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The International Lawyers Network (ILN) is a leading association of 91 high-quality, full-service independent law firms.

Since 1988, the ILN has helped its members keep pace with today’s global economy, through access to the tremendous strength and depth of the combined expertise of 5,000 lawyers in 66 countries on six continents.

ILN member firms are among the most respected and most experienced counsel in their jurisdictions. Clients’ increasing need for reliable foreign counsel is well-met by the personalized, high-quality and cost-effective legal services provided by ILN member firms. Unique to the ILN are the strong personal and professional relationships among its members and their clients developed over the past 30 years. Far from a mere directory, the ILN is an affiliation of lawyers who gather on a regional and worldwide basis annually and work routinely with each other to address client requirements and needs.

Each of the ILN’s member firms is international in outlook and staffed by highly trained senior attorneys, who are experts in a broad range of practice areas. ILN members have demonstrated experience in working successfully with international companies. They are independent, mid-sized firms within their jurisdictions, and are committed to the focus of the International Lawyers Network, admitted to the Network only after a rigorous application process. The ILN provides clients with high-quality service from experienced local counsel who work in firms that maintain excellent reputations in their own countries. This means that clients have immediate access to attorneys who are native, both linguistically and culturally, to the country of interest.

The ILN’s international directory app is available for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry smartphones. To access the app, click here or log on to ILNmobile.com from your smartphone.

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U.S. Department of Labor Finalizes Rule to Determine Joint Employer Status

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new rule governing joint employer liability for wage and hour violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) goes into effect on March 16, 2020. The rule is intended to clarify the circumstances under which more than one entity may be jointly and severally liable to an employee for payment of minimum wage and overtime under the FLSA. The intent of the rule is to achieve greater uniformity in determining joint employer status and, ultimately, to reduce the volume of related litigation. Read more…

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Howard & Howard Continues Las Vegas Office Expansion with the Addition of Five New Attorneys

ROYAL OAK, Mich., February 25, 2020 – Royal Oak, Michigan-based Howard & Howard has continued the expansion of its Las Vegas, Nevada office with the addition of five new attorneys. Karson Bright, Kirill V. Mikhaylov, Cami M. Perkins, L. Christopher Rose, and Christopher M. Warburton have all joined the firm.

“We’re thrilled that these five attorneys have joined our busy and fast-growing Las Vegas office,” said Mark Davis, President and CEO of Howard & Howard. “Each one brings a unique level of individual talent and practical experience to the firm. They are committed to serving our clients as trusted legal advisors and business partners in any transaction, dispute, or other legal challenge they encounter.”

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5 WAYS TO REDUCE EMPLOYMENT TAX BURDEN IN HUNGARY

In Hungary the overall tax burden on employment income represents 44% of the total wage cost. Here are the most efficient ways to cut this tax bill.

Employee shares

Employee share can be granted to employees free from taxes and any dividend distributed on such shares enjoys a low taxation of 15% in the employees’ hands. This means a tax saving associated by a higher motivation of the employees arising from their owners’ status in the employing company. There exists various legal techniques to avoid, at the same time, the interference of the employees in the strategic decisions of the company.

ESOP

ESOP can be best described as a “holding foundation”, owning shares in the employer in favour of the participating employees. Similar to employee shares, share grants through an ESOP enjoy tax exemption and employees may realise income at an overall 15% taxation. One of the advantages of ESOP, compared to employee shares, is that it may also be used to distribute proceeds of an exit in a tax efficient manner. Read more…

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New NLRB Rule Defining Joint-Employer Status to Take Effect

The National Labor Relations Board has announced the issuance of its final rule governing joint-employer status. The new rule, which was first proposed in September 2018 and has been the subject of extensive public comment, will become effective April 27, 2020.

The critical elements for finding a joint-employer relationship under the new rule is the possession and the exercise of substantial direct and immediate control over the terms and conditions of employment of those employed by another employer.  The essence of the new rule is described in the Board’s February 25, 2020 press release:

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Sharon Druker on the Jury of the Bar Foundation’s Legal Competition

February 25, 2020 — Each year since 1984, the Quebec Bar Foundation has been awarding prizes to highlight the contribution of authors to the advancement of legal knowledge.

Sharon G. Druker has been appointed to the jury charged with selecting the best works in the “New author” and “Compilation and professional practice manual” categories.

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Multiple Illinois Bills Seek to Govern Covenants Not to Compete

The Illinois legislature is once again setting its sights on covenants not to compete.  In 2016, Illinois enacted the “Illinois Freedom to Work Act,” prohibiting employers from entering into covenants not to compete with “low wage” employees.  In February 2020, Illinois legislators filed four bills targeting covenants not to compete for all Illinois employees.

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How To Enforce A NY Lease Guarantee Against A UK Co.

Great Britain formally left the European Union on Jan. 31. While the impacts will be
far reaching, one change will be the enforcement of court judgments between the
U.K. and the rest of the EU. For a judgment in an EU member state to be enforced in
the U.K., parties will likely have to follow the same procedures currently used for
the enforcement of U.S. judgments in the U.K. By way of example, this article will
discuss enforcing the guarantee of a U.K. parent company that secures a New York
lease.

Often, when dealing with U.K. enterprises, New York landlords are forced to accept
guarantees from U.K. parent companies with limited assets in the United States.
More often than not, these foreign guarantors refuse to submit by agreement to
New York jurisdiction. Read more…

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BOTTOMLESS BRUNCHES? NOT IN SCOTLAND!

Most people will have come across the tantalizing words ‘Bottomless Boozy Brunch’ at some point in their dining out lives. But in Scotland these words amount to nothing more than a catchy marketing ploy as no ‘bottomless’ brunch can be truly unlimited.

This is due to legislation from 2010 which amended the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005, the main piece of legislation which governs the sale of alcohol in Scotland. These changes prohibited “irresponsible drinks promotions”. Read more…

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EMPLOYMENT OF EU WORKERS AFTER BREXIT

The UK’s membership of the EU and the rules on freedom of movement mean that people from the EU, EEA and Switzerland have had the right to work in the UK with minimal checks required. UK employers only need to check for valid identification proving the worker is a citizen of the UK or an EU/EEA country, meaning they have the right to work in the UK.

Now that the UK has left the EU, this will all be up in the air once the current transition period ends. The government has indicated it intends to implement a new points based immigration system which will apply from 1st January 2021, meaning EU citizens may be subject to greater requirements to work in the UK. Given the duties upon employers to ensure their employees and workers are legally permitted to work in the UK – it being an offence to employ someone who is not – it will be important to ensure that any new requirements are being complied with. However, there are many obvious questions which arise in the meantime. What happens to EU citizens who already work in the UK? Are there any steps which need to be taken now?

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Howard & Howard Expands Tax Practice

ROYAL OAK, Mich., February 20, 2020 – Howard & Howard expanded its Tax Practice Group with the addition of Lindsey A. O’Malley. She brings over 20 years of accounting and tax experience to the firm. Lindsey will practice out of the firm’s Chicago office.

“I am a tax attorney and CPA who advises clients on federal and state tax credits and incentives.” – Lindsey A. O’Malley

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