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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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New Indian Wind Resource Atlas Announced

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (“MNRE”), Government of India, through the National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE), an autonomous institute of MNRE, has announced the “Indian Wind Resource Atlas : Online GIS”, with a tracking level of 100 metres, using scientific combination of satellite and one of the world’s largest number of measured (1,300 locations ) ground data. The NIWE (formerly C-WET) had released the Indian Wind Atlas at 50m and indicative values at 80m hub heights in April 2010 in collaboration with RISO-DTU, Denmark. 

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New Campaign Launched to Protect Drivers in Glasgow

A new Task Force has been set up in Glasgow to raise awareness about potential blind spots and accident prone areas following a rise in the number road traffic accidents in the city.

The major operation will look to reduce the accident and death toll on Glasgow’s roads and will target elderly pedestrians and reckless drivers at major junctions across the city. The dedicated Unit will also see a number of other Officers monitoring other junctions and drivers across the city in the hope to reduce the casualties seen in the last year. 

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Part 3: FTC Updates Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Endorsement Guides

As you know, over the past few weeks, Advertising, Marketing & Promotions Partner Allison Fitzpatrick and I have been discussing the FTC’s updated answers to its FAQs. The following topics will conclude this series: online reviews, employee endorsements, and monitoring. 

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Unions Can Now Use Electronic Signatures for Showing of Interest for NLRB Elections

Unions no longer will need to gather employees’ signatures on authorization cards before they can file a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) for a representation election.  General Counsel Richard F. Griffin, Jr. has issued Memorandum 15-08 (pdf) announcing that effective immediately unions filing petitions will be allowed to submit and the Board will “accept electronic signatures in support of a showing of interest if the Board’s traditional evidentiary standards are satisfied.” 

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New NLRB Joint Employers Test – Why It Matters For OSHA

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last week issued its decision in Browning Ferris Industries (pdf) adopting new standards for determining when a company will be held to be the joint employer of another company’s employees, whether they are leased, temporaries or providing services under their primary employer’s contracts with customers.  My colleagues Allen B. Roberts, Steven M. Swirsky and D. Martin Stanberry explore the new standards and what they mean for employers  in an article published on Epstein Becker Green’s Management Memo

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New York City Human Rights Law Restricts Credit Checks of Job Applicants and Employees

On September 3, 2015, New York City will join several states and localities throughout the country that have implemented laws limiting the use of credit checks in hiring and other employment decisions.

The “Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act,” which was passed by the New York City Council in April 2015 and becomes effective this week, prohibits private employers from requesting or using the consumer credit history of job applicants and employees. The New York City Council Member who introduced the legislation noted that it was intended to be “the strongest bill of its type in the country.”

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Calling all EU asset owners: you’ve got mail (from Brussels)

Finally, the EU Succession Regulation (Brussels IV) is fully in force.  It’s been a long time coming.  Part of it came into effect as long ago as 2012 but in recent months, as 17 August 2015 (‘coming into force’ day) approached, there has been much more discussion about what Brussels IV is going to mean in practice.  Essentially, if you or your clients hold assets in virtually any EU state, or have a residency or nationality connection with an EU state, Brussels IV affects you.  This blog does not attempt to explain what Brussels IV is (see my September 2013 blog for the basics).  Instead, it gives the latest thinking on how Brussels IV might apply in practice and what to do now.
The laudable aim of Brussels IV is to enable EU citizens with assets and connections in EU states to be able to estate-plan with greater confidence.  Each EU state has its own set of rules to determine how assets devolve on death (succession); often they conflict with each other.  Brussels IV lays down a set of rules for determining which jurisdiction’s rules prevail in situations where a number of different jurisdictions could have a say in the matter, perhaps due to whatever happens to be the person’s nationality, residency, habitual residency or domicile at the date of death.
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61 and counting

Hungarian businesses have long been suffering from a multitude of administrative requirements. Many of these are connected to taxation and are caused, at least to some extent, by the sheer number of taxes that Hungarian businesses (and individuals) must face. In order to see more clearly, Jalsovszky Law Firm had tried the impossible: to make a list of all of Hungary’s taxes and their key features. The list includes 61 taxes and they offer plenty of observations. We share some of them below.

In order to make such a list, one must first ask the seemingly obvious question: what is a tax? Are all payment obligations taxes? We think not.

Firstly, there are payment obligations which entitle the payer to a service or other benefits – these are not taxes. So, a procedural fee is not a tax. Nor are road tolls and the like. Likewise, classic social security contributions are not taxes because they are usually capped. In theory, you pay only as much as you receive in return (it turns out, however, that Hungary does not really have any of those anymore). Finally, fines, penalties and other sanctions also cannot be considered taxes (even though taxpayers may often perceive every kind of tax as a penalty).

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Jeffrey Snow to Lead Panel at 2015 HNBA National Conference

Jeffrey L. Snow, Partner, will moderate a panel entitled “Around the World of IP in 80 Minutes” at the 2015 HNBA Annual Convention in Boston, Massachusetts, during the first week of September 2015.  Benjamin Y. Han, Associate, will be a panelist.

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Robert T. Maldonado to be Sworn in as 2015-2016 HNBA National President

Robert T. Maldonado will be sworn in as National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) during the 40th HNBA Annual Convention in Boston, Massachusetts.  Prior to assuming this role, Mr. Maldonado served as National President-Elect of the HNBA, President of HNBA’s New York Region, and as National Chair of the HNBA’s LGBT Section.

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