Monthly Archives: November 2018
In its 2008 landmark decision Edwards v. Arthur Andersen LLP (2008) 44 Cal. 4th 937, the California Supreme Court set forth a broad prohibition against non-compete provisions, but it left open whether or to what extent employee non-solicit provisions were enforceable. Since Edwards, no California appellate court has addressed that issue in a published opinion – until recently. On November 1, the California Court of Appeal in AMN Healthcare, Inc. v. Aya Healthcare Services, Inc., ruled that a broadly worded contractual clause that prohibited solicitation of employees for one year after employment was void under California Business and Professions Code section 16600, which provides “Except as provided in this chapter every contract by which anyone is restrained from engaging in a lawful profession, trade or business of any kind is to that extent void.” The decision calls into question the continuing viability of employee non-solicitation provisions in the employment context, and employers who regularly include such provisions in their agreements should reassess their use and enforcement of those provisions.
Recreational cannabis became legal in Canada under the Canadian Cannabis Act on October 17, 2018 and sales have begun. Prior thereto, only medical marijuana was available in Canada.
Royal Oak, Michigan, November 13, 2018: Howard & Howard has been named to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list in the following areas:
A crowdfunding platform for the agriculture and energy sectors, a social enterprise connecting busy parents with ‘moncierges’, an online bank, sugar-free ice-cream, a digital finance assistant, rocket engines, cutting-edge contraceptive technology and an online wine retailer that donates half its profit to charities are some of the innovative start-up projects that have won a spot in Frank Lab, Hall & Wilcox’s accelerator program for emerging businesses.
Most cryptocurrency transactions will involve the exchange of one cryptocurrency for another cryptocurrency (‘crypto-to-crypto’). Put another way, the majority of transactions that are undertaken will not involve a conversion to a fiat currency, such as US or Australian dollars.
A question I get ALL the time is whether using social media actually has any impact at all on referrals and business development.
Funds and financial products
Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) opens for business
On 1 November, AFCA opened for business and started accepting new complaints as a one-stop external dispute resolution (EDR) scheme.
IFLR1000 – Lidings Once Again Confirms its Outstanding Legal Expertise in M&A and Restructuring and Insolvency
Lidings continues to receive recognition from leading international legal directories as top-notch advisor to businesses in the Russian market. International Financial Law Review 1000 (IFLR1000) once again notes Lidings for its expertise M&A and Restructuring and Insolvency practice areas.
Effective December 31, 2018, New York State’s salary basis threshold for exempt executive and administrative employees will increase again, as a part of amendments to the minimum wage orders put in place in 2016. Employers must increase the salaries of employees classified as exempt under the executive and administrative exemptions by the end of the year to maintain these exemptions.