Collaboration in 2020: What Does that Look Like?

One of my favorite topics to discuss is the idea of collaboration. It’s been much more popular over the last few years, but as we get deeper into the pandemic, the isolation is driving up the risk of returning those of us in the legal industry to silos (if some of us ever really left). I know that there’s been a lot of upheaval this year, and reverting to the way things “were” may sound attractive, in the same way that the phrase “but this is the way we’ve always done it!” can be. But I promise you that more than ever, insisting on moving forward with collaboration in the legal industry, both across silos and across functions within the profession, is essential for us to be successful.

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Sixteen Howard & Howard Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers and Michigan Rising Stars

ROYAL OAK, Mich., September 29, 2020 – Sixteen Howard & Howard attorneys were recently named to Michigan Super Lawyers® and Michigan Rising Stars 2020 as a result of a patented selection process. This process includes peer evaluation and independent research. Only five percent of the attorneys in Michigan were named to the Super Lawyers list and two- and one-half percent to Rising Stars.

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Llinks Client Alert – Cybersecurity, Data & Privacy(September 2020)

Llinks would like to share our views on the most recent hot topics and legal updates on the Cybersecurity, Data & Privacy with “ Llinks Client Alert  Cybersecurity, Data & Privacy(September 2020) ” Read more…

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Time Is Money: A Quick Wage-Hour Tip on … Ensuring You Don’t Inadvertently Convert Mandatory Charges into Gratuities for Staff

Many employers may—understandably—view gratuities as discretionary payments that customers leave in exchange for superior service.  After all, federal wage and hour regulations define “tips” as “sum[s] presented by a customer as a gift or gratuity in recognition of some service performed.”  29 C.F.R. § 531.52 (emphasis supplied).  The regulations also state that “compulsory charge[s] for service” are not tips.  29 C.F.R. § 531.55 (emphasis supplied).

But in some cases, a mandatory charge may qualify as a tip that employers must distribute to staff under state or local law.

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Ignoring or groundlessly rejecting to permit the goods import both constitute an act of unfair competition

18 September 2020 the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (the FAS) published the full decisions on cases No. 1-14-163/00-08-18 and 1-14-164\00-08-18. According to the decisions, Daimler AG and KYB Corporation breached art. 14.8 of the Russian Antitrust law by committing acts of unfair competition.

It was to consider whether a right holder is entitled to ignore or groundlessly reject requests from potential importers of goods, marked with right holder designations. The FAS rejected such a right and indicated the following criteria to be met to acknowledge unfair competition:

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A Reflection on RBG’s Impact and Legacy

“My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

A couple days after Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, my eight year old daughter asked me, when I was her age, what I wanted to be when I grew up. I paused and swallowed hard. I had wanted to be a doctor, but despite how well I performed in school, the more conservative environment I grew up in did not support such dreams because it was “not something that moms did”.

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November Elections May Decide Fate of Gig Worker Classification Regulations

We recently authored “Elections May Decide Fate of Gig Worker Classification Regs,” the first of a series of articles on wage and hour issues for Law360.  Subscribers can access the full version here – following is an excerpt:

As the gig economy has grown, so too have questions about it. One of the most consequential questions in the past several years has been whether workers in the gig economy are properly classified as independent contractors for purposes of various federal and state statutes, or whether they should be classified as employees of the businesses with which they have relationships.

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The Economist’s General Counsel conference goes virtual for the first time

In its 17th year, The Economist’s General Counsel conference goes virtual for the first time.

General Counsel Virtual Week will be taking place on November 2nd – 5th 2020. Under the theme “Uncertainty. Risk. Technology.” the event will explore what the corporate legal teams have learned from covid-19, the implications of this “new” normal and seek to solve the new problems that arise as the scenario continues to change.

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Deal Update: ClanConnect.ai raises 5 Cr in the Seed Round

We are pleased to announce that our client, Delhi-based self-serve influencer marketing startup, ClanConnect.ai (Irida Interactive Private Limited) has raised INR 5 crore in a seed round led by Venture Catalysts. Ahlawat & Associates acted as the legal counsel for ClanConnect.ai which was led by its Managing Partner Uday Singh Ahlawat, along with Senior Associate Sheena Ogra, Associate Amrita Mehridatta and Company Secretary Shweta Singh.

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MARKET BOOM IN THE WAKE OF NEW LBTT RATES

BACKGROUND

‘Unprecedented’ is surely the word of choice this year.  In a matter of months, coronavirus has redefined the way we work, live and interact with one another.  The various restrictions imposed to try and reduce the spread have profoundly impacted the global economy and things are almost certain to get worse before they improve.  In the midst of all of this, there is, however, some cause for optimism in the residential property market in Scotland where there has been a sharp rise in house prices with few properties staying on the market for long before successful sales are achieved. Read more…

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