Monthly Archives: September 2015

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New York City Human Rights Law Restricts Credit Checks of Job Applicants and Employees

On September 3, 2015, New York City will join several states and localities throughout the country that have implemented laws limiting the use of credit checks in hiring and other employment decisions.

The “Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act,” which was passed by the New York City Council in April 2015 and becomes effective this week, prohibits private employers from requesting or using the consumer credit history of job applicants and employees. The New York City Council Member who introduced the legislation noted that it was intended to be “the strongest bill of its type in the country.”

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Calling all EU asset owners: you’ve got mail (from Brussels)

Finally, the EU Succession Regulation (Brussels IV) is fully in force.  It’s been a long time coming.  Part of it came into effect as long ago as 2012 but in recent months, as 17 August 2015 (‘coming into force’ day) approached, there has been much more discussion about what Brussels IV is going to mean in practice.  Essentially, if you or your clients hold assets in virtually any EU state, or have a residency or nationality connection with an EU state, Brussels IV affects you.  This blog does not attempt to explain what Brussels IV is (see my September 2013 blog for the basics).  Instead, it gives the latest thinking on how Brussels IV might apply in practice and what to do now.
The laudable aim of Brussels IV is to enable EU citizens with assets and connections in EU states to be able to estate-plan with greater confidence.  Each EU state has its own set of rules to determine how assets devolve on death (succession); often they conflict with each other.  Brussels IV lays down a set of rules for determining which jurisdiction’s rules prevail in situations where a number of different jurisdictions could have a say in the matter, perhaps due to whatever happens to be the person’s nationality, residency, habitual residency or domicile at the date of death.
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61 and counting

Hungarian businesses have long been suffering from a multitude of administrative requirements. Many of these are connected to taxation and are caused, at least to some extent, by the sheer number of taxes that Hungarian businesses (and individuals) must face. In order to see more clearly, Jalsovszky Law Firm had tried the impossible: to make a list of all of Hungary’s taxes and their key features. The list includes 61 taxes and they offer plenty of observations. We share some of them below.

In order to make such a list, one must first ask the seemingly obvious question: what is a tax? Are all payment obligations taxes? We think not.

Firstly, there are payment obligations which entitle the payer to a service or other benefits – these are not taxes. So, a procedural fee is not a tax. Nor are road tolls and the like. Likewise, classic social security contributions are not taxes because they are usually capped. In theory, you pay only as much as you receive in return (it turns out, however, that Hungary does not really have any of those anymore). Finally, fines, penalties and other sanctions also cannot be considered taxes (even though taxpayers may often perceive every kind of tax as a penalty).

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Jeffrey Snow to Lead Panel at 2015 HNBA National Conference

Jeffrey L. Snow, Partner, will moderate a panel entitled “Around the World of IP in 80 Minutes” at the 2015 HNBA Annual Convention in Boston, Massachusetts, during the first week of September 2015.  Benjamin Y. Han, Associate, will be a panelist.

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Robert T. Maldonado to be Sworn in as 2015-2016 HNBA National President

Robert T. Maldonado will be sworn in as National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) during the 40th HNBA Annual Convention in Boston, Massachusetts.  Prior to assuming this role, Mr. Maldonado served as National President-Elect of the HNBA, President of HNBA’s New York Region, and as National Chair of the HNBA’s LGBT Section.

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Gadens Announces First Electronic Property Contract Exchange in Australia

Gadens’ National Head of Property, Steve Healy, today announced the launch of our new electronic property contract exchange system.

Mr Healy said the e-exchange system, which removes the need for traditional paper-based land contracts, will revolutionise the way in which purchasers and vendors exchange contracts as part of property purchases.

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Labor Law Developments That Will Shake Technology, Media and Telecommunications Employers

Several recent National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) decisions are likely to give further momentum to ongoing union organizing efforts targeting employers in the technology, media and telecommunications  industry.  Organized labor has already demonstrated that it is interested in actively expanding in this area, both among white collar employees and ancillary workers

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The new Fit for Work service – fit for purpose itself?

The effect of employee absences on employers in Scotland is significant. In 2011/12, approximately 1.7 million working days were lost in Scotland. In 2013, PwC published research indicating that UK employers face an employee absence bill of almost £29bn each year. Around 90% of this loss stems from sickness absence.

There is therefore a vicious circle at play in respect of employee absences. While it would be impossible for an employer to have no staff absences, it is important to minimise such absences as much as possible and ensure that employees return to work as soon as soon as reasonably practicable. It is this ethos which drives the government’s Fit for Work Scotland service. 

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The Best Instagram Advice You’re Not Taking

photo-1427434948077-29d1f1a67f32Instagram.

You’ve probably heard of it, and you’re wondering, what does that have to do with lawyers and law firms? There’s no WAY that can be used for professional services marketing, right?

Think again! 

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