Monthly Archives: May 2014

Week of May 26, 2014 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

We’re back with our first roundup since the ILN Annual Meeting, and still recovering from the wonderful time we had with our delegates in Chicago.  If you’d like to see some of the photos from the conference, check out our album over on our Facebook page!

After you’ve taken a gander at the photos, check out these top articles from our firms for this week!

Enjoy the weekend!

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Important Developments Have Arisen in Health Care-Related Immigration

By Robert S. Groban, Jr. and Matthew S. Groban

Below are three important developments in health care-related immigration that we need to bring to your attention:

1.     Valid Health Care Certificates Are Required for Immigration Applications: Many health care workers are under the impression that the health care certificates they used to enter in valid nonimmigrant status are valid indefinitely and need not be renewed to support renewal or green card applications. The USCIS, however, requires FNs to submit a valid health care certificate with each application, both nonimmigrant renewals and green card applications, until the FN is admitted to lawful permanent residence. As a general rule, these certifications are valid from three to five years, but can take several months to renew. For this reason, it is important for employers to make sure that the FNs continue to have a valid health care certification so that they can remain in status without an unanticipated interruption.

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CGT to be payable on non UK residents’ disposals of UK residential property

In the 2013 Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced that from April 2015, Capital Gains Tax (CGT) will apply to gains made on disposals of residential property in the UK by non UK residents as well as UK residents. The government has since issued a consultation on the subject in which it welcomes views on how this new tax charge will be implemented. More…

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Gambling update

There are changes afoot to the UK gambling regime. We set out below a short summary of recent key changes.

The Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 (Act) received Royal Assent on 14 May 2014, amending the Gambling Act 2005. More…

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Unions Swim Against the Tide as Pension Issues Surface for Negotiations and Organizing

Our colleague Allen B. Roberts recently wrote a client advisory entitled “Unions Swim Against the Tide as Pension Issues Surface for Negotiations and Organizing,” which appears on Epstein Becker Green’s website.

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Ohio Statehouse Update: This Week in Ohio — May 30, 2014

The Ohio House did not agree to Senate changes to House Bill 483, the general Mid-Biennium Review bill this week, setting up conference committee deliberations on the nearly 1200-page bill. Legislators will discuss items of difference between the as-introduced, House and Senate versions of the bill. Click here to view a summary of Senate changes. 

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McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies Advisory: This Week in Washington — May 30, 2014

A bipartisan coalition of House members voted early Friday morning to bar the Drug Enforcement Administration from using federal funds to go after medical marijuana operations in states where they are legal.

The bill, offered by conservative Rep. Dana Rohrbacher (R-CA), passed by a vote of 219-189. The amendment brought together an interesting coalition of liberal democrats and libertarian Republicans.

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Wills Variation – Estrangement Does Not Necessarily Negate Moral Duties

The British Columbia Supreme Court recently handed down a Wills Variation Act (“WVA”) decision in McEwan v. McEwan, 2014 BCSC 916.  This case involved a grandfather (“Angus”) who left his entire estate (the “Estate”) to his two granddaughters, overlooking his only son (“Malcolm”).  The Court varied Angus’ Will and award Malcolm a portion of the Estate.

This case was decided under the old WVA, but the relevant sections remain unchanged in the new Wills, Estates and Succession Act.  As with any WVA case, the Court considered whether to use its discretion to vary the Will and make a provision that is adequate, just and equitable in the circumstances for the spouse or child.

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Executive Receives Prison Term For Bribery Of Foreign Official

In 1998, the Canadian Parliament enacted the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (“Act”) in order to implement Canada’s obligations under the Convention on Combating Bribery in International Business Transactions as a signatory to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.   Sixteen years later, on May 23, 2014, the first person convicted under the Act was sentenced to a three year penitentiary prison term.  In that time, only three other prosecutions were initiated under the Act, all involving corporations and all being resolved by way of guilty pleas.  The case of R. v. Nazir Karigar (2014) ONSC3093 was the first to proceed to trial. 
In this case, Mr. Karigar was convicted on a single count indictment of offering a bribe to a foreign public official.  He had conspired with several individuals employed by or associated with Cryptometrics Canada Limited of Ottawa, Ontario to offer bribes to officials of Air India and to an Indian cabinet minister.  The purpose of the conspiracy was to win a tender for a multi-million dollar contract to sell facial recognition software and related products to Air India.   However, Air India awarded the contract to another corporation. 
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Ronald Fieldstone speaks on EB-5 issues at International Lawyers Network annual meeting

Arnstein & Lehr Miami Partner Ronald Fieldstone addressed delegates at the 26th International Lawyers Network (ILN) Annual Meeting, held May 22-24 on issues relating to the EB-5 immigrant investor program. On Friday, May 23, he addressed EB-5 Capital Raising and Citizenship. On Saturday, May 24, he spoke to the delegates again on EB-5 investments and entrepreneur visas. The meeting with held at The Peninsula Hotel Chicago. ILN is a leading association of 91 high-quality, full-service independent law firms with more than 5,000 lawyers world-wide. The Network provides clients with easily accessible legal services in 67 countries on six continents.

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