Monthly Archives: July 2018

New modern slavery legislation introduced into Federal Parliament

On 28 June 2018, the Modern Slavery Bill 2018 (Cth) (Bill) was introduced into Federal Parliament. The introduction of the Bill follows a parliamentary inquiry which took place last year.

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Chambers HNW 2018 Recognizes Connolly Gallagher Trusts and Estates Group in Delaware Private Wealth Law

Chambers HNW 2018 Recognizes Connolly Gallagher Trusts and Estates Group in Delaware Private Wealth Law

In its 2018 guide, Chambers High Net Worth ranked Connolly Gallagher LLP for Private Wealth Law in Delaware. Sources report the Trusts & Estates team are “hugely knowledgeable about the law as well as the various procedures and the court system in Delaware.” Another source praises the team saying, “They are very oriented toward client service, their responsiveness is second to none and their level of commitment is unmatched.”

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Law Firm Leaders: Time to Address Data Poverty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is just a guess, but I suspect that most of us didn’t get into the legal industry because we love data, right?

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Shutts & Bowen Welcomes Edwin J. Stacker as Partner in the Real Estate Practice Group

Shutts & Bowen LLP has added Edwin J. Stacker as a partner in the Real Estate practice group in its Fort Lauderdale office.

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New York Court Limits Scope of Damage Awards in Trade Secret Actions

In E.J. Brooks Company v. Cambridge Security Seals, the Court of Appeals of New York narrowed the scope of permissible damage claims plaintiffs can assert in trade secret actions under New York law. The ruling denies plaintiffs the ability to recover costs that defendants avoided through misappropriating trade secrets (known as “avoided costs” theory), making New York law less attractive to certain types of trade secret actions due to the state’s conservative approach in calculating damages.

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NYC Employers: Required Payroll Contributions to IRAs May Be Coming

The New York City Council (the “NYCC”) has proposed to establish a “Savings Access New York Retirement Program” (the “NYC Retirement Program”) that would require New York City private-sector employers with at least 10 employees to offer a new savings program to employees who are not eligible to participate in an employer-provided savings plan (such as a 401(k) or 403(b) plan). Currently the NYCC proposal is in committee, and no further action has been taken to date.

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Massachusetts “Grand Bargain” Makes Changes to Blue Laws for Retailers

A legislative bargain requires give-and-take from all stakeholders. On June 28, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Baker signed House Bill 4640, “An Act Relative to Minimum Wage, Paid Family Medical Leave, and the Sales Tax Holiday” (the “Act”). This “grand bargain” gradually raises the minimum wage, provides for paid family and medical leave, makes permanent the Commonwealth’s annual tax holiday, and phases out Sunday and holiday premium pay requirements. While Massachusetts employers must now adjust to an increased minimum wage and new paid family medical leave program, retailers with eight or more employees may see those costs mitigated by the gradual elimination of Sunday and holiday premium pay mandates.

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Alert: Model FMLA Forms Set to Expire

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) model Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) notices and medical certification forms expire on July 31, 2018. However, the new model forms have not yet been released. The current FMLA forms were originally due to expire on May 31, 2018, but the expiration date was first extended to June 30, 2018 and then to July 31, 2018.

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New California Law Aims To Protect Employers and Harassment Victims from Defamation Lawsuits

On July 9, 2018, Governor Edmund Brown, Jr. signed into law Assembly Bill 2770 (“AB 2770”) to protect victims of sexual harassment and employers from defamation claims brought by alleged harassers. AB 2770 was sponsored by the California Chamber of Commerce and passed by the California Legislature to address the chilling effect that the threat of defamation suits can have on harassment victims and employers: deterring victims and witnesses from coming forward; deterring employers from telling prospective employers about a genuine harasser; and allowing repeat sexual harassers to harass future victims at their new place of employment.

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The Ninth Circuit Concludes That the Terms of Taco Bell’s On-Premises Meal Periods Comply with California Meal Period Laws

On July 18, 2018, the Ninth Circuit issued a published opinion in Rodriguez v. Taco Bell Corp., approving Taco Bell’s on-premises meal periods for employees who choose to purchase discounted food.

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