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Honesty is the Best Policy

May an employer fire an employee for lying about the reason for an absence? In a recent decision, the Connecticut Appellate Court said “yes.” Orlando Martinez worked for Polar Industries as a machine operator. He was called for…more

Were SEC ALJs Appointed In Violation of the Constitution?

Challenges to the SEC’s authority to move its enforcement program in-house before Administrative Law Judges and out of the federal courts just took a new turn. While the SEC had one win on challenges to the appointment of its ALJs…more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: February 2017 #3

Over the weekend, a female Uber employee published a blog post that accuses the company of systemic sex discrimination and harassment. Uber quickly reacted, hiring former Attorney General Eric Holder to perform an “urgent…more

Welcome changes to the Enforcement Process: more streamlined, efficient and transparent

The Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") and the Prudential Regulatory Authority ("PRA") (collectively referred to as "the Regulators") published a joint policy statement ("the Statement") on 1 February 2017. The Statement details the…more

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due: First Responders Get A Break On Local Taxes

Every day, firefighters and emergency medical service (EMS) volunteers across Pennsylvania provide essential services to keep the public safe—and they do it all for free. Unfortunately, volunteer fire companies and EMS agencies have…more

UK Government Publishes Final Policy on Transposing MiFID II 

HM Treasury published a paper summarizing responses to its consultation on the transposition of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive and three draft statutory instruments to facilitate transposition. Member States are…more

What Do You Know? Bill Proposes To Eliminate Scienter

Corporations Code Section 25401 is California’s basic securities antifraud statute..…more

$5.5 Million HIPAA Settlement Underscores Importance of Audit Controls

On February 16, 2017, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) disclosed a $5.5 million settlement with Memorial Healthcare Systems (MHS) for HIPAA violations affecting the protected health information (PHI) of 115,143 individuals. The…more

President Trump Issues Memorandum On “Construction Of American Pipelines” -Prioritizes U.S.-Produced “Materials And Equipment”

On January 24, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed a slate of executive orders and presidential memoranda focused on pipeline and other infrastructure projects. Along with memoranda that specifically concern the construction of the…more

Bankruptcy Is Not A Borrower Antidote For Loan “Default Interest”

Defaulting on a loan typically triggers a higher interest rate — “default interest” — as one of many consequences for the borrower. (Other consequences include acceleration of the maturity, late fees and penalties, and foreclosure.)…more

Cybercrime: New mandatory data breach reporting requirements

Australian businesses can no longer keep quiet about cyber security breaches, with Parliament passing laws mandating their disclosure. On 13 February 2017, the Senate passed the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016…more

McCarthy Institute Trademark Seminar 2017

One of the current challenges in trademark law addressed in Seattle last week at the Amazon Corporate Conference Center, host of the 2017 McCarthy Institute and Microsoft Corporation Symposium, is an issue we have discussed quite a bit…more

The Herbal Community is Fired Up Over Fire Cider

The term “fire cider” is well known to herbalists as a term for a spicy, hot, deliciously sweet vinegar tonic, which is thought to have first been concocted in the kitchen of the California School of Herbal Studies in the early 1980’s…more

District Court Stays Case Pending Inter Partes Review After Non-Petitioning Defendant Agrees to be Bound by Estoppel Provisions

In a previous order, the district court granted a motion to stay pending Inter Partes Review ("IPR") but deferred ruling on the Motion to Stay with respect to EMC Corporation "until EMC Corporation has filed a Notice with the Court…more

The Construction Industry Scheme: Change in the air?

