Featured Post ILN Today Post

International Lawyers Network

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. Request more information about ILN membership here.

Read full article
ILN Today Post

Julio Quijano is awarded by the Panama Bar Association

Julio Quijano, has been awarded the Medal Eduardo Morgan unanimously by the Board of Directors of the National Bar Association of Panama in recognition of his meritorious work as a lawyer for the enhancement of the legal profession and for the Republic of Panama.  Julio Quijano appears here when he is receiving the diploma and the medal this Friday morning 7th of May, 2021.

Read full article
ILN Today Post

New York State Introduces Elective Pass-Through Entity Tax

S corporations and partnerships should be aware of a new election that may allow them to reduce the federal income tax of their New York individual owners. New York State’s budget for the fiscal year 2022, which was signed into law on April 19, 2021, includes an elective pass-through entity tax (the PTE Tax) with an offsetting credit to the individual owner’s state income tax.

The PTE Tax is designed to circumvent the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s limitation on the deductibility of state and local taxes. Given IRS Notice 2020-75, which clarified that both elective and mandatory state pass-through entity taxes remained fully deductible at the federal level, it appears the PTE tax presents opportunities for pass-through entity owners who pay New York taxes, but there are also potential issues to consider. Read more…

Read full article

The Ninth Circuit Finds California’s ABC Test Is Not Preempted by the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act

For decades, the practice of motor carriers arranging for freight to be transported by independent owner-operators—i.e., independent contractors who drive their own trucks—has been ubiquitous. However, this practice is now under threat in California because of a recent court decision.

Read full article

Governor Cuomo Proposes Vaccination Discrimination Law

During a May 10, 2021 press conference, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his intention to propose legislation aimed at stopping discrimination against those who choose to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Unlike many states that are introducing legislation to prevent discrimination against those who are unvaccinated, this bill would protect those who are vaccinated.  The Governor referenced a report that certain summer camps are not allowing campers to attend or staff members to work at the camp if they have received the vaccine. Audio of his remarks is available here.

Read full article
ILN Today Post

New York HERO Act Establishes Additional COVID-19 Workplace Safety Requirements

Governor Cuomo signed the HERO Act (the Act) into law on May 5, 2021. The Act requires all private New York employers to put certain COVID-19 safety standards into place and prepare a plan aimed at preventing the transmission of COVID-19 and other airborne infectious diseases at work. Most provisions of the Act go into effect on June 4, 2021. However, the provision of the Act that permits employees to form a joint labor-management health and safety committee does not become effective until November 1, 2021, and applies only to private employers with 10 or more employees. Read more…

Read full article

U.S. Department of Justice Announces First Charges Brought Under the Accelerated and Advance Payment Program

On April 8, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced the first charges brought in connection with alleged fraud on the Accelerated and Advance Payment Program, administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”).[1]  According to the indictment, Francis Joseph, M.D., a Colorado physician, has been charged with misappropriating nearly $300,000 from three different COVID-19 relief programs: the Accelerated and Advance Payment Program, the Provider Relief Fund, and the Paycheck Protection Program.[2]

Read full article

Under Expanded Illinois Kin Care Law, Employees Can Now Use Sick Leave Benefits for the “Personal Care” of a Family Member

The Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act (“Act”) is what is known as a “kin care” law; i.e., it generally requires Illinois employers that provide paid or unpaid personal sick leave benefits to their employees to allow employees to use such leave to attend to a covered family member’s illness or injury, “on the same terms” as the employees would use their sick leave benefits for their own illness or injury. A “covered family member” means an employee’s “child, stepchild, spouse, domestic partner, sibling, parent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandchild, grandparent, or stepparent.” The Act does not mandate that employers provide sick leave benefits; rather, it only expands the purposes for which employees may use such benefits, should the employer provide them.

Read full article

Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: Relationships Matter

Join us for this week’s rainmaking recommendation from trainer and coach, Jaimie Field.

***

“Calling the legal industry “relationship based” is cliché, but that’s because it’s true.”

So begins a recent article by Nathan Cemenska, JD, MBA entitled, Comment: Is the legal industry about personal relationships or B2B relationships?  We’re about to find out.  In it, the author discusses that the legal industry has been trying to evolve from an “A2A” (Attorney to Attorney) model to a more “B2B” direction.  It is an approach that focuses on the law firm rather than the individual Rainmakers.  He also asks, “Who will win this war?”

With all due respect for the arguments he makes in favor of a B2B approach, I will always believe that relationships will always “win this war.”

Bob Berg, famous for his quote: “All things being equal, people do business with, and refer business to, those people they know, like, and trust.” 

Relationships matter.  Period. Full Stop.

Does that mean that if you have a great relationship with a prospective client you will always win the work?  Not necessarily.  If you and another lawyer, who also has a relationship with the prospective client, are up for the same work and your firm charges more, then you may not get the job. But the opposite is also true; if you have no relationship, or they do not know you, you will not get the work either.

The relationships you build matter.  Until algorithms and artificial intelligence are used to determine the best law firm for the job without the intercession of human beings, the relationship and personality of the attorney will be the determining factor.

And while creating relationships may seem to be a laborious project, it is something that you should actively be working on daily.

While we are still primarily house-bound, you should be scheduling meetings to get to know your contacts on a virtual basis. You would be surprised at:

Read full article

New version of art. 1360 of the Russian Civil Code

The Russian President approved Law No. 107-FZ “On amendments to art. 1360 of the 4th part of the Russian Civil Code”(“Law”) on 30 April 2021.

It should be noted that the draft law on the mentioned amendments was presented to the State Duma in November 2019 and passed in its first reading only on 15 December 2020.

Read full article

Expanding a Brand into Canada: Trademark Registrations- The Basics

When a corporation expands its business into Canada, consideration should be given to whether it can register its brand as a trademark in this new market. While a corporation may operate in this market without registered trademarks, many statutory frameworks, like the Canadian regime, offer additional benefits to companies[1] that have registered marks.

If a corporation plans to expand its operations into Canada, it should be aware that there are certain nuances to this trademark registration regime. Below is a discussion of some basic points applicable to filing a trademark application directly in Canada.

Read full article