North America

DOJ Updates Criminal Division’s 2017 Guidance Emphasizing Proactive Compliance

On April 30, 2019, Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski announced that the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) had published an updated version of the Criminal Division’s 2017 guidance publication “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs.”  In making the announcement, Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski said the update was designed to “better harmonize the prior Fraud Section publication with other Department guidance and legal standards.”  He noted that DOJ also sought “to provide additional transparency in how [it] will analyze a company’s compliance program.”

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Does It Pay to Cooperate? Department of Justice Releases New Cooperation Credit Guidance for False Claims Act Targets

On May 7, 2019, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) released new guidance for trial attorneys in the DOJ’s civil division regarding how entities under False Claims Act investigation can receive credit for cooperation.  The release of this new guidance follows public comments delivered in March by Michael Granston, director of DOJ’s civil fraud section, noting that DOJ was considering issuing additional guidance on cooperation credit related to False Claims Act matters.

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Thirteen RCCB Attorneys were selected as 2019 PA Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC (RCCB), a law firm offering a distinctive combination of practical business acumen, legal expertise and entrepreneurial passion, today announced that thirteen attorneys have been selected as 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

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Washington State’s New Law Limits Enforceability of Noncompetition Agreements

Non-competes are going to be harder to enforce in Washington State.  On May 8, 2019, Governor Jay Inslee signed the “Act Relating to Restraints, Including Noncompetition Covenants, on Persons Engaging in Lawful Professions, Trades or Businesses,” which was passed by both houses of the state legislature in April.

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Employment Law This Week®: EEOC Pay Data Deadline, Class Arbitration Ruling, Scope of Title VII, Marijuana Drug Test Ban, “Wage Theft” Hearing

This Employment Law This Week® Monthly Rundown discusses the most important developments for employers heading into May 2019.

First up this month, the confusion is over for employers. EEO-1 pay data does not need to be submitted to the EEOC by the end of the month. In what may be the final chapter of the EEO-1 pay data reporting issue, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled that the deadline would be postponed until September 30, 2019. Our colleague Robert J. O’Hara shares his insights in this month’s episode.

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Washington State’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Law to Replace State’s Unpaid Family Leave Law; Premium Collections Begin

Washington State has begun implementing its new Paid Family & Medical Leave program (“PFML”). Other states, such as New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island already have paid family and medical leave programs in place, and now Washington, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. are set to join them over the next few years. Although the benefits portion of Washington’s program does not kick in until 2020, employers’ reporting and remitting of premiums for Quarters 1 and 2 are due between July 1 and July 31, 2019.

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Howard & Howard Donates to Michigan Autism Partnership, Judson Center, and Ted Lindsay Foundation

Howard & Howard has donated to three Michigan nonprofit groups as part of its 150th anniversary “12 Months of Giving” initiative. In honor of Autism Awareness Month, the organizations receiving the contributions are Michigan Autism Partnership, Judson Center, and Ted Lindsay Foundation.

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RSS present at the Soirée enCirquez-vous

The Soirée enCirquez-Vous, an activity for the benefit of the Montreal Association for the Intellectually Handicapped, took place on Thursday May 2. RSS was pleased to be a Partner of the event. The firm’s involvement mirrored that of Alice Bourgault-Roy, a director and the secretary of the Association, who attended the evening along with Rachel Clément and Annie Claude Beauchemin.

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EEOC Confirms Pay Data Collection Reporting

After what seems like months of drama about EEO-1 reporting issues, on April 30, 2019, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission confirmed that employers will be required to submit pay data by September 30, 2019. The text of the EEOC’s notice is below and can be found on the EEOC website:

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Marc-Olivier Brouillette, first-class communicator… in more than one field

Understandably, the capacity to communicate is part and parcel of a good lawyer’s skills. Marc-Olivier Brouillette frequently demonstrates this ability before the courts.

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