Regions

EEO-1 “Part 2” Pay Data Report Roars Back to Life

In a stinging rebuke of the Trump Administration’s attempt to remove burdensome regulations on employers, Judge Tanya Chutkan, a District Court judge in the District of Columbia this week reinstated the EEO-1 “Part 2” wage data/hours worked reporting form for all employers who file annual EEO-1 demographic reports with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and the U.S. Department of Labor. (This includes all companies employing more than 100 people, or 50 people if they are a US federal contractor.)

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Lidings Again Takes High Positions in Chambers and Partners Europe 2019

Lidings once again takes top positions as the leading legal advisor in the areas of Dispute Resolution, Corporate and M&A, and Life Sciences in Russia as a result of the best law firms’ research annually conducted by Chambers and Partners Europe.

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Dominique Poulin appointed a judge of the Superior Court

RSS is proud to announce that Dominique Poulin, a long-time partner in its Insurance Law Practice Group, has been appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Quebec.

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Overtime: DOL Proposes to Raise Salary Level for Overtime Exemption to $35,308

The U.S. Department of Labor has released a proposal to update the overtime rules under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Employers should be prepared to raise salaries to meet the minimum thresholds, pay overtime when appropriate, and otherwise adhere to the new rules if they go into effect.

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Restaurant Group Severs Relationship with Mario Batali, Highlighting Long-Lasting Impact of Sexual Misconduct Allegations in the Hospitality Industry

On March 6, 2019, the 20-year business partnership between celebrity chef Mario Batali and the Bastianich family of restaurateurs, Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group, was formally dissolved following allegations by several women more than a year ago that he sexually assaulted and harassed them at his restaurants years earlier. Tanya Bastianich Manueli and her brother Joe Bastianich have bought all of Mr. Batali’s shares in the restaurants. As a result, Mr. Batali has been fully divested and will no longer profit from his former restaurant group, and his name already has been removed from the group’s website. A new company (not yet named) has been formed to replace the now defunct Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group. Ms. Bastianich Manueli will run day-to-day operations at the new company.

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Talking Tax – Issue 151

Welcome decision for expats: Harding appeal clarifies meaning of ‘non-resident’

In Harding v FCT [2019] FCAFC 29, the Full Federal Court allowed the taxpayer’s appeal, finding that an Australian living and working in the Middle East was not an Australian tax resident. This case is a welcome development for expatriates currently working or seeking to work overseas, as it clarifies certain circumstances in which a person will be no longer be considered an Australian tax resident.

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Follow the Leader: California Paves the Way for other States to Strengthen Privacy Protections

Consumer privacy protection continues to be top of mind for regulators given a climate where technology companies face scrutiny for lax data governance and poor data stewardship.  Less than a year ago, California passed the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) of 2018, to strengthen its privacy laws.  In many regards, the CCPA served as a watershed moment in privacy due to its breadth and similarities to the E.U. sweeping General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law.

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How to Win a Lawsuit – A Good Expert is Worth Their Weight in Gold

In today’s complex world, a growing number of lawsuits hinge on an expert’s opinion.  So the matter of who testifies as an expert witness in your legal case does make a difference. Fortunately – due in no small measure to the new code of procedure – it is now possible to influence this.

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William F. Griffin, Jr. Featured in Strafford Webinar on Structuring Foreign Investment in U.S. Real Estate

On March 6, 2019, Davis Malm shareholder William F. Griffin, Jr. was featured in the Strafford webinar, “Structuring Foreign Investment in U.S. Real Estate: Entity Selection and Transaction Structures.” Mr. Griffin provided a thorough and practical guide to structuring strategies and tax considerations for foreign investors in U.S. real estate, outlined best practices for determining the purchasing entity, and reviewed tax planning opportunities in structuring the deal. Mr. Griffin was joined by co-presenter Richard S. LeVine, Special Counsel at Withersworldwide.

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Start whistle blown on new whistleblower legislation

Over a year since it was first introduced, the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Bill 2017 (whistleblower legislation) has passed the House of Representatives, incorporating amendments made by the Senate. The aim of the whistleblower legislation is to create a single, strengthened whistleblower protection regime covering the corporate, financial and tax sectors. It also aims to encourage ethical whistleblowing and discourage white collar crime.

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