Monthly Archives: March 2012

Wisconsin Wins offers employers new training program for hiring unemployed individuals

Arnstein & Lehr attorney Jesse Dill

Jesse Dill

On March 26, 2012, a new pilot program will go into effect for Wisconsin employers that will allow them to give potential new employees a training period before making a final hiring decision. The new law is also designed to help employees who are out of work to receive training for a new job. The program, known as Wisconsin Wins, received bipartisan support and was signed by Governor Scott Walker on March 12, 2012.

Under the new law, employers can apply with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development to offer “special occupational training” for an open position with the company. The application will require the employer to affirm that it has a job opening for each training participant it seeks. Individuals who receive unemployment insurance are eligible to participate. The Department of Workforce Development will place these individuals with an eligible employer. An individual who is placed with the employer may then undergo a period of training of 20 to 24 hours per week, which may last up to 6 weeks. The individual undergoing training will be considered an employee of the employer only for workers’ compensation purposes. Any employer who the Department of Workforce Development finds does not hire a reasonable percentage of qualified trainees may be prevented from receiving additional participant assignments.

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EBG Complimentary Webinar: Don’t Be a Target of the Wage and Hour Class Action Epidemic: Tips for Avoiding Exposure

Wage and hour investigations and class action lawsuits continue to be a potentially serious problem for many employers, resulting in an abundance of new cases filed and many large settlements procured.  In addition, in September 2011, under the guidance of the Obama Administration, the Department of Labor and IRS announced an effort to coordinate with each other to address misclassification of employees as independent contractors, which is resulting in additional investigations, fines, and/or legal liability levied on an employer.

Click here to register for this complimentary webinar.

Thursday, April 12, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. CDT – Program and Q&A Session 

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Barry A. Chatz to speak at Commercial Law League of America convention in Chicago this May

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Barry A. Chatz

Barry A. Chatz

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Barry A. Chatz will be speaking at the Commercial Law League of America (CLLA) 118th National Convention & 82nd Chicago Spring Meeting in Chicago on Friday May 4. The event, titled “CLLA: The Key to Success – Unlocking Your Potential,” will be held from May 3 – 6 at the Westin Hotel in downtown Chicago. Mr. Chatz’s topic, “Traps for the Unwary: How Attorneys and Creditors Can End Up Paying Debtors or Their Estates and How to Avoid Them,” will address ways lawyers can become crosswise with the system and how expensive it can be both monetarily and non-monetarily.

To the view the conference schedule, click here.

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Robert E. McKenzie interviewed on talk radio podcast regarding audit and tax issues

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Robert E. McKenzie

Robert E. McKenzie

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Robert E. McKenzie was interviewed on The Law and Money Talk, a talk radio podcast, on March 13. The podcasts are one hour in length and feature national experts, guests and panel presentations on current trends and events in law and finance. Mr. McKenzie discussed red flags that prompt tax audits, steps to take upon receipt of a tax audit notifications, and the IRS review process.

To listen to Mr. McKenzie’s interview, please lick here.

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William J. Anaya moderates at Real Estate Short Course; Daniel I. Schlade and Samuel H. Levine present real estate litigation update


Arnstein & Lehr Attorney William J. Anaya

William J. Anaya

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Samuel H. Levine

Samuel H. Levine

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Daniel I. Schlade

Daniel I. Schlade

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partners William J. Anaya (pictured left), Daniel I. Schlade (picture near right), and Samuel H. Levine (pictured far right) recently spoke at the 8th Annual Real Estate Short Course, sponsored by the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association. The program was held March 13 – 14 at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. Mr. Anaya was the program moderator. Mr. Schlade and Mr. Levine presented a real estate litigation update.

To read the conference schedule in full, click here.

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Lawyer Priit Lember joins TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE team

From March, Priit Lember started practicing as a lawyer at the Tallinn office of the law firm TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE. Prior to joining the law firm, Priit worked as a consultant for Harju County Court. He has a BA degree in law from the University of Tartu and is currently pursuing an MA degree. Priit is a member of the dispute resolution practice group.

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ILN Today Post

Supreme Court gives the press a bit of good news

In Flood v Times Newspaper Limited the Supreme Court has given its backing to the Reynolds defence in a decision that will have journalists smiling.


In 2006 the Times published an article entitled “Detective accused of taking bribes from Russian exiles”. According to an anonymous source, Detective Sergeant Flood, of the Metropolitan Police, may have been accepting bribes from some of Russia’s most wanted criminal oligarchs in exchange for passing on confidential intelligence relating to Home Office and police attempts to extradite them to Russia to face charges. More…

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2011 Annual Overview of Banking and Finance Law

The Banking and Finance department of Lefèvre Pelletier & associés is pleased to provide you, for the sixth consecutive year, with this summary of the legal and judicial developments in 2011 in the banking and finance area.

The purpose of this booklet, which is not intended to be exhaustive, is to provide an overview of legislative and regulatory developments as well as court decisions that we believe to be significant.

Readers may contact the Banking and Finance department of Lefèvre Pelletier & associés if they have questions or would like further information.

We hope you will find this document useful and an enjoyable read. More…

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New York Appellate Court Upholds Contractual Provision Tolling Employee’s Non-Compete Period Due To Employee’s Violation of Non-Compete

An increasingly common type of provision found in employment agreements, allowing for extension of an employee’s post-employment non-compete restrictions by a period of time that the employee violates the restrictions, was upheld in a recent decision by New York’s Appellate Division, First Department.

According to the complaint in Delta Enterprise Corp. v. Cohen, the plaintiff Delta Enterprise Corp. is in the business of manufacturing and selling juvenile furniture and other products for infants, toddlers and children. Many of Delta’s products are sold under licenses and use well-known cartoon and other names and images such as Barbie, Spongebob Squarepants, and Hot Wheels. Defendant Ralph Cohen worked in various positions over seven plus years at Delta, and was the co-head of the Toddler Furniture Division in 2009 and early 2010. The complaint alleges that Mr. Cohen misappropriated confidential information from Delta, and began operating a business, called Resolute Trade, in competition with Delta while he was still employed with Delta and afterwards, all in violation of a Confidentiality Agreement (which also contained several two-year non-competition and non-solicitation clauses). Mr. Cohen’s employment with Delta ended on March 1, 2010.

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Robert E. McKenzie credited with bringing topic to Forbes concerning stations airing tv spots of tax representation firm accused of deceptive business practices

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Robert E. McKenzie

Robert E. McKenzie

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Robert E. McKenzie was credited with bringing to the attention of Forbes online, the legal issues facing the tax representation firm, TaxMasters. The firm currently airs spots on cable tv promoting its services, even though it will soon file for bankruptcy and has been accused of deceptive business practices by the attorneys general of Texas and Minnesota. The article, “Owe the IRS? TaxMasters Bankruptcy Shows Why Not To Get Help From TV Pitchmen,” was posted March 18 and can be read by clicking here.

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