New Paid Leave Benefits for 2014: Sick, Bereavement and Caregiver Leave

By:  Anna A. Cohen and Nancy L. Gunzenhauser

A number of states and localities will require paid sick and bereavement leave, as well as caregiver leave benefits in 2014.

Paid Sick Leave

New York City, Jersey City, New Jersey and Portland, Oregon will require employers, with some exceptions, to provide paid sick leave in 2014.  Portland’s law becomes effective on January 1, 2014, Jersey City’s law becomes effective on January 24, 2014, and New York City’s law becomes effective April 1, 2014.  As we previously reported, these cities join San Francisco, California, Seattle, Washington, the District of California and Connecticut in requiring paid sick leave.

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OSHA Introduces On-Line Filing Tool to Facilitate More Whistleblower Complaints

By Eric J. Conn and John F. Fullerton III

As we reported on Epstein Becker & Green’s Financial Services Employment Law Blog, the Department of Labor – OSHA announced earlier this month that employees protected by the whistleblower provisions in any one of the 22 statutes administered by OSHA, from claims of retaliation under the OSH Act based on workplace safety and health complaints, to financial fraud whistleblower retaliation under the Affordable Care Act or Sarbanes-Oxley, can now file their retaliation complaints with OSHA on-line.  Specifically, in a December 5, 2013 press release, OSHA revealed a new web-based tool available for whistleblowers to submit their complaints to OSHA directly on-line, and introduced the on-line complaint form itself.

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Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Alert: Don’t be a TARGET — No pun intended

As you read this, you have most likely already cancelled one or more of your debit and/or credit cards if you recently shopped at a Target store. If you have, you are not alone. The Target breach, which affected 40 million credit card and debit card users, is the second largest credit card theft ever. While the massive data breach at Target has caused millions to again realize the risk of a data breach, entities that accept, store or utilize any type of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and/or Protected Health Information (PHI) should see Target as yet another wake up call; a reminder that entities, even the most sophisticated, must do more to prepare for these inevitable, and potentially catastrophic, events. Do not think that you are exempt because you are not a Fortune 500 Company. Bad actors, rogue employees and mere negligent employees are causing data breaches and substantial liability on an exponential basis for much smaller companies.

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Lidings secures a significant victory in the RF SCC

On the 8th of October, the Presidium of the Supreme Commercial Court of the RF satisfied the claim of Demesne Investments Limited, a subsidiary of the well-known Irish bank Anglo-Irish Bank (the state bank of Ireland, henceforth referred to as the IBRC), by recognizing in the territory of the RF the decision of the High Court of Northern Ireland, brought against the company Galfis Overseas Limited.

In Russia the matter of recognition turned into an argument between Demesne Investments Limited, Galfis Overseas Limited and several Russian companies: JSC “Vneshkonsalt”, LLC “Construction Technologies” and LLC “RLC Development”. Demesne Investments Limited was represented by Lidings.

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Andra Rubene on division as the means for focusing on the main business, distribution of risks or letting the partners to each go their own way, “Dienas Bizness”

Andra Rubene

On 21 November 2013, in the newspaper “Dienas Bizness”, section “Saldo”, article “Division – an opportunity to introduce order in a company” Andra Rubene, Partner and Head of M&A Practice Group in Latvia, from law office TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE, informs about:

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Week of December 16, 2013 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

And just like that, it’s December 20th already. For those of you who celebrate, have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? I’m expecting a few packages in the mail today, and then just a few things left to wrap before I’m ready for the big day!

But before I get to that wrapping, let’s “wrap” up this week on ILNToday (like what I did there?). We have a truly international roundup for you today: 

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Merry Christmas

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Exclusivity Rights Come with a Price

Prior to diving into the franchise pool for that perfect chunk of a franchise, make sure whether your franchise territory is exclusive or non-exclusive? If it’s exclusive then same brand’s franchise in the given territory won’t let you affect your sales and if it’s non-exclusive then one has to be extra vigilant as the same brand’s franchisee can become a hindrance in fetching revenues. Read on about the pros and cons of the same…More…

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How to manage the cost of fraud within UK businesses

When the National Fraud Authority published its Annual Fraud Indicator in June 2013 it estimated that the annual cost of fraud to the UK economy is £52bn. Whilst this might be a huge amount, more recent reports estimate the actual cost is over £85bn (nearly 5.5% of the GDP) of which between 21% and 25% are insider-enabled frauds, i.e. those in which an organisation’s officers, agents or employees are involved. A fifth to a quarter of all businesses has been subject to such issues. More…

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No deemed choice of jurisdiction

The Court of Appeal has decided that, when basing jurisdiction on the Brussels Regulation, it is not possible to deem agreement or consent to jurisdiction from the factual circumstances.

In Antonio Gramsci Shipping v Aivars Lembergs [2013] EWCA Civ 730, the claimant was the owner of vessels chartered to companies controlled by the defendant, who was not domiciled in the jurisdiction. It was alleged that the companies were set up and the charterparties entered into as part of a fraudulent scheme to divert profits from the claimant. The charterparties contained English jurisdiction clauses, and the claimant brought proceedings against the companies in England and obtained judgment. More…

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