Monthly Archives: March 2012

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Mobile App Operators Announce Agreement with California Attorney General

In response to consumer privacy concerns, the leading operators of mobile application platforms – Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc., Google Inc., Hewlett-Packard Company, Microsoft Corporation, and Research in Motion Limited (the Mobile App Operators) – announced an agreement with the California Attorney General setting forth improved privacy protections for app users.

The Mobile App Operators agreed to privacy principles that are designed to bring the industry in line with a California law requiring mobile apps that collect personal information to post a privacy policy (a notable development, given the fact the majority of mobile apps today do not contain a privacy policy). The agreement will also give consumers the opportunity to review an app’s privacy policy before downloading the app. Developers who fail to comply with their stated privacy policies could be prosecuted under California’s Unfair Competition Law and/or False Advertising Law. More…

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Cooper & Dunham Celebrates 125 Years of Intellectual Property Law

In 2012, Cooper & Dunham celebrates its 125th year in the practice of intellectual property law.  In connection with the event, Norman Zivin has prepared a brochure about the history of  the Firm.  More…

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Lori Adelson posts to General Counselor blog on employers need to comply with NLRB employee rights posting rule by April 30

Lori Adelson

Fort Lauderdale Partner Lori Adelson posted today to the Arnstein & Lehr General Counselor blog the article titled “Employers must comply with the NLRB employee rights posting rule by April 30.”  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) employee rights notice-posting requirement was recently upheld as valid by U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson.   As such, most private sector employers, regardless of whether they are unionized or not, will be required to display this poster no later than April 30, 2012.

To read the post in full, please click here.

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Employers must comply with NLRB employee rights posting rule by April 30

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) employee rights notice-posting requirement was recently National Laboar Relations Board Logoupheld as valid by U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson. As such, most private sector employers, regardless of whether they are unionized or not, will be required to display this poster no later than April 30, 2012.

Excluded from coverage under the National Labor Relations Act are public-sector employees, agriculturaland domestic workers, independent contractors, workers employed by a parent or spouse, employees of air and rail carriers covered by the Railway LaborAct, and supervisors (although supervisors that have been discriminated against for refusing to violate the NLRA may be covered).

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Change or Die? A General Counsel Panel – Part II

In my last post, we talked about the first part of the client panel session from the Legal Marketing Association’s Annual Meeting, with panelists Jeff Carr of FMC Technologies, Janet Dhillon of J.C. Penney and Ron Barger of the Archon Group. The second part of the session was equally as valuable as the first.

One of the interesting points that the panelists made during their comments was that they need their attorneys to elicit the real end game from them – they went as far as to suggest that attorneys should ask them directly “What does ‘winning’ mean to you?” Jeff said lawyers need to get their clients to be specific, because they often won’t volunteer that information.

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Are Your Non-Exempt Employees Being Compensated Correctly For Travel Time?

By:   Jordan Schwartz

Like many attorneys, I spend a significant amount of time traveling, whether it is to meet with clients, take depositions, or conduct training sessions. Business-related travel certainly is not unique to the legal industry. In fact, more and more employees in other industries, including the hospitality industry, are spending a greater amount of time traveling for work than ever before. Such travel typically includes attending out-of-state trade shows, recruiting visits, job fairs, and sales calls. As an exempt employee, compensation for travel time is cut and dry – an employee simply continues to receive his or her salary. For non-exempt employees, however, determining proper travel-time compensation is not nearly as straightforward.

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Gender equality arrives at last

Following the centenary of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2011, then Minister for the Status of Women, Kate Ellis, announced an overhaul of the EOWA regime.  In our May (click here) and November (click here) updates, we outlined the key changes foreshadowed by the Minister.  One year on and the much awaited Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Amendment Bill 2012 (Cth) (Bill) has been introduced to the House of Representatives.  The Bill is designed to give effect to a 2010 election campaign commitment to support gender equality and improve workforce participation and workplace flexibility. More…

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Former Ohio Department of Taxation official, John R. Trippier, joins the Columbus office of McDonald Hopkins law firm

Cleveland, Ohio, (March 23, 2012) – John R. Trippier, a certified public accountant who served as the Administrator of the Ohio Department of Taxation’s Audit Division since 2003, has joined the Business Department at McDonald Hopkins LLC as Director of Multistate Tax in the law firm’s Multistate Tax Practice, which is chaired by Ohio’s former Tax Commissioner, Thomas M. Zaino. Trippier is based in Columbus.

“John Trippier is an outstanding addition to our multistate tax team,” said Zaino, who is also the managing member of the McDonald Hopkins Columbus office. “John has more than 20 years of impressive experience, including not only his administrator role at the Ohio Department of Taxation, but in public accounting and industry as well.”

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Ohio Statehouse Update: Week in Review — March 23, 2012

 

1. MBR hearings commence

House hearings began this week on House Bill 487, Governor John Kasich’s Mid-Biennium Review (MBR) proposal, named such because it is being considered half-way through Ohio’s two-year budget cycle. Prior to hearing testimony from the Office of Budget and Management Director Timothy Keen, the Finance Committee accepted a substitute version of the bill removing contentious severance tax provisions.

The Governor’s original proposal included an increase to Ohio’s severance tax, which is currently 20 cents per barrel of extracted oil. The administration said the state currently averages $2.5 million annually through this tax. Under the proposal, a new natural gas severance would be 1 percent of the value of natural gas multiplied by total production. Oil and all liquids would be taxed at 1.5 percent of the value for the first year with an option of a second year allowing a producer to recoup production costs. The tax would be 4 percent thereafter. 

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Former Ohio Department of Taxation official, John R. Trippier, joins the Columbus office of McDonald Hopkins law firm

Cleveland, Ohio, (March 23, 2012) – John R. Trippier, a certified public accountant who served as the Administrator of the Ohio Department of Taxation’s Audit Division since 2003, has joined the Business Department at McDonald Hopkins LLC as Director of Multistate Tax in the law firm’s Multistate Tax Practice, which is chaired by Ohio’s former Tax Commissioner, Thomas M. Zaino. Trippier is based in Columbus.

            “John Trippier is an outstanding addition to our multistate tax team,” said Zaino, who is also the managing member of the McDonald Hopkins Columbus office. “John has more than 20 years of impressive experience, including not only his administrator role at the Ohio Department of Taxation, but in public accounting and industry as well.”

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