Monthly Archives: March 2021

Podcast: American Rescue Plan Delivers New Stimulus Funding – Diagnosing Health Care

In this episode of the Diagnosing Health Care Podcast: Epstein Becker Green attorneys Mark LutesPhilo Hall, and Timothy Murphy discuss the health-specific portions of the American Rescue Plan, including increased funding for federal oversight activities, changes to public insurance programs, and what these changes might mean for stakeholders.

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Marcel-Olivier Nadeau Elected on the Board of Directors of the Bar of Quebec

March 31, 2021 — The Barreau du Québec announced this morning that Marcel-Olivier Nadeau becomes a director of the Bar, and will serve a two-year mandate as representative of the Barreau du Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean. Mr. Nadeau is already bâtonnier of the local Bar.

Andrew Penhale, RSS’s Managing Partner, is pleased with this election. “Members of our firm have always been very much involved in their community; and this includes the legal community. We all stand behind Marcel-Olivier.”

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Law Firm ILN-telligence Podcast | Episode 29: Mikael Salmi | Fenno Attorneys-at-Law

Join us for our latest episode of the Law Firm ILN-telligence podcast!

Mikael Salmi is a partner with Fenno Attorneys-at-Law in Finland, a member of the International Lawyers Network. In this episode, Lindsay and Mikael talk about the impact of the pandemic on young lawyers, how their firm was already strategically placed to handle remote working, and what they’ll hold on to when things return to “normal.”

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Video: DOL Electronic Notices Guidance, EEO-1 Reporting Delayed, CA COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday:  This week, some practical updates on posting requirements, reporting deadlines, and new COVID-19 leave in California.

Video: YouTubeVimeo.

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ILN Today Post

Additional Disclosures and Reporting in the Financial Statement and Board’s Report

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (“MCA”) through a gazette notification dated March 24, 2021 (“Notification”) amended the Schedule III of the Companies Act, 2013 (“Act”); Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014 (“Account Rules”); and Companies (Audit and Auditors) Rules, 2014 (“Audit Rules”), (collectively referred to as “Amendments”) wherein the statutory auditor and the Board of Director (“Board”) of the company is required to make new disclosures and reporting while preparing the financial statement along with audit report and Board’s report respectively from the financial year 2021-22 and onwards.

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Infringers Beware – The U.S. is Emphasizing Copyright Enforcement

The United States received two major copyright updates in the middle of the pandemic.  Copyright owners should breathe a sigh of relief.  On December 27, 2020, as part of the major COVID-19 Relief bill, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2020 (the “CASE Act”) and the Protecting Lawful Streaming Act of 2020 (the PLSA”) were signed into law.

The Problem:

Streaming is the thing—whether with music, television, movies, audiobooks, or videogames.  Like with streaming, however, their illegal infringement is also everywhere and accounts for a nearly $30 billion loss to the U.S. economy per year.[i]  The constant, pervasive nature of copyright infringement has historically made enforcement difficult.  The CASE Act and PLSA provide copyright holders relief.   

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ILN Today Post

Licensing Procedures for Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain

On January 19, 2021, the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) published an interim final rule, “Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain,” which became effective on March 22, 2021. In short, it allows the Secretary of Commerce, in accordance with Executive Order 13873, to prohibit certain information and communications technology and services transactions (ICTS Transactions) to address national security threats. For additional information on the interim final rule, effective as of March 22, please see our previous article.

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ARPA Requires Tax-Free COBRA Subsidy

As part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”), signed into law on March 11, 2021, employers will be required to provide, on a tax-free basis, a subsidy to employees and their qualified beneficiaries to pay 100% of the COBRA continuation premium for group health plan coverage. This subsidy applies only to “assistance eligible individuals,” who are eligible for COBRA as a result of an involuntary termination of employment or a reduction in hours and who are, or could have been, eligible for COBRA during the period of April 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021 (the “Subsidy Period”).

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What Does it Mean to be a Leader?

A conversation I had earlier today got me thinking about what it means to be a leader.

Is it technical skill? Surely, you need to have the skill to perform your duties and an understanding of what your company or organization does to be successful. Is it experience? Yes, often that helps, though I think we all know that there have been cases where someone may have skills from another industry that can be transferred without having what is considered the “right” experience on paper, and still be a wildly successful leader. Is it executive presence? That may be debatable and probably depends on the audience that you’re speaking to as to what their definition of “executive presence” is.

So what are the right ingredients for being a leader?

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Brian A. Kreucher of Howard & Howard Selected to 2021 “Michigan’s Go To Employment Law Lawyers” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

ROYAL OAK, Mich., March 30, 2021 – Attorney Brian A. Kreucher has been named to “Michigan’s Go To Employment Law Lawyers” class of 2021 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. The award recognizes the top 20 lawyers across the state in a given practice area as nominated by their peers.

A “Michigan Go To Lawyer” is an expert in his or her field, well-versed in the nuances of the case law, statutes and regulations clients will encounter; experienced, with a record of success in many cases and/or transactions; a lawyer to whom other lawyers make referrals because of his or her expertise and accomplishments; a lawyer who can think creatively and identify all options for a client; a lawyer you would name when a friend needs legal help; and a lawyer you might call yourself if you needed legal help in his or her field of expertise.

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