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International Lawyers Network Elects New Chairman

Business colleagues raising flags of different of countriesNew York (June 20, 2017) – The International Lawyers Network, a global network of more than 5,000 lawyers, announced today that Simon Ekins of Fladgate LLP in London, England, has been elected Chairman.

Ekins assumes the chairmanship from Peter Altieri, shareholder with Epstein Becker & Green, following an election by the Board of Directors during the Network’s Annual Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden early this month. Altieri has served as ILN Chairman since June 2009, stepping down after eight years of service.

“We are so appreciative of Peter’s efforts and all the work and time he has devoted to the Network as Chairman over these last eight years,” said Alan Griffiths, Executive Director of the International Lawyers Network. “His heart-felt speech at our Annual Conference’s gala dinner was met with a long-standing ovation from all in attendance, which was a true testament to the respect he has garnered during his time in the position.”

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International Lawyers Network Shortlisted as Global Network of the Year by “The Lawyer” for Second Year

ILN_640The International Lawyers Network has been shortlisted as Global Network of the Year by “The Lawyer” for a second year in a row.

The winners of this category will be announced at The Lawyer European Awards 2017 at a ceremony at Grange St. Paul in London, England on Thursday, March 16, 2017. This is only the second year the category for Global Network of the Year has been included for consideration in the awards.

Judges in this category examine evidence of strategic vision, with particular focus on cross-border initiatives, consistent excellence in the delivery of legal services and outstanding talent management, in evaluating the submissions.

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NYC Updates Pregnancy Accommodation Notices

Employers in New York City are required to provide their employees with reasonable accommodations related to childbirth and pregnancy. The New York City Commission on Human Rights has published a new factsheet and notice. The notice should be provided to all employees upon hire, and posted in the workplace to provide employees with notice of their rights under the NYC Human Rights Law.

The notice and factsheet outline employers’ responsibilities with respect to pregnant employees, and recommend that employers work with employees to implement accommodations that recognize employee contributions to the workplace and help keep them in the workplace for as long as possible. The notice and factsheet also provide employees with examples of reasonable accommodations, such as breaks to rest or use the bathroom while at work, and time and space to express breast milk at work.

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OIG adds telehealth audit to work plan

Telehealth services are drawing scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG), which in recent months has added Medicare and Medicaid telehealth payment audits to its work plan.

In November, the OIG announced upcoming audits to determine whether Medicaid payments for services delivered through the use of telecommunication systems comply with Medicaid requirements.1 Nearly all state Medicaid programs cover telehealth services, subject to wide variations of coverage from state to state.2 The work plan does not specify which state Medicaid programs will be subject to review.

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Communicating the Benefits of 401(k) Plan Participation

When deliberations began regarding the first tax reform legislation in over thirty years, many raised concerns that tax reform measures would adversely affect retirement savings programs such as the 401(k) plan.  Now, as the tax reform proposals have become further vetted, the 401(k) approach to pre-tax retirement savings appears to remain intact and may actually survive “Rothification”.  The IRS also recently increased the 401(k) pre-tax savings contribution limit to $18,500 for 2018.  Despite the confirmed importance of retirement savings vehicles such as the 401(k) Plan, many eligible participants for these employer-sponsored programs do not enroll in the plans, fail to contribute as much as they could, or do not fully understand how to maximize their benefits or select their investment options.  Multigenerational employees also have different financial needs and perceptions, and receive communications differently.   Plan sponsors should take this opportunity, as passage of tax reform legislation appears imminent, to provide eligible employees and participants with an enhanced communications program touting the benefits of 401(k) plan participation.

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HOMS News Issue 2 2017

‘To win in the marketplace, you must first win in the workplace’

The inspirational words of Doug Conant, former CEO of Campbell’s Soup, would have rang true to all companies nominated for awards at the Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards 2017 on 17th November at the Strand Hotel. We are very pleased that a number of our clients won awards. We want to pay a particular tribute to Roadbridge for winning Best Overall Business of the Year and Best Large Business, and to HM&V Engineering for winning Best Business Services Provider. Congratulations to all our clients who won an award or were shortlisted; Ingenium, Shannon Group plc, Kirby Group, Flannery’s Bar, Hunt Museum and University Concert Hall Limerick.

