Monthly Archives: October 2021

Conference: “Women’s Legal Leadership at Robinson Sheppard Shapiro”

October 29, 2021 — On November 4, the firm will be partnering for a conference with the Feminist Committee of the University of Ottawa’s Law Students’ Association.

Catherine Cloutier, Sharon G. Druker, Ad. E., and Médgine Gourdet, from RSS au féminin, will be leading the discussion and answering students’ questions on women’s leadership in the legal world, and especially within our firm. The conference, taking place in our office, will definitely be inspirational for future generations of women lawyers.

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Daniel Chojnowski Selected as a “Leader in the Law” Class of 2021 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Royal Oak, Mich., October 28, 2021 – Howard & Howard is proud to announce that Daniel Chojnowski has been selected to the 2021 Class of “Leaders in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Honorees have made outstanding contributions to the practice of law in Michigan, shown tremendous leadership in seeking improvements to the state justice system as well as the legal community, and set an example for others in the profession.

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Five Frightful Business Development Mistakes Lawyers Make

It’s SPOoOooOooKY Halloween this weekend (can anyone tell me which podcast that’s from?) and so I’m bringing you a post on the five most frightful business development mistakes lawyers make (and how to avoid them!).

I love Halloween, so bear with me on this.

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EEOC Updates COVID-19 Guidance to Address Vaccine Mandate Religious Exemptions

On Monday, October 25, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued updates to its online technical assistance for employers, providing guidance for managing workplace issues arising from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in compliance with the panoply of federal anti-discrimination laws that it enforces.

The updated guidance now includes a new section “L” entitled Vaccinations – Title VII and Religious Objections to COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates. The new material includes links to federal regulations regarding religious discrimination as well as previously issued guidance on reasonable accommodations. The new material uses a Question and Answer (“Q&A”) format to address common issues faced by employers mandating employee vaccinations.

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Washington State Raises Earning Thresholds for Workers Subject to Noncompetition Covenants

Effective January 1, 2022, the earning thresholds for employees and independent contractors in Washington who properly may be subject to noncompetition covenants will increase. The new adjusted earning threshold for employees will be $107,301.04 and the new adjusted earning threshold for independent contractors will be $268,252.59. Earnings is defined as the compensation reflected on box one of the form W-2 for employees or the payments reported on a form 1099 for independent contractors. Therefore, workers who earn amounts less than the new thresholds may not be subject to noncompetition covenants.

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The Supreme Court Rules on the Validity of Non-Liability Clauses in Commercial Contracts

By Catherine Cloutier, from our Insurance Law Practice Group

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October 27, 2021 – The Supreme Court of Canada recently rendered an important decision which may have a significant impact on commercial contracts concluded under Quebec law. In the case of 6362222 Canada inc. v. Prelco inc., 2021 SCC 39, the Court was called upon to decide whether a limitation of liability clause could be set aside in virtue of the doctrine of breach of fundamental obligation.

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Video: Remote Work and Reasonable Accommodations, Important Dates for Federal Contractors, Learn About AI – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesdayThis week, we focus on the uptick in requests for remote work as a reasonable accommodation during COVID-19 and what employers should consider when addressing them.

Remote Work and Reasonable Accommodations

A recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) disability discrimination lawsuit shows the agency is closely watching and is interested in litigating cases where an employer fails to provide employees with reasonable accommodations in connection with requests for remote work during the pandemic. As these requests continue to increase due to COVID-19, attorney Shira Blank tells us more about the EEOC lawsuit and what it could mean for employers in the future.

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Reverse Class Actions in Canada: A New Form of IP Litigation

On September 8, 2021, the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) in Canada released its decision in Salna v. Voltage Pictures, LLC, 2021 FCA 176 which considered whether a reverse class action, a term used colloquially to describe where a plaintiff seeks certification of a respondent/defendant class proceeding, could be pursued in connection with a copyright infringement claim. Rather than in a typical class action where the plaintiff is the class, in these proceedings, the respondents/defendants make up the class. A reverse class proceeding is a proceeding where a plaintiff or specific plaintiffs bring a proceeding against a class of respondents/defendants for common or similar facts.

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DeFi — RISKS, REGULATIONS, AND WHAT’S TO COME

Overview

Crypto-assets1, which are forms of digital currency that operate on a decentralized network, are known to be theoretically immune to government interference and manipulation, as these digital assets operate on systems that are “decentralized”. This concept of decentralized control runs antithesis to traditional financial systems, which rely on the use of centralized intermediaries. Unlike traditional currency, crypto-assets can be transferred from peer to peer, without the need to be relinquished to an intermediary party, such as a bank or a government.

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EEOC updates guidance on COVID-19 religious accommodations and undue hardship

As employers await OSHA’s emergency temporary standard on vaccines or weekly testing, many are also anticipating a slew of religious exemption requests in response to vaccine mandates. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has clearly heard employers concerns and has now updated its COVID-19 technical assistance guidance to address the scope of the religious exemption under Title VII. Read more…

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