Monthly Archives: December 2014

ILN Today Post

Top tips on executing and completing construction contracts

Parties spend significant time (and costs) agreeing the terms of construction contracts. But only when a contract is correctly executed and dated will those agreed terms come into effect and a party be able to enforce its rights. Failing to execute contracts correctly can have significant consequences. It can create uncertainty as to the correct contracting parties and the enforceability of the rights under the contract.

Executing a construction contract is usually straightforward. The top tips below should help to ensure your contract is correctly executed and enforceable.  More…

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Week of December 15, 2014 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

We’re at our final weekly roundup for the year! With the Christmas holiday next week, I won’t be in the office on Friday, though I will be back with some end of the year posts, and a roundup of some of our top posts for the year.

But here are the top posts from this week!


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Breaking Employment Law Updates

This week there have been three developments in Employment Law which are worth noting. These concern restrictions on backdated holiday pay claims, UNISON’s challenge to the employment tribunal fee regime and a decision on whether obesity falls within the definition of disability.

Government to limit Holiday Pay Claims

The Government have announced they intend to introduce the Deduction from Wages (Limitation) Regulations 2014 which will seek to limit the impact of backdated holiday pay claims following the decision in Bear Scotland Ltd v Fulton (see our previous blog on this decision). The Regulations will limit all claims for unlawful deductions from wages to a period of two years prior to the date of lodging the claim. They also explicitly state that the right to holiday pay is not incorporated in employment contracts but is a separate statutory right.

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McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies Advisory: This Week in Washington — December 19, 2014

This week, the Senate put the final wrap on the lame-duck session. Saturday the Senate approved the CROmnibus spending package that had been approved in the House last week–but not before a delay led by conservative Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). The delay actually turned out to be a gift to Democrats–giving Harry Reid and the outgoing majority time to approve 69 executive branch nominees, including a controversial Surgeon General nominee.

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Unusual Wage Payment Issue in 2015: 27 Bi-Weekly Pay Periods, Not 26

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

It is an issue that may have both financial and legal repercussions.

And it is an issue we suspect many employers had not noticed or considered.

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SoulCycle is Spinning Its Way Across the Country

Candlelight, loud music, and the chance for a potential celebrity sighting – it sounds a bit like a nightclub, or at the very least a trendy bar. While all of the above are nightlife commonalities, they are also a key factor in the success of SoulCycle – an intense, full-body workout done on a stationary bike.  The brand has turned “spin class” into one of the most successful fitness trends around, generating a cult-like following among its devotees, which include Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Charlize Theron just to name a few. In addition, celebs such as Lena Dunham and Oprah have even held SoulCycle birthday parties.

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KLA is recognized in 10 practice areas by “Análise Advocacia 500”

For the fifth consecutive year KLA is listed by Análise Advocacia 500 as one of Brazil´s most admired law firms. The firm was recommended in 10 out of 12 practice areas listed by the Brazilian publication and had partners nominally listed among the most admired lawyers in the country. The magazine identifies the most admired law firms and attorneys in the country through a survey held with the general counsels of Brazil´s largest 1,500 companies. More…

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OSHA Law Update Receives “Top Blogs” Designation

OSHA Law Update - Top BlogsI am pleased to announce that LexisNexis has recognized this blog as one of the “Top Blogs for Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Issues” for 2014.

According to LexisNexis, this year’s honorees include “the best of the best—those legal blogs that provide insightful analysis and those business-oriented blogs that offer valuable tidbits of practical information and best practice tips for employers, insurers, risk managers and other professionals.”

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Pilot trusts post the Finance Bill 2015

One of the bigger surprises in this year’s Autumn Statement was the news that the much consulted upon new ‘Settlement Nil Rate Band’ has been dropped. 
One of the reasons for proposing a Settlement Nil Rate Band was to make the use of multiple trusts less attractive for Inheritance Tax (IHT) mitigation purposes.  Each trust would no longer have its own IHT nil rate band to set off against the periodic charges to IHT, such as the ten year anniversary charge and any exit charges, that it may face during its existence.
Now, with the publication of draft clauses for the Finance Bill 2015 last week, we learn that, in certain situations, there remains a future for planning involving multiple trusts after all.This planning often involves the use of pilot trusts.  These are trusts set up, often with only a nominal amount initially, such as £10, and funded with more substantial sums later. 
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Multistate Tax Update — December 18, 2014

Colorado subjects online purchases to sales and use tax. Taking this a few steps further in 2010, the state passed a law designed to facilitate collection of these taxes. The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) filed a lawsuit in response, and the case has made its way to the United States Supreme Court. Last week, in Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl, the Court heard oral arguments in that challenge.


The Colorado Department of Revenue’s FYI publication, General 10 informs readers that the state imposes a 2.9 percent use tax on Internet purchases, payable when tax is due but not collected by the retailer. The sales tax, which retailers collect at the time of a purchase, is also 2.9 percent.

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