Monthly Archives: June 2011

LinkedIn – Making the Most out of Groups

I’ve spent the last two days talking about how to make improvements to your LinkedIn profile, and getting the most out of your LinkedIn home page.  Today, I want to cover LinkedIn Groups.

On LinkedIn, there are groups for everything, from business networking to animal lovers.  Groups are an excellent way to connect with people outside of your immediate network in areas where you share an interest.

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Labor and Employment Alert: Employers strike back: The U.S. Supreme Court stems the tide of class action suits

Over the past decade, employers have been subjected to an onslaught of class action claims on behalf of employees alleging wage-hour violations, unlawful discrimination and other wrongful conduct. Given the complexities of the legal principles governing class claims and the absence of hard-and-fast rules, many lower courts have approved class treatment of claims that are, at their heart, unique to each class member. These facts, coupled with an aggressive plaintiffs’ bar, has left employers with little recourse but to settle class claims that would likely be defensible if pursued on an individual basis or to incur mounting legal fees in their effort to push back against the tide.

Fortunately, on June 20, 2011, the United States Supreme Court signaled a changing tide. It put the brakes on a class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart that encompassed 1.5 million past and present female employees of the retail giant. In so doing, the Court clarified the requirements for pursuing class claims and provided employers with a measure of legal respite from the claims of overly broad, tenuously affiliated classes of employees.

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"Hitting the (Other) Links to Develop Your Rainmaking Game – Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About LinkedIn" – Part II

Yesterday, I talked about what improvements you  might want to make to your LinkedIn profile to get the best results from it.  Today, I’ll talk about the home page screen and why it’s useful to be logging in to LinkedIn periodically – I have LinkedIn set to open as one of the tabs on my browser, so every morning, I open Outlook and Chrome, go through my emails, and check on my browser tabs.  This includes taking a quick look (no more than five minutes) at my LinkedIn home page screen.  Lawyers, I know you’re busy, but if you make this part of your morning routine, you’ll only have to spend a few minutes looking at LinkedIn, you’ll stay up to date on what your network is doing, and you won’t have to try to remember to visit LinkedIn.

There are four things I find of particular importance on your home page screen (which looks like this):

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"Hitting the (Other) Links to Develop Your Rainmaking Game – Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About LinkedIn"

If you read my posts regularly, you’ll know that I have a passion for social media.  I don’t think it’s the be all and end all of business development tools, of course, but I do have a fondness for it and an interest in sharing that fondness with my attorneys.

So I jumped at the chance to present a more in-depth look at LinkedIn to our group at the 2011 23rd ILN Annual Meeting on Saturday morning.  I wanted to stick to what I thought were the most relevant points about LinkedIn, and what would give our attorneys the greatest impact – and for me, there was no greater joy than sitting with one of our attorneys during the subsequent breakout session and helping him fill out his profile, as he repeated back to me snippets of what I’d said. 

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Social Media Policy – Where to Start? Here’s A Sample

One of the things that came out of the social media panel I did with a few of our lawyers in Lisbon (more on that in a later post) was that our firms are all at different stages of development with social media.  I think that’s true for most firms.

A question that comes up frequently is whether firms have a social media, and how they should start crafting one.  The ILN’s founding firm, Epstein Becker & Green, has drafted a great social media policy that they’ve graciously allowed me to share here.  It’s a good starting point for your own firm’s social media policy, and can also be a tool for tweaking an existing policy.

Please click here to access the PDF of the policy.

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ILN Today Post

Indian Aerospace Sector – A Promising Segment for Investment in India

Indian Economy: the Investor’s paradise

India is a booming economy which has seeing an exceptional growth in its aviation segment in last couple of decades. Counter to demands of aviation segment in the country the existing aviation infrastructure and the carrier’s technology needs serious up gradation. As there are ample of opportunities for growth of this sector therefore, venous domestic and international aviations giants are seeing India as paradise for investment in the Aerospace technology and development.

To see the full article, please click on the following link, Investment opp 220611 for the PDF.

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ILN Today Post

Halsbury Chambers Bulletin – Employment Law

So you’ve lost your job… What next?

Seek counseling. Talk it out! Don’tincubate. You have been cut loseand naturally, it hurts. You probablyhave a million things swirlingin your mind. Right now, all thatyou can think about are all thoseyears and tears that you sacrificedat the altar of employment only tobe cut loose at the whim of someoneelse’s discretion! This may be adifficult proposition, but do not takedramatic or hasty action. Talk tosomeone you trust; maybe a pastor, a parent, a close friend, arepresentative from Social Services or other Counselor. In fact,many companies have an Employee Assistance Program designedto assist recently terminated employees with coming togrips to life’s challenges. There is even DIAL A PRAYER!The important thing is just to find someone to talk to.

To see the full Bulletin, please click the following link, HC’s Bulletin- Employment 101 – June 2011 for the PDF.

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Two new documents to download

I´m happy to start my Downloads page in this blog by sharing with my readers and visitors, two documents explaining the process and requirements needed to register a Trademark and a Commercial Name in the Dominican Republic.

I assure you more documents will follow. And if you would like to have any specific issue addressed, please don´t hesitate to let me know.


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EEOC on ADA: One rule — no boundaries

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held an open meeting on June 8, 2011 on the appropriate use of disability leave as a reasonable accommodation at its headquarters in Washington, D.C.  The open meeting is just the latest step in the EEOC’s on-going effort to move the marketplace towards its enforcement position that employers may not implement one-size-fits-all leave periods for disabled employees (i.e., disabled employees have x number of days to return to work or face termination) – a lesson that Sears Roebuck learned in 2009 at the decidedly burdensome price of $6.2 Million.

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Partner Samuel Levine participates at the Illinois State Bar Association Annual Meeting

Samuel H. Levine

Chicago Partner Samuel Levine attended the Illinois State Bar Association Annual Meeting last week. While in attendance he participated in the organizational meeting of the ISBA Commercial Banking and Bankruptcy Section Council as a member of the council and chair of its banking subcommittee. He also attended the organizational meeting of the ISBA Real Estate Section Council as a member of the section council.

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