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Restrictive covenants and legally protecting your business in a tight labor market

With unemployment in the United States continuing at a historic low – reported at 4 percent last month by Trading Economics – employees are more mobile than ever. A consequence of employee mobility is the unauthorized “mobility” of a company’s business assets with those employees. Now more than ever, employers must look to protect their business assets from unfair competition through the use of reasonable restrictive covenant agreements. However, a restrictive covenant agreement is only as good as it is legal. It is imperative in using restrictive covenants to recognize the fundamentals in drafting a legally enforceable document.

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March 1 deadline approaching to submit data breach reports

HIPAA covered entities (healthcare providers, health plans and health care clearinghouses) that discovered a breach of protected health information (PHI) in 2018 involving fewer than 500 individuals are required to report those breaches by March 1, 2019.

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Amazon abandons HQ2 in New York

After facing unexpected resistance, Amazon made a shocking announcement that it would abandon its plans for a second headquarters in Long Island City. Politicians, lawmakers, union leaders, and members of the surrounding community starkly opposed Amazon’s HQ2, citing a number of concerns including the nearly $3 billion in tax incentives that had been promised to Amazon.

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Did you get a tax cut?

There has been a lot of commentary on an IRS report that the average tax refund for 2018 was lower by $170 compared to 2017. Some immediately concluded that this was evidence that the 2017 Tax Act was not really a tax reduction. To be precise, the amount of your refund does not reflect a tax increase or reduction but only the amount by which withholding and estimated taxes exceeds the tax due on the income tax return. Many taxpayers’ withholding was adjusted after the tax change so more income after tax withholding was in each paycheck.

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How to avoid trademark infringement

On Feb. 12, 2019, a North Carolina federal court ordered Walmart to pay a total of $95.5 million in damages to Variety Stores for infringing on the small retailer’s “Backyard” trademark. The decision marks the end of a five year legal battle and highlights the importance of monitoring your trademarks and knowing how and when to address trademark infringement.

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McDonald Hopkins welcomes Alec Davidson as an associate in the Cleveland office

Alec Davidson has joined McDonald Hopkins LLC in the Cleveland office as an associate in the firm’s Business Department, where his practice will enhance the Commercial Finance, Real Estate and Public Finance Practice Groups.

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Google fined millions for alleged GDPR violations

Google is on the receiving end of the first major enforcement action of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), to the tune of €50 million for lack of transparency and information and a failure to obtain valid consent for targeted advertising. Brought by the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL), France’s data privacy and protection agency, the action was a response to early complaints filed by None Of Your Business and La Quadrature du Net.

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OSHA Update: Record keeping and required postings

Construction companies must remain vigilant in staying apprised of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s record keeping and notification requirements. Below are two issues that contractors need to be aware of moving forward.

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Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Healthcare Industry

The 25th episode of McDonald Hopkins’ podcast series MH Business Exchange has been released.

During the episode entitled “Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Healthcare Industry,” McDonald Hopkins healthcare attorney Rick Hindmand joins host Mike Witzke for a deeper dive into the topic.

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McDonald Hopkins construction group earns Tier 1 ranking from U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers

McDonald Hopkins is pleased to announce that it has earned a Metropolitan Tier 1 ranking in Columbus in the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers’ 2019 rankings for outstanding work in Construction Law and Construction Litigation. Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession and has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

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