The American Association of Advertising Agencies Has the 411 on the Latest Regulatory Issues

Brands and the agencies that help market them have full plates. Just keeping up with the way technology has changed, and how brands communicate with customers is, to say the least, a full time job. But, there are so many things that affect businesses, not the least of which is how government regulation can either help or hinder what we do.

That’s why organizations like the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) are so important. Among its many roles, the 4A’s advocates for advertising and marketing agencies and the other businesses it supports on a wide variety of issues. Some of the biggest items on its current docket:

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: Time Pickpockets

As we seem to get busier and busier these days, this post from rainmaking expert Jaimie Field rings especially true. What are your time pickpockets?

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Way too many times have I heard the sentence, “I don’t have enough time for rainmaking and marketing activities” (Rainmaking Recommendation #62).

I have proven through mathematics this isn’t true (Rainmaking Recommendation #91), I have told you that you don’t need to spend inordinate amounts of time on rainmaking activities to make a difference to your book of business (Rainmaking Recommendation #5), I have even told you to plan your time (Rainmaking Recommendation #92).

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Customs proposes TCO amendments. Goodbye to the 25% local content requirement?

Under the banner of the Government’s deregulation agenda, Customs has now published notice of a proposed amendment to the TCO regime by removing the current requirement that there needs to be 25% local factory costs before a party can object to a proposed TCO or seek revocation of a TCO.

Presumably this would also allow Customs to object to initiate its own revocation on the same basis. More…

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Supreme Court Rules that Iranian Government Cannot be Sued in Canada for Zahra Kazemi’s Torture and Death


The Supreme Court of Canada recently released a decision -Kazemi Estate v. Islamic Republic of Iran 2014 SCC62 - that concluded that foreign states and their functionaries cannot be sued in Canada for acts of torture committed abroad.  The Court held that the State Immunity Act (“SIA”) in its present form, does not provide for an exception to foreign state immunity from civil suits alleging acts of torture occurring outside Canada.    
 
As the Court commented, the facts of this case are horrific.  Zahra Kazemi, a Canadian citizen, visited Iran in 2003 as a freelance photographer and journalist.  In June of 2003, Ms. Kazemi attempted to take photographs of individuals protesting against the arrest and detention of their family members outside the Evin Prison in Tehran.  Ms. Kazemi was ordered arrested and detained by Saeed Mortazavi, Tehran’s Chief Public Prosecutor. 
 
During her time in custody, Ms. Kazemi was not permitted to contact counsel, the Canadian Embassy, or her family.  She was interrogated by Iranian authorities.  She was beaten.  She was sexually assaulted.  She was tortured. 
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Extension in the Period Parents Are Able to Take Off Work

Parental leave, which is for employees to be allowed time off work to further their child’s welfare, can presently be taken only up to the child’s fifth birthday. However, beginning in April 2015, the age limit will increase to any child under the age of 18 years.

If an employee has completed one year’s service with an employer then they are entitled to 18 weeks unpaid parental leave for each child born or adopted. Presently, employees can take this leave at any point up until the child’s fifth birthday or until five years after the child is placed in their care after adoption. Additionally, if the child has disabilities, they can take a period of 18 weeks off until the child’s 18 birthday.

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My next car will be….

Recently, I have been thinking that my next car will be an electric car. There are new electric car models coming onto the market each week (ranging from the Kia Soul EV to the $145,000 BMW i8).

But I might be wrong. Maybe my next car will be driverless. Google has developed a driverless car. Audi tested an unmanned car at speeds as fast as 305kmh today.  Elon Musk, founder of Tesla, has said that there will be truly “autonomous” driving by 2023, where the driver could literally get in the car, go to sleep and wake up at their destination.

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Multistate Tax Update — October 16, 2014

In 2011, in an effort to make Ohio’s government smaller, more efficient, and more effective, Gov. Kasich worked with the General Assembly to enact his fiscal year 2012-13 budget. This budget cut taxes, streamlined regulations, and reformed government.

In mid-2014, the administration conducted a Mid-Biennium Review (MBR), which resulted in a package of bills that sought to initiate reforms to state spending, agency operations, and state policies and programs.

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FSMB Releases Completed Draft Framework for Interstate Physician Licensure

On September 5, 2014, the Federation of State Medical Boards, a nonprofit organization representing the 70 state medical and osteopathic boards nationwide, announced the completion of its drafting process for its Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (“Compact”). Finalizing the Compact is a critical step toward removing one of the major barriers preventing a greater proliferation of telehealth technologies and services. Under the Compact, a physician who is licensed in his or her principal state and who meets certain educational, certification, and disciplinary criteria would be eligible to apply for an expedited medical license in another state that has adopted the Compact. Adoption of the Compact by states not only will increase license portability for physicians by alleviating the traditional rigid state licensure requirements that impede the practice of telehealth, but also will help improve access to health care for patients across the nation who will benefit from greater adoption of telehealth.  You can read more here.

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ILN Today Post

Issues for the International Trade and Customs Industry from the release of the New “Industry Innovation and Competitveness Agenda” by the Australian Federal Government

Introduction

Yesterday (14 October 2014), the Australian Federal Government released its much-awaited document entitled the “Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda” (“Agenda“).

The “Action Plan for a Stronger Australia” represents a broadly-based initiative as part of the commitment of the Federal Government to improve Australian competitiveness both here and overseas.  It also links to the current de-regulation agenda.  The Agenda includes a number of items which will have an impact on those in the international trade and customs community. More…

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Sale of a leased property – pleasure or pain?

In the property market it is usual to sell such commercial or residential real estates that are leased out. On the basis of the new Civil Code, the seller of such property will not be relieved, by the sale, from its liability towards the tenants. If the purchaser breaches any of its obligations towards the tenants, then the seller may also be held liable, even if the property had been sold many years ago. More…

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