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The Bar acknowledges three RSS lawyers for their distinguished careers

As part of today’s rentrée judiciaire, the Bar of Montreal will pay tribute to those lawyers celebrating this year their 70th, 60th or 50th anniversaries of being called to the Bar. Three RSS lawyers are among those:

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September 30th Deadline for Submitting Pay Data to EEOC as Part of EEO-1 Report

Employers with at least 100 employees – or federal government contractors and first-tier subcontractors with 50 or more employees and at least $50,000 in federal government contracts – have a deadline of September 30, 2019 to file with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) a revised EEO-1 Report incorporating payroll data. The EEO-1 Report, which these employers must file annually, is a compliance survey that requires company employment data categorized by race/ethnicity, gender and job category.

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Tamsin Kaplan Named to Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s “Top Women of Law” List

Davis Malm is pleased to announce that shareholder Tamsin Kaplan has been selected to the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 2019 “Top Women of Law” list. This highly coveted honor is presented to exceptional lawyers who are recognizable pioneers, educators, trailblazers and role models who have made tremendous professional strides and demonstrated great accomplishments in their respective legal fields. Ms. Kaplan and the other award recipients will be honored at a reception on November 7, 2019 in Boston.

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Howard & Howard Continues 150th Anniversary Celebration with Donations to Merit School of Music and the Foundation for Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation

Royal Oak, Michigan-based Howard & Howard has donated to both the Merit School of Music and the Foundation for Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation (FHSR) as part of a year-long charitable campaign involving all the Firm’s offices and their respective communities. The gift was announced at a reception held at Howard & Howard’s Chicago location on August 28. Each organization received $12,500.

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Connolly Gallagher Adds New Associate

Connolly Gallagher LLP added attorney Stephanie Smiertka Riley to its commercial and intellectual property litigation practice as an associate. Her complex commercial litigation experience extends to both plaintiffs and defendants in business disputes, consumer protection claims, and pharmaceutical and medical device multi-district litigations.

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Are Federal Judges Growing Tired Of Attorneys’ Fees-Driven Wage-Hour Class Actions?

A number of years ago – 20 perhaps – someone shared with me a study that was conducted by a major university where participants were asked which professions they most distrust.

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The Faithless Servant Doctrine: Can an Employer Claw Back Compensation from an Employee Who Binge-Watches “Friends” During Work Hours?

New York is known for having many protections for its employees in the workplace, but a long-standing legal doctrine can furnish a remedy to employers with regard to employees who engage in repeated acts of disloyalty during their employment. The “faithless servant doctrine” permits an employer to “claw back” an employee’s compensation when an employee is found to be disloyal to the employer. While the doctrine may seem antiquated, it continues to have vitality.  For example, in March 2018, a New York appellate court confirmed an arbitration award that directed, based on the faithless servant doctrine, a former employee to pay Major, Lindsey & Africa, LLC nearly $2 million as disgorgement of her past salary and commissions on claims that she had stolen and divulged confidential information to competitors.

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Union Cabinet approves proposal for review of FDI policy on various sectors

On August 28th, 2019 the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved proposal for review of the Foreign Direct Investment (“FDI”) policy. The proposed changes in the policy will result in easing the FDI rules for various sectors such as coal mining, contract manufacturing, single brand retail trading and media etc. Further, it is expected that the changes in the FDI policy will result in making India a more lucrative investment destination and accelerate the economic development and progress of Indian economy.  

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Back to Business: Five Developments Impacting Health Care Employers

As summer winds down, the challenges impacting health care employers in 2019 continue to heat up. These challenges include ongoing developments regarding marijuana legalization, employee resistance to vaccination mandates, workplace violence prevention, state health insurance mandates, and more. In this issue of Take 5, we address these key developments and provide recommendations for action.

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58 Lewis Rice Attorneys Named Best Lawyers for 2020

Lewis Rice is pleased to announce that 58 attorneys have been named to the 2020 Best Lawyers in America® annual list. We would also like to recognize John M. Hessel, Matthew J. Madsen, Barry A. Short, and Richard B. Walsh, Jr. for being honored as Best Lawyers’“Lawyer of the Year” for 2020.

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