Two for Tuesdays: Networking Negatives

Despite a lingering migraine this afternoon, I am bringing you a Two for Tuesdays post! Last night, I got thinking about some of the negatives that I’ve heard from my lawyers about networking, and how to combat those. Today, I’m bringing you two of the top complaints I’ve heard and some suggestions for solving them.

Networking Negative One: Awkward Silences

There are some people who can talk with anyone – my brother-in-law is like that. Put him in a room with a bunch of people he doesn’t know, and he excels at connecting with them without awkward silences.

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Conveyancing and The Law of Real Property

The questions may be asked what is Conveyancing and why is it attached to the Law of Real Property.

When dealing with the Law of Real Property there are two fundamental points which must be understood‐‐‐

(i) You acquire knowledge of the rights and liabilities attached to the interests of the owner in the land and

(ii) The foundation of the Rules of Conveyancing. More…

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California Controller Launches “Operation Pay-Up”

As if California employers were not already besieged with wage-hour class actions and agency complaints, the state’s controller has now decided to get in on the action.

At The Los Angeles Times reported last week, Controller John Chiang has initiated a new program he calls “Operation Pay-Up” to recover unpaid wages.  The article may be found here:

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ASIC investigation into mis-selling add on insurance

ASIC reported on its investigation into the sale of add on insurance to consumers at the 2014 annual credit conference.

ASIC presented specific data collected about add on insurance sold with car finance, emphasising that the mis-selling of car finance / add on insurance was a regulatory priority for ASIC. More…

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Disruptive Technology in the Workplace: Employment Law Considerations

By Steven C. Sheinberg, General Counsel of the Anti-Defamation League & Guest TMT blogger.*

A recent McKinsey report on twelve “disruptive” technologies included four that will fundamentally transform how employers relate to their employees: mobile Internet, automation of knowledge work, the Internet of things and cloud computing. I would add to the list three results of these technologies: big-data, cybercrime and privacy.

From an employment law perspective, the common element here is data – data that flows to, is stored by, and is used (or misused) by employers, third parties and employees.

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Illinois Employers Will Soon Be Able To Legally Pay Their Employees by Payroll Cards, But Beware Of The Fine Print

In August, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law HB 5622, amending the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA), which now recognizes for the first time payment of wages by payroll card. The law goes into effect on January 1, 2015. While the law provides a new option for Illinois employers, they must be careful to comply with the conditions under which payroll cards may be used.

Under the current Illinois law, employers are required to pay employees via check or direct deposit. The current law is silent as to whether payroll cards, which operate like debit cards, can be used to pay wages. Some businesses prefer using payroll cards because, by simply loading the card electronically, they can save the costs involved in preparing physical checks. Employees, however, have been adverse to payroll cards because of fees that have been deducted from their wages. The Illinois Attorney General’s Office found that these fees were both excessive and unfair.

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Patient Engagement and Meaningful Use

I am very excited this week to present with my colleague Dave Schoolcraft at MGMA in Las Vegas.  We have two presentations on Tuesday, the first at 10:15 entitled the Legal Aspects of Meeting Patient Engagement, the second at 2:45 entitled Double Dipping for EHR Funding. Vegas is all about the money, and Double Dipping […]

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IP attorney Ukeme Awakessien Jeter joins McDonald Hopkins

CLEVELAND, Ohio (October 27, 2014) – Ukeme Awakessien Jeter has joined the Cleveland office of McDonald Hopkins as an associate in the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group.

Jeter joins McDonald Hopkins after more than a year at a Cleveland-based intellectual property firm where she handled all aspects of patent and trademark preparation and prosecution for clients. She has experience advising clients and foreign counsel in acquiring and protecting all phases of their intellectual property portfolio. Jeter is experienced in providing infringement, patentability, and validity opinions, trademark prosecution and oppositions, patent portfolio analysis, and drafting various business agreements and documents including confidentiality agreements, nondisclosure agreements and licensing agreements.

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"The ghost of Simpson-Bowles haunts 2014," Steve LaTourette quoted in POLITICO Magazine

Lawmakers may say they want to reform the Tax Code and big government programs like Social Security — though you wouldn’t know it by the midterm election campaign.

Both parties, though especially Republicans, are targeting the relatively few lawmakers who’ve endorsed the deficit-reduction plan drawn up by former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson and one-time Bill Clinton aide Erskine Bowles, regarded by many budget experts as a model of reform and that dirty word — compromise.

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Marion Allan presents at Trial Lawyers Association

Marion Allan is presenting at the Trial Lawyers Association of BC event, “Personal Injury Trial Tactics & Tribulations,” which is taking place today at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel. With her experience as a Provincial Court Judge, Marion is going to be presenting on the topic of “Mediation – Maximizing Your Client’s Chances”.

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