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Attorney Michael D. Gifford Elected President of Peoria County Bar Association

Royal Oak-based law firm Howard & Howard is pleased to announce that attorney Michael D. Gifford has been elected president of the Peoria County Bar Association. After previously serving as chair of several committees, board member, treasurer, and president-elect, he will hold this position from July 1, 2019 through July 1, 2020.

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12 back-to-school cybersecurity tips for parents

Back-to-school season is in full swing, and with technology and education so intertwined these days it’s more likely your student will be logging on to a laptop or tablet then cracking open a textbook. Whether your little one just started kindergarten or is finishing up at college, data privacy and cybersecurity preparedness should be top of mind for all parents throughout the school year.  McDonald Hopkins’ national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity team has prepared 12 tips for parents on how to keep your children safe and your information protected.

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Proposed Rule Would Change the FLSA’s Fluctuating Workweek Method of Calculating Overtime Pay

As part of its spring 2019 regulatory agenda, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) will consider a proposed revision to the Fair Labor Standard Act’s (“FLSA”) regulations on calculating overtime pay for workers whose hours fluctuate from week to week.

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Community involvement keeps Connolly and Gallagher LLP at Top Workplace list

Torrents of light flows through the Connolly Gallagher LLP’s office in Midtown Brandywine. The law firm’s new space is surrounded by windows and every wall of every office is decorated with colorful art made by kids.

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Howard & Howard Expands Royal Oak Office

Royal Oak-based law firm Howard & Howard is pleased to welcome Joseph L. Kallie. He joins Howard & Howard’s Intellectual Property Practice Group.

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Congratulations to Our Eleven Attorneys Named to Mountain States Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2019

Howard & Howard is pleased to announce that eleven of our attorneys have been named to Mountain States Super Lawyers® and Mountain States Rising Stars 2019. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes statewide surveys of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. Mountain States Super Lawyers covers the states of Nevada, Utah, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. Only five percent of the attorneys in each state were named to the Super Lawyers list and two and one half percent to Rising Stars.

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New York State Expands Protections for Domestic Violence Victims

On August 20, 2019, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed A5618/S1040 (the “Amendment”) into law, amending the New York State Human Rights Law (“NYSHRL”) with respect to protections for victims of domestic violence. The Amendment becomes effective November 18, 2019.

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State Updates Website on Employer Reporting for New Jersey Health Insurance Mandate—Again

As discussed in our March 28, 2019 blog post, New Jersey adopted its own individual health insurance mandate, the   New Jersey Health Insurance Market Preservation Act (“NJHIMPA”).  The NJHIMPA requires, with certain qualifying exemptions, New Jersey residents to have minimum essential health coverage. New Jersey employers must verify health coverage information provided by individuals. To assist with employer reporting, New Jersey launched an official website with guidance on the filing requirements.

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Sweeping NJ “Wage Theft” Law Exponentially Expands Exposure for Wage Claims

As the result of a sweeping “Wage Theft” law (“Law”), which became effective upon enactment on August 6, 2019,  New Jersey employers will face toughened penalties and increased exposure for failure to pay wages, benefits and overtime (collectively “wages”) owed to workers. Employers should take immediate notice because any missteps or mistakes may prove extremely costly. In sum, the Law:

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Nisha Patel joins McDonald Hopkins as counsel in the Chicago office

Nisha Patel has joined McDonald Hopkins as counsel in the Business Department’s Commercial Finance Group in the firm’s Chicago office.

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