Boston, MA, August 20, 2012 – Davis Malm shareholder William F. Griffin, Jr. and Davis Malm founder Harold R. Davis, now Of Counsel to the firm, were instrumental in drafting a new chapter of the Massachusetts General Laws, which Governor Patrick signed into law on August 7, 2012 as a part of “An Act Relative to Infrastructure Investment, Enhanced Competitiveness and Economic Growth in the Commonwealth.” New Chapter 23L provides municipalities with a local option to approve tax-exempt “special assessment financing” of public infrastructure needed to support private development or to upgrade existing public works facilities. This new financing option has the potential to attract billions of dollars in private investment for local infrastructure without burdening state and municipal budgets.
Monthly Archives: August 2012
On 20 August 2012 the Senate passed the Consumer Credit Legislation Amendment (Enhancements) Act 2012, commonly referred to as the NCCP Enhancement Act.
Dziennik Gazeta Prawna asked Dr. Marek Jeżewski to comment on the fact that only ten projects have been submitted to the European Commission under the European Citizens’ Initiative. This is a small number compared with that of the EU’s total population, which exceeds half a billion.
The reason that only ten projects have been submitted is mainly due to the complicated procedures imposed by the EC which can take up to 21 months.
In the article titled “EU effectively filters citizens’ projects”, Dr. Marek Jeżewski states that such complicated procedures have their advantages.
CALIFORNIA ONE STEP CLOSER TO MANDATING OVERTIME AND MEAL PERIODS FOR PRIVATE HOME HOUSEKEEPERS AND BABYSITTERS
By: Adam C. Abrahms
Last week Assembly Bill 889 cleared a California State Senate Committee, advancing it one step closer to becoming state law. The bill, authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D – San Francisco), seeks to extend most of California’s strict wage and hour regulations to domestic employees working in private homes. While the bill excludes babysitters under the age of 18, it extends California wage and hour protections to babysitters over the age of 18 as well as any other housekeeper, nanny, caregiver or other domestic worker.
Should the bill become law individual Californians and California families who employ the services of these domestic workers will be required to follow the same overbearing regulations that currently plague California’s small and large businesses. Specifically, absent the applicability of narrow and limited exceptions, individuals/families using domestic services from babysitting to adult caregiving and transportation to housekeeping will, among other mandates, be required to:
As individuals become increasingly aware of how little knowledge and control they often have over their personal information online, it is crucial that all businesses, both small and large, provide users of their websites or services with complete and detailed privacy policies.
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The 5th decision published in 2012 (A total of 16 merger review decisions were published since 2008), and first published case involving an instance of control “by way of contract or via other means” (Article 20(iii) of AML) through reference to the VIE structure More…
And just like that, we’re halfway through August! I hope everyone who is taking holidays this month is enjoying them, and getting ready to jump right back into the fray come September. As a kid, I loved school, so September is always my favorite month!
Without further ado, here are this week’s top posts from ILNToday – despite this being a traditionally slow month, we’re seeing some stellar content from our attorneys:
- HEALTH REFORM: Providers: Do Your Managed Care Participation Agreements Apply to New Insurance Exchange Products? from Epstein Becker & Green: EBG continues to have their finger on the pulse of the latest news in health reform, this time looking at how state exchanges may impact providers’ managed care participation agreements.
The New Zealand Court of Appeal this morning released its much awaited decision in relation to the lastest challenge to Chinese company Shanghai Pengxin purchasing the Crafar farms.
It was accepted that Mr Zhaobai Jiang, the principal shareholder, is a highly successful businessman with significant business experience. The issue was his lack of dairy farming experience. Dimissing the appeal, the Court found that the “investor test” had been met on the basis that Shanghai Pengxin was entitled to enter into arrangements with parties who had the lacked industry-specific experience in order to demonstrate that it in turn had the necessary experience to successfully promote the investment. More…
Two recent decisions involving Netflix again raise the question of whether all online business activities are covered by the public accommodation requirements of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) or whether a “bricks and mortar” presence is required to invoke ADA protections. In late June, in National Association of the Deaf v. Netflix, Judge Ponson of the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts denied Netflix’s motion for judgment on the pleadings that challenged the application of the ADA to its video streaming website. The court found that, despite the absence of a bricks-and-mortar business, the ADA’s requirement to provide goods and services accessible to the disabled still applied. Netflix has asked Judge Ponson to permit an immediate appeal of his ruling that the ADA applies to closed-captioning on Internet-supplied videos.