 2015.

The inspiration for this post comes again from Business 2 Community, with a post from Asaf Rothem, “3 Major Challenges Your Content Marketing Department Will Encounter in 2015.” Admittedly, I chuckled at the title, because for the most part, none of us will have a full blown content marketing department.

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