Regions

Reforma a mercado de distribución de gas por redes incluiría revisión tarifaria en 2015

Autoridad estudiará la integración de empresas, cruce de propiedad y acceso de otros comercializadores a mercado del GN. Proyecto de ley estaría listo el próximo año.

Dentro del diseño de la Reforma al Modelo de Mercado que se hará el próximo año, participarán los mismos equipos que hoy están a cargo del mecanismo y los procedimientos para activar la fijación tarifaria, que hoy no está definida en la ley, y el análisis de la rentabilidad de las empresas. Entre ellos hay especialistas del Banco Mundial (BM), técnicos de la CNE y expertos como el académico y ex ministro Alejandro Jadresic; Gabriel Bitrán, Juan Pablo Montero, Javier Velozo y Andrea Butelman. More…

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CNE expuso sobre cambios regulatorios del gas

El proyecto de ley se espera que esté listo en octubre de esto año,
para presentarlo a comienzos de 2015.

Sobre los pasos a seguir Andrés Romero explicó que se está trabajando con un grupo intergubernamental, conformado por el Ministerio de Energía, la CNE, el Ministerio de Economía y la Superintendencia de Electricidad y Combustibles. También participa un grupo de expertos, entre ellos, Juan Pablo Montero, Alejandro Jadresic, Javier Velozo, Gabriel Bitrán y Andrea Buttelman, además del Centro de Regulación y Competencia de la Universidad de Chile y el Banco Mundial. More…

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Cascadas: Citigroup Global Market presenta recurso ante Corte para que SVS cierre su procedimiento sancionario

Ambas partes ya habían solicitado al regulador que declarara la caducidad de las operaciones, y éste lo rechazó por medio de un oficio reservado. More…

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Government Eases Labour Rules for Oil and Gas Workers

The Ministry of Labour and Employment has by a notification relaxed the applicability of sections 28, 30 and 35 of the Mines Act, 1952, to persons employed in the exploration and production of oil and gas mines in India.

The aforesaid sections of the Mines Act, 1952 provide for (i) a 6 day working week in a mine, and (ii) a maximum of 48 hours of work in a week and 9 hours a day in “above ground” mines (subject to a total of 10 hours in a day inclusive of overtime), with a compulsory rest period of 30 minutes after 5 hours of work.

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HOWARD & HOWARD EXPANDS ROYAL OAK OFFICE

Royal Oak, Michigan, July 16, 2014:  Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Daniel L. Villaire Jr. has joined the firm.  He will practice out of the firm’s Royal Oak Office.

Mr. Villaire concentrates his practice in employment law and litigation. He represents public and private employers in individual and class/collective employment actions, including cases involving the FMLA, the ADA, the ADEA, Title VII, the FLSA, the EEOC, employment agreements and collective bargaining agreements. He also drafts and assists employers enforcing severance agreements, covenants not to compete and confidentiality/trade secret agreements.  More…

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AN ECONOMIC BLUEPRINT FROM A FRESHLY MINTED GOVERNMENT

The Union budget was a clear articulation of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) economic thinking with a well-defined to-do list comprising the following instructions to itself:

  • Lay down the institutional structure.
  • Get the investment cycle kick-started.
  • Don’t do it yourself—just be the facilitator.
  • Choose the biggest accelerators.

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Court of Appeal in the position of a Trial Court in Wills Variation Appeals

In Eckford v. Vanderwood, 2014 BCCA 261, the British Columbia Court of Appeal (the “Court”) was faced with an appeal of a wills variation action.  At trial, the application to vary the Will was denied.  On appeal, the Court dismissed the appeal and upheld the trial decision, thus refusing to vary the Will.

The common law spouse (“Ms. Eckford”) of the will-maker (“Mr. Vanderwood”) sought to vary the Will pursuant to section 2 of the Wills Variation Act (“WVA”, now repealed).  This section has remained unchanged in the new Wills, Estates and Succession Act (“WESA”); the relevant provision of WESA is section 60.  Ms. Eckford and Mr. Vanderwood had been living in a marriage-like relationship for approximately four years before Mr. Vanderwood died unexpectedly in a motor vehicle accident.

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Unjust and unconscionable contracts – a lender’s nightmare

Lenders can have their loans and security declared void if the transaction is found unjust or unconscionable as graphically demonstrated by a recent NSW Supreme Court decision.

The lender claimed possession of properties owned by a husband and wife provided as security for a loan to assist their children.  The parents had previously provided guarantees for their children’s loans.  However, in this case the loan was documented on the basis that the parents were the primary borrowers.  More…

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Two for One: Noel Canning and D.R. Horton Continue to Generate Waves at the NLRB

By: Steven M. Swirsky, Adam C. Abrahms, and D. Martin Stanberry

In case you were hoping that the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Noel Canning would finally put to bed any questions regarding President Obama’s recess appointments to the NLRB, or that the Fifth Circuit’s rejection of the Board’s decision in  D.R. Horton might alter the NLRB’s position on the right of employers to require employees to abide by mandatory arbitration agreements , think again.

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California Employers Must Revisit Exempt Status of Commissioned Employees In Light of Supreme Court Ruling

By: Amy B. Messigian

In a major blow to California employers who utilize a monthly commission scheme but pay biweekly or semimonthly salary to their commission sales employees, the California Supreme Court ruled earlier this week in Peabody v. Time Warner Cable, Inc. that a commission payment may be applied only to the pay period in which it is paid for the purposes of determining whether an employee is exempt from overtime.  Employers may not divide the commission payment across multiple pay periods in order to satisfy the minimum compensation threshold for meeting the exemption in any earlier pay period.  California employers who classify their commission sales employees as exempt should immediately take action to ensure compliance with the law.

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