Monthly Archives: January 2013

Clark Wilson’s Bernard Pinsky receives Diamond Jubilee Medal

Bernard Pinsky receives Diamond Jubilee Medal

On December 12th, 2012, in Ottawa, the Speaker of the House of Commons presented long-time Clark Wilson Partner Bernard Pinsky with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his service to the community. Bernard was sponsored by the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy (CIJA) for his significant contribution to various non-profit organizations in BC and across Canada. View press release.

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Five Actions Hospitality Employers Should Consider Taking to Comply with the Affordable Care Act

By Greta Ravitsky

I wrote the January 2013 edition of Take 5: Views You Can Use, a newsletter published by the Labor and Employment practice of Epstein Becker Green.

In it, I summarize five actions that hospitality employers should consider taking in 2013 as the DOL steps up its audit efforts under the leadership of the reenergized Obama administration,

  1. Assess the Workforce
  2. Choose Whether to “Pay” or to “Play”
  3. Evaluate Existing Wellness Programs and/or Implement New Wellness Programs to Enhance Employees’ Health Profiles and to Avoid or Minimize the “Cadillac Tax”
  4. Understand and Be Ready to Comply with New Tax-Related Changes and Requirements
  5. Conduct Self-Audits to Ensure Compliance
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Court approves discovery questionnaire seeking social media information

Arnstein & Lehr attorney Jesse R. Dill

Jesse R. Dill

Employers and in-house counsel facing class-wide litigation received a welcome opinion from the District of Colorado to kick-off the new year. In EEOC v. The Original Honeybaked Ham Co. of Georgia, Inc., the court approved a questionnaire for claimants to identify numerous sources of electronic information, including that which could be used to access social media accounts.

The case involves claims brought by the EEOC for sexual harassment, a hostile work environment, and retaliation under Title VII. The defendant sought discovery from a number of sources regarding the class members’ emotional and financial damages. In describing the requests for social media materials, the court described such services as a folder titled “Everything About Me” for each class member. The court agreed that discovery of additional social media content was relevant and should be produced based on some statements the defendant showed were on a plaintiff’s Facebook account.

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ILN Today Post

Moot Court and Presentation in Respect of Evidence in Child Care Proceedings (17.1.2013)

We were delighted with the success of our recent Moot Court and Presentation held at our offices on Friday 4th January 2013. Sarah Ryan and Aisling Carr, Solicitors and Donal Creaton, Partner hosted the event. This event followed the success of our initial Childcare Law Seminar hosted on the 8th June last.

The Moot Court and presentation was presented to social workers and management of the Health Service Executive…

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SAMUEL B. MOSKOWITZ SERVES AS MASTER OF CEREMONIES AT EQUAL JUSTICE COALITION’S BEACON OF JUSTICE AWARD RECEPTION

On January 17, Samuel B. “Sandy” Moskowitz, Davis Malm shareholder and chair of the Equal Justice Coalition, served as the master of ceremonies at the Equal Justice Coalition’s Beacon of Justice Award reception. Awards were presented to four legislators who were selected for their outstanding support of state funding for the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation. The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation makes grants to organizations that provide civil legal services to low-income residents.

The honorees were House Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset), Senate President Pro Tempore Stanley Rosenberg (D-Amherst), Rep. Ruth B. Balser (D-Newton), and Sen. Brian Joyce (D-Milton).

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OIG Approves Gift Card Program for Medicaid Patients

According to a new advisory opinion issued by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Inspector General, healthcare providers may be able to use free gift cards to encourage patients in capitated Medicaid managed care plans to receive clinical services. In the opinion, a federally qualified health center (FQHC) asked the OIG whether […]

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: For the Price of A Cup of Coffee

Time for another great recommendation from rainmaking expert & coach, Jaimie Field!

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Rainmaking does not have to cost a lot of money.

Many attorneys are spending tens of thousands of dollars on websites, SEO tactics, listing services which promise 30 clients in 30 days, buying books on Rainmaking that they don’t actually implement (or worse – don’t read), and this is just a short list. In fact, think about all of the money you spent in 2012 to get new clients. You need to figure out what is actually worth spending money upon.

However, there are a ton of low cost and no cost Rainmaking Tactics which you can implement in your practice. But the key is to actually use them – consistently and constantly.

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ILN Today Post

Phase 2 credit reforms and other changes

Treasury released consultation drafts of the Phase 2 credit reform proposals on 20 December 2012.  Submissions close on 15 February 2013.  The following is an incomplete summary.  The law may change before coming into force, and may not be passed at all.  A start date has not yet been set.

Key initiatives

1.  Registration (called a permit) will be required for brokers, lenders, or lessors
to provide services to small businesses.  Very limited rules will apply to this
type of lending.  Although the permit regime will form part of the NCCP Act,
the loans and leases will not be regulated by the National Credit Code
(NCC).  At present current ACL holders will not automatically be accredited.  More…

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Virtual employees risk burnout

Recent survey results have revealed that mobile technologies are transforming the workplace and are helping to lift productivity and efficiency.

However, this increased efficiency is not without its cost, as the survey also found that these technologies are contributing to increased fatigue and burnout among workers.

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BC Supreme Court success for Anna Sekunova and Jordan Watson

In Kayne v. The Owners, Strata Plan LMS 2374 and others, the plaintiffs claimed damages against the strata corporation, alleging a failure to repair their unit in a timely manner. Clark Wilson’s Anna Sekunova and Jordan Watson represented the strata corporation at trial. On January 14th, the BC Supreme Court handed down its decision, dismissing the claims against all the defendants.

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