Illinois Minimum Wage Increases to $15 By 2025

Illinois Governor Pritzger has signed a bill raising the Illinois minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025, making Illinois the first Midwestern state to hike the minimum wage to that level. States on both coasts, including California, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, have already moved to enact such a hike.

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Race Discrimination on the Basis of Hair Is Illegal in NYC

The New York City Commission on Human Rights published legal enforcement guidance defining an individual’s right to wear “natural hair, treated or untreated hairstyles such a locs, cornrows, twists, braids, Bantu knots, fades, Afros, and/or the right to keep hair in an uncut or untrimmed state.”   The guidance applies to workplace grooming and appearance policies “that ban, limit, or otherwise restrict natural hair or hairstyles”:

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Rainmaking Recommendation: You Can’t Outsource Relationships

Today, we’ve got a guest post for you from rainmaking expert & coach, Jaimie Field, on a topic that’s a pet peeve of mine – outsourcing relationships. Hint: you shouldn’t do it.

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Hall & Wilcox advises Arena REIT acquisition of three specialist disability housing properties

Leading Australian law firm Hall & Wilcox has advised Arena REIT on its recent acquisition of three specialist disability housing properties in Adelaide for $23.95m. The three properties, in Salisbury, Kingswood and North Adelaide, are leased on a long term basis to SA disability care and rehabilitation services provider SACARE.

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Breaching an anti-suit injunction: Prince discovers no one is above the law

In Mobile Telecommunications Co KSC v HRH Prince Hussam bin Abdulaziz au Saud[1]  the High Court sentenced Prince Hussam, a Saudi Prince, to twelve months imprisonment for contempt of court for breaching an anti-suit injunction.  The judgment highlights the English court’s willingness to enforce anti-suit injunctions, even resorting to severe methods to do so.

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Financial Services in Focus – Issue 20

Funds and financial products

Royal Commission fallout

On 18 February, the Commonwealth Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, issued a media release setting out the Commonwealth Government’s actions since the release of the final report of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

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Third party liable to contribute to damages for injury caused by negligence of another

The WA Court of Appeal has upheld a District Court judge’s decision apportioning 25% liability to Harvey Norman, in a case involving a customer injured while collecting purchases from Harvey Norman’s warehouse in Osborne Park.

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Five Legal Industry Trends to Watch

We’re a few weeks out now from the CLOC (Corporate Legal Operations Consortium) Institute in London, and I’m finally jumping into some recaps. There was some truly excellent content during the conference, and not just for legal operations folks, but with transferable lessons for everyone in the legal industry. Over the next few weeks, I’ll dive into a few of the sessions and look at what we discussed, starting with Steve Harmon’s presentation on the Evolving Role of the Corporate Legal Department & the Implications for Legal Operations Teams. Harmon is the Deputy General Counsel at Cisco and General Counsel at Elevate, and a CLOC board member.

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Epstein Becker Green Welcomes Robert J. O’Hara to Employment, Labor & Workforce Management Practice

Epstein Becker Green (EBG) is pleased to announce that Robert J. O’Hara, an experienced employment attorney and senior HR executive, has joined as a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in its New York office. For nearly two decades before joining EBG, Mr. O’Hara managed employment law and human resources compliance for United Technologies Corporation, a global Fortune 50 company with more than 225,000 employees in 150 countries.

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McDonald Hopkins welcomes Alec Davidson as an associate in the Cleveland office

Alec Davidson has joined McDonald Hopkins LLC in the Cleveland office as an associate in the firm’s Business Department, where his practice will enhance the Commercial Finance, Real Estate and Public Finance Practice Groups.

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