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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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A New Bill is Proposed in Massachusetts Legislature to Adopt the Uniform Trade Secrets Act

A new Uniform Trade Secrets Act bill has been proposed by the Massachusetts Board of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws for the Massachusetts Legislature to consider in its 2015 legislative session. The proposed bill represents another effort to bring Massachusetts law protecting trade secrets in line with that of the vast majority of other states. As discussed here last August, previous efforts to reform Massachusetts law on trade secrets and non-compete agreements have failed, including Governor Patrick’s efforts in the last legislative session to make non-compete agreements unenforceable in Massachusetts.

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Two for Tuesdays: Client Service

It’s hard to believe that only three days ago at this time, I was snorkeling with my clients in Costa Rica and seeing my first sting ray! Spending a few days with my clients always gets me thinking about networking, as you know, but it also gets me thinking about client service. So for today’s Two for Tuesdays, I have two tips for improving client service!

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Pat Williams presented at CHOA Fall Program

Pat Williams presented this past Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the Condominium Home Owner’s Association of BC (CHOA) Fall Strata Education Program. Pat presented on the subject of Insurance for the Strata Corporation, Council, Owner and Tenant.

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New Full Time Workers Earning Below Living Wage

Over 65% of new workers who have been unemployed in the last year are earning below the minimum living wage according to a new study from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

The Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion 2014 Report revealed that only 20% of those that had an underpaid job ten years ago have managed to move out of underpayment. The study also revealed that the average hourly rate fell for men by £1 from £13.90 to £12.90 between 2008 and 2013 whilst it decreased by 50p for women from £10.80 to £10.30 in the same period.

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OSHA Announces Its Regulatory Priorities for 2015

On November 21, 2014, the Department of Labor released its Agency Rule List, which provides the status of all rulemaking efforts at each of its agencies.  OSHA dominated the list of regulatory activity in the Department, listing 26 regulations in the prerule, proposed rule, and final rule stages. 

Of these 26 items, OSHA announced that its top regulatory priorities include:

  • Efforts to control exposure to crystalline silica
  • Enhancements to current infectious disease protocols in healthcare and other high risk environments
  • Issuance of a final rule modernizing its reporting system for occupational injuries and illnesses, requiring electronic submission of injury and illness survey data, which, notably, would be made publicly available
  • Issuance of final rules regarding procedures for handling whistleblower complaints under 9 of the 22 federal statutes which include whistleblower protection provisions that OSHA has been tasked with investigating and enforcing
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EBG is Featured Webinar Speaker – Safety of Temporary Workers in California: Strategies for Meeting Cal/OSHA and Fed/OSHA Compliance Obligations

On Monday, December 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific, our colleague Alka Ramchandani will be a featured speaker in a webinar hosted by California Employer Resources.

Ms. Ramchandani will identify the potential risks and liability associated with retaining temporary workers in California. She will provide strategies on how to minimize risk and liability when hiring temporary workers by ensuring all contractual agreements, expectations, and performance requirements are in place. 

As California companies hire more temporary workers to deal with economic, staffing, and business challenges, more employers are at risk for noncompliance with state and federal safety regulations regarding temporary workers. Although temporary contractor agencies in California are, in theory, responsible for the workers’ safety, your company as the host could be found responsible and held liable for work-related injuries and illnesses of temporary workers. 

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RSS successfully defends a firm having performed a pre-purchase inspection of a building

November 24, 2014 — Benoît Chartier successfully represented an engineering firm against a claim of some $400K arising from the discovery of a partial settlement of a building. The firm had inspected the building, a retirement home, that had been sold through a complex series of transactions.

The Superior Court’s decision, released on November 14, released our client from liability, for two reasons:

  1. Because of the series of transactions that led to the sale, our client had no obligation towards the plaintiff since the parties had no legal relationship between them;
  2. Our client had correctly carried out the mandate it had been given.

ASL (Lavolière), l.p. c. Vallières, 2014 QCCS 5475 (CANLII)

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Curing Deficiencies in Wills – Contrasting British Columbia and Alberta

In previous blog posts dated February 28 and May 27, we suggested that when the Wills, Estates and Succession Act (“WESA”) came into force, the legal landscape had changed and interesting court cases would follow.  One such change to the landscape is section 58 of WESA, which allows the Court to cure deficiencies in Wills.  If a document does not comply with the formal requirements for a Will, it may nonetheless be declared to have the legal effect of a valid Will.  To date, there have not been any British Columbia cases decided under section 58.

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TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE advised Eesti Talleks on Škoda and Porsche car business sale transaction

Eesti Talleks AS and Semler Baltic OÜ, a subsidiary of the Danish Semler Gruppen, signed a contract on Tuesday for the sale by Eesti Talleks of a 50 per cent holding in the Adole Invest AS group. The group is composed of the importer and dealers of Škoda and Porsche vehicles. “Today we have reached an agreement to divest our share, which enables Eesti Talleks to focus on our strategic field of real estate development”, Taavi Toots, the chairman of the board of Eesti Talleks AS, commented.

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Complimentary Webinar – OSHA Forecast: Developments To Watch in 2015 and Beyond

To register for this webinar, please click here.

Join Valerie Butera, Member of the Firm in the Labor and Employment practice on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. EST for a 60-minute webinar.

This webinar will delve deeper into OSHA issues that will impact a wider range of industries in 2015.   In addition to a greater focus on enforcements and inspections, changes will occur for recording injuries and illnesses in the OSHA 300 Injury and Illness Recordkeeping log as well as reporting changes of severe injuries or illnesses.

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