What does real estate investment have to do with the problem of tax evasion made possible by cash-in-hand payments in the building industry? Very little, one might suspect, but that has not prevented real estate investors becoming the…more

ERISA Disability Claim Regulations Get a Facelift

Employers providing disability benefits to their employees should note that the U.S. Department of Labor recently changed how disability benefit claims are administered. The new disability claim rule will apply to ERISA-governed…more

Supreme Court speaks on Daubert – says not much

Last week the supreme court issued its opinion on the recommendations of the Florida Bar Rules committee regarding the new Daubert statute. The supreme court noted there are “grave concerns” that (unidentified) elements of the Daubert…more

Key North Carolina CON Petition Deadlines

Can your organization satisfy an unmet need by bringing a new health care resource into a North Carolina community? If your organization perceives a need that has not been recognized by our State’s health planners, now is the time to…more

Thunder and Lightning: Very, Very Frightening

The title for greatest reaper of catastrophe losses in the United States does not go to the hurricane, blizzard or ice storm but to the much more common thunderstorm. Thunderstorms don’t get cute names from The Weather Channel or…more

Mineral Lease Prevails in Louisiana Royalty Dispute

Prevails over what, you ask? In Gladney v. Anglo-Dutch Energy, LLC, a conditional allowable from the Office of Conservation didn’t supersede lease royalty obligations…more

Polish DPA Releases Data Privacy Inspection Plans – Targets Health, Shopping

The Polish Data Protection Authority (GIODO) has just released its inspection plans for 2017. This year, the GIODO has decided to target its review of compliance with data protection laws on the health services and consumer sectors…more

MLA Website malfunction

According to an announcement posted on the Military Lending Act (“MLA”) Website, “[b]etween February 9, 2017 and February 15, 2017 there was a problem with MLA Multiple Record Requests that prevented 149 request files from processing.”…more

Recent Sixth Circuit Ruling Impacts Prayer at Public Meetings

If you are a Jackson County resident, your next local Board of Commissioners' meetings might look a little different than what you are used to. On February 15, 2017, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that county commissioners in…more

No, A Little Noticed Executive Order Did Not Kill Privacy Shield

We have previously noted that the the U.S.-E.U. Privacy Shield data transfer may not be dead, but it is ailing. These concerns have been exacerbated by a January 25, 2017 presidential Executive Order (EO) “Enhancing Public Safety in…more

RLUIPA Implications of Trump’s Immigration Executive Order

Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a district court’s issuance of a temporary restraining order prohibiting the enforcement of Executive Order 13769 – “Protecting The Nation From Foreign…more

Avoid These Costly Mistakes When Hiring the Right Accident Lawyer

Auto accidents, by nature, are generally unplanned and unpredictable. In more serious accidents, catastrophic injuries can mean that lives are thrown into chaos. What’s more, in the days and even weeks and months following some auto…more

Hanjin Shipping Declared Bankrupt

The Seoul Central District Court declared Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd bankrupt on Friday February 17, 2017, after ruling that Hanjin’s liquidation value was greater than its going concern value..…more

Third Circuit Affirms Rejection Of Class Arbitration Where Employment Agreement Was Silent On Whether Arbitration Could Proceed On A Class Basis

Plaintiffs, former staffing managers of defendants’ international staffing agency, alleged that defendants misclassified them as overtime-exempt employees in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Following earlier rulings of the…more

Trump administration issues proposed health insurance market stabilization rule: Will it be enough to stabilize exchange participation and premium rates?

On 15 February 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took a step toward addressing concerns about the stability of the individual and small group health insurance markets by proposing a modicum of regulatory relief…more

Health and safety sentences: update on the sentencing guidelines one year on

Employers have a general duty to ensure the safety of their employees under section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. On 1 February 2016, the new sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences came into force. The…more

New DOJ Evaluation – Valuable Document for the Compliance Practitioner: Part II

Yesterday I began a two-part series on the Department of Justice (DOJ’s) “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” (Evaluation) posted on the Fraud Section website late last week. The document is an 11-part list of questions which…more

UK Regulator Launches Review of UK Primary Markets

The Financial Conduct Authority launched its review into the effectiveness of primary markets by publishing a discussion paper on the UK primary markets landscape. The FCA is seeking views on how the UK primary capital markets can meet…more

CSBS Releases BSA/AML Risk and Controls Self-Assessment Tool

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) has continued its efforts to promote improvements in Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering compliance with the release in January 2017 of a new BSA/AML Self-Assessment Tool for banks…more

Extension to the EMA's Multinational Assessment Team Initiative as of April 2017

Starting in April 2017, the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”) will expand the Multinational Assessment Team (“MNAT”) Initiative to post-authorisation assessments. From this date, the MNAT Initiative will allow national competent…more

A March to Madness: Can the NCAA Claim Ownership of the Third Month of the Year?

