Monthly Archives: February 2019

Key Factors for Achieving Change in the Legal Industry

Following on our last post about Steve Harmon’s trends to watch in legal, I wanted to share some of his other key takeaways from his session at the CLOC Institute in London. Each of these takeaways, while directed at the legal operations audience, is relevant throughout the legal industry and are key driving factors for how we’ll be able to achieve change.

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Davis & Gilbert is proud to welcome Thomas A. Engelhardt to the firm’s Corporate Practice Group

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March 1 deadline approaching to submit data breach reports

HIPAA covered entities (healthcare providers, health plans and health care clearinghouses) that discovered a breach of protected health information (PHI) in 2018 involving fewer than 500 individuals are required to report those breaches by March 1, 2019.

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Amazon abandons HQ2 in New York

After facing unexpected resistance, Amazon made a shocking announcement that it would abandon its plans for a second headquarters in Long Island City. Politicians, lawmakers, union leaders, and members of the surrounding community starkly opposed Amazon’s HQ2, citing a number of concerns including the nearly $3 billion in tax incentives that had been promised to Amazon.

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Shutts & Bowen LLP Welcomes David O. Batista and Sara Levy as Partners in its Fort Lauderdale Office

Shutts & Bowen LLP is pleased to announce that David O. Batista and Sara Levy have joined the firm’s Insurance Practice Group as partners in its Fort Lauderdale office.

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What Lies Beneath: beware documents hidden in the contract bundle

The recent decision of Clancy Docwra Ltd v E.On Energy Solutions Ltd[1] is a useful reminder to parties to be clear on how works in a construction contract are defined and incorporated.

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Talking Tax – Issue 149

Changes to deductions for non-compliant payments to workers

From 1 July 2019, businesses will lose their deductions for payments to employees if no pay as you go (PAYG) withholding amount is withheld and reported to the ATO.

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ALL THAT IS SOLAR IS NOT GOLD

A trendy investment product of recent years has been solar energy projects: under the feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme, the government guarantees what looks like a cash cow for all those who choose to seek a fortune in this sector. But as is usually the case, this money won’t just fall into your lap. Without the necessary professional expertise for the proper legal groundwork, solar power projects can easily run out of steam too.

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Did you get a tax cut?

There has been a lot of commentary on an IRS report that the average tax refund for 2018 was lower by $170 compared to 2017. Some immediately concluded that this was evidence that the 2017 Tax Act was not really a tax reduction. To be precise, the amount of your refund does not reflect a tax increase or reduction but only the amount by which withholding and estimated taxes exceeds the tax due on the income tax return. Many taxpayers’ withholding was adjusted after the tax change so more income after tax withholding was in each paycheck.

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SCOTUS Today: Circuit Split Over Salary History Gets a Temporary Pass – but Expect Future Challenges

The Court’s per curiam opinion in Yovino v. Rizo—holding that the Ninth Circuit erred in counting the votes of Judge Stephen Reinhart as to judgments that were issued after he had died—will get a lot of attention in light of its resolution of the issue of what constitutes a judge being in active service, an opinion concluding with the informative and pithy line: “But federal judges are appointed for life, not for eternity.” In the here and how, however, this decision has immediate consequences, particularly for those who practice in the area of labor and employment of law.

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