Monthly Archives: October 2017

Take 5 Newsletter: No Tricks, We Treat You to Five Developments in the Intersection of Health Care and Employment Law

Almost ten months into the Trump Administration, the executive and legislative branches have been preoccupied with attempting to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) – but each attempt has thus far proved fruitless.  While the debate rages over the continued viability of the ACA, as we stated in our previous Take 5, employers should remember that obligations to comply with Section 1557 (the non-discrimination provision of the ACA) and the final rule implementing that provision remain.  But there have been developments regarding which characteristics are protected by Section 1557.  In this Take 5, we explore whether Section 1557 continues to cover gender identity and transition services.

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SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract Modified to Provide “Free Bargaining” as to Compensation for Low-Budget Digital Productions

Responding to the increased concerns voiced by advertising agencies bound by the 2016 SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract (Commercials Contract) that they cannot compete on the digital front with their non-union counterparts, on October 19, 2017, SAG-AFTRA and the Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations (JPC) issued a joint statement announcing that, effective immediately, the Commercials Contract has been modified to include a waiver for commercial digital low-budget productions.

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Book Review: The Social Media Marketing Blueprint for Lawyers

For those of you who’ve been regular readers of Zen, you may know that I’m a fan of social media marketing for lawyers. Last year, Anthony Marrone, II, Esq. sent me a copy of his book, The Social Media Marketing Blueprint for Lawyers, and I really should have gotten around to reading it before now. Whether you consider yourself a social media maven, or you’re still wondering what “the twitter” is, this book will offer you some valuable insights into how to successfully and effectively market your practice using some of the newest tools available. Obviously, since it took me a year to read it, there are a few updates that have come out since then that Marrone hasn’t covered, but for the most part, all of his recommendations and advice still holds true. 

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Crowd-sourced funding regime comes into operation

The long awaited crowd-sourced funding (CSF) regime officially came into effect for unlisted public companies late last month. Although it will be some time before CSF offers are regularly being made on crowd funding platforms, as ASIC did not commence processing intermediary licence applications until after the official commencement of the regime, start-ups finally have the green light to start raising money from retail investors without many of the limitations imposed by the Chapter 6D regime.

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Stradling Helps Viseon Spine Raise $5 Million in Series A Financing

Stradling advised Viseon Spine in the close of its $5 million Series A financing round. The lead investors were HBM-MedFocus, Invus Opportunities Fund, and affiliates of Wexford Capital LP.

Founded in early 2017 as a spin-off of Stradling client Rebound Therapeutics Corporation, Viseon Spine is an Irvine-based medical device company that uses its proprietary technology comprised of state-of-the-art visualization and illumination technologies to develop single use and disposable devices that improve the procedural and clinical outcomes of minimally invasive spine surgery procedures.

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Beware of traps with multiple wills

Many high-net-worth Ontarians have two wills to avoid paying high probate fees, but there are pitfalls to the practice, Toronto wills and estates lawyer Mary Wahbi tells AdvocateDaily.com.

“A lawyer has to be cautious when preparing these documents because errors can be disastrous,” says Wahbi, partner with Fogler Rubinoff LLP, a full-service firm with offices in Toronto and Ottawa. “There’s no cost savings if you have to go to court for an interpretation or rectification of the wills.”

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Dual entitlement to annual leave and workers comp affirmed

In 2015 the Federal Court confirmed in the case of Anglican Care v NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association1 (which was a case relating to an underpayment claim) that employees receiving workers’ compensation may be entitled to continue to accrue annual leave. In that case, a nursing assistant claimed that she was entitled to be paid, on termination of her employment, for the annual leave she had accrued during the two year period she had been absent from work and receiving workers compensation payments.

Until the Anglican Care decision, it was widely accepted that the effect of section 130 of the Fair Work 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) was clearly to prevent an employee from accruing or taking annual leave while they are receiving compensation payments unless this was expressly permitted by the relevant state workers’ compensation laws. Given that such laws are concerned with compensating employees for loss of earnings when off work due to a compensable injury, they generally do not expressly provide an entitlement to annual leave.

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New York Bans Vaping at Work

On October 23, 2017, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that amends the Clean Indoor Air Act to ban the use of electronic cigarettes (“e-cigarettes”) everywhere that smoking traditional tobacco products is prohibited.  With this amendment, the Clean Indoor Air Act will prohibit both smoking and vaping in certain indoor areas, including places of employment, as well as certain outdoor areas accessible to the public. This legislation will become effective on November 22, 2017.  Prior to this date,  any required posters and signs will need to be updated to include reference to “No Vaping” or “Vaping” along with the “No Smoking” or “Smoking” signs, or international “No Smoking” symbol.

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ICCA recognizes Ms. Seema Jhingan as one of India’s Trusted Corporate Lawyers in its publication – ‘The Vanguards’

We are pleased to announce that Ms. Seema Jhingan, has been recognized as one of India’s Trusted Corporate Lawyers of 2017 by the Indian Corporate Counsel Association (ICCA) in its publication – ‘The Vanguards’ (as attached together with her published profile), with forwards from the Department of Legal Affairs, Ministry of Law and Justice and the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

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Ciara Murphy excels and wins HOMS Solicitors Scholarship Award

Congratulations go to Ciara Murphy who was successful in winning this year’s HOMS Solicitors University of Limerick Scholarship prize. Ciara is a Law and Accounting student who excelled in her field, obtaining the highest marks in her year.

We were pleased to present Ciara with her winning funds on 23rd October at the presentation ceremony in our Limerick office. Thank you to John Moran, Director of the European Investment Bank and former Secretary General of the Department of Finance, who presented the award. Judge Donald Binchy and Judge Eileen Creedon also attended the happy event, as did Senator Kieran O’Donnell and members of the School of Law Faculty, Sinead Eaton and Professor Ray Friel. Our founding Partner Dr Gordon Holmes, who initiated the scholarship, was fondly remembered during the speeches.

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