Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, L.L.P.

North Carolina Court of Appeals Upholds Arbitration Clauses in Consumer...

The North Carolina Court of Appeals has recently enforced arbitration clauses in short-term “payday” loan contracts, requiring the borrowers to bring their claims in arbitration rather than in court. In doing so, the Court…more

| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law &...

Executive Order Raises Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

As he suggested during his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama intends to “lead by example” to increase the minimum wage by urging businesses to raise employee wages and by increasing minimum wages payable to…more

| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

Private Company M&A Brokers Exempt from SEC Registration

The SEC has granted relief to Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) advisory firms to allow them to facilitate private company M&A transactions and receive transaction-based fees without registering as broker-dealers. It has long been…more

| Finance & Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

Is North Carolina a Daubert State? Drum Roll Please...

Yes! North Carolina is now officially a Daubert state, according to a recent decision of the North Carolina Court of Appeals. In State v. McGrady, COA13-330, 2014 WL 211962 (N.C. Ct. App. Jan. 21, 2014), the Court of Appeals…more

| Criminal Law

Are Your Employees Properly Classified?

In This Presentation: - Introduction - FLSA “White Collar” Exemptions - Three Tests for Exemption - Salary Level Test - Salary Basis Test - Can the Employer Make Deductions? -…more

| Labor & Employment Law

North Carolina Unemployment Insurance Reform

In this Presentation: - The Push for Reform - House Bill 4 - Increased UI Tax Rates - Reduction in Weekly Benefit Amount - Reduction in Duration of Benefits - Waiting Week for Each…more

| Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

North Carolina Unemployment Insurance Reform Webinar [Video]

This session provides key information about the recent reforms to North Carolina's unemployment insurance system with a focus on how the new laws will affect businesses, both financially and operationally. In addition, this…more

| Insurance, Labor & Employment Law

ISS Corporate Governance Measurement: New for 2014

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) has announced details concerning the newest version of its corporate governance measurement system, QuickScore 2.0, which is launching just one year after its predecessor, the…more

| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

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