Monthly Archives: May 2013

Wage-Hour Class Actions Could Be On The Decline In California, But That Does Not Mean It Is Time For Employers To Celebrate

 By Michael Kun

Recently, there have been a number of reports indicating that federal wage-hour lawsuits under the Fair Labor Standards Act increased by 10% in 2012, after smaller increases in the preceding years.

What about California, though?

While I am not aware of anyone who has compiled the figures to determine whether the number of California wage-hour cases has risen or fallen in the past year or so, from where I sit it certainly seems like there has been some decline in the number of wage-hour cases filed in California.  And, if not, we can probably expect that in the years to come.

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"The IRS Apologists," The Blaze, Steve LaTourette

Steve LaTourette’s article, ” The IRS Apologists,” was featured on The Blaze.

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Women’s Initiative of EBG Leans-In to the Conversation

Sheryl Sandberg’s best seller Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead continues to be a hot topic of op-eds, blogs, television pundits and other media.  On Thursday evening May 23 the Women’s Initiative of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. joined the conversation with an event at the firm’s Newark, NJ office, “Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In: What’s all the Buzz?”

Dr. Patricia Roos, Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University and Fellow at the University’s Center for Woman and Work moderated a lively discussion among the many women executives who attended. Their insights were cogent, witty and insightful. Do we hold ourselves back? Do our attitudes hold others back?  How do we avoid and change with either-or thinking that pervades much of the conversation — the notion leaning-in at work, means leaning-out at home? The group exchanged war stories and offered antidotes to overcoming self-doubt.

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Proposed Non-Compete Legislation In Connecticut

A bill entitled, “Employer Use of Non-Compete Agreements,” pending before the Connecticut House of Representatives, proposes to regulate all Connecticut non-compete agreements entered into, renewed or extended on or after October 1, 2013, and codify the common law.

The bill, which has passed the Judiciary Committee, allows an employer to use a non-complete agreement if: (1) it is reasonable as to its duration, geographical area and type of the employment or business; and (2) the employer provides the employee with not less than ten business days to seek legal advice relating to the terms of the agreement prior to entering into it.

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TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE successfully represented a minority shareholder in a dispute with the publicly traded company Nordecon

By its ruling of 20 May 2013, the Supreme Court decided not to grant leave to the appeal in cassation lodged by Nordecon AS. This resulted in the entry into force of the judgments delivered by the lower courts whereby the minority shareholder’s claim of more than EUR 600,000 against Nordecon AS was satisfied in full.

The dispute was about an agreement for the sale of a holding in a company concluded between a former manager of a Ukrainian subsidiary of Nordecon AS group and Nordecon AS. The long-term dispute was first attempted to be settled out of court by the parties and later brought before the county and circuit courts. Nordecon’s appeal against the judgment granting the action was dismissed and no leave was granted to the company’s appeal in cassation.

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Promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace

A group of leading businesses led by Ernst & Young and supported by the EHRC (Equality and Human Rights Commission) and the CBI have announced the launch of a National Equality Standard (NES).

The NES is the first D&I initiative (Diversity & Inclusion) developed by businesses to bring clarity and consistency in their efforts to tackle inequality and promote inclusion. Ernst & Young worked with the NES Board, consisting of businesses across sectors, to put together a comprehensive and pragmatic assessment that is accessible to business.

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In a recent judgment (Optimum société d’assurances inc. c. Trudel, 2013, QCCA 716), the Court of Appeal reiterates that the obligation of a buyer to give a notice of the defect to the vendor in virtue of Article 1739 C.c.Q., is an essential condition to the success of a legal action instituted based on the warranty of quality. The Court in fact confirms that in cases where no exception can be raised to justify the execution of the remediation work before sending a notice (for example in urgent matters), the failure to send such notice to the vendor is fatal to the buyer’s action.

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TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE advised Ingman Group on the acquisition of a holding in Trigon Dairy Farming Estonia

ngman Group, an investment vehicle of the Ingman family, has acquired a 21 per cent holding in AS Trigon Dairy Farming Estonia, a company belonging to Trigon Capital where Joakim Helenius has a majority stake. Trigon Capital plans to use the investment raised for completing the modernization of its recently acquired Väätsa farm, with the aim to develop it into the largest milk farm in the EU.

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Retaliation Claims on the Rise

Statistics compiled by the EEOC confirm that retaliation claims are on the rise both nationally and in Washington state.  For the 2012 fiscal year, retaliation charges constituted 38.1% of claims brought against employers -approximately  4% higher than in 2008.  The percentage is even higher for Washington state.   In 2012, EEOC retaliation charges brought by Washington […]

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Ivars Grunte attended International Lawyers Network 25th annual meeting in London

Date: May 16-19, 2013
Location: London, United Kingdom

Ivars Grunte, the managing partner of TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE, attended International Lawyers Network 25th annual meeting in London.

The International Lawyers Network is an association of 91 high-quality, full-service law firms with over 5,000 lawyers worldwide. The Network provides clients with easily accessible legal services in 66 countries on six continents.

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