Monthly Archives: February 2013

Four RSS partners presenting papers at Continuum in January and February, 2013

Continuum provides continuing legal education to lawyers. During the next few weeks, four RSS partners have been selected to give CLE courses on the following subjects:

24 January: Lynne Kassie: Analysis of the judgment in the Eric and Lola case
30 January: Jean-Pierre Sheppard: Remèdes entre actionnaires: lois québécoise et canadienne
11 February: Doree Levine: How best to deal with difficult clients in Family Law matters
25 February: Philippe-André Tessier: Conflit d’intérêt en milieu de travail

Continuum courses are given in the Conference Centre of Hôtel Place D’Armes from 9h00 to noon and include breakfast.

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Despite recent NLRB action, union membership continues decline

Arnstein & Lehr attorney Jesse Dill

Jesse R. Dill

Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual figures on the state of union membership in the United States. Union membership continued its now-typical trend of declining rolls in 2012. The percent of workers who were union members in 2012 was 11.3%, compared to 11.8% in 2011. The overall number of those belonging to a number likewise decline, from 14.8 million in 2011 to 14.4 million in 2012.

Labor law observers might be surprised by this trend considering the NLRB’s recent efforts to increase awareness of Section 7 rights and overturn long-standing precedent in favor of more union-friendly positions. However, these efforts have been counterbalanced at the state level through such developments as Wisconsin’s Act 10 legislation. Many of the developments with the NLRB may also be considered long-term focused, such as the recent WKYC-TV, Inc. decision. In WKYC-TV, Inc., the NLRB held that an employer may no longer unilaterally terminate dues-checkoff following the expiration of a collective bargaining agreement. In the short-term, this decision means employers lose a valuable economic weapon in bargaining; but there are also long-term consequences. In time, Union coffers will increase beyond what they otherwise would have grown, and unions will be able to focus more time and attention on organizational activities.

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RSS and MNP to hold seminar on the growth of mining companies in Québec

Always interested in serving its clients, RSS invites you to an exclusive event focused entirely on managing the risks associated with the growth of mining companies in Québec.

Mining industry experts from RSS and accounting firm MNP will provide you with the latest updates on financial and legal pitfalls you need to avoid. They will also highlight some interesting opportunities that exist in today’s competitive market, which could be used to leverage your financial growth and success.

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MARK SOWERS, SAM YOFFIE & BRAD ZIEGLER NAMED MEMBERS

Lewis, Rice & Fingersh, L.C., is pleased to announce that Mark R. Sowers, Samuel A. Yoffie and R. Bradley Ziegler have been named members of the Firm in the St. Louis office.

Throughout our Firm’s history, Lewis Rice attorneys have made excellence the foundation of our practice. Founded in 1909, a century of service has given us the experience, resources and tools to serve your dynamic needs. Our diverse team of over 150 attorneys provides counsel and solutions for the challenges facing local, regional and national businesses, as well as individuals and families. We have offices in St. Louis and Kansas City, and elsewhere in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas. More…

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Week of January 28, 2013 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

It’s been quite a busy week here at the ILN, with our Executive Director and myself spending the earlier part of the week in London, preparing for our 25th Annual Meeting in May! Our attorneys have been busily producing content as well, and this week’s top posts include:

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Shares for rights and the employee shareholder

In October 2012 George Osborne announced plans to introduce a new type of employment status: the “employee shareholder”.  The proposal is set to be introduced in April 2013 and will enable companies to offer, and in some cases require, employees to enter into a specific contract of employment in which they waive a number of employment rights.  In exchange, the employee will receive shares in the employer company worth between £2,000 and £50,000, with any growth in value of the shares being exempt from Capital Gains Tax.

The proposal has attracted criticism from practitioners and commentators from the outset.  Shortly after the announcement, the Guardian suggested that the proposal “simply doesn’t add up” and the Telegraph expressed the view that it “helps no one”.  The Government’s own response to a condensed consultation process revealed that 92% of the submissions received viewed the proposals in a negative or mixed way.  More…

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Pay up! – New rules on commercial contract payment terms – deadline 16 March 2013

Introduction

By 16 March of this year, the UK must implement an EU Directive (1) which sets out tighter rules about what payment terms can be agreed between parties to a commercial (or B2B) contract, such as supply of goods or provision of services. This is aimed at tackling the problem for SMEs caused by public sector bodies and other large organisations taking a long time to pay suppliers. More…

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WILLIAM M. BOLSTER & ROBERT J. GOLTERMAN NAMED MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS OF LEWIS RICE

Lewis, Rice & Fingersh, L.C., is pleased to announce that William M. Bolster and Robert J. Golterman have been appointed as members of the Firm Management Committee.

Mr. Bolster represents a broad range of private and publicly traded companies including health care industry manufacturers, private equity funds, insurance brokerage firms, and real estate development firms. He is also a member of the Firm’s Recruiting Committee.

Mr. Golterman practices in several areas including labor and employment law, construction law, commercial litigation, ERISA litigation, and municipal law. He counsels employers and management in personnel-related matters as well as collective bargaining and grievance proceedings. More…

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2012 – Banking and Finance Year in Review

Now that the dust has settled on the end of 2012 it is worth recapping on the year and pinpointing key events and developments that occurred during 2012.

We saw Queen Elizabeth II mark her 60th anniversary of becoming the British monarch, the Lion King become the highest grossing Broadway show overtaking The Phantom of the Opera, the introduction of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth), Usain Bolt become the first person to win the 100m and 200m sprit in back to back Olympics, mortgage duty in New South Wales extended for another year, Lance Armstrong being stripped of his 7 Tour de France titles, greater clarification on the interpretation of contractual penalties, Obama elected president, Green Moon win the Melbourne Cup, the Australia Tax Office win in a priority dispute with a mortgagee, Gangnam Style becoming the first video to reach one billion views on you tube, Channel Nine survive by undertaking a significant debt restructure, Felix Baumgartner step into the void nearly 128,000 feet (39,000 meters) above the earth and most importantly, given you are reading this, we all managed to survive the Mayan apocalypse. More…

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Result of the Inquiry into NSW construction industry insolvency

In a previous update, we considered the discussion and issues paper released by the independent inquiry into construction industry insolvency, which was set up by the NSW Government to assess the cause and extent of insolvency in the building and construction industry in NSW and recommend measures to better protect subcontractors from the effects of insolvency.

After receiving more than 150 submissions from industry and holding 130 information gathering sessions the Inquiry, chaired by Mr Bruce Collins QC, has released its Final Report.  Industry now has an opportunity to comment on and respond to any of the recommendations contained in the Final Report. More…

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