Monthly Archives: August 2019

ILN Today Post

Howard & Howard Welcomes Back Grace Mata Gomez

Royal Oak-based law firm Howard & Howard is pleased to announce that Grace Mata Gomez has rejoined the Firm. Grace, who was previously with the Firm before relocating to San Diego in 2015 due to her husband’s job transfer, returned to her native Central Illinois to practice out of the Firm’s Peoria, Illinois office.

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ILN Firm of the Month – Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law, Taiwan!

The ILN is proud to announce our latest firm of the month, Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law, Taiwan!
Lee and Li is the largest full-service law firm in Taiwan, with its main office in Taipei and several branch offices/affiliated firms in other cities of Taiwan, Shanghai and Beijing. They maintain a strong international and domestic client base across an expansive range of industry sectors, from financial services to healthcare. They display a growing strength in cross-border work and have an impressive client roster that includes household names in the technology and automotive industries.
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Talking Tax – Issue 167

Queensland: Payroll tax grouping win for the taxpayer

In Telgrove Pty Ltd t/as P & E Francis Plant Hire v Commissioner of State Revenue [2019] QCAT 199, Telgrove Pty Ltd (Telgrove), as the designated group employer, had made an ‘exclusion order’ to request that Telgrove and 3 other entities be excluded from a list of six entities that were determined to be a payroll tax group by the Queensland Commissioner of State Revenue (Commissioner). The Commissioner rejected this exclusion application and issued reassessment notices to Telgrove to tax the six entities (Group Members) as a group from the 2011/12 financial year and apply penalty tax and interest for the period.

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Illinois Joins New Jersey in Protecting Hotel (and Casino) Employees from Sexual Harassment and Violence by Requiring Employer-Provided Panic Button Devices

Earlier this summer, we reported on ground-breaking legislation in New Jersey that requires hotels with more than 100 guest rooms to supply hotel employees assigned to work in a guest room alone with a free panic button device and to adhere to a specific protocol upon activation of a panic button device by a hotel employee.  In what may signal the start of a national trend, Illinois just became the second state to pass similar legislation targeting not only hotels but also casinos located within its jurisdiction.

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New Hampshire Governor Vetoes $12 Minimum Wage Bill

At a time when many states and localities are increasing the minimum wage, New Hampshire’s Senate passed a bill that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2022.  The very next day, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu vetoed the bill. In doing so, Governor Sununu issued a veto message that said the bill would have a “detrimental effect” on the state’s residents and would lead to lost jobs, reduced hours, and less money in the pockets of employees.

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What’s New in E-Cigarette Regulation?

There is little question that youth e-cigarette use has been on the rise. In 2018, an estimated 3.6 million kids reported “current use” of e-cigarettes (defined as use on at least one day in the past 30 days), up from just 220,000 kids reporting such use in 2011 (See National Youth Tobacco Survey findings). Although youth e-cigarette use raises public health concerns, there’s also a public health upside to e-cigarettes, as they have been shown to be an effective tool in helping current adult cigarette smokers kick the habit and are a safer option for current smokers than combustible tobacco products (e.g., cigarettes).  Therefore, it seems that broad restrictions on everyone’s access to these products is probably not the solution here. So what is the answer? How do we keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of children, but maintain their availability for adult cigarette smokers? Let’s track what’s recently been done on the federal and state/local levels to address the issue.

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Maintaining Attorney-Client Privilege During Investigations in the Financial Services Industry

In the financial services industry, investigations by the government or self-regulatory organizations are commonplace, and because they inevitably involve employee conduct (or misconduct), there is frequently an internal employment-related investigatory component. With potential financial liability and reputational harm ever-present, the strength of a company’s investigatory process is critical.

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Lawyers: What’s the One Thing that Makes Clients Care About Your Content?

Recently, Greentarget and Zeughauser Group released their annual results for the 2019 State of Digital & Content Marketing Survey. I had the chance to chat with Greentarget President and Founding Partner, John Corey, about the results, which had some actionable findings for lawyers and law firms, as well as a few surprises.

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Up in Smoke: The Countdown on Vape Enforcement Discretion Begins

On July 11, 2019, a Federal judge for the U.S. District Court for Maryland ruled that manufacturers and importers of products such as e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (“ENDS”) have ten months to submit applications for marketing to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”). The ten-month deadline is applicable to new tobacco products on the market as of the August 8, 2016 deeming rule that extended FDA’s regulatory jurisdiction to include all tobacco products. Accordingly, manufacturers of e-cigarettes now have until May 2020 to submit applications for market approval in order to continue selling their products.

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Howard & Howard Donates $12.5K to Heart of Illinois United Way for Education, Financial Stability, and Health of Women and Children

Royal Oak-based law firm Howard & Howard has donated $12,500 to the Heart of Illinois United Way as part of its 150th anniversary “12 Months of Giving” philanthropic initiative. The gift was announced at the Heart of Illinois United Way’s annual “Power of the Purse” fundraising event on May 9, 2019.

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