Monthly Archives: December 2014

ILN Today Post


Checklist From Your Employment Lawyer
We tend to use the month of December as a time to reflect on our accomplishments in the year gone by, and to plan for the year ahead. Accordingly, it is the perfect time of year to consider whether your organization has met its legal obligations as you head into 2015.

Legal Requirements for Employers in Ontario
Below is a simple checklist outlining certain legal requirements that apply to most workplaces in Ontario. This list has been created to assist you to determine whether your organization is in a healthy “legal” position as it heads into the New Year. More…

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Mr. Bernard Pinsky appointed as Queen’s Counsel

We are proud to announce that Clark Wilson lawyer Mr. Bernard Pinsky was recently appointed as Queen’s Counsel (QC). The Lieutenant-Governor in Council, on the recommendation of the Attorney General, bestows this honorary title in recognition of Mr. Pinsky’s exceptional merit and contribution to the legal profession.

Clark Wilson Managing Partner James Speakman reiterates this prestigious recognition: “Mr. Pinsky is an outstanding commercial lawyer with specific expertise in corporate finance, securities and US law. His work translates into tangible and creative solutions for sophisticated business transactions and filings. He is a strong leader and uses his professional platform to benefit both the legal industry and the greater community.”

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10 Wishes for 2014 – How did we do?

You may recall that at the beginning of 2014, I put together five posts on my wishes for you for the coming year:

More than wishes, these posts were full of challenges to you on how to make 2014 a better year professionally. So how did you do? Let’s see if I took my own advice in 2014…

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Wishing You a Merry Christmas

We’d like to wish all our clients and blog readers a very Happy Christmas. If you need legal advice or representation do not hesitate to get in touch via our online contact form.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone at Miller Samuel 

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On December 4, Davis Malm and shareholder Tamsin R. Kaplan hosted a reception for Womenade Boston, a Boston-based women’s giving circle committed to raising awareness and funds to transform the lives of women and girls in the Boston area. Ms. Kaplan welcomed guests and introduced Christine Swistro, President of Womenade Boston, who spoke about Womenade’s efforts and introduced Maria Vertkin, a recent Womenade grant recipient. Ms. Vertikin’s organization, Found in Translation, strives to help homeless and low-income multilingual women achieve economic security through the use of their language skills. Throughout her presentation, Ms. Vertkin highlighted the various achievements made possible by Womenade’s grant, such as the increased number of language services now offered by her organization. Additionally, Ms. Vertkin stressed the impact these grants can have on organizations like hers, and the positive difference they can make in the Boston community.

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NLRB Alleges McDonald’s and Franchisees Are Joint-Employers

By Steven M. Swirsky

On our Management Memo blog, my colleagues Adam Abrahms, Martin Stanberry, and I posted “NLRB Issues 13 Complaints Alleging McDonald’s and Franchisees Are Joint-Employers.”

The National Labor Relations Board continues to focus on the changes in the nature of the employer-employee relationship, and the question of what entity or entities are responsible to a company’s employees for compliance with the range of federal, state, and local employment laws, including wage payment and overtime laws.

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Scottish Government Announces Youth Employment Plan

The Scottish Government has announced a new seven year strategy to aim to cut youth unemployment by 40% by 2021.

The new strategy will see the government promote closer links between schools, colleges and employers to encourage youths from all backgrounds to adapt into a working society quickly.

The move comes after the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce demanded change in how young people were brought into employment.

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2015 Has an Extra Pay Period: Dilemma for Those Paying Exempt Employees Bi-Weekly

Our colleagues Michael Kun and Jeffrey Ruzal at Epstein Becker Green have a Wage & Hour Defense Blog post that will be of interest to many of our readers: “Unusual Wage Payment Issue in 2015 for Many Employers: 27 Bi-Weekly Pay Periods, Not 26.”

Following is an excerpt:

There is an unusual wage issue for 2015 that will affect many employers that pay exempt employees on a bi-weekly basis (rather than weekly, semi-monthly or monthly).

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ILN Today Post

Rates – an objective test

This article is taken from the latest edition of Fladgate’s Footfall Update. Please email the marketing team on to be added to the mailing list for future updates.

As we know, liability for rates falls on the person entitled to occupation, normally the tenant in relation to leasehold property. That applies whether or not the tenant is in actual occupation of the property. The tenant is the person entitled to occupation and liability therefore rests with the tenant.  More…

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Complimentary Webinar Video: OSHA Forecast, 2015 and Beyond

See below for a recording of my recent webinar, “OSHA Forecast: Developments to Watch in 2015 and Beyond.”

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