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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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More pitfalls and solutions when negotiating the client’s form of master services agreement

My June 16 article addressed a few common pitfalls faced by public relations firms when they are required to negotiate using their client’s form of contract. This article continues the discussion and addresses the other problems that arise when the PR firm’s client or its procurement group insists that that the agency use the client’s own supplier or vendor agreement. Here are five pitfalls to avoid and the best solutions to deal with them.

(DON’T BE A) SECRET AGENT Problem: The client agreement may include a provision stating that the PR firm is an independent contractor and not an employee of the client. This is generally fine. What is not fine, however, is when the agreement goes on to state that nothing will be deemed to create an “agency relationship.” Where the agency is engaged to perform services on behalf of the client, this language is be problematic.

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Pitfalls and solutions when negotiating the client’s form of master services agreement

Many public relations firms have a preferred form of client contract. Clients hiring a public relations firm, especially for larger engagements, often insist using its own form of contract. In these instances, public relations firms still need to be mindful of the common pitfalls (and solutions) when using the clients form of agreement. This article will address the four most common pitfalls and the pragmatic solutions.


Problem: The agency-client agreement should include two types of a limitation of liability (“LOL”). The first is a waiver of all indirect, incidental, and similar damages, including lost profits or revenues. This is intended to prevent either party from claiming damages such as lost sales for most circumstances.

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Sit, Fung, Kwong & Shum act for two clients

We acted for two clients in the disposal of Nos.1, 3 & 5 Pollock’s Path, The Peak. The consideration of the transaction was HK$2.8 billion. Formal agreement was entered into on 4th January 2017 and completion took place on 31st March 2017. Preceding that, we conducted a private tender on behalf of clients. The current purchaser successfully snatched the deal from other interested parties just before the close of the private tender. This is the second occasion within last two years when the firm’s property team participated in the sale of valuable land lots on the Peak. In August 2015, we assisted another client to sell No.22 Barker Road by way of a company sale to the present new owner at the reputed price of $1.5 billion.

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New law: where does the new client fit in?

Amid the potential for new technologies to transform legal delivery, the most exciting change we are currently seeing is clients who expect more.

So much of the talk around innovation in legal services misses the one vital element of the whole equation. Technology is and will continue to play a huge role, but something bigger is happening: focus on the client.

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: I didn’t know you did that

Today, I’m bringing you another excellent rainmaking recommendation from expert Jaimie Field – “I didn’t know you did that.”

“Why don’t clients come back?”

Recently, I received an email from a litigation attorney from Connecticut who asked the question above. It seems that some clients of the firm who seemed happy with the work the  attorneys of the firm were doing were going elsewhere for subsequent representation. 

So I dedicate this and the next few Rainmaking Recommendations to this attorney with thanks.

Over the next few emails we will cover  the reasons why clients don’t come back and how to ensure they do:

Rainmaking Recommendation # 51:  “I didn’t know you did that”

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Counsel here it is your opinion!

There comes a time in any lawyers practice that we must sit back and ask ourselves “is my client telling me what to tell him? Does my client really want my opinion?.

Personally, been there done that! More often that I would like, I’ve found myself trying to,convince my own client of my opinion and my recommendation. Trying to convince him as if I was convincing my counterparts.

Clients have come with issues and consultations, have been rendered the opinion or recommendation, and as if was the more normal thing in the world, have “questioned” them with the “but I really think” speech.

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Miami Herald article features Arnstein & Lehr’s morale-boosting efforts

The  Miami Herald featured an article entitled “The holiday season push” on October 31st that addressed South Florida businesses’ efforts to ensure a successful fourth quarter, motivate employees and increase teamwork. Florida Managing Partner Jeffrey B. Shapiro and Arnstein & Lehr were featured prominently in the article.  In it Mr. Shapiro discusses the firm’s initiatives to encourage attorneys to collect fees and for staff to better serve clients. He used the Miami offices annual Halloween party and our internal Clients First campaign as examples of the firm’s efforts. To read the complete article, please click here.
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Lawyers, Clients, Techonology and how to keep the perspective

In this information era where the internet and the ever changing technologies opens a door to a more interactive, effective and dynamic business world, legal practices are not the exception, but be aware it is a resource not the source.

Internet, document sharing, virtual conferences, and all the other tools, have given law practices a new dimension on clients service. The ability to share documents drafts, information, court decisions, articles and a lot more is making the job of the lawyers less time consuming and a lot speedier. As for the clients, specially the international corporations with branches or interests in different countries and regions, it gives them the chance to unify the legal services rendered to them, under the same “practice standards” in the various jurisdictions.

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What the Clients expect from a Outside Counsel

I wish to share some ideas of what a client expect from an outside counsel. Please make an exam of yourself in each of these points and make a commitment to improve the needed areas. It will help us be better lawyers. What a clients expect in a Lawyer:

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