California Freelance Writers and Photographers Challenge the Constitutionality of AB 5

We have written previously about California’s new statute, referred to as AB 5, which codifies and expands the “ABC test” for independent contractors set forth in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court.

A California ballot initiative that would remove ride-share and delivery drivers from application of the “ABC test” is already underway.

And the California Trucking Association has filed suit challenging the statute.

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Washington and Maine Approve Salary Increases for White Collar Exemptions in the New Year, with Colorado Poised to Follow Suit Continue Reading…

As previously discussed, the federal Department of Labor has begun the process of increasing the minimum salary threshold for employees that fall under the “white collar” exemptions. Joining Alaska, New York, and California, Washington State and Maine have now approved higher salary thresholds for employees that fall under the exemptions; Colorado is expected to follow in early 2020.

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Christmas Fun and Fundraisers

Our team have been enjoying getting into the festive spirit with a few Christmas themed fundraisers, gifts and supporting events.

Giving the gift of warmth this Christmas, we took part in and sponsored refreshments again this year for the Limerick Sports Partnership’s Blanket 5K on 1st December in aid of local homeless services.

Emma Brewer organised us all and coordinated presents for the children who will be recipients of Novas gifts this Christmas.

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LexCounsel, Law Offices awarded ‘The Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year’

We are delighted to share with you that LexCounsel, Law Offices has been awarded ‘The Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year’ at the BW Legal World-Global Legal Summit and Awards-2019. The Dispute Resolution Team led by Mr. Alishan Naqvee, Co-Founder accepted the award at the ceremony.

Ms. Seema Jhingan, Co-Founder of the Firm has also been awarded as ‘The Partner of the Year – Overall’ at the same event.

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Pravo.ru-300 has highly rated all of Maxima Legal’s practice areas

On 5 December, the results of the main Russian rating agency, Pravo.ru-300, were announced. According to the results of the study, Maxima Legal almost doubled its presence in the ranking, becoming one of the strongest law firms in 11 areas of legal support – with each of the firm’s practices being included.

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Still time to defer taxes with a strategically designed retirement plan

As the end of the calendar year approaches, many of you are probably reviewing your financial results to see how things will turn out for you or your company this calendar tax year. Despite what many had been expecting, a lot of businesses are finding that they will have a good year. That is a good news/bad news situation. More profits, while desirable, means potentially more income taxes. Read more…

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Two Recent Efforts, from Different Political Directions, to Adapt the FLSA to the 21st Century

Over the past six months, Congress has made two notable attempts to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (the “FLSA”).  In July, U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY) introduced The Modern Worker Empowerment Act (“MWEA”) with the stated aim of harmonizing the FLSA’s definition of employee with the common law.  And last month, Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced the Treating Workers with Dignity Act of 2019 (“TWDA”), which would amend the FLSA to require certain compensated breaks.

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Proposed revisions to tip credit regulations will impact employers

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has a tip credit provision that allows employers to pay a reduced hourly wage or subminimum wage to tipped employees, provided the tipped employees receive enough tips to bring their hourly rate to the prevailing minimum wage. Under section 3(m) of the FLSA, which defines the term “wage,” an employer of tipped employees can satisfy its obligation to pay those employees the federal minimum wage by paying a lower direct cash wage (at least $2.13 per hour) and counting a limited amount of its employees’ tips as a partial credit to satisfy the difference between the direct cash wage paid and the federal minimum wage (known as a “tip credit”) if it follows certain requirements. Read more…

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$2.175M HIPAA settlement highlights breach reporting

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced its settlement with Sentara Hospitals for failing to properly report a breach and for allowing its parent corporation to create, receive, maintain or transmit protected health information (PHI) of Sentara affiliated hospitals without entering into a business associate agreement (BAA). Read more…

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Howard & Howard Marks 150th Anniversary with Donations to Ele’s Place and Make-A-Wish of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Mich., December 19, 2019 – Howard & Howard has made donations to both Ele’s Place and Make-A-Wish Michigan, each in the amount of $6,250. The gifts are part of the firm’s “12 Months of Giving” initiative celebrating its 150th anniversary.

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