13 in ’14: Minimum Wage Increases for the New Year

By: Anna A. Cohen and Nancy L. Gunzenhauser

It’s that time of year! As the new year rolls in, 13 states are increasing their minimum wage. Unless noted otherwise, all increases to the minimum wage reflected below will become effective on January 1, 2014.

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Robert A. McKenzie writes on challenge in aviation

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Robert A. McKenzie

Arnstein & Lehr LLP Chicago Of Counsel Robert A. McKenzie authored a December 4 article for the Daily Herald Business Ledger titled, “Aviation challenge: The declining pilot population.” In his article, Mr. McKenzie discusses how one of the greatest challenges facing the aviation industry in the United States today is the decreasing number of pilots. He elaborates on the Illinois Department of Transportation’s recent publication in which it assessed the economic impact of the Chicago Executive Airport, of which Mr. McKenzie is the current chairman of its board of directors.

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Andra Rubene and Madara Melkerte on use of electronic signature when converting the share capital expressed in Latvian lats into Euros and various other cases, “Dienas Bizness”

Andra RubeneMadara Melkerte

On 12 December 2013, in the newspaper “Dienas Bizness”, section “Saldo”, article “Use of electronic signature when converting the share capital expressed in Latvian lats into euros ” Andra Rubene, Partner and Head of M&A Practice Group in Latvia, and Madara Melkerte, Lawyer, both from law office TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE, explain step by step with practical examples the possibilities for use of electronic signature in order to execute all the documents necessary for various registrations in the Commercial Register or for attaching to the files of the companies, and submission of these documents by e-mail or on website www.latvija.lv. These options can be used both to express the capital in euros and in other occasions.

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Jason Tremblay reviews Compassionate Use law taking effect January 1

E. Jason Tremblay

Chicago Partner Jason Tremblay recently authored “Medical marijuana comes to Illinois – What it means for Illinois employers.” It was published in the December issue of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law newsletter. In August, Governor Pat Quinn signed into effect the “Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act,” which takes effect January 1, 2014. Mr. Tremblay clearly outlines the details of the law and provides employers with advice on how to adapt their policies accordingly.

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John L. Ropiequet publishes article in Consumer Finance quarterly report

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John L. Ropiequet

Arnstein & Lehr LLP Chicago Partner John Ropiequet has published an article in the Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report entitled “FTC Advisory Opinion Seeks to Breathe New Life into the Holder in Due Course Rule.” The article reviews an unusual advisory opinion by the full FTC earlier this year that reinforces a staff opinion letter from 1999 which failed to sway courts which have interpreted the FTC regulation that requires the Holder Notice language to be included in consumer credit contracts. The courts have tended to excuse liability for contract assignees unless the consumer is entitled to rescind the contract, which the FTC asserts was not its intention when it promulgated the rule in 1975. The advisory opinion argues that the contract provision extends liability from the original creditor to all subsequent assignees.

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Kathleen M. Lach authors article on tax court decision

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Kathleen M. Lach

Arnstein & Lehr LLP Chicago Partner Kathleen Lach recently had an article published in the October-November 2013 issue of the Journal of Tax Practice & Procedure. The article titled, “Court Finds No Fraud in Bohannon,” reviews an opinion issued in May of of this year by the United States Tax Court. The opinion favored petitioners Frank and Julie Bohannon, finding they did not have the requisite intent to warrant the assertion of a fraud penalty under Code Sec. 6663. Ms. Lach was the lead trial attorney in this case.

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Ashley H. Forte quoted in publications on online sales tax

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Ashley H. Forte

Arnstein & Lehr LLP Chicago Associate Ashley Forte was quoted in two articles concerning online sales tax issues. Both articles focus on the issue of whether or not states have the right to require e-commerce sellers to collect taxes on sales made by their residence. On Monday, the Supreme Court announced it would not hear an appeal by Amazon.com and Overstock.com which challenges a law in New York that requires e-commerce companies to collect taxes from shoppers in the state even if the retailer does not have a facility there. The first article was featured December 3 on the E-Commerce Times website and is titled, “Supreme Court Passes on E-Commerce Tax Case.”

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The second article was featured December 4 on CNET and is titled, “Confused about online sales taxes? You’re not alone” and provides clarity to readers on this issue.

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#GivingTuesday, Take Two

As we reported last year, there’s a new entrant into the “holiday days” tradition – #GivingTuesday. The brainchild of New York’s 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, #GivingTuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season and is celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

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Howard Swibel, Judith Grubner provide IP advice to documentary on 1970’s neo-Nazi march

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Howard J. Swibel

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Judith L. Grubner

A recent Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article highlights a new documentary titled, “Skokie Invaded But Not Conquered.” Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partners Howard Swibel and Judith Grubner provided contractual and intellectual property advice to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Educational Center, which produced the documentary. It examines the personalities and issues connected to the attempted neo-Nazi march in Skokie in the late 1970s. The film, which took 18 months to complete, was reviewed by Ms. Grubner and Mr. Swibel for copyright and trademark issues. Mr. Swibel said that the Museum values objectivity so, for the sake of the client, they wanted to ensure that it was as accurate as possible. The documentary was awarded two Chicago/Midwest Emmys, including Outstanding Achievement for a Historical Documentary. It will be broadcast nationally on PBS in April 2014.

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Vanessa N. Cohn recognized as a Woman of Distinction

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Vanessa Negron Cohn

Arnstein & Lehr LLP Tampa Partner Vanessa N. Cohn was recently recognized as one of this year’s “Women of Distinction” at the annual Bobbe Karpay Women of Distinction Program hosted by the Tampa Jewish Community Center & Federation on Thursday, December 5, at Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa. A keynote presentation was given by Alison Lebovitz, author, television host, speaker, and nonprofit executive who believes that each of us has the power and responsibility to make this world a better place.

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