Monthly Archives: July 2019

High Court provides certainty for corporate trustees: Amerind

On 19 June 2019, the High Court delivered its judgment in one of the most hotly anticipated insolvency judgments this year, the Amerind appeal: Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts Australia Pty Ltd v The Commonwealth.1

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Two (Easy!) Ways to Use LinkedIn to Supercharge Your Relationship Development Efforts

One of the questions I am asked most often is about how to manage relationships when we’re all so busy – and we are ALL so busy these days!

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ICO proposes £184M fine for British Airways in first major GDPR sanction

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK’s data protection supervisory authority, today announced that it has provisionally determined that British Airways (BA) must pay a substantive fine for breach of the GDPR, in relation to a data breach that BA suffered in June 2018.  The reports state that the incident in part involved user traffic to the BA website being diverted to a fraudulent site, as a result of which customer details were harvested by the attackers. Personal data of approximately 500,000 customers were compromised in this incident.

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Epstein Becker Green Recognized as One of the Best Law Firms for Minorities

Epstein Becker Green (EBG) has been recognized again this year in Law360’s Diversity Snapshot as one of the top 25 law firms for minorities among law firms of its size.

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New Wage and Hour Opinion Letters on Nondiscretionary Bonuses, the Highly Compensated Employee Exemption, and Rounding Practices

After a brief, two-month hiatus, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (“WHD”) has issued another round of opinion letters answering various questions submitted by the public.  Specifically, these opinion letters address the calculation of overtime pay for nondiscretionary bonuses, the application of the highly compensated employee exemption to paralegals, and rounding hours worked under the Service Contract Act (“SCA”).  This guidance marks the first issued by the new Wage and Hour Administrator Cheryl Stanton, who has been in the seat since April.

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Arbitration Here We Come – New York State Statute Believed to Prohibit Mandatory Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Claims Is Found by the Federal Court to Be Inconsistent with Federal Law

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Income tax cuts receive tick of approval

After a backflip from Labor, the Government has found the numbers in the Senate to push through all three stages of its personal income tax cuts.

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Understanding Trademarks Act Changes

On June 17, 2019, Canada’s Trademarks Act changed, resulting in its modernization. Canada has now joined five international intellectual property treaties, including the Madrid Protocol, Singapore Treaty and Nice Agreement, all related to trademarks.

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: Take a Break

Today’s post from rainmaking expert and trainer, Jaimie Field, comes at a fortuitous moment – I’m in the middle of reading “The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal,” by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, which delves into the balancing of energy in four key areas in order to maximize your performance. We tend to believe that pushing forward all the time is the key to success, but there is great evidence to suggest that taking breaks (not just extended vacation breaks, but short breaks during the workday) are key to doing your job more effectively and efficiently. It sounds like a cop out, but I’ve been working to implement some of their suggestions in my life this week in places where I see the most issues, and I can already feel a difference in sustainability and focus. I highly recommend picking up the book!

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Workplace biometric scanning: Emerging issues in employment law

Due to increasing technological developments and the focus on efficiencies in the workplace, we are seeing an evolution in the different ways employers are looking to collect and use employee information.

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