Monthly Archives: February 2013

Notice-and-Access Measures Adopted to permit Electronic Delivery of Proxy Materials for Reporting Issuers

The Canadian Securities Administrators recently announced the adoption of amendments to National Instrument 54-101 Communication with Beneficial Owners of Securities of a Reporting Issuer (“NI 54-101”) and National Instrument 51-102 Continuous Disclosure Obligations (“NI 51-102”), along with related forms and companion policies (collectively, the “Amendments”).

The Amendments are principally aimed at reducing the costs of holding shareholder meetings by allowing for electronic delivery of proxy-related materials.

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Happy Blogiversary to Zen & The Art of Legal Networking!

Four years ago today, I wrote my first post here at Zen & The Art of Legal Networking.

Before I launched Zen, I really didn’t think I’d have much to say – I’m sure those of you who read this blog regularly are chuckling, since you know I’m definitely one of the more wordy legal bloggers out there. But after joining Twitter in April 2008 and connecting with people in the legal community, I was often inspired by them and realized I had more to contribute to the conversation than 140 characters would permit. So Zen was born. 

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Spending cuts threaten road safety

Travelling on Britain’s roads can be dangerous for all road users, whether they are in vehicles, on bikes, or on foot. Therefore the news that the Government intends to cut public spending on road safety campaigns has been greeted with concern by one of the country’s road safety charities.

Road casualty figure remain high

The number of road traffic accidents suffered by travellers on our roads was revealed in the latest road casualty figures from the Department for Transport.

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Deadline to Report HIPAA Breach to HHS is Friday, March 1st

As part of the HITECH revisions to HIPAA, providers are required to report all HIPAA breaches, regardless of the number of individuals affected to HHS on an annual basis.  The deadline for this report is Friday, March 1st.  Providers who have had breaches affecting less than 500 individuals can report the HIPAA breaches here.  This […]

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Part-time workers worry more about redundancy

The latest Job Security Index from Legal & General has found an overall drop in confidence among UK workers, and in particular among part-time workers, whose confidence in their job security is 10% lower than full-time workers.

According to the Index, only 65% of part-time workers are confident about their job security compared to 75% of full-time workers.

Part-time workers (55%) were also slightly more likely to say they think that they will worry about how they will maintain their standard of living in 2013 compared to full-time workers (53%). 

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The NLRB–Organizing by Pop-Up Unions in Break-Out Units

By: Allen B. Roberts

I wrote the February 2013 version of Take 5 Views You Can Use, a newsletter published by the Labor and Employment practice of Epstein Becker Green. In it, I discuss an alternative view of five topics that are likely to impact hospitality employers in 2013 and beyond. One topic involved the potential for labor organizing by pop-up unions in break-out units.

Despite some perceptions of cohesiveness and political acumen, influence and wherewithal following the 2012 election cycle, labor unions represent only about 7.3 percent of the private sector workforce in the United States, and only 6.6 percent of workers are actually union members. When concentrations in certain industries and geographic areas are factored, that leaves entire swaths entirely union-free, or substantially so.

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Private Universities under Tax Scanner

In wake of depleting revenue reserves, the government has set out on a march to probe the alleged service tax evasion by private universities and education institutes. Taking note of the practice of the private universities to open off-shore campuses, off-campus centres and study centres allegedly flouting norms of the University Grants Commission (the “UGC”), the Central Revenue Department has initiated a probe in the matter with support of the UGC to unearth the unauthorised opening and operation of the said centres.

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All Children in Private Schools to have access to Free Education – Karnataka High Court

In a recent far-reaching order dated February 12, 2013, passed by Justice H. G. Ramesh, in the matter Sarvodaya School Students v. State of Karnataka [Writ Petition No. 18809/2012] (the “Order”), the Karnataka High Court (the “Court”) has stated that the right to free and compulsory education under Article 21A of the Constitution of India is available to all students in private schools of the age of 6 (six) to 14 (fourteen) years and not merely the 25% prescribed and selected by the State under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 (the “RTE Act”). The Court remarked that private schools are entitled to claim reimbursement from the State government, of the foregone fee for all the students who claim the benefit of fee concession. The State and the Central government were called upon by the Court to ensure that proper arrangements were made by them to indemnify the private institutions in this regard.

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Lidings Admitted as Member of the Association of European Businesses

Lidings law firm, the leading legal advisor to foreign businesses in Russia is pleased to announce its membership in the Association of European Businesses in the Russian Federation.

The firm’s representatives joined numerous committees within the AEB including the Legal committee, and committees on Finance and Investments; Customs and Transport; Safety, Health, Environment and Security. In addition to that, Lidings’ professionals are registered members of the committees on Real Estate and Property; Taxation; Migration; Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises; Communications & Public Relations; IT and Telecom; and Human Resources. The firm will also take part in the activities of working groups on M&A, Corporate Governance, Hotels & Tourism, and Biotechnology.

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