Employers: How to Handle F17, Mass Strikes, and Political Activity in the Workplace

Our colleagues Jeremy M. Brown, Steven M. Swirsky and Laura C. Monaco, at Epstein Becker Green, have a post on the Management Memo blog that will be of interest to many of our readers in the retail industry: “F17 and the General Strike Movement – Best Practices for Addressing Political Activity in the Workplace.”

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: Get Social or Else!

In the latest edition of “are we still really talking about this?” Jaimie Field brings you a recommendation on why, as lawyers, you should be paying attention to and using social media. I will add this caveat – social media, like any marketing tool, needs to be used when and if it aligns with your marketing goals. But at the very minimum, you should understand what the tools are and how they work, because they may benefit you from a research perspective, because your clients use them and you may need to advise them, or because they fit into your own strategy for business development, relationship engagement, reputation enhancement, etc.

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Prince v. Sears: A Reminder About the Benefits of Complete Preemption

In Prince v. Sears Holding Corp., the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (the “Fourth Circuit” or the “court”) sets forth a test that should assist sponsors of employee benefit plans covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (“ERISA”) in identifying when participants’ state law claims may be removed to the federal courts.  The Fourth Circuit offers a clear explanation of complete preemption under Section 502(a) of ERISA and the test to determine if Section 502(a) completely preempts a state law claim.

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European Commission opens investigations into practices in the electronic commerce sector

On 2 February, the European Commission launched three separate investigations into suspected anticompetitive practices of companies in the electronic commerce sector.

These actions of the Commission are a direct result of the large-scale e-commerce sector inquiry, which the Commission has been conducting since 2015. The e-commerce sector inquiry as part of the Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe should help the Commission to answer the questions what hinders to benefit from the potential of the EU e-commerce market and prevents its growth.

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Could Employee Choice End Labor Unions’ Influence?

In 2016 private sector union membership dropped to its lowest level in history – a dismal 6.4%. Given the laws and systems in place related to union membership, this means that at least 94.6% of all American private sector workers currently choose not to be union members. The drop, recently reported in a routine annual report issued by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, also was the largest year over year percentage drop in recent years, dropping 0.3%, from 6.7% in 2015.

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Rules relating to controlled foreign corporations set to change

As part of the usual year-end tax law amendments, but approved in a separate procedure, the corporate tax and personal income tax rules relating to controlled foreign corporations have changed with effect from 1 January 2017. This summary covers the most important changes. About the rules in general The Personal Income Tax Act and the Corporate Tax Act contain special rules for Hungarian taxable persons who are in an ownership relationship with what are officially defined as “controlled foreign corporations” (CFCs), but commonly referred to simply as “offshore companies”. The gist of the regulations is that the so-called capital income (dividend, capital gains, earnings withdrawn from the business) received from such foreign companies by Hungarian-domiciled private individuals and companies is liable for taxation at a higher rate than normal.

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Shutts & Bowen Names Four New Partners

Shutts & Bowen LLP named four new partners during its annual meeting.

“These promotions exemplify Shutts’ commitment to recognize and reward leadership, integrity and legal acumen and to plan for the future growth and success of the firm,” said Managing Partner Micky Grindstaff.  “They also demonstrate Shutts’ diversity and our presence as a full-service business law firm throughout Florida.”

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F17 and the General Strike Movement – Best Practices For Addressing Political Activity In The Workplace

This week, an activist group calling itself “Strike4Democracy” has called for a day of “coordinated national actions” – purportedly including more than 100 “strike actions” across the country – on February 17, 2017. The group envisions the February 17th strike as the first in “a series of mass strikes,” including planned mass strikes on March 8 (organized by International Women’s Day and The Women’s March) and May Day, and a general “heightening resistance throughout the summer.” The organizers are encouraging people not to work or shop that day.

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A REVIEW OF THE DANISH RULES CONCERNING SPAM

_8s9nemczk0-oliur-rahmanIn Denmark, certain rules must be observed, if a company wants to turn to customers by electronic means to promote or to sell products and services.

Basically, the company must have the customers consent before the company can send out marketing. If there is no consent marketing through electronic means as text messages or e-mail would be categorized as spam.

The spam rules do not apply if the messages sent has only a service content. However, the message must not contain any other information that may increase sales or awareness of the company. In practice newsletters, and invitations to competitions or events have been categorized as spam.

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(Français) Entrevue éclair avec Me Anson Duran

Me Anson Duran est avocat en droit des affaires depuis la fin de son stage chez RSS en juin 2015.

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Pourquoi avoir choisi le domaine dans lequel vous pratiquez? Les entrepreneurs me nourrissent de leurs idées et leur passion. C’est très motivant de voir les compagnies de ses clients grandir et de les accompagner dans tout le processus.

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