Monthly Archives: September 2013

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Government Shutdown, Cyber Insurance, Drilling Permits, Pay Ratio

Monday morning blues? Here’s a cure: two parts coffee, one part cherry Danish, and a hearty dash of JD Supra Corporate Brief: A federal shutdown would create distinct challenges for government operations… (Skadden Arps) Is it time to update the patent examination system? (MBHB) If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again – but… Read more »

California Employers Should Begin to Prepare Now for Minimum Wage Hike

Earlier this month, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a measure that will raise the state’s minimum wage to $9 per hour in July 2014, with a second increase to $10 per hour on January 1, 2016. And there’s no time to waste, writes Gregory Cheng of law firm Ogletree Deakins: “Employers should not… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Leased Photocopiers, Zero Tolerance, Big Data, Elder Abuse

Plan to sneak out of the office a little early today? Better read the JD Supra Corporate Brief right now then: What’s a leased photocopier going for under the new HIPAA regime? About the same as a lost laptop… (Polsinelli) The SEC’s “Zero Tolerance” policy is paying off… (BakerHostetler) According to a recent survey, companies… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Trade Secret Theft, Business Continuity Planning, NAFTA Arbitration Claim, Comprehensive Tax Reform

The bad news: it’s still not Friday. The good news: it’s pretty darn close. The law news: This can’t be good: foreign defendants avoid prosecution for theft of trade secrets by fighting the government’s attempts to serve process… (Orrick) Business continuity planning in the financial industry might not be as simple as regulators think… (Dechert)… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: M&A Activity, Iran Sanctions, Wellness Program, Libor Scandal

Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all just slowed down a bit, smiled a little more, worried less, and spent the morning reading the JD Supra Corporate Brief? Will M&A pick up during the second half of the year? (Morrison & Foerster) “You’re gonna need more credible evidence if you want to… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Accounting Fraud, Stolen Secrets, Activist Investors, EPA Limits

Why did the chicken cross the road? To read the JD Supra Corporate Brief, of course. And to get one of those cronuts everyone keeps talking about around the coop… How companies can prepare for the SEC’s renewed focus on accounting fraud… (Skadden Arps) A cautionary tale for every employer that lets workers access both… Read more »

Why Comparing CEO Pay to Employee Salaries Might Not Be As Bad As Business Leaders Think

“The pay ratio disclosure would be required in annual reports on Form 10-K, registration statements and proxy and information statements. […] Pay ratio disclosure would be considered ‘filed’ not ‘furnished,’ and, therefore, would be subject to liability under the Securities Act and Exchange Act.” (Dechert) On September 18, a divided Securities and Exchange Commission proposed… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Business Associates, USPTO Backlog, RICO Lawsuit, Content Strategy

Did you know that you can get the JD Supra Corporate Brief delivered straight to your inbox every weekday morning? All you have to do is ask… Business associate or not? Here’s how you can tell – and why it makes a big difference as of today… (DLA Piper) The Shanghai Free Trade Zone is… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: IP Police, Tobacco Advertising, Pay Ratio, Lehman Brothers

Looking for a great way to kick off the weekend? Add a little milk and sugar to your morning coffee. And read the JD Supra Corporate Brief: London calling: the UK’s new Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit launched on September 13… (DLA Piper) Advertise ‘em if you sell ‘em… (Pillsbury) Is it just us, or… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: IP Disputes, Consent Orders, Hazard Communication, Cybersecurity Framework

Keeping track of important law news is easy with the JD Supra Corporate Brief. See for yourself: The ITC is a good forum for resolving international IP disputes. Unless, of course, you’re a Standard-Essential Patent holder… (Akerman Senterfitt) According to the new head of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, there are five benefits to using… Read more »

Government Issues New Rules to Boost Hiring of Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities – 7 Things All Federal Contractors Must Do

“Prior to the effective date, Contractors should undertake a comprehensive review of their policies, procedures and plans to identify the modifications they will need to make to comply with the new regulations.” (Proskauer) In late August, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued new rules intended to increase employment of veterans… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Sleeping Employees, First Amendment, Automated Trading, Religious Accommodation

Isn’t it time you signed up for email delivery of the JD Supra Corporate Brief? Can an employer fire a worker who falls asleep on the job? The answer might surprise you… (Duane Morris) California’s “Do Not Track” law goes into effect in two weeks. Are you ready? (Proskauer) The Telephone Consumer Protection Act does… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Payroll Cards, Silica Exposure, Green Chemistry, China Visas

If it’s Tuesday, this must be law news. The JD Supra Corporate Brief, to be precise… Wage-and-hour lawsuits represent 91% of all employment law class actions… (NAVEX Global) Bottom line? Payroll cards are OK unless you require your employees to use them… (Ballard Spahr) OSHA’s proposed rule on silica exposure could have a significant impact… Read more »

Proposed OSHA Rule On Silica Exposure Could Have Significant Impact On Fracking Industry

“’Exposure to silica can be deadly, and limiting that exposure is essential,’ said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. ‘Every year, exposed workers not only lose their ability to work, but also to breathe. This proposal is expected to prevent thousands of deaths from silicosis—an incurable and progressive disease—as… Read more »