Monthly Archives: August 2018

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Top Three Ways for Contractors to Score a Federal Indictment

As if the threat of local or state licensure investigations is not enough to induce an instant case of irritable bowel syndrome for a contractor that just realized they unwittingly ran afoul of state regulations – or already knew and just got caught – contractors would be wise to recognize that their missteps could land them in even hotter water with the United States government.  There is a myriad of ways to invite a federal indictment on your construction project, but this series is limited to three of the most common construction related prosecutions by the Department of Justice.  We begin with a personal and professional carcinogen: illegal asbestos removal.

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Cheque Bouncing – Amendments to The Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881

The Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 (“NI Act”) has been amended from time to time to make the law relating to dishonor of the cheque more stringent against unscrupulous drawers of cheques. Repeated efforts have been made both by the Legislature and the Judiciary to curb the blatant abuse of the process of law by the accused who delay the proceedings for dishonor of cheques issued by them. However, despite several efforts, the law relating to dishonor of cheques have failed to give respite to the complainants (payees of the cheques). Accused not only delay the proceedings at the stage of trial but also harass the complainant by filing appeal against the order of the trial court thus leaving the complainant struggling with tedious, time-consuming and cumbersome court procedures without getting any timely relief.

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Is there room for Blockchain in Health Care?

In the tech world, blockchain technology appears to be the panacea to all problems.  As blockchain technology becomes increasingly popular, many industries are trying to determine the best way to use the new phenomenon. Healthcare is no different in this quest. Health care is an optimal candidate to benefit from development of innovative ways to solve its impending issues using transformational technology. Blockchain could be the technology that helps to alleviate some of health care’s problems, such as the incredibly fragmented delivery of care and the painstakingly slow reaction to technological advances.

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Massachusetts Passes Legislation on Non-Compete Agreements

On August 10, 2018, Governor Baker signed into law the Massachusetts Non-Competition Agreement Act. Taking effect on October 1, 2018, the Act imposes significant limitations and requirements on non-competition and forfeiture for competition agreements for employees and independent contractors who reside or work in Massachusetts.

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Get It Right

Aretha Franklin’s recent passing is a prime example of why everyone should be ensuring they have a valid and updated Will in place. Not only did the Queen of Soul not have a formally executed Will, she died without any testamentary intentions recorded at all.

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DOL Announces “Listening Sessions” As It Mulls Changing White Collar Exemption Regulations

Changes to the white collar exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) are coming slowly.  Very, very slowly.  Back in May 2016, under the Obama Administration, the Department of Labor issued a Final Rule updating the regulations for the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime executive, administrative, and professional exemptions.  That rule would, among other things, have increased the minimum salary required for most employees within these exemptions from $455 a week ($23,660 a year) to $913 a week ($47,476 a year).  In November 2016, a federal judge in Texas enjoined that regulation just nine days before it was to go into effect.

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Guide to Sending Experts to Australia – The 482 visa

The 482 visa

The 482 visa is the most commonly used visa by companies to overcome the skills shortage in Australia. It is a temporary residence visa that allows companies to send workers from abroad to Australia to work in Australia for a period of either two or four years, depending on the type of work to be done. The 482 visa allows its holder to work for its sponsorship company in a profession approved by the Department of Home Affairs.

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Russian IP Court compelled domain name registrars to remove illegal content reported by trademark holders

On 4 July 2018, Russian IP Court rendered a landmark judgment in case No. A40-132026/2017.

Under the merits of the case, LLC Azbuka Vkusa (trademark holder) sued LLC Registrator R01 (prominent domain registrar) seeking to cease delegation of the disputed domain name. It was apparent that the claimant’s trademark AZBUKA VKUSA was infringed in the domain name azbuka-vkusa-nim.ru and website content.

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The business income deduction: Do you qualify for the 20 percent tax break on your business income?

The deduction is available for any taxpayer other than a C corporation, so it is available to individuals who earn their business income as sole proprietors or who receive their business income through pass-through entities such as S corporations, partnerships, or limited liability companies. This is why the Section 199A deduction is sometimes called the “pass-through” business income deduction.

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The News Journal Names Connolly Gallagher A Winner of the Delaware 2018 Top Workplaces Award

Connolly Gallagher LLP has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by The News Journal. Click here to check out the spotlight feature. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

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