Monthly Archives: October 2014

Week of October 27, 2014 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

Not only is it Friday today, but it’s also one of my favorite holidays – Halloween! I’m very behind this year, in that I don’t even have any candy to hand out to trick or treaters yet and I’m not even wearing a costume!

But, to celebrate, I did put together a JibJab video for your viewing pleasure, featuring the ILN Administration, our Chairman, and a couple of our Board members! 

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Miller Samuel takes part in Movember!

This year, six members of Miller Samuel LLP will take part in Movember. Of course, Movember helps to raise awareness of men’s health and raises funds for charity at the same time. This year, Miller Samuel will be raising money for Cancer Research. There are very few who have not experienced the pain caused by cancer either directly or indirectly, but with ongoing support tremendous breakthroughs are being made year on year.

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Discrimination and Additional Paternity Leave

The forthcoming introduction of shared parental leave in April 2015 has raised many questions for employers. The recent Employment Tribunal decision in Shuter v Ford Motor Company raises perhaps more questions concerning the level of pay offered where employees exercise a right to paternity leave. The case, the first of its type to be heard before a Tribunal, concerned the employee’s pay entitlement during additional paternity leave (“APL”) and whether it was discriminatory to pay less than that which a mother would receive during her maternity leave.

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The “Family Tax Cut” is not income splitting

Proposed amendments to the Income Tax Act were released today which include the “Family Tax Cut”. The media is reporting this as an income splitting proposal. I’ve reviewed the amendments and I think at most I would call it simulated income splitting. In simplified terms, here’s how it works.

The Family Tax Credit is a limited tax credit for couples with young children and unequal incomes. You’re eligible for the credit if (i) you have an “eligible relation” – basically a Canadian resident married or common law spouse whom you’re not separated from, (ii) you have a child under 18 that lives with you or your eligible relation (and presumably with both of you since you’re not separated), (iii) you’re resident in Canada, and (iv) you didn’t spend 90 days or more in prison (!).

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Finding Your Cheese in the Marketing Law Maze

Today’s marketing and advertising landscape may be more laden with legal tripwires, regulatory mines, sharp corners, and dead ends than ever before. Technology is definitely evolving in real time, new laws are creating a tangled web of regulation, and consumers are savvier and more in control than ever.

Fortunately, the 36th Annual BAA / PMA Marketing Law Conference – themed Navigating the Marketing Law Maze – is here to help you find that elusive piece of cheese at the end. Taking place November 5 – 7, 2014 at the Windy City’s Downtown Chicago Marriott, the conference is built for inside and outside counsel, marketing executives and the increasingly eclectic mix of professionals caught at the crowded intersection of compliance and consumer outreach.

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OIG Extends Comment Period for Proposed Rule Regarding Permissive Exclusion Criteria

The Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) has extended the deadline, to December 28, 2014, for comments to the non-binding criteria used by OIG in assessing whether to impose a permissive exclusion, which were first published in 1997.  See our previous blog post for information on the OIG’s initial solicitation for comments.

Please reach out to George BreenJonah Retzinger, or Marshall E. Jackson, Jr., for assistance with the preparation and submission of comments.

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Warren Brazier comments in Financial Post on BG’s decision to pause LNG development in Prince Rupert

Warren Brazier comments in the Financial Post on BG Group’s decision to pause its LNG development in Prince Rupert, BC. He explains that, unlike BG Group, the front-runners for LNG projects are companies, such as Petronas, Shell and Chevron, that already own reserves and have joint-venture partners lined up, meaning that BG’s decision will not drastically slow Canadian LNG development. Learn more.

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Court of Appeal clarifies employees’ successor rights

Thinking of picking up a business from a bankrupt company? While the purchase price may be irresistible, some hidden obligations towards employees may surface. Better pay extra attention during the due diligence.

Click here to read Theodore Goloff‘s comments on this topic.

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Multistate Tax Update — October 30, 2014

Maryland voters are paying close attention to the governor candidates’ ideas on taxes. In a recent Washington Post-University of Marylandpoll, 30 percent of likely voters declared that taxes are the single most important issue in deciding which candidate for governor they would support on Election Day.

The two candidates have opposing ideas on the subject. In a Washington Post recap of their recent debate, Democratic nominee Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown pledged that he would neither raise taxes nor implement any new taxes. But he would not go so far as to say he would cut taxes. On the other hand, Republican challenger Larry Hogan supports a reduction in Maryland’s corporate income tax (CIT) rate from 8.25 percent to six percent.

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Pathology Practice Management Boot Camp: Leadership and Management Skills for Practice Success (Boutrous, Giszczak, Howard, Paluzzi, Rosen)

About the American Pathology Foundation
The American Pathology Foundation (APF) is a professional society devoted to the business of pathology. Founded in 1959, the Foundation focuses on providing quality educational programs, practice management resources and networking opportunities for its members. Each educational topic within the Foundation’s programs is carefully selected and developed to meet pathologists’ and practice managers’ most current needs and provide them with practical management information for implementation within their practices.

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