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  • Buckle up – Disabled employee bails from rental car agency after bumpy ride

    May / June 2018
    Newsletter: Employment Law Briefing

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 926

    Abstract: In a Second Circuit Court of Appeals case, a former rental car agency manager alleged that her employer had created a hostile work environment due to disability discrimination. According to her, the discrimination led to constructive discharge in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Family and Medical Leave Act. This article reviews the case and what the court considered in reaching its decision. A sidebar discusses a similar Seventh Circuit case in which an employee alleged religious discrimination. Lawson v. Homenuk, No. 16-3736-cv, Oct. 11, 2017 (2d Cir.) EEOC v. University of Chicago Hospitals, No. 00-4065, June 2, 2002 (7th Cir.)

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  • Preparing for the new overtime rules

    October / November 2016
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 926

    Abstract: New regulations announced by the DOL in May 2016 will significantly change the minimum salary level for workers in white collar positions to be exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act. This article explains who will be covered and discusses the three tests executive, administrative and professional workers must pass before they’re exempt from overtime pay.

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  • Can telecommuting be an accommodation? Sixth Circuit weighs in on growing ADA issue

    November / December 2014
    Newsletter: Employment Law Briefing

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 926

    Abstract: With mobile technology exploding and work/life balance a valid concern of many employers, telecommuting is more popular than ever. But could a telecommuting arrangement of four days per week be considered a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? This article looks at a recent case that addresses this very question: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Ford Motor Company. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Ford Motor Company, No. 12-2484, April 22, 2014 (6th Cir.) Rauen v. U.S. Tobacco Mfg. Ltd. Partnership, No. 01-3973, Feb. 10, 2003 (7th Cir.)

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  • Borrowers and occupational fraud – Who’s most vulnerable and how to assess risk

    October / November 2014
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 926

    Abstract: The most recent of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ biennial fraud studies indicates that the typical business continues to lose 5% of revenues to fraud — and financial institutions reported the most fraud cases. This article discusses the most fraud-prone industries and the kinds of fraud to which each is particularly susceptible. It also provides ten questions that lenders can ask to evaluate a company’s antifraud controls. A sidebar discusses how receivables, inventory and fixed assets can serve as red flags to warn lenders of fraud, which can impair the victim’s ability to service debt and can lower its collateral values.

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  • Egregious misconduct – Examining the behavior behind an unenforceable patent

    April / May 2014
    Newsletter: Ideas on Intellectual Property Law

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 926

    Abstract: In 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that certain acts of “egregious misconduct” by a patent applicant can eventually render a subsequently issued patent unenforceable. This article examines one recent case that provided a clear example of this. When a telecommunications company sued another for patent infringement, the court held that the patents were unenforceable because the inventor had submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office a declaration with false statements. A sidebar looks at a different case with a different result. Intellect Wireless, Inc. v. HTC Corp., No. 2012-1658, Oct. 9, 2013 (Fed. Cir.) Therasense, Inc. v. Becton, Dickinson & Co., Nos. 2008-1511, -1512, -1513, -1514, -1595, May 25, 2011 (Fed. Cir.) Network Signatures, Inc. v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance, 2012-1492, Sept. 24, 2013 (Fed. Cir.)

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  • Bond portfolios require diversification, too

    September / October 2012
    Newsletter: Planning for Prosperity / Wealth Management Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 926

    Abstract: During the past few years, extreme stock market volatility has spawned a newfound appreciation for bonds. However, even though diversifying one’s investment portfolio with bonds makes sense, there are right and wrong ways to go about it. This article discusses how to achieve true diversification and explains why bond funds may be a better option for some than purchasing individual bonds. And, although many income-starved investors have sought solace in high-yield bonds, a sidebar notes the risks.

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