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Can an Employee be Sacked for Tweeting “Political Opinions”?
by / on 09/05/2016 at 12:22 / in Best Lawyers®

Can an Employee be Sacked for Tweeting “Political Opinions”?

Recently we covered the sacking of SBS sports reporter, Scott McIntyre, for posting what were considered to be offensive tweets criticising Australian commemoration of Anzac Day. We focused on the obligations many employees now have under workplace codes of conduct and social media policies. These rules are increasingly restricting the exercise of free speech – even in an employee’s private […]

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Parameters of Negotiating Sophisticated Tech Deals An Evolving Art Form
by / on 20/04/2016 at 12:21 / in Best Lawyers®

Parameters of Negotiating Sophisticated Tech Deals An Evolving Art Form

I started my career in a mid-sized law firm doing sophisticated corporate deals about 28 years ago. Since then, my practice has evolved into doing sophisticated tech, telecom and outsourcing deals. With this evolution, I found new contracting norms. I went from a world of good first drafts of agreements prepared by competent lawyers to a world where first drafts […]

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Ten Practice Management Challenges for Mid-Size Law Firms
by / on 06/04/2016 at 12:27 / in Best Lawyers®

Ten Practice Management Challenges for Mid-Size Law Firms

Topics: On those rare occasions when I am not optimistic about the prospects of mid-size law firms, I am very pessimistic. Oh yes, mid-size firms are the best setting for practicing law. And many of the current challenges to the legal profession play to mid-size firms’ strengths. And some legal subject areas are positively booming. But except for that, things […]

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Signing on the Dotted Line in a Digital Age
by / on 30/03/2016 at 16:02 / in Best Lawyers®

Signing on the Dotted Line in a Digital Age

Electronic Transactions and Signatures Now that the majority of all communications take place via email or some other form of electronic communication, contracts may come into existence without any paper or other tangible record. Courts have held that contracts can be contained in emails or other electronic forms of communication. In the event that a dispute arises as to whether […]

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Can Healthcare Providers Prohibit Employees From Using Recording Devices in the Workplace?
by / on 22/03/2016 at 14:59 / in Best Lawyers®

Can Healthcare Providers Prohibit Employees From Using Recording Devices in the Workplace?

In the wake of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision in Whole Foods Market, Inc., 363 NLRB No. 87 (Dec. 24, 2015), hospitals and healthcare providers will need to revisit their employee recording policies. This NLRB decision found that an employer may not adopt a work rule that prohibits employees from recording company meetings or conversations with coworkers without […]

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Prepared for the Fight
by / on 08/03/2016 at 12:19 / in Best Lawyers®

Prepared for the Fight

At personal injury law firm Pribanic & Pribanic, the attorneys know that to overcome adversity and succeed in legal matters it requires one thing consistently: dedication. Time and again, the cases thatVictor Pribanic and his team take on reveal that he isn’t afraid to take on the tough cases, and doesn’t back down, even in the face of legal challenges, […]

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Rising to the Top
by / on 03/03/2016 at 15:01 / in Best Lawyers®

Rising to the Top

Not many first-graders dream of practicing law when they grow up, but for Adam Malone, his ambition of becoming an attorney started early. “I remember being six or seven and a teacher asking the class what we wanted to be, and I was the only kid who said lawyer,” Malone recalls. “But then, it was probably just in my DNA.” […]

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Should Your Employees Get More Sun, Surf, and Sand? A Quick Look at Unlimited Vacation Policies
by / on 25/02/2016 at 15:49 / in Best Lawyers®

Should Your Employees Get More Sun, Surf, and Sand? A Quick Look at Unlimited Vacation Policies

The news reports that more and more companies are moving to offer unlimited vacation time. On its face, this policy change appears to be a generous offer by employers to boost employee morale and attract top talent, but there may be other factors at play. Here is an overview of such policies and some observations on their utility for California […]

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Canadian Tax Rates, Not Quite a Tax Haven
by / on 22/02/2016 at 12:58 / in Best Lawyers®

Canadian Tax Rates, Not Quite a Tax Haven

Canada has not historically been known for its favourable levels of taxation. However, in the course of the past decade, corporate tax rates have been steadily reduced with the result that favourable rates of taxation are incurred by corporations with business income in Canada. Indeed, it is likely that significantly lower corporate tax rates will remain in place in Canada […]

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The Advocate for the Toughest Battles
by / on 16/02/2016 at 14:23 / in Best Lawyers®

The Advocate for the Toughest Battles

Tom Girardi has become a legend for his courtroom victories, as well as his advocacy for the judiciary and legal profession. His 30-lawyer firm, Girardi|Keese, boasts more members of the illustrious American Board of Trial Advocates than any other firm and his advice is valued as much by injured consumers as it is by national political and business leaders. “These […]

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