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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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NLRB Alleges McDonald’s and Franchisees Are Joint-Employers

By Steven M. Swirsky

On our Management Memo blog, my colleagues Adam Abrahms, Martin Stanberry, and I posted “NLRB Issues 13 Complaints Alleging McDonald’s and Franchisees Are Joint-Employers.”

The National Labor Relations Board continues to focus on the changes in the nature of the employer-employee relationship, and the question of what entity or entities are responsible to a company’s employees for compliance with the range of federal, state, and local employment laws, including wage payment and overtime laws.

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Scottish Government Announces Youth Employment Plan

The Scottish Government has announced a new seven year strategy to aim to cut youth unemployment by 40% by 2021.

The new strategy will see the government promote closer links between schools, colleges and employers to encourage youths from all backgrounds to adapt into a working society quickly.

The move comes after the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce demanded change in how young people were brought into employment.

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2015 Has an Extra Pay Period: Dilemma for Those Paying Exempt Employees Bi-Weekly

Our colleagues Michael Kun and Jeffrey Ruzal at Epstein Becker Green have a Wage & Hour Defense Blog post that will be of interest to many of our readers: “Unusual Wage Payment Issue in 2015 for Many Employers: 27 Bi-Weekly Pay Periods, Not 26.”

Following is an excerpt:

There is an unusual wage issue for 2015 that will affect many employers that pay exempt employees on a bi-weekly basis (rather than weekly, semi-monthly or monthly).

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Rates – an objective test

This article is taken from the latest edition of Fladgate’s Footfall Update. Please email the marketing team on marketing@fladgate.com to be added to the mailing list for future updates.

As we know, liability for rates falls on the person entitled to occupation, normally the tenant in relation to leasehold property. That applies whether or not the tenant is in actual occupation of the property. The tenant is the person entitled to occupation and liability therefore rests with the tenant.  More…

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Complimentary Webinar Video: OSHA Forecast, 2015 and Beyond

See below for a recording of my recent webinar, “OSHA Forecast: Developments to Watch in 2015 and Beyond.”

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Top tips on executing and completing construction contracts

Parties spend significant time (and costs) agreeing the terms of construction contracts. But only when a contract is correctly executed and dated will those agreed terms come into effect and a party be able to enforce its rights. Failing to execute contracts correctly can have significant consequences. It can create uncertainty as to the correct contracting parties and the enforceability of the rights under the contract.

Executing a construction contract is usually straightforward. The top tips below should help to ensure your contract is correctly executed and enforceable.  More…

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Week of December 15, 2014 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

We’re at our final weekly roundup for the year! With the Christmas holiday next week, I won’t be in the office on Friday, though I will be back with some end of the year posts, and a roundup of some of our top posts for the year.

But here are the top posts from this week!

 

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Breaking Employment Law Updates

This week there have been three developments in Employment Law which are worth noting. These concern restrictions on backdated holiday pay claims, UNISON’s challenge to the employment tribunal fee regime and a decision on whether obesity falls within the definition of disability.

Government to limit Holiday Pay Claims

The Government have announced they intend to introduce the Deduction from Wages (Limitation) Regulations 2014 which will seek to limit the impact of backdated holiday pay claims following the decision in Bear Scotland Ltd v Fulton (see our previous blog on this decision). The Regulations will limit all claims for unlawful deductions from wages to a period of two years prior to the date of lodging the claim. They also explicitly state that the right to holiday pay is not incorporated in employment contracts but is a separate statutory right.

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McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies Advisory: This Week in Washington — December 19, 2014

This week, the Senate put the final wrap on the lame-duck session. Saturday the Senate approved the CROmnibus spending package that had been approved in the House last week–but not before a delay led by conservative Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). The delay actually turned out to be a gift to Democrats–giving Harry Reid and the outgoing majority time to approve 69 executive branch nominees, including a controversial Surgeon General nominee.

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Unusual Wage Payment Issue in 2015: 27 Bi-Weekly Pay Periods, Not 26

There is an unusual wage issue for 2015 that will affect employers that pay exempt employees on a bi-weekly basis (rather than weekly, semi-monthly or monthly).

It is an issue that may have both financial and legal repercussions.

And it is an issue we suspect many employers had not noticed or considered.

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