Judge Denies TRO to Freelance Journalists and Photographers Seeking Relief From California’s Controversial Independent Contractor Statute

As we wrote here recently, organizations representing freelance journalists and photographers filed suit seeking to enjoin enforcement of California’s controversial independent contractor statute, AB 5, as to them.

While they are not the only ones challenging the new law, their suit is not off to a promising start.

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5 Quick Tips to Leverage Your Use of LinkedIn in the New Year

Among my most popular posts last year were those dedicated to talking about LinkedIn, which tells me that it continues to be the tool that resonates most in the legal industry. I know that it’s in part because it’s become such a robust and useful platform, but I also suspect that it’s in part because some of us are still hoping that there’s a silver bullet out there when it comes to networking and relationship building. I hate to tell you – there isn’t. Even when you’re using social media, which can supersize your efforts, you still need to have goals, develop a plan, and invest time and effort in order for it to pay off for you. 

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RSS Promoting Female Entrepreneurship

January 6, 2020 — RSS is pleased to join the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie Saint-Jérôme métropolitain in sponsoring the Female Leadership Prize. This distinction, to be awarded on April 25 at the Chamber’s Zénith Gala, highlights the achievements of a female personality who stood out for her exceptional leadership, the development of her business or her determination in taking part in the economic and social development of the Rivière-du-Nord Regional County Municipality.

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New State and Local Minimum Wage Increases Have Taken Effect Throughout The Country

With the start of the New Year, new state and local minimum wage increases have gone into effect for non-exempt employees across the country.

The chart below summarizes the new minimum wage rates that went into effect on January 1, 2020, unless otherwise indicated.  (More will take effect July 1, 2020.)

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Lindsay Griffiths Named as Executive Director of International Lawyers Network

January 3, 2020 – The International Lawyers Network’s Board of Directors is delighted to announce the appointment with effect from the 1 January 2020 of Lindsay Griffiths as its new Executive Director, following 15 successful years with the organization, first as its Director of Network Development and then as the ILN’s Director of Global Relationship Management. Simon Ekins, Chairman of the ILN commented “We are delighted that Lindsay has taken on this new role and look forward to her guiding the ILN in its plans for the future, building on its past growth and its successes, which have seen the ILN develop into one of the leading legal global networks of today, since it was founded in 1988.”

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The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019 : New amendments and its implications

The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (“Code”) has been amended through promulgation of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019 (“Ordinance”) on December 28, 2019. The Ordinance amends the Code to inter-alia, prescribe the threshold for financial creditors of certain specified categories to initiate the resolution process; clarification with respect to persons that are not entitled to initiate the insolvency resolution process, etc. amongst other amendments that have been introduced. Some of the salient features of the Ordinance are enumerated herein below:

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Mandatory Severance on the Horizon Under Proposed Amendments to NJ Warn Act

A bill to amend the New Jersey Millville Dallas Airmotive Plant Loss Job Notification Act, also commonly referred to as the New Jersey WARN Act (“NJ WARN Act”), which the New Jersey Senate passed on December 16, 2019, if enacted, will create significant financial liability for covered New Jersey employers that undergo a mass layoff, or a transfer or termination of operations, by requiring the employer pay severance to both full-time and part-time employees.

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Hospitality Employers Take Note: Numerous Local Increases to the Minimum Wage Take Effect Now

With the start of the New Year, employers in the hospitality sector should prepare for new state- and local- minimum wage increases for their non-exempt employees.  To help multi-jurisdictional employers easily navigate these changes, we have prepared the chart below, which summarizes the new minimum wage rates that have taken effect on January 1, 2020, unless otherwise indicated.  Check back here in June for a summary of the new minimum wage rates that will take effect July 1, 2020.

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Federal Court Issues Eleventh-Hour TRO to Enjoin Enforcement of California’s Controversial New Independent Contractor Law for 70,000 Independent Truckers Continue Reading…

On January 1, 2020, California’s new independent contractor statute, known as AB 5, went into effect.  The law codifies the use of an “ABC” test to determine if an individual may be classified as an independent contractor.

The hastily passed and controversial statute has been challenged by a number of groups as being unconstitutional and/or preempted by federal law, including ride-share and delivery companies and freelance writers.

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New Jersey’s New Child Victims Act Expands Opportunity for Filing Abuse Claims and Removes Former Immunity for Non-Profit Organizations and Public Entities

On December 1, 2019, New Jersey’s Child Victim’s Act went into effect.  This new law opens a two-year “revival” period for individuals to assert civil claims of child abuse and to file claims against institutions and individuals, even if those claims had already expired and/or were dismissed because they were filed late.  Additionally, the new law also expands the statute of limitations for victims to bring claims of child sexual abuse to age 55 or until seven years from the time that an alleged victim became aware of his/her injury, whichever comes later.  Unlike other jurisdictions that have passed similar legislation, the New Jersey Child Victims Act limits suits to individual claims, and bars class action suits. Similarly, settlements of claims under the Act on a class basis are deemed against public policy.

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