Monthly Archives: August 2020

Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: Build your Network Now! (7 Steps for Building a Network During a Pandemic)

This week’s Rainmaking Recommendation from coach and expert, Jaimie Field, talks about one of my favorite topics – network building! Read on for her advice.

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An old Chinese proverb says:

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The second best time is now.”

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Best Lawyers: 27 Lawyers Are Listed, and RSS Is Canada’s Law Firm of the Year for Insurance Law

August 27, 2020 — RSS is proud to announce that 27 of its lawyers — nearly a third of the team — are included in the 2021 Canadian edition of the Best Lawyers directory, a major international peer-review-based guide to legal professionals.

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COVID-19: Time to Go Over Your Estate Planning, According To Marilyn Piccini Roy

August 27, 2020 — The pandemic is both the reason and the occasion to re-examine one’s estate planning, as suggested by Marilyn Piccini Roy, Ad. E., in “Estate planning during a pandemic”. In this piece published by the Bequests and Planned Gifts Service of McGill University, Marilyn explains that the pandemic has alerted certain people to the necessity of having a look at their wills and given them the free time to review them.

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Rule 1: Don’t Rush In Without a Plan – Return to Work in the Time of COVID-19

Part 1 of a series featuring our video Rules of the Road: Return to Work in the Time of COVID-19. 

As Labor Day approaches, with schools reopening (in some form or fashion), and as we approach the end of our collective bandwidth for Zoom meetings, much time and attention has been spent discussing how and when to finally “return to work.”

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Law Firm ILN-telligence Podcast | Episode 13: Uday Ahlawat | Ahlawat & Associates

Uday Ahlawat is co-managing partner of Ahlawat & Associates in New Delhi, India and a member of the International Lawyers Network. In this episode, we discuss emphasizing wellness for the whole lawyer to make us all better professionals, the idea of remote working versus working from home during a pandemic, and how a firm’s ability to generalize may help them survive a pandemic and market downturn. Tune in here!

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U.S. DOL Issues Additional Guidance on COVID-19 and FLSA, FMLA and FFCRA Rules

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued new FAQs addressing requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) as employees return to work amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The DOL has stated that work performed remotely is treated the same as work performed at the primary worksite for purposes of compensability. Employers must compensate nonexempt employees for all hours of telework actually performed, including overtime work, provided that the employer knew or had reason to believe the work was performed. This includes unauthorized hours worked and unreported hours by an employee when an employer knew or had reason to believe that the work was performed. Read more…

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Lidings is Ranked in International Rating of Leading Law Firms – IFLR1000 2021

International Financial Law Review 1000 (IFLR1000) once again notes Lidings for its expertise in Restructuring and Insolvency practice area.

Lidings is also ranked among the leading legal advisors in Russia in M&A, Banking and Project Finance.

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D.C. Judge Rules COVID-19 Closure Orders Do Not Constitute “Direct Physical Loss”

On August 6, 2020, in Rose’s 1 LLC, et al. v. Erie Insurance Exchange, a District of Columbia trial court granted an insurer’s cross motion for summary judgment on the issue of whether COVID-19 closure orders constitute a “direct physical loss” under a commercial property policy. Plaintiff insureds (“Insureds”) own several restaurants in Washington D.C. that were forced to close and suffered serious revenue losses stemming from the Mayor’s orders to close non-essential businesses and ordering people to stay home. As a result, the Insureds made claims to Defendant Erie Insurance Exchange (the “Insurer”) under their policies that included coverage for “loss of ‘income’ and/or ‘rental income’” sustained “due to partial or total ‘interruption of business’ resulting directly from ‘loss’ or damage” to the property insured. The policy also stated that it “insures against direct physical ‘loss.’”

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Ninth Circuit Conclusion That Amazon Delivery Drivers Don’t Need To Arbitrate Their Claims Under FAA’s “Transportation Worker” Exemption Highlights Conflict Among Courts

Given the ever increasing number of wage-hour class and collective actions being filed against employers, it is no surprise that may employers have turned to arbitration agreements with class and collective action waivers as a first line of defense, particularly after the United States Supreme Court’s landmark 2018 Epic Systems v. Lewis decision.

If there is a common misconception about Epic Systems, however, it is that the Supreme Court concluded that all arbitration agreements with all employees are enforceable under all circumstances.  The Court reached no such conclusion. In fact, the Court went out of its way to explain that arbitration agreements remain susceptible to challenges, including challenges that would be available as to other contracts.

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Calcutta High Court Calls for Expenses Incurred by Schools during Pandemic

Case: Vineet Ruia vs. State of West Bengal [WP 5890(W) of 2020]

Forum: Hon’ble High Court of Calcutta (“CHC”)

Order delivered on: August 18, 2020

Substance of the Order: Establishment of a committee to ascertain the expenses incurred by schools during lockdown to determine if any concession in fees can be passed on to the students in view of the financial distress caused by the COVID 19 pandemic.

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