The start of a new year is the perfect time for a PR firm to make sure it not only has a preferred form of its agency-client agreement, but also that this form adequately addresses its current needs. Many agencies prefer a brief, bare-bones agreement that addresses only such issues as the scope of services, payment, and termination, so as to avoid protracted negotiations and to minimize “legalese.” However, the changing nature of the PR firm-client relationship may require an elegant – albeit slightly more complex – agreement to reflect an enhanced scope of services. More…
Monthly Archives: February 2015
During the Legal Marketing Association’s Social Media Shared Interest Group’s 12 Days of Social Media last year (say that three times fast), my friend Lance Godard predicted that 2015 would be the year of content marketing. And he’s one smart guy, so I always listen to him. As he says:
After all, content marketing has been around forever (long before that’s what we were calling it that, anyway). And we’ve been talking specifically about content marketing in the legal profession for a year or two at least. So why do we think it will change your life in 2015?”
Davis Malm shareholder Robert J. Galvin was recently quoted in the noted online condominium resource HOALeader.com. Mr. Galvin offered insight on the following topics:
- Retroactive HOA Changes: Can You Penalize Owners Who’ve Followed the Rules?
- Can You Implement a Change to Your HOA Governing Documents Retroactively?
- HOA Board Votes Without Notifying Other Board Members: What To Do?
- Owners Ready to Serve, But HOA Board Refuses to Fill Vacancies
- HOA Board Declines to Fill Vacancies: A Breach of Fiduciary Duty?
- Having the Urge to Merge with Another Condo or HOA? Read This First
- Mergers Work for Corporations. What About Condos and HOAs?
- HOA Boards: Here are Five Great New Year’s Resolutions for 2015
- It’s a New Year! Five Things HOA Boards Should Resolve to Do — and Stop Doing
Delaware Incorporated Employers Must Adopt Policies to Address New Law Regarding the Destruction of Employee Personal Information
Corporations incorporated in Delaware, regardless of whether they are domiciled in Delaware, should take note of a new Delaware law that went into effect on January 1, 2015 regarding the destruction of unencrypted personal identifying information concerning employees. Under the new Safe Destruction of Records Containing Personal Identifying Information law (19 Del. C. § 736), employers are required to take “reasonable steps to destroy or arrange for the destruction” of unencrypted records containing employees’ “personal identifying information.” Upon passing this law, Delaware joined the list of 30 other states that have laws regulating the disposal of personal information, including New York and New Jersey.
It’s one of my favorite posts of the year – my recap of the Superbowl commercials! Recall, if you will, those Staples commercials with “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” playing as parents ride shopping carts gleefully through the store followed by glum kids, and you’ll have some idea of how excited I am over the superbowl of advertising.
Before I jump into my absolute favorites (instead of just “The Good” this year, I’m splitting it into “The Great” and “The Good”), I wanted to make an observation – social media is a big part of any viewing experience for me, and the Superbowl was no different. While watching the game, I was also checking in on Twitter and Facebook, and it was interesting to gauge the reactions of the people I follow and engage with to the same commercials I was watching.
A Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has recently provided guidance on when a worker will be considered to be bullied at work. Importantly, the Full Bench has adopted a narrow interpretation of when bullying will occur ‘at work’, despite acknowledging that the narrow interpretation may give rise to some arbitrary results. More…
Ontario Court Summarizes Criteria for Intervening as a "Friend of the Court" in Trinity Western University case
On February 19, Davis Malm attorney Lucas Burke will serve as a panelist at the Boston Bar Association’s “LoMac Live: Tech Demos from the Experts” lunch program. This program will focus on ways to incorporate new technology into your legal practice. Mr. Burke and the other panelists will offer pointed, lively, individual demonstrations of useful practice management tools for project management, collaboration, and note taking.
Today, President Barack Obama sent his budget up to Congress. Below are some of the highlights from his budget. The President’s budget builds on his message of middle class investment that he delivered in his State of the Union.
The President’s budget proposes a six-year transportation bill with a $478 billion price tag. This proposal represents an increase over the President’s proposal in last year’s budget, which was $302 billion over four-years.
Today, Gov. Kasich proposed a two-year budget totaling over $72 billion in state general revenue fund spending, including a two percent increase in spending in Fiscal Year 2016 and a 2.5 percent increase in Fiscal Year 2017. The “Blueprint for a New Ohio” includes a net tax cut of $500 million, a $700 million increase in K-12 spending, a $375 million deposit into the state’s rainy day fund, and an across the board reduction in the state income tax. While details on the proposals are not expected to be released for another week or so, here is a summary of the budget highlights.