Free the Data! . . . Better Think Twice . . . . Legal Issues regarding Data Sharing and Secondary Data Use

Data is king!  A robust privacy, security and data governance approach to data management can position an organization to avoid pitfalls and maximize value from its data strategy. In fact, some of the largest market cap firms have successfully harnessed the power of data for quite some time.  To illustrate this point, the Economist boldly published an article entitled “The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data.”  This makes complete sense when research shows that 90% of all data today was created in the last two years, which translates to approximately 2.5 quintillion bytes of data per day.

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ILN Today Post

Our firm went RED today in support of American Heart’s Go Red For Women.

National is held the 1st Friday of Feb to raise awareness about heart disease being the #1 killer of women. Our offices raised more than $1,300 today!

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ILN Today Post

Connolly Gallagher attorney, Holly receives 2019 Del-Mar-Va Boy Scouts of America Award

Congratulations!

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Second Court Calls into Question Viability of Employee Non-Solicitation Agreements

As we’ve discussed, the California Court of Appeal in AMN Healthcare, Inc. v. Aya Healthcare Services, Inc., recently ruled that a broadly worded contractual clause that prohibited solicitation of employees for one year after employment was an illegal restraint on trade under California law.

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Seventh Circuit Holds External Job Applicants Cannot Pursue Disparate Impact Claims Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act

In a major decision sure to provoke controversy and legislative attempts to overrule it, the en banc Seventh Circuit, by a vote of 8 to 4, has held in Kleber v. CareFusion Corp., (No. 17-1206, Jan 23, 2019), that Section 4(a)(2) of the federal Age Discrimination In Employment Act (“ADEA”) does not provide rejected external applicants with a cause of action.

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Hip hip hooray, PPSR! But it may be time to renew your PPSR registration

The Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR), established on 30 January 2012, has celebrated its seventh birthday.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Proposal to Crack Down on Wage Theft

On January 24, 2019, Governor Cuomo’s office issued a press release announcing a new proposal to be included in the 2020 Executive Budget aimed at cracking down on wage theft and bolstering the State’s efforts to hold accountable employers who attempt to improperly withhold wages. This proposal would increase the criminal penalties for employers who either knowingly or intentionally commit wage theft violations to bring them in line with other forms of theft.

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Talking Tax – Issue 146

GST consequences for couriers as independent contractors

In Qian v FCT, the AAT has confirmed that couriers who supply their own vans may be ‘carrying on an enterprise’ as independent contractors and liable for GST. This case shows how the tax implications of labour hire arrangements will be largely determined by the relevant facts.

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Leveraging Women in Legal – What’s Your Scorecard?

I’m bringing you a treat today, Zen readers! A post from the ILN’s own Jenn Smuts – and it’s a good one. Prepare to get uncomfortable and start asking yourself the hard questions.

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Registrations Due to Expire

Background

The Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) was established on January 30, 2012, with options to register security interests over personal property for a period of (i) seven years; (ii) between seven and twenty-five years; or indefinitely. With yesterday marking seven years of the PPSR, the first round of registrations (some 120,000) are set to expire soon.

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