Monthly Archives: November 2012

ILN Today Post

Splash! More requirements for pool owners

The Swimming Pools Amendment Act 2012 (Amendment Act) commenced on Monday 29 October 2012. 

1.  Objective 

The legislation amends the Swimming Pools Act 1992 (NSW) (Act) by including new obligations aimed at increasing the safety of very young children around backyard swimming pools and reducing associated drowning and near-drowning incidents.  More…

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Marcos G. Ronquillo Joins Beirne Maynard & Parsons, Firm also adds three attorneys from Godwin Ronquillo

DALLAS/HOUSTON, Nov. 20, 2012 – Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, LLP, a civil
litigation firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Marcos G. Ronquillo as a partner
in the firm’s Dallas office. Prior to joining Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, he served as the
Managing Shareholder, President and Chief Operating Officer of Godwin Ronquillo PC
in Dallas. The firm is committed to strategic growth focusing on a strong regional
presence with international reach. In addition to working within firm management to
implement the strategic plan, Mr. Ronquillo will lead the firm’s international practice
group. Mr. Ronquillo, along with three talented attorneys from Godwin Ronquillo, will
enhance and expand the firm’s capabilities in the areas of commercial litigation, public
and international law, employment and transactional work. More…

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The EU and US agency model proceedings – partial settlement

On 6 September 2012 the US District Court approved a partial settlement of the anti-trust proceedings that were begun by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) against Apple, Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster(1). The action is only partially settled, because the settlement applies only in relation to Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster. The other defendants (Macmillan, Penguin and Apple) have all declined to enter into the settlement, and the trial of the matter is scheduled to commence in July 2013.

Hot on the heels of the US settlement decision, on 19 September the European Commission (Commission) announced that it was planning to partially settle its own investigation, of the same issue in relation to the same parties, on the basis of a proposed deal agreed with all parties other than Penguin.(2) More…

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Concerns raised over ‘settlement agreement’ proposals

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has raised concerns over Government proposals to introduce ‘settlement agreements’, designed to make it easier for employers to dismiss underperforming employees without fear of employment tribunals.

Mike Emmott, employee relations adviser at the CIPD, said:

“If the Government wishes to proceed with its proposals for settlement agreements, it should take clear steps to protect and promote good practice by requiring employers to have used proper performance management practices before offering a settlement agreement.

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Webinar Series re: New ACA Implementation Regulations — 1st Session re: Wellness Program Regulations (Fri., Nov. 30, 2012)

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In Honour of Black Friday – Big Brand Retailers Fight Quebec Language Law

CBC reports that a group of  well-known retailers, including  WALMART, COSTCO and BESTBUY, are taking the Quebec Government’s French language watchdog to Court over its recent requirement that all retailers have signs that include either a generic French name or add a slogan or explanation to reflect what they are selling.  For example, rather than featuring signage with just the well-known WALMART mark, the Quebec government wants that retailer’s signs to now read “Le Magasin WALMART” or something to that effect.

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"Dealing with Doctors who accept only cash," The New York Times, Steve Harris quoted

McDonald Hopkins attorney, Steve Harris was quoted in The New York Times article, “Dealing with Doctors who accept only cash.”

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Responsibilities Arising from a Power of Attorney

Powers of Attorney are a common incapacity planning tool.  Many people make them at the same time they prepare their Will.  Usually, the Power of Attorney is a short document, and seemingly straightforward.  For that reason, some people do not put much thought into agreeing to be designated as another’s Attorney.  However, there are a number of significant responsibilities that arise when the Power of Attorney is executed, particularly where the Power of Attorney is an enduring one (i.e. it will remain effective even after the the person granting the Power of Attorney (the “Grantor”) becomes incapable).

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New rules on motorbike safety

New rules to make motorbikes safer and greener have been given the thumbs up from the European Parliament. They are to apply to all powered two- and three-wheel vehicles, from mopeds to heavy motorcycles, and also quads, as of 2016.

As these vehicles account for 16% of accident deaths on Europe’s roads, but only 2% of road traffic, MEPs approved more stringent safety requirements for them, as well as tougher emission targets.

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The New ACA Implementation Regulations: Employer Impact (a Webinar Series)

Epstein Becker Green is pleased to announce a webinar series for employers on the forthcoming rules and regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). We expect the Administration to release a significant number of regulations in the near future which will directly impact employers.

EBG Health Care & Life Sciences and Labor & Employment practitioners, along with outside speakers, will provide in-depth analysis on proposed rules and regulations and how they will impact decisions that must be made by employers. The first webinar will take place on November 30.

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