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CBABC appoints Andrew Dixon to the board of the Employment Law section

Andrew Dixon has been appointed to the board of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, Employment Law section. Andrew looks forward to contributing to the educational, advocacy and professional needs of members of the employment law bar in BC. Congratulations Andrew!

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Amendments to Anti-commercial Bribery made by Draft Amendment of Anti-Unfair Competition Law

On February 25, 2016, the Legislative Affairs Office of China’s State Council published the Draft Amendment of Anti-Unfair Competition Law of the People’s Republic of China (for examination) (hereinafter referred to as the Draft Amendment).

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Shared Parental Leave – One Year On

Last year, the new scheme of Shared Parental Leave (SPL) was introduced for parents of children born on or after 5th April 2015 (see our previous blog for further information on this scheme). The aims were to allow more flexibility for parents and to allow more fathers to take extended leave on the birth of their child. One year on, what has the impact of the scheme been?

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Ny lov om fremtidsfuldmagter

Folketinget har den 12. maj 2016 vedtaget lov om fremtidsfuldmagter. Justitsministeren skal fastsætte tidspunktet for lovens ikrafttræden, og det er endnu uvist, hvornår det sker. Loven bygger på en digital løsning, der først skal etableres. Et godt bud er, at loven vil træde i kraft 1. januar 2017.

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Chelsea’s Team Doctor Settles Tribunal Claim

Eva Carneiro, the former doctor for Chelsea FC’s first team, has reached a private settlement in her employment tribunal claim against the football club, reports the BBC.

Dr Carneiro claimed that she had been constructively dismissed by the club. She also brought a separate legal claim of sex discrimination against Mr Mourinho following an incident where she ran on to the football pitch during a match to treat a player. The player had to leave the pitch, leaving Chelsea temporarily with only nine players. Dr Carneiro alleges that Jose Mourinho shouted a derogatory, sex related phrase at her. Following this incident, Dr Carneiro was removed from first team duties and she then resigned.

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The new federal Trade Secrets Act: A limited invitation to ex-parte seizures

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”). This act, in effect, creates a federal trade secrets law with some interesting procedural aspects. For the first time in American jurisprudence, a federal trade secrets act permits litigants to prosecute and defend trade secrets or confidential information cases in a federal court, as opposed to a state court. The law finds its constitutional foundation under the commerce clause.

Why is this new law so important? Because it nullifies the many differences in the trade secrets laws of many states, and presents a uniform substantive and procedural vehicle that may be used in any federal court in any state in the Union.

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Handicappet medarbejder havde ikke krav på nedsat tid

Hvis en medarbejder er handicappet efter forskelsbehandlingsloven, er arbejdsgiveren forpligtet til at foretage hensigtsmæssige foranstaltninger, så medarbejderen fortsat kan varetage jobbet. Forpligtelsen gælder dog ikke, hvis det vil påføre arbejdsgiveren en uforholdsmæssig stor byrde. Højesteret har i en nylig afsagt dom fastslået, at en arbejdsgiver ikke havde pligt til at tilbyde en handicappet medarbejder en deltidsstilling.

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Personal Injury Litigation in Scotland: Time-bar in historic child abuse cases

Over recent years, there has been an increased acknowledgement that the time-bar on seeking damages for historic abuse is restricting access to civil justice, particularly in those cases where abuse may have been facilitated by the systemic failures of bodies and institutions legally responsible for the care of children.

In Scotland, these issues and more are being investigated by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. The Scottish Government has also introduced the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill which seeks to lift the three-year time-bar on claiming damages for historic child abuse and sets out the circumstances for cases to be raised again when they were originally struck out because of time-bar.

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Washington, D.C. Prepares to Increase Minimum Wage to $15 — and Tipped Minimum Wage to $5.00 — by July 1, 2020

Washington, D.C. is poised to join California and New York by raising its minimum wage to $15.00 per hour.

On June 7, 2016, the D.C. Council, with support of Mayor Muriel Bowser, unanimously passed on first reading the Fair Shot Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2016 . The bill will continue to raise the District of Columbia minimum wage – currently $10.50, but previously set to increase to $11.50 on July 1, 2016 – in additional annual increments until it reaches $15.00 by July 1, 2020. Beginning on July 1, 2021, the minimum wage will increase further based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Coral Springs Vice Mayor Dan Daley Joins Shutts & Bowen’s Business Litigation and Land Use/Zoning Practice Groups

Shutts & Bowen is pleased to announce the addition of Coral Springs Vice MayorDan Daley to its Business Litigation and Land Use and Zoning practice groups in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office.

“We are extremely pleased Dan is joining the firm. His commitment to the community and his experience in Tallahassee is invaluable,” said Joseph M. Goldstein, Managing Partner of the Fort Lauderdale office of Shutts & Bowen and a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group.

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