DOL Proposes New Rule to Determine Joint Employer Status under the FLSA

In the first meaningful revision of its joint employer regulations in over 60 years, on Monday, April 1, 2019 the Department of Labor (“DOL”) proposed a new rule establishing a four-part test to determine whether a person or company will be deemed to be the joint employer of persons employed by another employer. Joint employer status confers joint and several liability with the primary employer and any other joint employers for all wages due to the employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), and it’s often a point of dispute when an employee lodges claims for unpaid wages or overtime.

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Swings and Roundabouts – The Number of Taxes Decreases Further in Hungary

60, 59, 58, 55… this is how the number of taxes has changed in Hungary over the past 4 years. The trend is certainly encouraging, but behind the figures there are some more complex phenomena at play.

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Seven Hall & Wilcox Partners partners named finalists for 2019 Partner of the Year Awards

Hall & Wilcox is pleased to have seven partners named finalists in the Lawyers Weekly 2019 Partner of the Year Awards.

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The Legal 500 EMEA 2019: Lidings Recommended Top Legal Advisor in Russia

A new ranking for the world’s best law firms and individual lawyers annually provided by The Legal 500 EMEA once again confirms Lidings position as one of the strongest legal advisors in corporate and M&A and dispute resolution in Russia.

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SCC: Party Autonomy in Arbitration Trumps Access to Justice Concerns

In a 5 to 4 decision, the Supreme Court of Canada held the concept of “party autonomy” and holding parties to a valid arbitration agreement trumped access to justice and policy concerns.  The Court allowed an appeal from the Court of Appeal for Ontario in which the majority ruled that part of a class action should be stayed and should proceed by way of arbitration even where there was a possibility of duplicating proceedings and inconsistent results.

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When appealing bears fruit: Pear Technologies v EUIPO – Apple

Are apples different from pears? Or are they both just fruit? Or, as cockney rhyming slang would have it, are they stairs? These are the questions (excepting the last one) that the distinguished judges of the Court of Justice of the European Communities (CJEU) have been gr-apple-ing with in the recent case of Pear Technologies v EUIPO – Apple [2019] EUECJ T-215/17. Aside from offering opportunities for highly amusing wordplay, this recent decision includes some useful guidance on the CJEU’s approach to the visual and conceptual comparison of signs in trade mark disputes.

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Play to Your Strengths to Enhance Your Leadership Skills

Being a strong leader is something that a lot of us aspire to, whether we’re serving in a position of leadership or not – whatever our role in our firms, the way we work, collaborate, and engage with others has a big impact on them. Knowing your strengths, and leveraging them, can help you create great teams within your firm, and as collaboration is key to success, this is a skill we certainly want to pursue.

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Early stage innovation tax incentives for sports technology and esports

Sports technology and esports are innovative and rapidly growing industries that have spawned many new business ventures, the investors in which may be eligible for certain tax concessions under the Federal Government’s early stage innovation company (ESIC) scheme.

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Changes to warranty documentation requirements – are you ready?

Warranties against defects

Suppliers or manufacturers of goods or services may wish to provide promises to consumers about what they will do in the event that there is a defect in the relevant good or service, such as repairing or replacing the good, providing the service again or compensating the consumer.

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Hall & Wilcox advises Compass and Hume on largest social bond issuance in Australia

Leading Australian law firm Hall & Wilcox has separately advised Compass Housing Services and Hume Community Housing Association on the first round of the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) loans.

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