Monthly Archives: June 2016

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When the ACAS Code applies

The Acas Code on Discipline and Grievance provides guidance for employers on procedures to follow when dealing with employee grievances or discipline. Failure to follow the Code can result in a successful Claimant receiving an uplift of up to 25% on the compensation they receive at Employment Tribunal. The Acas Code applies where employees are disciplined for misconduct or poor performance and does not apply to redundancy procedure. However, there remained uncertainty as to the other types of case in which the Acas Code should be followed. Two recent cases shed some light on this.

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Brexit – where next?

When Julius Caesar was removed from his command by the Roman Senate in 49 BC, he uttered “Alea iacta est” (the die is cast) and crossed the Rubicon river with his troops. This step was naturally illegal under Roman law and Caesar thereby irrevocably committed himself to an act of rebellion. As a result, the phrase reproduced above is generally taken to refer to a step that will set in train an irreversible chain of events. At a later stage, Caesar met his ultimate fate at the hands of Brutus and other conspirators, on the Ides of March.

Some 2,000 years later, David Cameron’s Rubicon moment came on 20 February when, on returning from the negotiation of a new settlement with other EU Member States, he announced a firm date for a referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the EU. Matters proceeded inexorably from there, until David Cameron encountered his own Ides of March on the morning of 24 June through the referendum’s “Out” vote.

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Brexit exits – don’t get caught out by the IHT deemed domiciled rules

Brexit uncertainties may be giving fresh impetus to many UK resident non-UK domiciliaries who are thinking about their residency plans.  However, for res non-doms, it’s important not to lose sight of another key tax change now on the horizon – the change in the Inheritance Tax (IHT) deemed domiciled rules.

A person is deemed domiciled for IHT purposes if he has been resident in the UK for not less than 17 out of the last 20 tax years, ending with the tax year in question.  Even a day’s residence in a tax year will cause that tax year to count as a UK residency year.  That’s why a little over 15 calendar years of continued residence can be enough to cause a person to be deemed domiciled, if he takes up residence in the UK right at the end of a UK tax year.  Being deemed domiciled for IHT purposes means that all of a person’s estate (broadly that means his directly held assets wherever situated in the world) are subject to 40% IHT on death.  This is regardless of his actual domicile.  Planning can be undertaken to shelter assets from exposure to IHT before a non-dom becomes deemed domiciled but it is easy to miss the deadline. 

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Paid Sick Leave is Coming to Chicago

E. Jason Tremblay

E. Jason Tremblay

On June 22, 2016, the Chicago City Council passed the Chicago Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (the Ordinance). Provided the Ordinance is signed into law by Mayor Rahm Emanuel (which is expected), the Ordinance will take effect on July 1, 2017. As discussed more fully below, the Ordinance will allow Chicago employees to accrue up to 40 hours of paid sick leave every 12 months.

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Networking Tip: Find Your Niche

13332904_10154279719942792_2649109038483551548_nLet’s face it: networking can be hard. Unless you’re someone who thrives on meeting other people (and many of us don’t, including yours truly), networking is something that we consider to be a chore, albeit a necessary one.

So why not pair it with something that you already like doing?

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Eight Fogler Rubinoff partners profiled as Leading Practitioners

Eight Fogler Rubinoff partners have been profiled as Leading Practitioners in the 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. The 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory has profiled eight Fogler Rubinoff lawyers as leading practitioners:

Steven A. Cygelfarb – Property Leasing

Milton A. Davis – Professional Liability

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New York City Enacts Law Requiring Gender-Neutral Restrooms

New York City Enacts Law Requiring Gender-Neutral Restrooms On June 28, 2016, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation passed earlier this month by The New York City Council to amend the City’s administrative code, plumbing code and building code to require gender-neutral single-occupant restrooms. The new law applies to businesses and other establishments in the City’s five boroughs with existing single-occupancy, publicly-accessible restrooms. The law does not require businesses to build new single-occupant restrooms, nor does it affect larger restrooms with multiple single-stalls.

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Nuthin’ but a Leaf Thang – Toronto Maple Leafs take issue with Snoop Dogg’s trade-mark application for LEAFS BY SNOOP Logo

photo-1445445342298-0b6cc73cba63Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Partnership (“MLSE”), the parent company of the National Hockey League’s Toronto Maple Leafs, has requested an extension of time to oppose a U.S. trade-mark application filed by one Calvin Broadus – better known as Snoop Dogg (“Snoop”) – for a logo featuring the words LEAFS BY SNOOP on a leaf-shaped background.

MLSE is the owner of numerous trade-mark applications and registrations in Canada and the U.S. for different iterations of the Toronto Maple Leafs logo, for use with a variety of clothing and souvenir related goods.

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Beskatning af “fiktiv” løn og leje!

Dom fra sidste år viser, at man kan blive beskattet af beløb, man ikke selv mener at have modtaget.

Det er givetvis almindeligt kendt for de fleste, at man som fuldt skattepligtig til Danmark skal beskattes af de økonomiske formuefordele, man oppebærer. Hvordan den økonomiske formuefordel fremtræder – om det er kontanter, naturalier eller andet – er underordnet. Får man en formuefordel, indtræder der beskatning af den person, der oppebærer det.

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Report Reveals Increase in Fatal Road Traffic Accidents

Two new reports from the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) have suggested that declines in the level of police enforcement of traffic offences are contributing to Europe’s failure to cut the numbers dying in road collisions.

More than 26,000 people died on EU roads last year, the first increase since 2001 according to the ETSC. Exceeding speed limits, drink or distracted driving and a failure to wear a seat belt are apparently still the leading causes of death and serious injury on the roads across Europe.

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