Update on Gender Disparity in the Workplace: The Report by Lean In and McKinsey

Corporate America still has a long way to go to achieve gender equality in the workplace.

According to a comprehensive study by Lean In and McKinsey & Company, Women in the Workplace 2015, women remain underrepresented at American companies, from entry level to the C-suite.  The greatest disparity occurs at senior levels of leadership.

Women in the Workplace 2015The study’s authors offer several key findings.  For one, the leadership ambition gap persists and women find the path to leadership disproportionately stressful.  Another finding is the uneven playing field women experience: The study concludes that women are almost four times more likely than men to think they have fewer opportunities to advance because of their gender.  Senior-level women believe their gender is a greater disadvantage than entry-level women do, and are significantly less satisfied with their role, opportunities for advancement, and career than their male counterparts. 

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D.C. Employers Must Offer Transit Benefits Starting January 1, 2016

Brian W. SteinbachAlthough not widely reported, effective January 1, 2016, the District of Columbia joins New York City and San Francisco in requiring employers of 20 or more employees to offer qualified transportation benefits.  By that date, covered D.C. employers who do not already do so must offer one of three transit benefit options. 

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“Losing the Fear Factor,” Steve LaTourette quoted in U.S. News & World Report

Trent Lott couldn’t force his Republican colleagues to do anything when he was Senate Majority Leader, but he surely had his arsenal of sticks and carrots. If a member – even a fellow Republican – was going to disrupt the progression of a bill by offering a problematic amendment, Lott would “fill the tree,” loading the bill with other amendments so the rogue member couldn’t add his own. He once threw Arizona Sen. John McCain out of a meeting because of his language. He held votes on Mondays and Fridays to make sure senators stayed in town to work. And he had little presents to parcel out to those who worked and played well with others. 

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Volkswagen Set Aside Commercial Litigation Funds

Volkswagen has set aside at least £5 billion in an attempt to deal with any legal action that occurs as a result of the emissions scandal. The company could face collective action from shareholders and customers who purchased diesel cars with ‘defeat devices’.

Potential Litigation in European Market

Just under 500,000 cars are expected to be recalled after devices that told the car when it was being tested for emissions and when to reduce said emissions. The defeat devices, which were discovered in the American market has seen shares fall in the company by over 30%, however, it is unclear if the European market had the same devices attached, potentially creating a loophole regarding litigation.

Although the company has set aside funds, Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has warned that the violations since 2008 may run into 8 billion in fines alone.

A first class action against the Volkswagen Group was filed in San Francisco, with experts warning that further claims will likely follow in Germany and the UK. One of the top investors in Volkswagen in Europe said: “If we can with some certainty establish that we, as investors, were misled by the company, and that has affected our returns, then I cannot rule out that we would seek compensation from the company.”

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Launching collective claims in Britain is tougher than in the United States, with claimants being with a common interest to be automatically grouped together even if they did not opt in together. Opt-out class action lawsuits are being introduced on October 1. However, a case against VW in the UK could be painstakingly long.

If you require advice regarding commercial litigationcontact us today by getting in touch with our team of expert solicitors.

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CMS Progress Note Template for Home Health Patients: Comments due by October 13

In January 2015, CMS announced that it was considering developing voluntary clinical templates to help physicians adequately document their encounters with Medicare patients who receive home health services.[1] CMS initially proposed a sample paper template progress note and suggested clinical template elements for an electronic progress note. CMS hosted three Special Open Door Forums to solicit feedback on the proposed templates from physicians, home health agencies, and other interested stakeholders to provide feedback on the proposed templates. 

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Data, data, data

by Riccardo Abeti 

Every day people, enterprises, government organizations try to disentangle themselves from the increasing amounts of data.

Everybody needs everybody’s data, often “beforehand”, “because we could always use them”.

In this field, there are however certain subjects with precise strategies of data raising, created to have a precise thermometer for these phenomena and for its users, as “consumers”, “voters”, “clients” and so on.

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IHT Same Day Additions – where are we now?

Does using multiple trusts save Inheritance Tax (IHT) still, or has IHT planning with multiple trusts been effectively abolished?  When the second Finance Act of 2015 comes into force later on this autumn, we will finally have the answer.
Those with enough spare memory to remember shelved legislation will recall that this time last year, we were enthusiastically discussing the finer details of the proposed Settlement Nil Rate Band, being the creation of the third consultation on changing the IHT taxation of trusts.  This measure provided that the IHT nil rate band was to be shared between all trusts that a settlor had created in their lifetime.  This was rejected in the Autumn Statement 2014, in favour of a targeted anti-avoidance provision against the use of multiple trusts to mitigate IHT periodic charges. 
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Data privacy and cybersecurity attorney Dominic A. Paluzzi elected Member at McDonald Hopkins

DETROIT (October 1, 2015) – Dominic A. Paluzzi, an attorney in the national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity practice at McDonald Hopkins, has been elected to the firm’s membership.

Based in Detroit, Paluzzi works with a national team of 21 data privacy and cybersecurity attorneys and has counseled clients through more than 425 data breaches and privacy incidents in a multitude of industries. A frequent speaker and writer on data privacy law, Paluzzi has conducted some 165 breach response workshops for clients. His expertise includes advising clients regarding data privacy and cybersecurity risks on both a national and international basis, including proactive compliance, incident response strategies and management, and defense of regulatory enforcement actions and single-plaintiff and class action litigation. 

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Multistate Tax update — October 1, 2015

The Ohio Department of Taxation (ODOT) recently issued Information Release IT 2015-02, which discusses how ODOT imposes Ohio personal income tax on resident and nonresident individuals, for taxable years ending after March 23, 2015. The release addresses who is subject to Ohio personal income tax, residency, and related details. 

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Aerospace Industry Updates & Opportunities (Mary Edquist)

McDonald Hopkins attorney Mary Edquist will be a speaker at the City of Mentor’s International Trade Initiative “Aerospace Industry Updates & Opportunities,” on Oct. 1. 

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