Monthly Archives: October 2019

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Howard & Howard Expands Las Vegas Office

ROYAL OAK, Mich., October 29, 2019 – Royal Oak-based Howard & Howard has expanded its Las Vegas, Nevada office with the addition of Alexandria von Mohr. She joins the Firm’s growing Business Litigation Practice.

“I use my global perspective to advocate for clients with a variety of legal needs.”

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Time is Money: A Quick Wage-Hour Tip on… Final Payment of Wages to Terminated Employees in California

California law has specific requirements regarding the payment of final wages to terminated employees. The failure to comply with those requirements can require an employer to pay an individual up to 30 days of pay – known as “waiting time” penalties. As “waiting time” claims are often pursued in the context of class actions, where plaintiffs seek up to 30 days of pay for each former employee, it is critical that employers understand when final wages must be paid. And that deadline is different depending up whether the company has terminated the employment or the employee has quit.

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CMS’s Request for Information Provides Additional Signal That AI Will Revolutionize Healthcare

On October 22, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a Request for Information (“RFI”) to obtain input on how CMS can utilize Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) and other new technologies to improve its operations.  CMS’ objectives to leverage AI chiefly include identifying and preventing fraud, waste, and abuse.  The RFI specifically states CMS’ aim “to ensure proper claims payment, reduce provider burden, and overall, conduct program integrity activities in a more efficient manner.”  The RFI follows last month’s White House Summit on Artificial Intelligence in Government, where over 175 government leaders and industry experts gathered to discuss how the Federal government can adopt AI “to achieve its mission and improve services to the American people.”

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Massachusetts Issues Guidance on When Contractors and Other Workers Count Towards the ‘25 Covered Individuals’ Threshold

As we previously reported, the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (“DFML”) has been providing on-going substantive and procedural regulations and guidance to effectuate the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program (“PFML”), which applies to employers with 25 or more “covered individuals” in the employer’s workforce. Most recently, the DFML issued further guidance (“Guidance”), to clarify when an employer should include 1099-MISC contractors and certain visa holders in their workforce count.

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Lucky Seven: Rhode Island the Seventh State to Pass a Statute Governing Non-Compete Agreements During 2019

Rhode Island is the latest state to jump on the bandwagon of limiting the application of non-compete agreements, with its Rhode Island Noncompetition Agreement Act (the “Act”).  See these links for our prior posts explaining the previous six non-compete statues enacted in 2019:  Maine; Maryland; New Hampshire; Oregon; Utah; and Washington.  Rhode Island’s Act becomes effective on January 15, 2020.

Ban on Non-Competes For “Low-Wage Earners”; “Nonexempt” Employees; Minors; and “Undergraduate or Graduate” Student Workers

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Florida Law Limits Physician Restrictive Covenants in Rural Counties

A recently passed Florida law, Florida Statutes 542.336 seeks to prevent medical providers from using restrictive covenants to monopolize medical specialties in rural counties.  The law bars the enforcement of “restrictive covenants” against physicians who practice “a medical specialty in a county wherein one entity employs or contracts with, either directly or through related or affiliated entities, all physicians who practice such specialty in that county.”  Once a second provider enters the market for a particular specialty in a county, restrictive covenants remain unenforceable in that county for a period of three years.

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SAG-AFTRA Imposes New Restrictions on Third-Party Signatories through New Letter of Adherence

The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFRA), the union representing on-camera talent in the advertising industry, has reached an agreement with six leading signatory co-producers. The agreement establishes new restrictions on what those signatories can do during the production process, including restrictions concerning the extent to which non-signatory ad agencies may be involved in productions featuring SAG-AFTRA talent.

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TOP 5 TAX ATTRACTIONS IN HUNGARY

Hungary is an ideal location for international tax planning. Below we summarize the 5 most important features of the Hungarian tax system that can make the country attractive for international investors and public and private multinational groups.

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International Lawyers Network Welcomes a New Member Firm in Ecuador

We’re excited to announce our newest member firm in Ecuador, Izurieta Mora Bowen!

Throughout its almost 80 year-history, Izurieta Mora Bowen Law Firm has become one of the most recognized names, both nationally and internationally. Their commitment to professionalism, along with high ethics and morals, have made them a successful firm since they began operations in 1941. Their mission is to offer their clients and their businesses the peace of mind and security that comes with preventative advisory services, as well as comprehensive legal representation for unforeseen events. They provide appropriate and innovative services to complex challenges and have a focus on generating trust with their clients.

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Once more, RSS demonstrates its community involvement

October 25, 2019 — With almost a century of important presence on the Montreal and Quebec legal scenes, one of the core values of RSS has been service to our community. “Giving back” has been a refrain often heard through our corridors.

Almost every week throughout the years, members of the “RSS Family” have devoted their time, energy and resources to numerous charitable, healthcare, social and cultural organizations active in Montreal and Quebec. Many of our professionals have been amongst the leaders of our community and have occupied important positions in these organizations.

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