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The beginning of the year is always a good time for employers to review new laws and developments that may have an impact on their operations. In this issue, we report on a new National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) posting rule, as well as recent NLRB decisions concerning employee use of social media. We also summarize several new state employment laws.
Monthly Archives: February 2012
On 15 February 2012, for the fourth year in a row the business journal VALSTYBĖ (THE STATE) organised the high-level forum – LITHUANIAN ECONOMIC CONFERENCE 2012. The Conference participants had an opportunity to learn at first hand about changes in the economy, scenarios of macroeconomic and political changes and their effects. At the Conference TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE presented the discussion “When capital markets are real source of capital“.Vidmantas Drizga, Partner and Head of Baltic Capital Markets PG, took part in the discussion.
Stephen Gross was quoted in the Restaurant Finance Monitor article "Bankrupt KFCs Fetch a Good Price."
Stephen Gross was quoted in the Restaurant Finance Monitor article “Bankrupt KFCs Fetch a Good Price,” on February 24, 2012.
1. PUCO revokes AEP-Ohio electric security plan agreement
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) on February 23, 2012 reversed its course and disapproved AEP-Ohio’s electric security plan (ESP) that it had previously approved in December. The Commission announced plans to revisit the ESP earlier in the month citing hundreds of complaints from General Service 2 customers, primarily small businesses, school districts and local governments that were faced with substantial increases in electric bills.
The Commission has ordered AEP to return its rates to levels similar to those in place in December 2011. These rates will remain in place until a new rate plan is adopted.
Dino Armiros and Erik Kantz serve as legal team for “Phunny Business” documentary airing February 23 on Showtime
Chicago Partner Konstantinos (Dino) Armiros and Erik L. Kantz provided corporate legal work for the producing entity and also negotiated distribution agreements for the documentary ”Phunny Business: A Black Comedy,” premiering Thursday, February 23, at 7:30 CST, 8:30 EST on Showtime. Mr. Armiros serves as legal counsel for John Davies, director and producer of the documentary. “Phunny Business” will also be available through XFinity TV’s On Demand library of movies as part of the networks’ recognition of Black History Month. Arnstein & Lehr is credited at the end of the movie.
The documentary chronicles the former Chicago comedy club All Jokes Aside which opened in the 1990′s. At the time it was the leading venue for African American comedians in the country. Raymond Lambert, the owner of the club, is featured in the movie, along with a number of known comics, including Jamie Foxx, Cedric The Entertainer, Steve Harvey, George Wallace, Bernie Mac, JB Smoove, and Craig Robinson. The documentary has been well received in the film festival circuit. It has also received favorable press, with Roger Ebert giving it three stars. It was prominently featured in the Chicago Tribune, appearing as a front page story in the Tribune’s A&E section.
To learn more about the documentary, click here.
CMS announced today its proposed rule (NPRM) on Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Program Meaningful Use requirements. These requirements apply to both eligible professionals and hospitals participating in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. As previously announced, and proposed within this NPRM, the onset of the Stage 2 meaningful use requirements will not begin until 2014.
The Stage 2 requirements include greater applicability to specialists, changes to the clinical quality measures, and modifications to the core and menu measures. CMS has issued a fact sheet that briefly summarizes the Stage 2 requirements.
Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of co-presenting a webinar with Kevin O’Keefe on Blogging Basics. During the call, I mentioned a couple of blogs that I recommend, and I thought I’d share my full list here, as well as my notes about each!
- Corcoran’s Business of Law Blog: Tim’s blog makes me a better marketer, because he’s always making me think and challenging me to keep an open mind.
- The Legal Shakeup: Rebecca Wissler and Laura Gutierrez author this blog, which offers stories and advice from two rising stars in the legal marketing industry.
- Myrland Marketing: This is Nancy Myrland’s blog, where she offers marketing advice to the legal community, with a social media focus.
Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partners Justin L. Weisberg and Samuel H. Levine will be speaking at the ISBA Law Ed Program entitled The Construction Project from Womb to Tomb (Then Back to Life). Mr. Weisberg’s talk, “Payment and Performance Bonds”, and Mr. Levine’s talk, “Enhancement and Priorities between Mortgagees and Lien Claimants”, will be held on Monday, April 16 at the Holiday Inn and Suites in Bloomington, Illinois. Mr. Levine will also give his talk on Friday, April 27 at the ISBA Regional Office in Chicago.
For more information, click here.
Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Jason Tremblay will speak at the “Employment Law for Businesses” seminars co-hosted by Arnstein & Lehr. The 4-part seminar series covers topics on employment laws, pitfalls facing employers and easy steps to reduce liability and protect your business. The seminars will take place in Arnstein & Lehr’s Chicago office and by teleconference in March, April, June and July. The first seminar will be March 14 and is titled “Independent Contractor v. Employee: Why it matters and what you can do about it.”
To find out more information about the seminars, please click here.