Monthly Archives: December 2017

Connect with Clients Through Your Website: 5 Tips

Today, I am bringing you a guest post from my friend, Lance Godard! Lance has spent three decades within the legal profession, in-house and as a consultant, helping lawyers and practice groups grow their book of business. He’s the founder of The Godard Group, a marketing communications firm for lawyers and firms. You can check out more of his great advice at JD Supra as well.

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ILN Today Post

Maxima Legal announces that Natalia Diatlova has joined the firm as a partner

Maxima Legal has appointed a new partner in the firm, Natalia Diatlova, who is an expert in the fields of public-private partnership, real estate, corporate and commercial law and M&A transactions.

Natalia has extensive experience having worked in international law firms for more than 15 years.  Natalia was previously Counsel and Co-head of the Real Estate Practice at Salans in St Petersburg and led the Tax and Legal department at international auditing company KPMG in St Petersburg.

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NYC Updates Pregnancy Accommodation Notices

Employers in New York City are required to provide their employees with reasonable accommodations related to childbirth and pregnancy. The New York City Commission on Human Rights has published a new factsheet and notice. The notice should be provided to all employees upon hire, and posted in the workplace to provide employees with notice of their rights under the NYC Human Rights Law.

The notice and factsheet outline employers’ responsibilities with respect to pregnant employees, and recommend that employers work with employees to implement accommodations that recognize employee contributions to the workplace and help keep them in the workplace for as long as possible. The notice and factsheet also provide employees with examples of reasonable accommodations, such as breaks to rest or use the bathroom while at work, and time and space to express breast milk at work.

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ARGONAUT Taps the Power of Giving

Most professionals can look back to a time in their careers when a selfless individual provided them with guidance, encouragement, or advice. Usually, it was someone more experienced, who had seen and done much more than they had, who provided the needed direction. That small sacrifice, that gift of time and talent, ultimately had a profound impact on their professional journey.

Unfortunately, many people don’t have such a person in their lives. For marginalized members of society, including those dealing with homelessness or addiction, learning the basic skills necessary to find and retain a job is a formidable challenge, especially without help navigating topics like resume building, financial planning, and public speaking.

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The NSW Court of Appeal confirms that a professional sport is a ‘recreational activity’

Mr Goode was riding a horse named ‘Shot of the Rails’ over 1,640 metres at the Queanbeyan Racecourse. Mr Angland was a jockey riding ‘Port Gallery’ in the same race. Shortly after the start of the race, Mr Goode was thrown from his mount when it fell. As a consequence, he sustained catastrophic injuries leaving him confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

Mr Goode commenced proceedings, in the Supreme Court of NSW, against Mr Angland alleging that his loss, damage and injuries were caused by Mr Angland’s negligence or breach of duty by riding in such a manner as to cause interference to Mr Goode and his mount.

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Assured – Issue 1

Welcome to the first edition of Assured, our new national insurance newsletter. This publication provides an overview of recent cases and their implications for insurers as well as news and issues effecting the industry.

In this issue, we look at the rise of inflated CTP insurance claims, the dilution of the application of the Hammoud Brothers decision and speak with Alex Lindros, Technical Services Officer, QBE about his experience in the industry, the importance of building relationships and the sharing of information between underwriting and claims.

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ILN Today Post


Chicago, Illinois, December 6, 2017:  Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Chase M. Hundman and Ian W. Larkin have joined the firm. They will practice out of the Chicago, IL and Royal Oak, MI offices respectively.

Chase M. Hundman concentrates his practice in commercial litigation. He began his career with Howard & Howard as a Summer Associate in 2016. Prior to joining as a full-time associate, he was a Judicial Extern for Judge Jon DeGuilio at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. There he drafted opinions and orders for the judge and attended court proceedings to advise on pertinent legal issues. Read more…

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NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb Issues “Mandatory Submissions to Advice Memo,” Outlining His Approach and Identifying Direction to Come

Peter B. Robb, the newly sworn in General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board has issued a memorandum, Mandatory Submissions to Advice, GC Memo 18-02 (the “Mandatory Submissions Memo”), that offers clear information as to how he is likely to proceed in setting the agenda and priorities for the Office of the General Counsel which is “responsible for the investigation and prosecution of unfair labor practice cases and for the general supervision of the NLRB field offices in the processing of cases.” As we have previously noted, such Mandatory Submission memos offer a roadmap of the General Counsel’s priorities on cases and issues that he wants to get before the Board and often present a window into the General Counsel’s thinking about how he is likely to proceed.

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Hospital Involved in Joint Venture with For-Profit Entity Loses Tax-Exempt Status

There has been a growing trend of strategic joint ventures throughout the healthcare industry with the goal of enhancing expertise, accessing financial resources, gaining efficiencies, and improving performance in the changing environment. This includes, for example, hospital-hospital joint ventures, hospital-payor joint ventures, and hospital joint ventures with various ancillary providers (e.g., ambulatory surgery, imaging, home health, physical therapy, behavioral health, etc.). Extra precautions need to be taken in joint ventures between tax-exempt entities and for-profit companies.

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Accessorily liable accountants penalised $54k for underpayments

In June we provided an update on the first time a professional services firm was found to be accessorily liable for contraventions of a modern award by its client.

As you may recall, Ezy Accounting 123 Pty Ltd (Ezy Accounting) provided payroll services to Blue Impression Pty Ltd (Blue Impression) and denied liability for its involvement in the underpayment of two employees. Judge O’Sullivan of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia rejected Ezy Accounting’s arguments and found it had the requisite knowledge to be accessorily liable for Blue Impression’s award contraventions.

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