New York Issues FAQs on Paid Vaccination Leave Law

As we recently reported, as of March 12, 2021, all private employers in New York must provide their employees with up to four hours of paid leave to get each COVID-19 vaccination shot. The State has now released guidance on the new law (“Law”) in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”). Most importantly, the FAQs clarify that the Law does not create any retroactive benefit rights to paid vaccination leave. Accordingly, while an employer is free to apply the law retroactively if it wishes, the Law mandates that “only employees receiving vaccinations on or after March 12, 2021 are eligible for paid leave.”

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ARPA Provides Welcome Change for Participants in Dependent Care FSAs

One of the changes included in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the “Act”) is a temporary increase to the annual limit on pre-tax contributions to a dependent care flexible spending account (“DCFSA”) that can be excluded from income. For single taxpayers and married couples filing jointly, the limit increases to $10,500 (from $5,000) and for married individuals filing separately, the limit increases to $5,250 (from $2,500).  This change is effective for plan years beginning after December 31, 2020 and before January 1, 2022.

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Jeffrey A. Hoover of Howard & Howard Selected as an Association for Corporate Growth-Detroit M&A All Star Advisor of the Year

ROYAL OAK, Mich., March 24, 2021 – Attorney Jeffrey A. Hoover has been selected as an “M&A All Star Advisor of the Year” by the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Detroit. He will be honored at the 6th Annual M&A All Star Awards Program on June 15, 2021.

Each year, ACG Detroit celebrates the men and women who have made incredible strides in the M&A community through its M&A All Star Awards. The awards program is intended to highlight the standout members of Metro Detroit’s M&A community and major milestones achieved in the past year. Winners are selected by a panel of peers who are middle market professionals and ACG Detroit members.

“I am a corporate and mergers and acquisitions attorney who advises clients regarding strategic business transactions.” –Jeffrey A. Hoover

Hoover, who practices out of the firm’s Royal Oak office, concentrates his practice in the areas of business transactions and corporate matters, including mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations of business entities, corporate finance, commercial lending, and real estate.

Hoover was selected by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of its “Michigan Go To Business Lawyers” (2020), by Michigan Super Lawyers as one of its “Rising Stars” (2011-2019), and was also recognized by Michigan Leading Lawyers (2017-2020) and dbusiness “Top Lawyers” (2013; 2014; 2020). He was a recipient of the M&A Advisor’s Emerging Leaders Awards in 2019.

Hoover earned his M.B.A. and B.B.A. from Eastern Michigan University and holds a J.D., magna cum laude, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School (now known as Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School).

About Howard & Howard:  

With a history spanning over 15 decades, Howard & Howard is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice, providing legal services to businesses and business owners. More than 160 attorneys practice out of offices in Royal Oak, Michigan; Illinois (Chicago and Peoria); Las Vegas, Nevada; and Beverly Hills, California. For more information, please visit howardandhoward.com.

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Labor Management Relations Under President Biden – Video & Podcast

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday:  This week on our special podcast series, Employers and the New Administration, we look at what President Biden’s support for unions throughout his political career might mean for labor management relations.

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Video & Podcast: Labor Management Relations Under President Biden – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday:  This week on our special podcast series, Employers and the New Administration, we look at what President Biden’s support for unions throughout his political career might mean for labor management relations.

In this episode, Glenn Spencer, Senior Vice President of the Employment Policy Division at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and attorney Steve Swirsky discuss what employers can expect from the NLRB under the Biden administration. Attorney David Garland leads the conversation.

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LIT New Frontiers Start-up Awards 2021

Limerick Institute of Technology Business Start-up Awards 2021 takes place on Tuesday 30th March 2021, 12.30 pm to 1.45 pm.

This year’s awards are a celebration of LIT’s start-up ecosystem with global potential! The awards ceremony will gather, support and celebrate the achievements of the businesses that have just completed the LIT New Frontiers Programme.

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European Recognition from Chambers Europe 2021

Chambers Europe 2021, a legal directory of the best lawyers and law firms worldwide, has ranked our Insurance Dispute Resolution services as the amongst the most outstanding in Europe.

What the team is known for: Earns praise for proven capacity to handle diverse claims across EL/PL, motor insurance and financial lines. Defends insurers and self-insured companies or associations in personal injury claims filed by employees or third parties. Noted for its expertise in professional liability cases pertaining to the construction, financial services and legal sectors. Assists with coverage disputes arising under professional indemnity policies. Also has a separate claimant-side practice.

Strengths: “I regularly get a summary of each claim and anything that might have happened in the last week or so,” says one client, further noting: “The lawyers are proactive in trying to get a claim resolved.” “They are commercially minded,” says another source, explaining: “They understand the importance of getting out of a case and getting certainty, but they also understand the importance of bringing our customer along with that decision. They tend to meet our customers face to face more often, which I like.”

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Equal Pay Day 2021: Are Your Pay Decisions Fair and Equitable?

Today is “Equal Pay Day” in the United States, a symbolic date used to focus attention on gaps that exist between men’s and women’s wages.  Current estimates show that women still only earn 82 cents for every dollar a man makes.  While there are various opinions about the pay gap and what it means, today is not a day to celebrate; rather it is a day for honest reflection.  Ask the question: is your pay system equitable?

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D.C. Circuit Affirms Federal Jury’s Conviction of Texas Drilling Executive for Trade Secret Theft

On March 16, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed defendant Shan Shi’s conviction for conspiracy to commit theft of trade secrets. Given recent efforts at the state and now federal level to ban non-competes, employers may be more likely to consider partnering with law enforcement to remedy trade secret theft.

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A&K Metaxopoulos Receives Top Rankings by Top Ranked Legal

ILN member firm, A&K Metaxopoulos & Partners, in Athens, Greece has been recently ranked by Top Ranked Legal as Top Ranked (1st) in IP and also ranked in Patents (Top 5), White-Collar Crime (Top 5), Dispute Resolution (Top 10), TMT (Top 10) and Competition/Antitrust (Top 20).

As an aggregate result of these rankings, the firm was among the very few niche full-service practices in Europe to be ranked overall among the 20 Top Ranked Law Firms in its own jurisdiction. Congratulations to A&K Metaxopoulos!

For the full results, please visit this page.

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