North America

Howard & Howard Celebrates Sesquicentennial Anniversary; Receives Milestone Award from Historical Society of Michigan

Howard & Howard celebrated its sesquicentennial anniversary in a celebration that took place on July 25 at the Firm’s home office in Royal Oak, Michigan. Attendees enjoyed food, drinks, and prizes during the afternoon celebration. Paul Keep from the Historical Society of Michigan was on hand to present Howard & Howard with a plaque recognizing its 150 years of continuous operation in service to the people of Michigan and for contributing to the growth and vitality of the state.

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How will you respond to a ransomeware attack?

It’s Saturday morning and one of your employees has gone to the office to get a jump on the week’s work. Instead of being able to get to that work, the employee is faced with locked and inaccessible files, and an onscreen message that the files have been encrypted. The employee alerts IT and the front office. IT confirms what everyone suspects – it is ransomware.

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Howard & Howard Welcomes Adrianna Agosta Nichol

Royal Oak-based law firm Howard & Howard is pleased to announce that Adrianna Agosta Nichol has joined the Firm. She will practice out of the Royal Oak office. She joins Howard & Howard’s growing Trust and Estate Planning Practice Group.

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Periodical look at our Business Law Group’s activity

M&As, Financing and Business Transactions

Advised the founders of La Canadienne, a leader in the manufacturing, distribu- on and retailing of women’s winter footwear, in its acquision by an investor group led by Montreal-based private equity firm Champlain Financial Corporaon, and including the founders as well as Invesssement Québec and Fondacon, le Fonds de développement de la Confédéraon des syndicats na- onaux pour la coopéraon et l’emploi. Barry H. Shapiro, Sharon G. Druker, Rhona Luger, Elyssa Leiberman.

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End of the Road for Ecuadorian Villagers in Their Fight Against Chevron?

This is the case that keeps on giving – both blog posts and reader interes – although the legal saga that has generated all of those words may have come to an end.

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New York Joins the Wave of States Requiring Businesses to Adopt Reasonable Cybersecurity Safeguards to Protect Private Information

New York is the latest state to adopt a law that requires businesses that collect private information on its residents to implement reasonable cybersecurity safeguards to protect that information. New York now joins California, Massachusetts and Colorado in setting these standards. New York’s law mandates the implementation of a data security program, including measures such as risk assessments, workforce training and incident response planning and testing. Businesses should immediately begin the process to comply with the Act’s requirements effective March 21, 2020. Notably, New York’s law covers all employers, individuals or organizations, regardless of size or location, which collect private information on New York State residents.

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Employment Law This Week®: Cannabis User Protections, WHD Opinion Letters, New Salary History Bans, NYS Anti-Harassment Training Deadline

This Employment Law This Week® Monthly Rundown discusses the most important developments for employers in July 2019.

This episode includes:

  • Increased Employee Protections for Cannabis Users
  • First Opinion Letters Released Under New Wage and Hour Leadership
  • New Jersey and Illinois Enact Salary History Inquiry Bans
  • Deadline for New York State Anti-Harassment Training Approaches
  • Tip of the Week: Disrupting bias with teams and clients

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The Ninth Circuit’s Request That the California Supreme Court Clarify Meal and Rest Period Requirements May Have a Tremendous Impact Upon Employers

Given the prevalence of wage-hour class actions filed against California employers, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals from time to time asks the California Supreme Court to clarify certain California wage-hour laws. Last week, the Ninth Circuit asked again in Cole v. CRST Van Expedited, Inc., seeking clarification on the following two questions:

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End of the Road for Private Cryptocurrencies in India – the Proposed Ban

With more and more investors being attracted to invest in virtual currencies with their astonishing highs and painful lows, the
cloud of confusion with regard to recognition and regulation of such currencies under Indian laws loomed. The nuances and
legal status of virtual currencies under Indian laws including various directions issued by the Reserve Bank of India (“RBI”)
on virtual currencies have been extensively discussed in our previous articles1,2.

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Time Is Money: A Quick Wage-Hour Tip on… California Meal and Rest Period Requirements

More than seven years ago in Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court, the California Supreme Court clarified many of the general requirements for meal and rest periods under California law. Nothing the California Supreme Court said has slowed the filing of meal and rest period class actions against employers doing business in the state.

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