Monthly Archives: November 2013

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HOWARD & HOWARD WELCOMES NEW ATTORNEYS

L to R: Richard M. Miettinen (Michiniacki’s Mentor), Joseph P. Michniacki, Judge Alexander, Sam A. Fares, David M. LaPrairie (Fares’ Mentor)

Royal Oak, Michigan, November 26, 2013:  Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Sam A. Fares and Joseph P. Michniacki have joined the firm.  They will both practice out of the firm’s Royal Oak Office.

Mr. Fares concentrates his practice in intellectual property law with a focus on patent preparation, prosecution, and clearance work in the electrical and computer arts.  He has assisted clients in relation to numerous electrical and software related technologies including charge-coupled devices, antenna systems, integrated circuits, medical imaging systems, mobile device apps, web services, surgical devices, reactor ignition circuits, heating systems, automotive control systems, and computer network systems.  More…

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Lidings presents “Doing Business in Russia” at the Shanghai Bar Association

Head of dispute resolution practice at Lidings Andrey Zelenin and senior associate in the corporate and M&A practice Vadim Konyushkevich presented “Doing Business in Russia” seminar at the Shanghai Bar Association highlighting all principal aspects of legal regulation applicable to foreign investments in the country. Lidings became the first Russian law firm ever to receive presentation approval by the SBA and the Foreign Affairs Office.

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BC Hydro’s Integrated Resource Plan Released

Today, at long last, BC Hydro released its intergrated resource plan.

BC Hydro advises on its website that it has been accepted by Government.

Click here for a link to the full IRP.

Notable is the inclusion of a Clean Energy Strategy [pdf] which outline’s BC Hydro’s strategy to support the province’s clean energy sector and promote clean energy opportunities for First Nations communities.

More analysis to come….

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Analysis of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Amendment Act 2013 (NSW)

In this article we provide our analysis of some of the key features of the new reforms, some practical concerns with aspects of the legislation and some recommendations for how principals and head contractors should prepare.

Prompt payment

  • The new regime is designed to enhance the flow of cash through the supply chain and to start the faster flow of cash from the top of that contractual chain.  It is designed to alleviate some of the financial pressure on subcontractors by removing the widespread practice (as found by the Collins Inquiry) of unacceptably long payment terms to subcontractors (often 90 or more days after the work is completed). More…
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Fine tuning the cost of residential care

The Government has recently confirmed the appointment of the Aged Care Pricing Commissioner and indicated it wants a process for setting accommodation payments that has less red tape, is transparent, open and fair.  One of the major steps is raising the level above which accommodation payments will require approval by the Aged Care Pricing Commissioner to $550,000.

On 20 November, the Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, issued a media release setting out the Government’s reform agenda in this area. More…

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It matters on which side of the fence you fall

Magistrates Court of Victoria
PAOLO ALOI v VICTORIAN WORKCOVER AUTHORITY (31 October 2013)

FACTS

The Plaintiff was a construction labourer, employed by Edcor Constructions working on site at the Swinburne Campus in Hawthorn.

At the end of his shift on 27 January 2010, the Plaintiff assisted in closing up the worksite by installing orange safety netting, with one side facing towards the worksite and the other side facing a public street, namely, William Street. More…

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Cash-Flow Cops, prompt payment cycles and the statutory retention trust

The commercial construction industry in NSW is bracing for significant changes to existing contractual payment procedures as the NSW Government begins to deliver on planned reforms following the Collins Inquiry into NSW Construction Industry Insolvency earlier in the year.

The changes were introduced via amendments to the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 NSW (SOPA) in an amending Act which received Royal Assent last week. More…

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Final draft Australian Privacy Principles guidelines released for comment

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has issued the final draft guidelines detailing how it will interpret and apply the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) when exercising its functions under the amendments to the Privacy Act which come into effect on 12 March 2014.
The third and final tranche of draft guidelines can be accessed here. More…

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Doing Business in Australia

Doing Business in Australia has been designed to assist investors and businesses explore business opportunities in Australia.

It addresses the most common questions asked by investors, provides an introduction to the most relevant areas of law, and outlines the regulatory frameworks operating in Australia.

Please do not hesitate to contact Gadens partners Kym Livesley or Andrew Lind if you have any questions or would like a briefing on any of the areas covered by the guide.

Click here to read Doing Business in Australia.

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Gadens supports White Ribbon Day at Supreme Court of Queensland

Gadens proudly continued its support of the Women’s Legal Service, as co-sponsor of the Supreme Court White Ribbon Day Breakfast on Monday, 25th November. The event supported the Women’s Legal Service in its frontline assistance to victims of domestic violence. More…

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