The importance of succession planning for your digital assets including cryptocurrencies

The recent death of the CEO of a multi-million dollar cryptocurrency exchange start-up, who held the passwords to $275 million worth of coins and cash, has again highlighted the importance of succession planning for your digital assets and the difficulties that can arise when this is not properly addressed.

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Super Bowl Commercials – The Good of 2019

Most of us can agree that the Super Bowl this year was a bit of a dud. In a similar theme, most of the ads were a bit uninspiring too, though there were some notable exceptions to that. Considering how much money is being invested in these ads, I’m wishing for much more creative, exciting, and inspiring results than we’re getting – even the controversial ones aren’t that controversial.

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Talking tax – issue 147

Banking royal commission: unclear tax treatment for payouts

The Tax Institute has warned of uncertain tax implications for refunds and compensation payouts resulting from the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: Networking Everywhere

Jaimie Field is bringing us a great post for networking week today, focused on the an idea that I fully embrace, that networking happens all the time, everywhere.

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AdvaMed Updates Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals

For the first time since 2008, the Advanced Medical Technology Association (“AdvaMed”) has updated its “Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals.”  These updates were announced on January 9, 2019 and will become effective on January 1, 2020.

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Financial Services in Focus – Issue 19

Funds and financial products

Financial Services Royal Commission final report

On 4 February, the final report of the Royal Commission into the Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry was released to the public.

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EEOC Extends Deadline for Submission of EEO-1 Reports to May 31

On February 1, 2019, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) announced that the agency is giving employers two additional months to file their EEO-1 workforce data surveys, extending the deadline from March 31, 2019 to May 31, 2019. The extension comes as a result of the EEOC’s partial lapse in appropriations and closure during the recent shutdown of the federal government. According to the EEOC website, detailed instructions for submission of EEO-1 data will be forthcoming.

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Third Circuit: Federal Law Does Not Preempt New Jersey’s ABC Test for Independent Contractors

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a federal statute that governs interstate trucking does not preempt the application New Jersey’s ABC test for distinguishing between employees and independent contractors.

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California Court of Appeal Concludes That Certain Types of On-Call Scheduling Triggers Requirement to Pay Wages

On February 4, 2019, a divided panel of the California Court of Appeal issued their majority and dissenting opinion in Ward v. Tilly’s, Inc.  It appears to be a precedent-setting decision in California, holding that an employee scheduled for an on-call shift may be entitled to certain wages for that shift despite never physically reporting to work.

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Lidings’ Managing Partner Recognized Among the Best Lawyers by World Trademark Review, 2019

The World Trademark Review, professional publication annually identifying the most prominent lawyers around the world focused on trademark legal issues, once again lists Lidings’ Managing Partner Andrey Zelenin among the best lawyers in Russia.

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