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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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November 2018 Special Immigration Alert

On November 19, 2018, a new ETA Form 9035, Labor Condition Application for Nonimmigrant Workers (“LCA”), will be fully implemented and “go live.” The LCA must be completed before any H-1B petition can be filed or approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”). A key change to the LCA will require an employer to indicate whether a foreign worker will be placed at a client or third-party worksite and then enter that client’s or third party’s legal business name and address. This new version of the LCA will also require additional information from H-1B dependent employers that rely on the master’s degree exemption.

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Talking Tax – Issue 142

Case law

Supreme Court finds that the State Revenue Office made a payroll tax mistake

In Nationwide Towing & Transport Pty Ltd v Cmr of State Revenue (No 2) [2018] VSC 609, the Victorian Supreme Court determined that the taxpayer’s payroll tax assessments should be set aside, as an error of statutory interpretation had been made by the State Revenue Office, and the Commissioner of State Revenue (Commissioner) should reconsider whether the exemption for contractors who ordinarily perform services of that kind to the public generally had in fact been satisfied.

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Organ donation: Victorian government introduces automatic assessment system

Victorian Minister for Health Jill Hennessy recently announced a new ‘automatic assessment’ system which will determine whether a patient is suitable for organ donation. While Victoria has the highest number of deceased organ donations in Australia, many people are still waiting up to four years for an organ transplant. The automatic assessment has been trialled at the Royal Melbourne Hospital over the past four years and resulted in an increase in the donation rates.

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Howard & Howard Welcomes New Associate

Royal Oak, Michigan, November 15, 2018:  Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Kayla R. Mullen has joined the firm. She will practice out of the firm’s Royal Oak office.

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OIG Publishes Report: FDA’s “Deficient” Cybersecurity Policies and Procedures Need Improvement

On November 1, 2018, the Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) published an audit report finding that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (“FDA”) policies and procedures were “deficient for addressing medical device cybersecurity compromises.” (A copy of OIG’s complete report is available here and Report in Brief is available here.) Specifically, the OIG found that FDA’s policies and procedures were “insufficient for handling postmarket medical device cybersecurity events” and that FDA had not adequately tested its ability to respond to emergencies resulting from cybersecurity events in medical devices. Although the OIG report “did not identify evidence that FDA mismanaged or responded untimely to a reported medical device cybersecurity event,” it noted that “existing policies and procedures did not include effective practices for responding to these events.”

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ILN Firm of the Month – Howard & Howard, Las Vegas!

The ILN is proud to announce our latest firm of the month, Howard & Howard, Las Vegas!
Founded in 1869, Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC (“H&H”) is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice that provides legal services to businesses and business owners. The firm has offices in Michigan (Ann Arbor and Royal Oak); Illinois (Chicago and Peoria); Las Vegas, Nevada; and Los Angeles, California.
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California Court of Appeal Questions Continuing Viability of Employee Non-Solicitation Agreements

In its 2008 landmark decision Edwards v. Arthur Andersen LLP (2008) 44 Cal. 4th 937, the California Supreme Court set forth a broad prohibition against non-compete provisions, but it left open whether or to what extent employee non-solicit provisions were enforceable. Since Edwards, no California appellate court has addressed that issue in a published opinion – until recently. On November 1, the California Court of Appeal in AMN Healthcare, Inc. v. Aya Healthcare Services, Inc., ruled that a broadly worded contractual clause that prohibited solicitation of employees for one year after employment was void under California Business and Professions Code section 16600, which provides “Except as provided in this chapter every contract by which anyone is restrained from engaging in a lawful profession, trade or business of any kind is to that extent void.” The decision calls into question the continuing viability of employee non-solicitation provisions in the employment context, and employers who regularly include such provisions in their agreements should reassess their use and enforcement of those provisions.

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CANNABIS AND CANADA

Recreational cannabis became legal in Canada under the Canadian Cannabis Act on October 17, 2018 and sales have begun. Prior thereto, only medical marijuana was available in Canada.

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HOWARD & HOWARD RANKED AMONG NATION’S 2019 “BEST LAW FIRMS” BY U.S. NEWS – BEST LAWYERS®

Royal Oak, Michigan, November 13, 2018:  Howard & Howard has been named to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list in the following areas:

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What do rocket engines and contraceptives have in common? Frank Lab starts with a bang

A crowdfunding platform for the agriculture and energy sectors, a social enterprise connecting busy parents with ‘moncierges’, an online bank, sugar-free ice-cream, a digital finance assistant, rocket engines, cutting-edge contraceptive technology and an online wine retailer that donates half its profit to charities are some of the innovative start-up projects that have won a spot in Frank Lab, Hall & Wilcox’s accelerator program for emerging businesses.

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