Monthly Archives: July 2012

New support for future mesothelioma victims

The Government and the Association of British Insurers (ABI) have announced a new support scheme for newly diagnosed victims of mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of internal organs, notably the lungs, and almost always arises from exposure to asbestos. The long time that mesothelioma takes to develop means that some workers were negligently exposed to asbestos at work but their employers are no longer in existence to make a claim against.

From 25th July, around 3,000 mesothelioma victims across the UK who are unable to claim compensation because they cannot trace a liable employer or employers’ liability insurer will receive approximately £300 million in payments in the first 10 years.

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Dragging Your Feet in Getting a Sponsor May Be a Drag on Your Career!

by Nancy Guzenhauser

While the importance of having a sponsor to help encourage and propel one’s career is well-documented, women are still more reluctant to use a sponsor than men. The Center for Talent Innovation has conducted two studies – one in the U.S. and one in the UK. the about the “sponsor effect.” The U.S. study found that sponsorship confers a statistical benefit of up to 30% in terms of more stretch assignments, promotions, and pay raises. Both studies found that women are significantly less likely than men to use a sponsor in their careers.

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PPACA – Implications for the States – A Recap

Yesterday, we talked about the overview and analysis of the SCOTUS decision about the PPACA, and today, we’ll begin with talking about the implications for the states.

Lynn said that she wanted to build off of Stuart’s point about federalism, and discuss what’s going to happen at the state level. The state is going to have to decide whether to expand its Medicaid program, whether to do an exchange or not. States, like the federal government, also have an executive and legislative branch. The ACA requires the establishment of exchanges in each state, and if a state does not do it, there will be a federal exchange. Lynn said we’ve seen movement by the Obama administration for perhaps a hybrid exchange, where the feds come in where the states need extra capabilities. 

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Tip Pools: Challenging DOL’s Amended Rule on Employee Participation

By:  Kara M. Maciel

In April of 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) changed its rule defining the general characteristics of tips in an attempt to overrule the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Cumbie v. Woody Woo, Inc. ruling that the FLSA does not impose any restrictions on the kinds of employees who may participate in a valid tip pool where the employer does not claim the “tip credit.”

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Overview and Analysis of the SCOTUS PPACA Decision – A Recap

After our 2012 Annual Meeting, I recapped a session from the conference that had focused on the topic of healthcare reform (See here, here and here). Once the Supreme Court announced their decision, Epstein Becker & Green’s healthcare experts once again came out to help us understand what’s in, what’s out and what’s next with their webinar on July 2nd.

Since it’s always good to hear from the experts, I thought I’d recap the webinar here for you, again, breaking it up into manageable bites (so to speak). 

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KATOEN NATIE starts construction of Estonia’s largest logistics centre

Belgian logistics group Katoen Natie started construction of Estonia’s largest logistics centre in Muuga. The president of the company, Fernand Huts, said in an interview to the business daily Äripäev that Estonia is well placed to do business mainly with Russia in the future, and therefore it was a logical decision to construct the centre in Estonia. Other reasons for preferring Estonia over, e.g., Finland, included Estonia’s favourable and simple tax system and the clear and understandable position of the Port of Tallinn. The total investment of the logistics group amounted to approximately EUR 40 million.

TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE’s senior associate Piret Jesse assisted the global logistics company Katoen Natie in negotiations on acquiring the land in Muuga Harbour on which the logistics centre is to be built and in closing the transaction as well as in preparing the relevant construction agreement.

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ILN Today Post

The right of courts to set conditions of easement at their own discretion is reaffirmed

On 28 February 2012 Russian Supreme Arbitrazh Court published on its website the Resolution of the Presidium of the Supreme Arbitrazh Court No. 11248/11 on case No. A45-12892/2010 (“Resolution”). This Resolution was adopted on a particular case, however, it contains several legal positions, which interpret current law on easement, which was formulated by the Presidium of the Supreme Arbitrazh Court in the abstract, that is without reference to the circumstances of the case and was focused on the universal application by the courts.

It seems that one of the most important points, which were stated in the Resolution, is confirmation of the courts’ right to determine the conditions of easement in the dispute resolution, which arises from the application of Article 274 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation. More…

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Women on boards

New official statistics show that the number of women in the boardrooms of the UK’s top companies has increased in the past year, Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced.

The voluntary code of conduct for executive search firms has now celebrated its first anniversary. The code, developed by leading members of the industry in direct response to Lord Davies’ review into ‘Women on Boards’, sets out seven key principles of best practice for executive search firms to abide by throughout the recruitment process.

Since Lord Davies’ review and subsequent report, the number of women appointed to the boards of the UK’s top companies has reached unprecedented levels, with women now making up 16.7% of FTSE 100, and 10.9% of FTSE 250 boards, up from 12.5% and 7.8% respectively in 2010.

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“THE PROTECTION OF PRE-]MARITAL ASSETS” – Pre-nuptial Agreements in The Bahamas

It has long been a recognized law in The Bahamas that nuptials whether anti or post are not considered binding in the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

The Bahamian legislation which governs the principles to be applied in matrimonial proceedings are set out under the Matrimonial Causes Act which mirrors the English Matrimonial legislation in the United Kingdom (UK). It is from our mother land (UK) which the notion that prenuptial anti-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement providing for future separation are contrary to public policy and should be swept away because ”they undermine the concept of marriage as life long union.” For years this has been the approach in The Supreme Court of The Bahamas should parties enter into agreements seeking the Courts decision on issues regarding the distribution of marital assets the agreement would not be considered under the present authorities held in the UK. More…

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Brian R. Cummings to participate in annual fund-raising event for the Muscular Dystrophy Association

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Brian R. Cummings

Brian R. Cummings

Arnstein & Lehr Tampa Associate Brian R. Cummings has been invited to participate in the “MDA Lock-Up” on August 16 in Tampa, an annual fund-raising event conducted for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through its local affiliate MDA St. Pete. On that date, participants including Mr. Cummings are “detained” at Ruth Chris’ Steakhouse and will not be released until they raise bail money, which they have been encouraged to raise in advance. Mr. Cumming’s “bail” is $3,500. All proceeds go to benefit some 960 MDA children in the Tampa Bay area living with one of 43 muscle diseases, providing them with vital services to improve their quality of life. So far, Mr. Cummings has raised almost $500. All donations are tax deductible.

To make a donation and to read more about this event, click here.

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