Monthly Archives: December 2012

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BIM – Let’s embrace progress

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often, or so said the nation’s favourite Briton, Sir Winston Churchill. Advances in computer technology have dramatically changed the way we work and live. However, technologies in construction have fallen behind other industries. This may be because, unlike manufacturing, construction operations are rarely performed in a fixed sequence or at a fixed location. One only has to look at the aeronautical and motor industries to see how the use of three dimensional computer technologies has driven progress; the same cannot be said in construction. With the advent of Building Information Modelling (BIM) this imbalance has been tackled head on.

The term BIM should now be familiar to all of us. To recap, it comprises the use of three dimensional, real time, dynamic, building modelling software to increase proactivity in the design, construction and operation stages of a construction project. More…

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NSW Government moves to stamp out inappropriate workplace practices

On 6 December 2012, the NSW Government released draft guidelines for public consultation designed to stamp out inappropriate workplace practices on NSW Government funded building and construction projects.

The “Draft Industrial Relations Implementation Guidelines to the New South Wales Code of Practice for Procurement: Building and Constructions” (Draft Guidelines) are based on the guidelines introduced by the Victorian Government in April this year (Victorian Guidelines).  More…

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Zanete Raize has become attorney at law, Mara Stabulniece and Reinis Sokolovs have been admitted to the bar

As per decision of Latvian Bar Association Council of December 4, 2012 TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE lawyers Mara Stabulniece and Reinis Sokolovs have been admitted to the Bar as associate attorneys. And as per decision of Council of December 13, 2012 TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE associate Zanete Raize has become attorney at law.

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Labor and Employment Alert: What does “right to work” really mean in Michigan?

What does “right to work” really mean in Michigan?

On December 11, 2012, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed what is commonly referred to as “right to work” legislation. Putting aside the political maelstrom surrounding these two laws, one applicable to private-sector employees and the other to most public-sector employees, what does this legislation really mean for employers and employees in Michigan? Here are a few of the things this legislation means…and does not mean.

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Ohio Statehouse Update: Week in Review — December 14, 2012

1. Governor announces plan for Ohio Turnpike

Governor John Kasich unveiled his plan for the Ohio Turnpike this week. His plan, which will require legislative approval, does not include a long-term lease of the 241 mile route to a private entity. Instead, the state will issue $1.5 billion in new bonds, issued by the Ohio Turnpike Commission (OTC) and backed by future turnpike revenue. The proceeds from the sale of the bonds will fund road and bridge improvement projects primarily in Northern Ohio. According to the administration, an additional $1.5 billion can be generated from matching local and federal funds to generate approximately $3 billion for major transportation projects.

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Labour & Employment Group Launches Breakfast Seminar Series

On Thursday, December 6, Heather Hettiarachchi and Pratibha Sharma of our Labour & Employment Group hosted the first in a series of breakfast seminars for business owners and HR professionals. The seminar focused on the legal considerations for bringing key employees into Canada and structuring severance packages, with new topics scheduled for early Spring 2013.

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‘Tis the Season for Giving

During the holiday season, helping others is on many people’s minds.  We see more charitable branding and increased advertising to encourage people to give – to capture the true spirit of the holidays.  Right after the shopping whirlwind of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we celebrated “Giving Tuesday” with the hashtag #GivingTuesday trending on Twitter. Many large charities are encouraging donations on social media, among other platforms. Text a number and you can donate $10 to American Red Cross to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.  Salvation Army volunteers are ringing their bells on street corners and outside of suburban shopping malls.  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital launched a Thanks and Giving campaign across a variety of platforms – television, online and print– partnering with a number of nationwide retailers to allow shoppers to make a donation to St. Jude during in-store or online checkout.

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Mara Stabulniece receives a promotion prize of journal "Jurista Vārds"

Māra Stabulniec

On 4 December 2012 journal “Jurista Vārds” held a closing event of its annual research competition. The promotion prize in the European Union law category was awarded to TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE associate Mara Stabulniece.

Research papers were evaluated in six categories: public law, criminal law, international law, European Union law, civil law, legal theory and history. The papers were evaluated according to the competition criteria by three specialists of each category.

Click here to read the publication (available in the Latvian language).

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ILN Marketing Webinar: In-House Marketers’ Guide to Motivating Attorneys to Rainmaking Success

It’s been a festival of webinars over here lately, so I’ve got one more recap for you this year! Yesterday, we hosted Jaimie Field, esq. of Marketing Field, who presented on the in-house marketers’ guide to motivating your attorneys to rainmaking success.

Jaimie kicked off by saying that the short version of her presentation is that you can’t motivate them. It’s not possible to motivate someone else – they have to motivate themselves. But what the in-house marketers or marketing partners CAN do is to provide the attorneys at their firm with the tools they need to help them to motivate themselves to rainmaking success. 

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Leaving Your Estate to a Pet – Is It Possible in Canada?

Animals have been prominent in newspaper headlines over the past week. A cute monkey in a coat wandered freely in a Toronto-area Ikea. In New Zealand, driving dogs passed a doggie driving test, navigating a modified car around a race track live on television. It turns out that animals are not all that different than people.

Pet owners shower their pets with love and affection. It is not surprising that, in the event that they pass away before their pet, these owners want to ensure that the pet is taken care of. As wills and estates lawyers, it our job to make sure the owner is able to do that, but how? Although there is legislation in the USA that expressly permits trusts for pets, there is no such legislation in Canada. That does not mean it cannot be done.

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