The NCAA has a well-deserved reputation for being quite zealous when it comes to protecting its registered trademark “March Madness.” We previously blogged about this here at TheTMCA.com. But a recent opposition filed by the NCAA at…more

Is a Bitcoin ETF Destined For Failure?

For the last three and a half years, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has been considering whether to approve placement of the Winklevoss bitcoin ETF (“COIN”) on the Bats exchange. However, the SEC’s inaction will end by…more

Construction One-Minute Read: Preparing Change Orders

Because change orders are ubiquitous in the construction industry, they are often prepared with less scrutiny and attention to detail than is needed. Each change order is intended to be a modification to the original (prime or sub)…more

UK Decision Highlights Potential Privilege Problems in Cross-Border Investigations

7 steps companies can take to maximize privilege protections under US and English law. Key Points: ..In a recent case, an English court stated that privilege did not apply to notes of employee interviews, including notes…more

Just Push Pause: Revisiting Proposed Regulations

On January 20, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order entitled “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review” (the “Freeze Memo“). The Freeze Memo was anticipated, and mirrors similar memos issued by Presidents Barack Obama and George W…more

Wage and Hour Compliance: Practical Tips For Preventing A Preventable Problem

Wage and hour litigation continues to pose a threat to employers, especially in California. There are many potential reasons for the persistence of this phenomenon, despite increased awareness of the issue by the business community…more

EDRM Rolls Out a New Website: eDiscovery Trends

When I interviewed George Socha for the seventh annual Legaltech thought leader interview series (which we will publish tomorrow), one thing he mentioned was the EDRM is rolling out a new web site. Last week, the new site was…more

Arresting Individuals

A thorough study demonstrates that in the criminal procedure law, the arrest might take place mainly in three potential scenarios. First is when the arrest order issued by Judicial Officers. The law provides the Judicial Officers with…more

Reminder: Certain U.S. Reporting and Compliance Obligations for Investment Advisers and Funds

The U.S. federal securities laws and the rules of U.S. self-regulatory organizations (such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) impose certain reporting and compliance obligations on investment advisers and funds. Some of…more

Probiotics: IP Perspectives on the Microbiome

Once considered parasites, free riders, or “opportunistic pathogens,” in recent years the roughly 100 trillion symbiotic bacteria that inhabit the various tissues of the human body have been increasingly recognized for their importance…more

2016’s Top Patent and Trade Secret Developments for Chemistry and Nanotechnology

While 2016 saw several significant IP developments regarding the USPTO claim construction standard and the standard of review of USPTO decisions, the following three developments may have the greatest impact on how in-house counsel and…more

New Protections for Immigrants

The California legislature has added a new provision to the Labor Code expanding protections from “unfair immigration-related practices” (originally passed in 2013) beyond the retaliation context and extending protections to any…more

Paying Bonuses to Non-Exempt Employees: Avoiding Class-Wide Overtime Violations

Employers generally recognize that their non-exempt employees must receive overtime premiums on their base pay – in most cases, their hourly wage – when they work overtime. However, not all employers are as well attuned to the…more

Arizona’s Revised Laws on PACs and Corporate Contributions

The recent major revisions to Arizona’s campaign finance laws (passed in bills S.B. 1516, H.B. 2296 and H.B. 2297), which took effect late last year, modified the previous restrictions on corporate contributions to political action…more

Pro Te: Solutio - Vol. 9 No. 2 - Summer 2016

...With this issue, our focus shifts to one that often “dogs” us in serial and consolidated litigation: federal multi-district litigation. Our articles offer some insights into various aspects of MDLs, along with practical takeaways to…more

Employment News - February 2017

Springing into action – start date for Trade Union Act - The Trade Union Act 2016 will come into force on 1 March 2017. The new rules apply to any industrial action for which the ballot opens (by sending out voting papers) on or…more

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