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Department of Family and Medical Leave Provides Further Guidance on the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act

On October 1, 2019, the payroll tax for the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFML) will go into effect, following a three-month delay to give employers more time to prepare for the rollout of the program and for the newly created Department of Family and Medical Leave (the Department) to provide further guidance on the law. Two points on which the Department provided further guidance are discussed below.

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ILN members collaborate outside of the network

Susan Gross Sholinsky of Epstein Becker Green and Jennifer Smuts of Connolly Gallagher LLP are both involved in 2020 Women on Boards, a campaign to increase the percentage of women on U.S. Boards of Directors to 20% or greater by the year 2020. Both women are co-chairs of their respective cities and have planned the National Conversation on Board Diversity events for later this year. 2019’s National Conversation is taking places in almost 40 cities, including Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, San Francisco, Tampa, Washington, D.C. and Wilmington. During this event, thousands of C-Suite and senior executives will discuss the topic “Now Is the Time: How Can We Held Each Other and Seek Allies to Find a Corporate Board Seat?”

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IBC proceedings maintainable against a company whose name has been struck off by the Registrar of Companies

 

The Hon’ble National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (“NCLAT”) has held that the Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (“CIRP”) can be initiated against a company whose name has been struck off by the Registrar of Companies (“ROC”) on an application filed under section 7 or section 9 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (“IBC”) by any creditor or workman of such company.

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The FDA looks inward as it tackles interoperability

Interoperability and patient access to data has been pushed to the forefront as a primary concern for the health industry. This is largely due to proposed rules published this spring by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that seek to advance interoperability and support the access, exchange, and use of electronic health information. In August 2019, the ONC held its third annual National Coordinator for Health IT Interoperability Forum in Washington DC. The event brings together the Health IT technology community, developers, policymakers, and staff to promote the goal of interoperability. One of this year’s keynote speakers was the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Principal Deputy Commissioner, Amy Abernethy, M.D. Ph.D.

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California Supreme Court Holds That Employees Cannot Recover Allegedly Unpaid Wages in Lawsuits Brought Under PAGA

We have frequently written about California’s Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”), a unique statute that allows private individuals to file suit seeking “civil penalties” on behalf of themselves and other “aggrieved employees.”

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Corporate responsibility and social impact for law firms: Growing Client Engagement and Expectations

This fall, ILN members will have the good fortune to participate in a webinar with Pamela Cone, founder and CEO of Amity Advisory. Pam is speaking on the global movement behind corporate social responsibility and sustainability for law firms, and why firms should care, and in advance of that, I’ll be sharing some guest posts with you that may aid in your own efforts. Here is the second in our series.

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Financial Services in Focus – Issue 30

Funds and financial products

Treasury releases draft Design and Distribution Obligations Regulations

On 12 September, Treasury released for public consultation exposure draft regulations to support the Treasury Laws Amendment (Design and Distribution Obligations and Product Intervention Powers) Act 2019 (‘Act’) and an exposure draft explanatory statement.

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Hall & Wilcox advises Sto Group on acquisition of Unitex

Leading Australian law firm Hall & Wilcox is pleased to have advised German company Sto Group on its acquisition of Unitex, an Australian manufacturer and distributor of building products for residential and commercial architectural products.

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Howard & Howard Continues Expansion of Chicago Office; Welcomes Three New Attorneys

Royal Oak, Michigan-based law firm Howard & Howard recently welcomed Christopher A. Cali, Daniel A. Cotter, and Tejal S. Desai. Expanding the firm’s corporate and business litigation practices, all three will practice out of the Chicago, Illinois office.

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Howard & Howard Congratulates Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers®2020

Royal Oak, Michigan-based law firm Howard & Howard is pleased to announce that thirty-one of our attorneys were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020. Lawyers named to the publication were recognized by their peers in the legal industry for their professional excellence in 146 practice areas. For the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 8.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in the inclusion of more than 62,000 lawyers, or approximately 5% of lawyers in private practice in the United States.

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