Monthly Archives: June 2016

NLRB Shifts Power Toward Unions During Strikes – Employment Law This Week

Featured on Employment Law This Week: The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) finds the hiring of permanent replacements for strikers to be an unfair labor practice.

In a 2-1 decision that could benefit unions during contract negotiations, the NLRB found that a continuing care facility in California violated federal labor law when it hired permanent replacements after a series of intermittent strikes. While the NLRB and courts have long held that an employer’s motivation for hiring permanent replacements is irrelevant, in this case, the board held that if the hiring is motivated by an intent to discourage future strikes, it interferes with employees’ rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The employer in this case will likely seek judicial review. However, in the meantime, the decision adds new risks for employers that may wish to hire permanent striker replacements.

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Launch of RSS au féminin

June 14, 2016 — A few days ago, RSS launched RSS au féminin, an initiative by Gabrielle Ferland and Isabelle Gauthier Brancoli, lawyers in our Insurance Practice Group.

RSS au féminin aims to provide support and foster the sharing of knowledge and experiences amongst the professional women of the firm. It also seeks to raise awareness and educate the members of our team of the realities and concerns which women face in our profession. 

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Retailers Navigate Conflicting Laws Regarding Transgender Protections

On March 23, 2016, the North Carolina Legislature passed House Bill 2, the “Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act” (“HB2”), that overturned a Charlotte ordinance extending anti-discrimination protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) individuals and allowing transgender persons to use the bathroom of their choice. Instead, HB2 requires individuals to use public bathrooms that match the gender listed on their birth certificates. A swift public outcry followed, with many celebrities denouncing the law and canceling appearances in North Carolina, companies threatening to boycott, and the American Civil Liberties Union filing a lawsuit challenging HB2 as unconstitutional and for violating federal law. North Carolina officials have refused to disavow HB2 and, on May 9, filed a lawsuit against the federal government seeking a ruling that HB2 is not discriminatory. The Justice Department has countersued, alleging that HB2 violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”). Regardless of the ultimate outcome of these lawsuits, it is clear that discriminating against LGBT individuals has real consequences, from both a business and legal perspective. What should retailers know and, more importantly, do to survive in this current environment?

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Two Takeaways for Stellar Events Marketing

photo-1450609283058-0ec52fa7eac4Last week, we looked at one of the entries that had been submitted and won for this year’s Your Honor Awards for the Legal Marketing Association. I liked the concept so much that I want to take the opportunity to do it again, this time with one of my other favorite entries: K&L Gates LLP’s “Australian Open – Building Brand Awareness for a New Entry Down Under.”

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Ansvar for spam – personligt ansvar?

Spam er et stigende problem på internettet. Derfor er markedsføringslovens regler om spam strenge, og bøderne er ofte høje. Både virksomheden og virksomhedens ledelse kan blive pålagt store bødestraffe, hvis forbuddet mod spam overtrædes.

Internettet og elektronisk post har gjort det nemt og billigt at kommunikere og udveksle information. Fordelene ved hurtig og smidig kommunikation er mange, men det kan være forulempende og generende, hvis erhvervsdrivende f.eks. via e-mails sender reklamer mv. direkte til enkelte kunder. Disse henvendelser er typisk uønskede og ulovlige.

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OpEd from Raquel Rodriguez: Jeb Bush’s biotech foresight a catalyst to grow Florida’s economy

**This piece originally appears in the Orlando Sentinel

A catalyst is an agent that spurs a reaction. Much like air conditioning and the automobile were catalysts for Florida’s post-war growth, the state’s investment in life-science research institutes was and remains a catalyst for the growth of life sciences in Florida.

Florida was forever changed by Gov. Jeb Bush‘s visionary and bold decision in 2003 to invest one-time post-9-11 federal stimulus funds in recruiting the Scripps Research Institute to Palm Beach County and the subsequent establishment of the state’s Innovation Investment Fund in 2006 that attracted five additional research institutes. More…

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Jennifer Hansen becomes partner with the firm

June 13, 2016 — We are proud to announce that Jennifer Hansen, a litigator with our Insurance Law Group, has been admitted as a partner with the firm. Ms. Hansen has been with us for almost a decade now. She has a varied practice in which she deals with matters relating to civil, professional and product liability, construction and insurance law, as well as bodily injury claims.

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CBABC appoints Andrew Dixon to the board of the Employment Law section

Andrew Dixon has been appointed to the board of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, Employment Law section. Andrew looks forward to contributing to the educational, advocacy and professional needs of members of the employment law bar in BC. Congratulations Andrew!

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Amendments to Anti-commercial Bribery made by Draft Amendment of Anti-Unfair Competition Law

On February 25, 2016, the Legislative Affairs Office of China’s State Council published the Draft Amendment of Anti-Unfair Competition Law of the People’s Republic of China (for examination) (hereinafter referred to as the Draft Amendment).

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Shared Parental Leave – One Year On

Last year, the new scheme of Shared Parental Leave (SPL) was introduced for parents of children born on or after 5th April 2015 (see our previous blog for further information on this scheme). The aims were to allow more flexibility for parents and to allow more fathers to take extended leave on the birth of their child. One year on, what has the impact of the scheme been?

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