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Multistate Tax Update — November 21, 2013

From a tax perspective, November has been a good month for Boeing. Lawmakers in the State of Washington have been hard at work securing the production of Boeing’s next-generation 777X airplane in the state. In effort to secure Boeing’s future production, lawmakers passed an incentive package containing nearly $9 billion in tax breaks to the aerospace industry, including extending aerospace tax breaks through 2040 that were set to expire in 2024. This deal “is notable for being the biggest package ever in history,” according to Greg LeRoy, Executive Director of Good Jobs First in a recent Washington Post article. Good Jobs First is a Washington D.C. advocacy group that tracks state subsidies provided to companies. 

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Richard Weiland to present at CLEBC’s WESA and the New Rules

On November 21 and 22, Richard Weiland will be one of a select group of lawyers delivering a two-day course at the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC’s program, WESA and the New Rules. In this course, Richard will cover the changes in the new Wills, Estates & Succession Act (WESA) and the new Probate Rules coming into force on March 31, 2014 and provide guidance on how to advise clients regarding the new legislation.

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A Fresh Perspective on the Importance of Making a Will

Given that Friday is still a couple of days away, you may enjoy reading this amusing article: Top Ten Reasons You Should Never Make a Will.  While we often delay thinking about or making a will because our own mortality is a difficult subject, this article outlines in a humourous way many serious consequences to dying intestate (without a will).

As an estate litigator, I have seen too many difficult family conflicts resulting from a loved one dying without a valid will.  For that reason, I urge you to make sure your will is up to date and that your chosen Executor knows where you keep the original. 

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Brand Activation Association Marketing Law Conference – The Reasonable Consumer

This week, leading lawyers, legislatures and marketers attended the 35th Annual Brand Activation Association (BAA) Marketing Law Conference in Chicago. At BAA I gave a presentation titled, “Journey to the Center of Advertising Law: Knowledge, Insights, and Practical Tips on The Most Important 2013 Advertising Developments.” Over the next few days, I will share with you three video clips from my presentation. Let’s dive into the first one…

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PR firms navigate the attorney-client privilege

Public relations pros are playing an increasingly important role in helping organizations deal with crisis. Their work is done in tandem with legal and business executives. Due to the sensitive nature of crisis situations, along with the potential for litigation or government investigations, many PR firms are being retained by their client’s internal or external legal counsel. This is done in an effort to extend the attorney-client privilege to the work product of PR practitioners. More…

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New California Law Requires Employers to Provide "Cool-Down Recovery Periods"

By Alka N. Ramchandani & Michael D. Thompson

In recent years, Cal-OSHA has taken an aggressive stance against exposing employees to potential heat illness, often citing employers and proposing significant penalties for failing to provide to employees who work in high heat conditions with adequate drinking water, shade, training, and/or cool-down periods. Furthermore, as noted by the California Supreme Court in Brinker v. Superior Court, monetary remedies for the denial of meal and rest breaks “engendered a wave of wage and hour class action litigation” when added to the California Labor Code more than a decade ago.   

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Labor and Employment Alert: Are you my spouse? Updating FMLA policies because of DOMA decision

he U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in United States v. Windsor has had a substantial impact on legally married same-sex couples’ rights to federal benefits, including spousal leave benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In light of the Court’s decision, employers need to review and update their FMLA policies relative to spousal leave provisions.

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Steven LaTourette Joins Keynote Line-Up at the 2014 Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors Winter Conference

McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies President Steve LaTourette will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming 2014 Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors Winter Conference. They will be speaking about “Dynamic Dealmaking: New Rules, New Strategies, New Opportunities.” The conference will be held on January 20-23, 2014 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Click here for more information or to register.

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Lauren Liang to present at Legacies Round Table

On Friday, November 22, 2013 Lauren Liang will be presenting at the Legacies Round Table for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (BCCHF). Her talk will cover new intestacy rules under the soon-to-be-implemented Wills, Estate and Succession Act (WESA).

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Larry Munn Presents at the Eighth Annual Managing Privacy Compliance Conference

Larry Munn will be speaking at the Federated Press’ eighth annual Managing Privacy Compliance conference being held November 18th and 19th in Vancouver. His presentation will focus on Privacy Breach Guidelines and Practices.

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