Monthly Archives: May 2019

RSS present at the Soirée enCirquez-vous

The Soirée enCirquez-Vous, an activity for the benefit of the Montreal Association for the Intellectually Handicapped, took place on Thursday May 2. RSS was pleased to be a Partner of the event. The firm’s involvement mirrored that of Alice Bourgault-Roy, a director and the secretary of the Association, who attended the evening along with Rachel Clément and Annie Claude Beauchemin.

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You Can’t Delegate Relationship Development – Lessons From Taylor Swift

Last week, we talked about channeling your inner Taylor Swift to connect with your clients – it seems silly, but no one understands her client base and instill rabid loyalty better than Taylor, and isn’t that all something we’d love to emulate with our own clients?

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EEOC Confirms Pay Data Collection Reporting

After what seems like months of drama about EEO-1 reporting issues, on April 30, 2019, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission confirmed that employers will be required to submit pay data by September 30, 2019. The text of the EEOC’s notice is below and can be found on the EEOC website:

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Marc-Olivier Brouillette, first-class communicator… in more than one field

Understandably, the capacity to communicate is part and parcel of a good lawyer’s skills. Marc-Olivier Brouillette frequently demonstrates this ability before the courts.

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Abolition of paper (plastic) personal pension account number certificates and continuation of experiment on HR documents digitalization

Subject to the Federal law (the “Law”)1 effective from April 1, 2019, the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation will no longer issue state pension insurance certificates (SNILS) due to abolition of all SNILS paper certificates and plastic cards.

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Lidings Successfully Represents Interests of Large Pharmaceutical Companies in a Number of Patent-Related Disputes

The Russian pharmaceutical industry has recently become the field for serious patent-related battles between large foreign producers of original drugs and Russian manufacturers of generics.

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Massachusetts Extends Compliance Deadlines for Two Key Paid Family and Medical Leave Law Obligations

As we previously reported, the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (“DFML”) recently issued regulations and guidance concerning employers’ obligations under the Paid Family and Medical Leave Law (“PFML”), including a quick-approaching deadline for providing notice to employees of their rights under the PFML. On May 1, the DFML announced that it is extending the deadline for employers to provide the employee notice from May 31, 2019 to June 30, 2019.

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DOL Endorses Independent Contractor Status in the Gig Economy

On April 29, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued an opinion letter concluding that workers providing services to customers referred to them through an unidentified virtual marketplace are properly classified as independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).

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Ninth Circuit Concludes That New California “ABC” Independent Contractor Test Applies Retroactively

In April 2018, the California Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court, dramatically changing the standard for determining whether workers in California should be classified as employees or as independent contractors for purposes of the wage orders adopted by California’s Industrial Welfare Commission (“IWC”). In so doing, the Court held that there is a presumption that individuals are employees, and that an entity classifying an individual as an independent contractor bears the burden of establishing that such a classification is proper under the “ABC test” used in some other jurisdictions.

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: Are you Glossophobic?

Today’s rainmaking recommendation from expert and trainer, Jaimie Field, deals with a topic that is familiar to me – glossophobia, or the fear of standing up in front of a crowd. Is this something you suffer from?

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