Monthly Archives: March 2021

Labor Management Relations Under President Biden – Video & Podcast

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday:  This week on our special podcast series, Employers and the New Administration, we look at what President Biden’s support for unions throughout his political career might mean for labor management relations.

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Video & Podcast: Labor Management Relations Under President Biden – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday:  This week on our special podcast series, Employers and the New Administration, we look at what President Biden’s support for unions throughout his political career might mean for labor management relations.

In this episode, Glenn Spencer, Senior Vice President of the Employment Policy Division at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and attorney Steve Swirsky discuss what employers can expect from the NLRB under the Biden administration. Attorney David Garland leads the conversation.

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European Recognition from Chambers Europe 2021

Chambers Europe 2021, a legal directory of the best lawyers and law firms worldwide, has ranked our Insurance Dispute Resolution services as the amongst the most outstanding in Europe.

What the team is known for: Earns praise for proven capacity to handle diverse claims across EL/PL, motor insurance and financial lines. Defends insurers and self-insured companies or associations in personal injury claims filed by employees or third parties. Noted for its expertise in professional liability cases pertaining to the construction, financial services and legal sectors. Assists with coverage disputes arising under professional indemnity policies. Also has a separate claimant-side practice.

Strengths: “I regularly get a summary of each claim and anything that might have happened in the last week or so,” says one client, further noting: “The lawyers are proactive in trying to get a claim resolved.” “They are commercially minded,” says another source, explaining: “They understand the importance of getting out of a case and getting certainty, but they also understand the importance of bringing our customer along with that decision. They tend to meet our customers face to face more often, which I like.”

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Equal Pay Day 2021: Are Your Pay Decisions Fair and Equitable?

Today is “Equal Pay Day” in the United States, a symbolic date used to focus attention on gaps that exist between men’s and women’s wages.  Current estimates show that women still only earn 82 cents for every dollar a man makes.  While there are various opinions about the pay gap and what it means, today is not a day to celebrate; rather it is a day for honest reflection.  Ask the question: is your pay system equitable?

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D.C. Circuit Affirms Federal Jury’s Conviction of Texas Drilling Executive for Trade Secret Theft

On March 16, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed defendant Shan Shi’s conviction for conspiracy to commit theft of trade secrets. Given recent efforts at the state and now federal level to ban non-competes, employers may be more likely to consider partnering with law enforcement to remedy trade secret theft.

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A&K Metaxopoulos Receives Top Rankings by Top Ranked Legal

ILN member firm, A&K Metaxopoulos & Partners, in Athens, Greece has been recently ranked by Top Ranked Legal as Top Ranked (1st) in IP and also ranked in Patents (Top 5), White-Collar Crime (Top 5), Dispute Resolution (Top 10), TMT (Top 10) and Competition/Antitrust (Top 20).

As an aggregate result of these rankings, the firm was among the very few niche full-service practices in Europe to be ranked overall among the 20 Top Ranked Law Firms in its own jurisdiction. Congratulations to A&K Metaxopoulos!

For the full results, please visit this page.

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Distressed retail: The new landscape

The retail sector has been badly affected by temporary covid closures. But with this coming on top of major structural changes in the sector, the damage is extreme. We have seen mass closures and the disappearance from our high streets of many well known names. Some have been rescued but often by transforming them into businesses much more orientated to online sales and with less (or no) ongoing high street units. And we fear that there is more to come, particularly for  medium sized and smaller chains as they emerge from government temporary protections against creditor actions, supported loans and the furlough scheme.

This is a threat to many but an opportunity for others.

In the articles below our experts look into a variety of topics to be borne in mind by retailers or their prospective rescuers to navigate through this new environment.

We hope you find it useful.

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OSHA Launches New COVID-19 Initiatives: With More to Come

President Biden’s January 21, 2021 Executive Order (EO) on COVID-19 tasked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to: launch a national enforcement program, review and correct any shortcomings in their prior enforcement strategies and to determine whether any Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) were necessary and, if so, to issue an ETS by March 15, 2021.  The prior Administration had not issued an ETS, and was severely criticized by the Congress and labor unions.

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Our Commercial Litigation Group Welcomes Gabriel Gibeau

March 19, 2021 — RSS’S Commercial Litigation Group is happy to welcome Gabriel Gibeau, who was just called to the Bar after articling with us. “Ever since he came on board, Gabriel has already demonstrated that he has the necessary qualities to succeed as a pleader before the courts”, explains team leader Jean-Pierre Sheppard. “The members of the group appreciate his commitment and his passion.”

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Building Compliance Programs for AI Tools

Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) applications are powerful tools that already have been deployed by companies to improve business performance across the health care, manufacturing, retail, and banking industries, among many others. From largescale AI initiatives to smaller AI vendors, AI tools quickly are becoming a mainstream fixture in many industries and will likely infiltrate many more in the near future.

But are these companies also prepared to defend the use of AI tools should there be compliance issues at a later time? What should companies do before launching AI tools and what should companies do to continue to feel confident about compliance while the AI tools simplify and hopefully improve processes? The improper application of AI tools or the improper operation or outcomes from the AI tools can create new types of enterprise risks. While the use of AI in health care presents many opportunities, the enterprise risks that might arise need to be effectively assessed and managed.

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