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New York State Passes Bill Allowing Employees to Place a Lien on Employer’s Property for Accusation of Wage Violations

The New York State Assembly and Senate have passed a potentially groundbreaking act (S2844B/A486B) (the “Act”) that would allow current or former employees to obtain liens on their employer’s personal and real property based upon only the mere accusation of wage violations.  And it arguably would allow those employees to obtain liens against individuals, including owners, managers and supervisors.

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Newest Wage and Hour Opinion Letter Addresses Sleeping, Waiting, and Travel Time Principles

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) has issued an opinion letter addressing the compensability of a long-haul truck driver time in a truck’s sleeper berth during multi-day trips.  While this question is highly fact-specific, the WHD’s response offers a useful refresher on the widely applicable Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) concepts of compensability of waiting, sleeping, and traveling time.

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Howard & Howard Expands Intellectual Property Practice in Michigan and Nevada

 

 

 

 

 

Royal Oak-based law firm Howard & Howard is pleased to announce that Bill Blancke and Paxton A. Fleming have joined the Firm. They will practice out of the Royal Oak, Michigan and Las Vegas, Nevada offices, respectively.

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Defamation Risks and Social Media

A sharp increase in the number of defamation cases taken in the courts is linked to the growth in social media use.

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Davis Malm Celebrates 40th Anniversary as a Prominent Boston Law Firm With New Brand and Website

Davis Malm is pleased to unveil a new brand and website to represent the firm’s approach to servicing clients efficiently and creatively, and with the agility necessary to handle any issue. The rebranding coincides with Davis Malm’s 40th anniversary, which the firm celebrated on May 1, 2019.

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California Supreme Court Asked to Decide Whether Dynamex is Retroactive

As we have previously written, the California Supreme Court’s decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court dramatically changed the standard for determining whether workers in California should be classified as employees or as independent contractors for purposes of the wage orders adopted by California’s Industrial Welfare Commission. A significant question left open by that ruling was whether Dynamex would apply retroactively.

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M&A Trends in the Insurance Industry

Consolidation is on the rise in the insurance industry, with significant M&A activity over the past few years at all levels in the industry. George Kennedy, Partner, amalgamates the figures.

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ACCN Leading the Way in Latest Anti-Corruption Compliance in China

Duxes is pleased to announce that the 13th Anti-Corruption Compliance in China Summit 2019 (ACCN) will take place in Beijing from November 13-15. The event aims to meet companies’ demands by helping them control their overheads, understand the latest trends and developments, and establish anti-corruption compliance culture in their enterprises.

Due to advances in the legal system, Chinese law enforcement departments are attaching greater importance than ever to industries that have a high occurrence of commercial bribery. But what exactly is the current status of China’s anti-corruption policy? How can companies manage regulatory compliance? How can corruption be better investigated and prevented? And, does the FCPA compliance system for foreign-funded enterprises work in China? All of these questions will be answered and solved at ACCN.

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Colorado Joins Wave of States to Offer Heightened Employee Protections

Colorado has joined a growing movement of states in passing laws that provide greater protections to employees and job applicants. Among these are the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act and a ban the box law, which limits criminal history inquiries for job applicants. The following is a breakdown of Colorado’s newest employment laws and how their implementation may impact employers and employees alike.

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Why trademarks matter to start-ups, and the secrets to getting them right

Trademarks do more than identify your brand, they provide several business and legal benefits at relatively low cost. Yet many start-ups make elementary mistakes, such as leaving trademark registration too late, which can haunt for years to come.

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