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New York Court of Appeals Narrowly Construes New York City Human Rights Law

In Makinen v. City of New York, New York’s Court of Appeals held the New York City Human Rights Law precludes an individual from bringing a claim of disability discrimination based on a mistaken perception of untreated alcoholism.

The question arose in a case brought by police officers against the City of New York and certain individuals alleging discrimination based on the mistaken perception that the plaintiffs were alcoholics. The plaintiffs had been referred to an internal counseling service and directed to undergo treatment even though neither plaintiff had been diagnosed as suffering from alcoholism. The plaintiffs filed a lawsuit in federal court under New York State and City Human Rights Laws and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The district court held individuals regarded as untreated alcoholics could state a claim under the City Human Rights law because analogous claims were available under state and federal law.  On appeal, the Second Circuit certified the following question to the Court of Appeals: “Whether sections 8-102(16)(c) and 8-107(1)(a) of the New York City Administrative Code preclude a plaintiff from bringing a disability discrimination claim based solely on a perception of untreated alcoholism?”

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Pravo.ru–300 Rating Confirms Lidings TOP Position Among Best Legal Advisors in Russia

Lidings once again takes a leading position in the rating of the legal advisors in Russia based on the analytical research by the Pravo.ru-300 annually reflecting on the latest tendencies in the country’s legal market, highlighting the key players’ achievements based on their practical expertise and financial performance.
Outstanding records of advising large international companies doing business in Russia and major Russian corporations on complex and commercially important projects Lidings is annually ranked among the top Russian and international legal advisors. Thus, the new Pravo.ru-300 rating marks out Lidings expertise in key practice areas: Arbitration, Employment, Bankruptcy, Dispute Resolution, Corporate, Intellectual Property, and Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare.
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U.S. DOL Announces Proposed Rule to Partially Rescind Tip Pool Regulations Continue Reading…

Federal regulations have long provided that employees whose wages are subject to a tip credit must retain all tips they receive, with the exception that customarily tipped employees — i.e. front-of the-house service employees — are permitted to share in tips received.

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) amended its tip regulations to limit tip pool participation to front-of-the-house employees regardless of whether a tip credit was applied to their wages.

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Connect with Clients Through Your Website: 5 Tips

Today, I am bringing you a guest post from my friend, Lance Godard! Lance has spent three decades within the legal profession, in-house and as a consultant, helping lawyers and practice groups grow their book of business. He’s the founder of The Godard Group, a marketing communications firm for lawyers and firms. You can check out more of his great advice at JD Supra as well.

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Maxima Legal announces that Natalia Diatlova has joined the firm as a partner

Maxima Legal has appointed a new partner in the firm, Natalia Diatlova, who is an expert in the fields of public-private partnership, real estate, corporate and commercial law and M&A transactions.

Natalia has extensive experience having worked in international law firms for more than 15 years.  Natalia was previously Counsel and Co-head of the Real Estate Practice at Salans in St Petersburg and led the Tax and Legal department at international auditing company KPMG in St Petersburg.

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NYC Updates Pregnancy Accommodation Notices

Employers in New York City are required to provide their employees with reasonable accommodations related to childbirth and pregnancy. The New York City Commission on Human Rights has published a new factsheet and notice. The notice should be provided to all employees upon hire, and posted in the workplace to provide employees with notice of their rights under the NYC Human Rights Law.

The notice and factsheet outline employers’ responsibilities with respect to pregnant employees, and recommend that employers work with employees to implement accommodations that recognize employee contributions to the workplace and help keep them in the workplace for as long as possible. The notice and factsheet also provide employees with examples of reasonable accommodations, such as breaks to rest or use the bathroom while at work, and time and space to express breast milk at work.

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