T-TIP – Why and How?

Lawyer Jan E. Frydman blogs about the five points that must be considered to succeed with the regulatory aspects of T-TIP.

Link to the blog on British American Business (BAB)
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Home Care Fraud and Abuse on the Radar Screen of Federal and State Enforcement

Healthcare Fraud and Abuse is an ever growing problem.  The Federal government has taken several steps in its enforcement efforts to cut down on health care fraud.  It is estimated that health care fraud costs the United States about $80 billion per year.  And it continues to rise in an alarming manner, as total U.S. health care spending continues to rise, currently topping $2.7 trillion.

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EBG’s 33rd Annual Labor and Employment Client Briefing: Recap of Financial Services Workshop

At the Firm’s 33rd Annual Labor and Employment Client Briefing, Lauri Rasnick and John Fullerton spoke on the financial services industry panel about the impact of increased compliance obligations on the employment relationship and developments in the areas of applicant screening, whistleblower complaints, internal investigations, and diversity and inclusion.

Here are a few takeaways from that session:

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Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners is the only Polish law firm to be awarded in the prestigious Financial Times Innovative Lawyers 2014 ranking

Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners is the only Polish law firm to be awarded in the prestigious Financial Times Innovative Lawyers 2014 ranking. More…

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Benchmarking Progress Part 2: Remember to Raise Your Hand a Little Higher

Maxine NeuhauserI had not intended my post concerning women speakers being featured at EBG’s Client Briefing to be the first of a two-part series. But, after my post appeared, I was hit with two reminders about just how unusual our business-as-usual lineup of speakers actually was. They are both worth sharing.

First, I found Denise Graveline (@NoWomenSpeakers), who follows tweets about conferences with no or few women speakers—and also, apparently, conferences where women speakers are included. Denise retweeted my post about the three influential women featured at the briefing. (Thanks again, Denise!)

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Government Launches Employment Review

The UK Government has announced the launch of a review that is intended to clarify and potentially strengthen the employment protections available to up to a million British workers.

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Should you appoint more than one person under an Enduring Power of Attorney?

When you appoint someone as your attorney under an enduring power of attorney, you give them the power to take care of your financial and legal matters even if you subsequently become incapacitated. This might include paying your bills and expenses, depositing and withdrawing funds from your bank account, making or changing investments, and even handling the sale of your house if needed.

Some people appoint more than one person as their attorney. Appointing two or more attorneys has its benefits as well as challenges. The benefits include the ability for one to act when the other is absent or unavailable, and the opportunity for the attorneys to monitor each other’s conduct. The challenges are illustrated in a recent BC Supreme Court decision in Sommerville v. Sommerville, 2014 BCSC 1848.

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Brock Smith quoted in The Lawyers Weekly

Brock Smith was quoted in a Hi-Tech article by Luigi Benetton in the September 19, 2014 edition of The Lawyers Weekly. In the article, which covers how the virtual deal room is now more advanced, Brock discusses the use of digital data rooms in commercial transactions.

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Five High-Level Issues to Consider in Shaping Employee Benefit Offerings – Take 5 Newsletter

In this month’s Take 5 newsletter, I share my thoughts regarding five important issues that TMT companies should consider as they shape their employee benefits programs.  Below is an excerpt:

The workplace that we know today is rapidly changing. Competition for highly skilled workers is fierce, employees have become more mobile (due, in part, to alternative work arrangements or outsourcing), and there are often several generations of employees working alongside one another with different workplace approaches and perspectives. Developing employee benefit and compensation programs that are meaningful to a diverse group of workers with varied needs will become increasingly more challenging. This month’s Take 5 discusses the following five high-level issues to consider in shaping your organization’s employee benefit offerings:

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SFO faces fresh attempt at NCA merger

This article was previously published in The Times on 9 October 2014.

After failing in her attempts to overhaul the Serious Fraud Office three years ago in the face of staunch opposition from the former attorney general, Dominic Grieve QC, and Justice Minister, Kenneth Clarke, Theresa May is now considering reviving her plans to dismantle the much maligned organisation. The SFO has received its fair share of bad publicity ranging from the ill-conceived Tchenguiz investigation to alleged secret payments to exit staff. More…

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