Monthly Archives: January 2016

Networking Matters For A Long-Term Legal Career

EOZpjI3oSqKPNnF2S4Tp_UntitledOne of the things we like to talk about here at Zen is networking, so today, I’m bringing in guest blogger, Thom Singer, to offer you some words of advice while I’m off doing some networking of my own (as well as learning) at this month’s Legal Marketing Association NJ lunch!

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If you make networking a second tier priority, you will have second tier results.

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Partner Aliette DelPozo Rodz Chairs Florida Bar’s 11th Circuit Grievance Committee

Shutts & Bowen Partner Aliette DelPozo Rodz has been appointed to chair the Florida Bar Grievance Committee for Miami-Dade County’s Eleventh Judicial Circuit.

Bar Grievance Committees are charged with receiving, screening, and acting upon complaints of unprofessional conduct by attorneys practicing in their designated circuit.

The committees are comprised of volunteer lawyers and public members. Each of Florida’s 20 judicial circuits has at least one committee, with a total of 81 committees across Florida.

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Startup India, Stand Up India

To augment the entrepreneurial spirit of country’s youth and tap on the immense potential of innovative ideas, the Government of India has recently launched its ambitious new scheme, ‘Startup India’. While vast majority of Indian population is below 35 years of age and the Start-up culture is on the rise, young ventures face many challenges including lack of clarify on regulatory approvals, multiple registrations and compliances, lack of supporting eco-system and most important funding constraints. Sensitive to these constraints, the Government has decided to provide an enabling environment for nurturing talent, simplifying systems and processes, handholding, mentoring and incubating new ventures and most important providing financial support through this new initiative.

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The Eleventh Circuit Carves Out an Exception to the Supervisory Misconduct Defense

To establish that an OSHA regulation has been violated, the Secretary must prove that: (1) the regulation applied; (2) it was violated; (3) an employee was exposed to the hazard that was created; and (4) the employer knowingly disregarded the OSH Act’s requirements.  The general rule has been that the knowledge of a supervisor is imputed to the employer – so if the supervisor knew or should have known of the violation, his knowledge is imputed to the employer and the Secretary can use this fact to show that the employer had knowledge of the violation.

The Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Comtran Group, Inc. v. U.S. Dept. of Labor, 722 F.3d 1304 (11th Cir. 2013) held that there is an exception to the general rule: when a supervisor is acting independently and knows that he himself has violated an OSHA regulation, his knowledge of his own violation is not necessarily imputed to his employer.  The Comtran court found that in such instances the Secretary must prove something more than the supervisor’s own knowledge of his own wrongful conduct to establish the employer knowledge element of a violation.  Specifically, the Secretary must show that the employer had reason to foresee the unsafe conduct of the supervisor. 

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Three Ways to Motivate Lawyers to Content Marketing Success

photo-1429051883746-afd9d56fbdafBefore we jump into our regularly scheduled post, I wanted to mention that the Legal Marketing Association has put together several of the sessions from the Bay Area Chapter’s Legal Tech Conference, which are available as a webinar series – members can download them for free, and non-members get them at a rate which is really a bargain, considering the depth of content offered. One of the sessions is the panel I participated on with Adrian Lurssen of JD Supra and Laura Toledo of Nilan Johnson & Lewis, but as an independent attendee for the other sessions, I can say that the content was really smart and thoughtful, and would be well worth the time and cost invested! So I share the link with you in the event that you’d like to take a look at it – descriptions of the sessions offered with this bundle are included.

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Endringer i arbeidsmiljøloven – regulering av konkurransebegrensende avtaler i arbeidsforhold

Den 1.1.2016 trådte nye regler om konkurransebegrensende avtaler i arbeidsforhold i kraft. Reglene er å finne i arbeidsmiljøloven kap 14 A. De nye lovreglene innebærer en betydelig innskjerping av i hvilke tilfeller det kan avtales konkurranse- og kundeklausuler mellom arbeidsgiver og arbeidstaker. Det er i tillegg et forbud om rekrutteringsklausuler mellom virksomheter, med unntak for situasjoner hvor det er forhandlinger om virksomhetsoverdragelse. Lovendringene vil få stor praktisk betydning og det kan for mange virksomheter være nødvendig med en revidering av gjeldende arbeidskontrakter. Dersom man ikke foretar en justering, vil klausuler i strid med reglene kunne bli kjent ugyldige. For avtaler inngått før ikrafttredelsen, gis loven virkning først ett år etter ikrafttredelsen, slik at man har 2016 på å områ seg.

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Nyansatte advokatfullmektiger

Vi har gleden av å melde at Magnus Bryn Løberg, Ragnhild Martinsen og Siv Kristine Sannerhaugen har tiltrådt som advokatfullmektiger i Økland.

Magnus er nyutdannet jurist fra Universitetet i Bergen og er fra november 2015 tilknyttet vårt Sørumsandkontor. Han skal i hovedsak arbeide med insolvens og konkursbobehandling. Ragnhild kommer fra stilling som advokatfullmektig i advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS og er tilknyttet vårt hovedkontor i Lillestrøm. Hun skal hovedsakelig arbeide med arbeids- og selskapsrett. Siv Kristine kommer fra stillingen som saksbehandler i Kredinor SA og er tilknyttet vårt kontor på Eidsvoll. Hun skal hovedsakelig arbeide med arbeidsrett, kontraktsrett, insolvens og konkursbobehandling.

 

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Fogler, Rubinoff announces new managing partner

Fogler, Rubinoff LLP is pleased to announce that Michael S. Slan has been appointed Managing Partner effective January 1, 2016.

Michael Slan has played a key leadership role for many years including as head of the Corporate Department and as a member of several committees including the Executive Committee.

Michael Slan succeeds Michael H. Appleton, Q.C., who has overseen the firm’s significant growth since becoming Managing Partner in 1982. Michael Appleton will continue to be associated with the firm in the capacity of Managing Partner Emeritus.

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(Français) Témoignage d’un étudiant – L’art de se démarquer

De tous les processus de recrutement professionnel, la course aux stages est probablement l’un des plus compétitifs. Comme dit le proverbe : « Beaucoup d’appelés, mais peu d’élus »! Par conséquent, l’un des principaux défis du candidat est de se démarquer et de faire en sorte que son profil ressorte du lot. Les choses étant ce qu’elles sont, l’excellence académique et l’implication parascolaire ne suffisent plus, à eux seuls, pour s’assurer d’être retenu. Il importe donc de mettre de l’avant ce qui vous distingue.

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A Student’s Perspective – The Magic of Franglais

Prior to joining RSS, I had never before worked in a predominantly francophone environment. At the start of my first summer at the firm, this was a disquieting concern of mine. Although I had attended a French elementary school, my years at both an English high school and CÉGÉP took their toll on both my written and spoken French.

However, my integration into the firm was seamless mostly because I took advantage of all the resources at my disposal. For starters, I would systematically run all of my written work through Antidote even in cases where I felt the writing to be strong (to this day I still regularly use it). Then, I would often go a step further and have one of the other French-speaking students look over my work. In my case however, my writing was not necessarily always the problem; my spoken French was.

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