Amy L. Fracassini Named to Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s “Top Women of Law” List

Davis Malm is pleased to announce that firm president, Amy L. Fracassini, has been selected to the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 2018 “Top Women of Law” list. This highly coveted honor is presented to exceptional women lawyers who are recognizable pioneers, educators, trailblazers, and role models, and who have made tremendous professional strides and demonstrated great accomplishments in their respective legal fields. Ms. Fracassini and the other award recipients will be honored at a reception on October 18, 2018 in Boston.

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Massachusetts Adopts Paid Family and Medical Leave and Increases the Minimum Wage

On June 28, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law “An Act Relative to Minimum Wage, Paid Family Medical Leave And The State Tax Holiday.” Dubbed a “grand bargain” due to its successful passage through the compromise of legislators, the business community, and workers’ rights advocates, this new law has significant implications for Massachusetts employers. Specifically, Massachusetts adopted a broad and far-reaching paid family and medical leave for qualifying employees, and it will gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by the start of 2023. Massachusetts will separately phase out time-and-a-half premium pay for certain employees on Sundays and some holidays. Below is a summary of the key provisions of this new law.

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Employee awarded €7,500 for excessive working hours

A Labour Court decision has highlighted the obligation on employers to ensure that employees do not work more than their statutory maximum working hours. Paul Gough takes a look at the case.

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Talking Tax – Issue 129

ATO updates

Draft Guidelines for Enterprise Tax Plan

The ATO has issued draft Practical Compliance Guideline PCG 2018/D5(Draft Guideline) to provide clarity for corporate tax entities regarding the compliance and administrative approaches to determining the appropriate corporate tax rate or rate for dividend imputation purposes, applying to the last three financial years.

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Congratulations to attorney Michelle Wezner on her selection to Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Women in the Law” Class of 2018!

Royal Oak, Michigan, August 9, 2018:  Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that attorney Michelle Wezner was selected to Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Women in the Law” Class of 2018. Now in its eighth year, the “Women in the Law” awards program honors 30 high-achieving, women lawyers in Michigan and their accomplishments. These women have a commitment to excellence in the practice of law, are inspiring and accomplished leaders in the profession, serve as mentors to other women, and contribute significant time and effort to volunteerism and/or pro bono.  The Class of 2018 will be honored at a special luncheon on September 20 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy.

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OIG Concludes IT Donation to Facilitate Telemedicine Consultations is Low Risk

The Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued Advisory Opinion No. 18-03 in support of an arrangement where a federally qualified health center look-alike (the “Provider”) would donate free information technology-related equipment and services to a county health clinic (the “County Clinic”) to facilitate telemedicine encounters with the County Clinic’s patients (the “Proposed Arrangement”).  The OIG concluded that although the Proposed Arrangement could potentially generate prohibited remuneration under the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”) and Civil Monetary Penalties Law (“CMPL”) with the requisite intent to induce or reward referrals of federal health care programs, the OIG would exercise its discretion and not sanction the Provider or the County Clinic (collectively the “Requestors”).

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Feeling the chill in Europe

A new European regulation permits court orders to freeze bank accounts in Europe to enable cross-border recovery of debts. The European Account Preservation Order (“EAPO”) Regulation came into effect on 18th January 2017 and applies in all EU Member States except the UK and Denmark.

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Missouri Voters Kill Right-to-Work Law Signed into Law By Former Governor Greitens

On August 7, 2018, Missouri voters officially decided that Missouri will not join the majority of other states around the country to become a “right-to-work” (RTW) state. The controversial RTW issue, which Lewis Rice previously reported on here and here, emerged from a prolonged legislative process, only to be later overturned through Missouri’s rarely-invoked referendum process.

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Addressing Barriers to Change in Your Firm: People

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change can be intimidating.

Whether you find it exciting or not, even those of us who are the most adept at it can find it daunting and exhausting. In the legal industry, where change is historically slow, when it happens at all, it can be even more overwhelming. We’ve been talking an awful lot about it lately, and in light of what was revealed in the recent Altman Weil study, that there seems to be some “change fatigue” brought about by the challenges of shifting the thinking in your firm, it makes sense to start any discussion about change by talking about the people.

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OSHA Proposes to Roll Back Requirements from Electronic Reporting Rule

On July 30, 2018, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) published a notice of proposed rulemaking aimed at rolling back electronic reporting requirements that were implemented under a rule issued during the Obama administration (“Electronic Reporting Rule”). The Electronic Reporting Rule required employers with 250 or more employees, as well as employers in high risk industries, to electronically submit OSHA Form 300A (annual summary of work-related injuries and illnesses) by the end of 2017, and OSHA Forms 300 (log of injuries and illnesses) and 301 (injury and illness incident reports) by July 1, 2018.

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