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McDonald Hopkins construction group earns Tier 1 ranking from U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers

McDonald Hopkins is pleased to announce that it has earned a Metropolitan Tier 1 ranking in Columbus in the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers’ 2019 rankings for outstanding work in Construction Law and Construction Litigation. Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession and has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

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FDA Proposes to Clarify and Formalize the De Novo Classification Process for Medical Devices

On December 7, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) published a proposed rule (“Proposed Rule”) that, if finalized, would clarify the de novo classification process for medical devices, including (1) the format and contents of a de novo request and (2) the criteria for accepting or denying a de novo request. FDA intends to “enhance regulatory clarity and predictability… [and] provide a regulatory framework that sets clear standards, expectations and processes for de novo classification” through this proposed rulemaking.[1]

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California’s Governor Proposes the Most Generous Parental Leave in the Country

On January 10, 2019, newly elected California Governor Gavin Newsom proposed funding six months of partial-paid leave for new parents. The plan, which was announced as part of the governor’s budget, would compensate new parents or caretakers up to 70 percent of their wages to care and bond with a newborn or adopted baby. Newsom stated that “public health and economic research shows that providing up to six months of paid parental leave leads to positive health and educational outcomes for children, greater economic security for parents, and less strain on finding and affording infant child care.”

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Algemene voorwaarden: dat kan niet misgaan zou je denken

In de bouw wordt veel gebruik gemaakt van algemene voorwaarden. Het is niet moeilijk om ze goed op de overeenkomst van toepassing te laten zijn, maar toch gaat het nog wel eens mis. Onnodig. Daarom deze bijdrage.

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GDPR and Wills?

Many of you will now be aware of the introduction of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’) on 25 May 2018 which applies to all business and organisations which hold data in relation to private individuals. The new rules have raised an interesting query – do solicitors and other professional advisers holding wills on behalf of their clients have an obligation to send beneficiaries named in a will a ‘privacy notice’ informing them that the adviser is holding information about them? Do they need to tell them that they are in fact beneficiaries?

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Payment of Gratuity to Teachers

The Hon’ble Supreme Court in its recent judgment pronounced on January 7, 2019 in the case of Birla Institute of Technology vs. State of Jharkhand [Civil Appeal No. 2530 of 2012] (“BIT Case”), has endorsed its earlier view taken in the case of Ahmadabad Pvt. Primary Teachers Association vs. Administrative Officer and Others [(2004) 1 SCC 755] (“APPTA Case”) that teachers are not employees for the purposes of Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 (“PG Act”).

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Miller Samuel Hill Brown LLP appoint a new Chairman

Glasgow solicitors Miller Samuel Hill Brown LLP, “MSHB”, have appointed Marie Macdonald as their new Chairman, succeeding founding Partner, Michael Samuel, who continues as a Consultant with the firm. She becomes the first woman to Chair MSHB, one of Scotland’s longest-established legal practices.

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Effective Management of Cybersecurity Risk in Transactional Due Diligence

According to a report by West Monroe Partners, Approximately 40% of companies engaged in corporate transactions reported finding a cybersecurity issue during post-acquisition integration of the target company.  While companies routinely conduct robust transactional due diligence to manage legal risk, many fail to adequately conduct cybersecurity due diligence. As a consequence, many companies and investors are leaving themselves vulnerable to potentially severe latent cyber risks.

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Epstein Becker Green Maintains Its ISO 27001 Certification for 2nd Year, the Highest Accreditation for Information Protection and Security

Epstein Becker Green (EBG) is pleased to announce that, for the second year, it has attained ISO 27001 certification in Information Security Management.

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How the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 could impact your business

Has the European Union’s latest data privacy regulation, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), come to the United States? All U.S. businesses that ignored the GDPR, or made a determination that the GDPR did not apply to their operations, should now take special note of the requirements imposed by the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018.

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