Monthly Archives: December 2013

Lessons on Immigration from the $34 Million Infosys Settlement

Our colleague Jang H. Im recently published an article, “The $34 Million Question: What All IT Consulting Companies Should Learn from the Infosys Settlement,” pointing out key lessons that all companies, including financial services employers may learn from InfoSys’ immigration issues with the U.S. Department of Justice and the precautionary measures employers should take.

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Chinese investors buying up real estate in Detroit?

Reichle Klein Group Sales Associate Chaz Madrid, Howard & Howard attorney Evonne Xu and American Enterprise Institute’s Derek Scissors on the gr… More…

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As a couple of recent cases make clear, I-9 Form errors can prove costly. Form I-9 is completed and retained by employers to assure new employees are legally authorized to work in the United States.

In the first case, the United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) filed a complaint alleging that Anodizing Industries, Inc. violated 8 U.S.C. § 1324a(a)(1)(B) by hiring twenty-six employees for whom it failed to timely prepare and/or present I-9 forms. More…


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Shutts & Bowen Partner David Coviello Selected New Mayor of Village of Biscayne Park

David J. Coviello, a partner in the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen, has been selected as the new mayor of the Village of Biscayne Park.

His colleagues on the village commission chose him as mayor at their December 10 meeting. Mr. Coviello, in his first time as an elected official, was the top vote-getter in the December 3 municipal election, with 320 votes of the 460 total votes cast among seven candidates. He and Roxanna “Rox” Ross, the second-highest vote getter, will serve terms of four years and 11 months. More…

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12 Days of Social Media – Are you Tuning in?

As you may know, I’m a proud member of the leadership committee for the Legal Marketing Association’s Social Media Shared Interest Group (how’s that for a mouthful? We go by LMA Social Media SIG for short). Last year, we kicked off a new tradition – putting together 12 days of social media. The topics range from some of the best bloggers out there in the legal marketing field to recommended connections on LinkedIn and more.  It was an incredibly fun project, and we capped it off with a Google+ Hangout that served as our holiday “party.” Check out all of last year’s posts here.

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OSHA Proposes Intrusive and Burdensome New Injury & Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Rule

By Lindsay A. Smith and Eric J. Conn

Last month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) put out a press release announcing a proposed new rule that would significantly increase employers’ injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting responsibilities.  OSHA first submitted its proposal to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (“OIRA”) two years ago, on November 22, 2011, but OIRA did not approve the proposed rule to advance through the rulemaking process until last month.

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Dom om fladskærms-tv

I sommeren 2007 blev det besluttet, at public service-kanalerne i 2009 og 2012 skulle overgå til at sende i MPEG4-standard. I januar 2008 købte en forbruger et fladskærmsfjernsyn, som kun kunne modtage signal i MPEG2-standard. Sælgeren oplyste ikke om den nye signalstandard, som var på vej.

Da DR i november 2009 overgik til at udsende tv på visse kanaler i MPEG4-standard, måtte forbrugeren anskaffe sig en separat tv-boks for at kunne se disse kanaler. Herefter anvendte han fjernsynet frem til april 2012, hvor han købte et nyt fjernsyn.

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Holiday Party Networking – Some Do’s and Don’ts

Following last week’s post with my suggestion about relaxing while networking at holiday events, Colin O’Keefe of LexBlog interviewed me about my do’s and don’ts for holiday party networking.

Take a look at my LXBN TV interview below! 

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California Employment Laws Taking Effect in 2014 Require a Revisit of Policies and Practices

By Jennifer Nutter and Amy Messigian

’Twas the night before the holiday party and all through the halls,
Human Resources was stirring, and posting on walls!
The policies were hung on the blackboard with care with the knowledge that 2014 soon would be there!

Like a holiday carol sung every December, a tune repeats this December for California employers as in years past:  review your policies.  In light of the bevy of new laws that take effect on January 1, it is time to conduct a handbook and policy review to ensure compliance as the new laws roll out. 

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Dodd-Frank Standards Proposed for Assessing Diversity Policies and Practices of Covered Entities in the Financial Services Industry

With my colleagues Peter Stein and Dean Singewald II, I recently coauthored an advisory for employers in the financial services industry: Dodd-Frank Standards Proposed for Assessing Diversity Policies and Practices of Covered Entities in the Financial Services Industry.

Following is an excerpt:

Six federal agencies (“Agencies”) subject to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (“Act”) issued much-anticipated jointly proposed standards in accordance with Section 342 of the Act for assessing the diversity policies and practices of the entities that they regulate in the financial services industry. The proposed standards were published in the Federal Register on October 25, 2013. In issuing the proposed standards, the Agencies stated that their goal is to “promote transparency and awareness of diversity policies and practices” of the covered entities (“Covered Entities”), given the Agencies’ recognition that greater diversity and inclusion “promotes stronger, more effective, and more innovative businesses, as well as opportunities to serve a wider range of customers.”

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