Monthly Archives: August 2016

What the NLRB’s Ruling That Graduate Teaching Assistants Are Employees, With the Rights to Organize and Bargain Collectively Means for Employers

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) has ruled that graduate teaching assistants, i.e. graduate students who provide instruction and assist faculty with research as part of their own post-graduate education are “employees” within the meaning of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA or Act), and thus have the right to join unions and engage in collective bargaining with the universities and colleges where they study.

For those who follow the Board, the 3-1 decision in Columbia University in, 364 NLRB No. 90 (2016) should come as no surprise. This past January, following a Regional Director’s Decision dismissing the representation petition filed by Graduate Workers of Columbia-GWC, UAW, (UAW or Union) because she found that under Board law, the graduate teaching assistants and research assistants the union sought to represent, were not employees as that term has been defined under the Act, but rather were students.

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Second Circuit Narrows ‘Red Flag Knowledge’ Exception to DMCA’s Safe Harbor Protections for ISPs

A photo by Jeff Sheldon. unsplash.com/photos/eOLpJytrbsQIn a long-standing case brought against the video platform Vimeo by several music publishers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently set the bar high for copyright owners to succeed in their infringement claims against service providers based on allegations of “red flag knowledge.”

The Second Circuit, shedding some light on what is needed to establish red flag knowledge, rejected the publishers’ argument that Vimeo was not entitled to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (DMCA) “safe harbor” protections for numerous videos on Vimeo’s platform that included their copyrighted music because the facts and circumstances made the infringements apparent.

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HHS Telehealth Report To Congress: A Window Into Agency Thinking

Capitol%2034397155_jpgAs requested by Congress as part of an appropriations bill signed into law late last year, this month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report highlighting its e-health and telemedicine efforts.  The report makes for interesting reading, and while there are no significant surprises in the report, it offers a clear snapshot of some of the agency’s thinking regarding virtual care.

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Legal Updates 2016-08-23 17:00:00

On 03.08.2016 the Federal Tax Service of the Russian Federation (hereinafter – “the FTS”) issued two documents:

  • Letter of the FTS N GD-4-14/14127@ dated 03.08.20161;
  • Letter of the FTS N GD-4-14/14126@ dated 03.08.20161.

These documents were adopted in continuation of the earlier launched initiative of the FTS on scrutiny of information about organizations contained in the Unified state register of legal entities (hereinafter – “EGRUL”) the groundwork for which was set forth in a Decree of the FTS N ММВ-7-14/72@ dated 11.02.2016.

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How Lawyers Can Embrace Instagram Stories

photo-1469013078550-305e63b7c8f7Back in February, we talked about how lawyers can use Instagram to get noticed. Instagram still continues to dominate when it comes to social media, and whether you’re using it yourself, or you just want to have a better understanding of how it works because your clients are using it, it’s a great tool. That being said, I still stand by what I said at the end of my last post:

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5th Edition of Employment Law Toolkit for Illinois Employers is Now Available

Employment Law ToolkitArnstein & Lehr LLP Chicago Partner, E. Jason Tremblay, has published the 5th Edition of his book entitled “Employment Law Toolkit for Illinois Employers – How to Protect Your Business From Liability and Comply with State and Federal Employment Laws.”

This 182-page book provides an excellent summary of federal and state employment and labor laws facing employers. It also serves as an excellent resource for employers, business professionals and entrepreneurs to protect themselves from employment and labor-related liability. Among other topics in this new edition of the Toolkit are trending topics such as the updated Fair Labor Standard Act regulations, restrictive covenant law developments, worker classification issues, as well as a wide range of other legal topics impacting employers in today’s litigious environment. 

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New Illinois Law Provides For Unpaid Child Bereavement Leave

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On July 29, 2016, Governor Rauner signed the Child Bereavement Leave Act (the “Act”), making Illinois one of only two states (Oregon being the first in 2014) to require covered employers to provide unpaid leave in the event of the death of an employee’s child.  The Act, effective immediately, requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide employees with up to two weeks (10 working days) of unpaid leave, also known as child bereavement leave.

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Committeeship Applications: the Uragi Case

A growing area in estate litigation is committeeship applications. A committee is a person or institution who is appointed to make personal, medical, legal and/or financial decisions for an adult person (the patient) who is mentally incapable and cannot make those decisions for him or herself. The first stage in the application process is determining on the medical evidence whether the person is incapable. The second stage concerns who ought to be appointed as the person’s committee.

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Income from transfer of a foreign owned intellectual property – is it taxable in India?

Taxability of income arising out of sale and purchase transactions undertaken internationally has been a matter of debate for long in India. Foreign collaborators and investors have been strongly campaigning for clarity on their tax liabilities under Indian tax regulations for transactions undertaken outside the taxable territories of India.

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Data: It Is Lurking Everywhere, Especially in the Shadows

For years, companies have been struggling to understand the multitude of locations where their data resides. From traditional employment files with embedded Social Security numbers, to new-aged hiring software with videos of job applicants, and enterprise software used to facilitate employee communications, controlling employee, customer, and corporate data is, to say the least, a logistical challenge. One of the newest entries into the mix is the increased use of ShadowIT and cloud-based storage systems.

ShadowIT involves workers’ use of unsanctioned products and applications to perform the work of the business enterprise. In other words, ShadowIT occurs when employees use their personal emails and applications, such as a cloud-based storage system, instead of company-approved solutions. According to a recent survey, about one-third of IT use is considered ShadowIT.

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