Why Not Just Make Everybody Hourly?

For more than 80 years, federal law has provided a general right to premium pay for working overtime hours, originally just for covered employees, then later for employees of covered enterprises.  The laws of more than 30 states contain a comparable requirement, though in some instances differing in the particulars.

This presumptive right to the overtime premium is, of course, subject to the familiar exemption construct whereby individuals whose employment satisfies one or more of the dozens of exempted categories fall outside the premium pay requirement.  Many of the most significant employment law battles over the past three decades have focused on whether certain groups of workers satisfied the criteria for an overtime exemption, resulting in businesses spending billions of dollars on judgments, settlements, and defense costs.  Think pharmaceutical sales representatives, insurance claims adjusters, financial advisors, mortgage loan officers, insurance and bank underwriters, automotive service advisors, various types of drivers, and more.  Hardly a week goes by without reports of seven-figure verdicts or settlements involving challenges to exempt status.

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: How Are You Doing?

Join us for this week’s rainmaking recommendation from trainer and coach, Jaimie Field.

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This may seem like a strange Rainmaking Recommendation, but I have a question for you? How are you doing?

I ask because May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the first week in May is Well Being Week In Law (WWIL).  It’s also because mindset is probably one of the most important aspects of becoming a Rainmaker.

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Law Firm ILN-telligence Podcast | Episode 31: Ron Norwood | Lewis Rice

Join us for our latest episode of the Law Firm ILN-telligence podcast!

Ron Norwood is a partner with Lewis Rice in St. Louis, Missouri, a member of the International Lawyers Network. In this episode, Lindsay and Ron talk extensively about his work as a mentor, including how and why he gives back, the meaningful commitment to diversity & inclusion that Lewis Rice has made and how Ron leads that charge as the chair of the D&I committee at the firm, and the Missouri Bar’s Special Committee on Lawyers of Color and Ron’s work with them to get six important initiatives passed through the Bar’s Board of Governors (and what the next steps look like). Ron also talks about this moment in history with this week’s verdict in the Chauvin trial, his own background growing up in Chicago, and working as a police internal affairs prosecutor. Truly one of our most powerful episodes.

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.AU DOMAIN NAMES MUST HAVE A PRESENCE IN AUSTRALIA

Foreign entities looking to register Australian domain names need to be aware that the eligibility requirements have changed and the threshold is now much higher. If a foreign entity is relying on a registered Australia trademark to meet the Australia presence requirement, they must ensure that their domain is an exact match to that trademark.

On 12 April 2021, a new set of rules relating to the licensing of the .au country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) came into effect in Australia.

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Video: Legal Considerations for COVID-19 Vaccination Policies – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday:  While the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says that employers can institute mandatory vaccination policies, there are many legal considerations that come with those policies, especially as more employees return to work. And employers that do not mandate vaccines are wondering what workplace rules they can implement without legal risk. Attorneys Jennifer Barna and Nathaniel Glasser tell us more. You can also read more about the legal considerations of mandating vaccination.

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New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut Set to Lift Most COVID-19 Capacity Limits

On May 3, 2021, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced a significant easing of COVID-19-related capacity restrictions on businesses in their respective states. Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut, who joined the other two governors in the announcement, had previously ordered a comparable lifting of capacity restrictions in his state.

Specifically, effective May 19, New Jersey and New York will remove most capacity limitations on businesses, which are currently based on a percentage of maximum capacity, and replace them with limitations based on the space available for individuals to comply with the social distancing mandate of six-feet; Connecticut’s easing of restrictions will also be in place by May 19. It is not yet clear how the new social-distancing requirement will be enforced, since, as of this writing, only Governor Murphy has issued an executive order regarding the removal of capacity limitations for businesses, and it does not contemplate enforcement. Additionally, no other formal guidance has been issued.

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ILN Today Post

bkp achieves top rankings in Austria’s trend magazine

 bkp has again been recognized as one of the top 20 Austrian law firms in size and further

bkp lawyers have been ranked amongst the Top 10 lawyers in four different categories of law.

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New Traffic Rules of the “E-Commerce Express Lane”- A Briefing of the Online Transaction Supervision and Administration Measures

In recent years, with the development of e-commerce and online payment, online shopping has become an indispensable part of people’s lives. The pandemic further boosts the development of e-commerce, and the booming of phenomenal business models such as livestreaming marketing gets into full swing. Lagging in legal systems has caused dilemmas in law enforcement, such as: how to determine new types of participants such as online streamers, how to allocate legal responsibilities of online platforms, how to exercise accommodative and prudential regulation, and how to protect consumer rights. Read more…

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RCCB PROMOTES NEW PARTNERS AND COUNSEL

Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC (RCCB), a law firm offering a distinctive combination of practical business acumen, legal expertise and entrepreneurial passion, today announced the promotion of attorneys Matt Brinker and Alex Nassar to Partner and Jennifer Ilana Tintenfass, David P. Dalesandro and Jordan Kovnot to Counsel. Brinker and Dalesandro reside in the firm’s Conshohocken office, with Nassar, Kovnot and Tintenfass in the Philadelphia office. The promotions were effective March 1, 2021. Read more…

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Getting Paid for COVID-19 Test Claims: What Every Clinical Lab Needs to Know to Maximize Collected Dollars

As many labs have discovered, getting reimbursed for COVID-19 tests is not a given. Several sources of risk—such as inadequate posting of prices, improper coding, noncompliance with state & federal laws, and inadequate documentation—result in clinical laboratories not being paid for COVID-19 testing or, more likely, getting paid and later facing post-payment audits that result in the recoupment of some payments.

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