Non-Profits Be Mindful: You May be Required to Pay Employees for Volunteer Time

By Nick Birkenhauer, DBL Law

Employees who work for not-for-profit organizations can be some of the most committed and caring employees in the workforce. Indeed, it is not unusual for non-profit employers to hire employees who are motivated by a passion for the organization, or the organization’s cause, as much as a paycheck. Beyond their regular job duties, these employees may wish to give back to their organization, outside of their normal work day, in a volunteer capacity. For instance, a clerical employee at an animal shelter may wish to volunteer at a weekend pet adoption event. While volunteer events like these often benefit all involved – the employer, the employee and those served by the employee’s volunteer services – it is imperative that employers treat employee volunteerism appropriately and with caution.

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Data Breaches Come in Many Forms

By Dennis Kennedy, Dressman Benzinger LaVelle psc

Reports of data breaches are appearing in the media at an alarming rate. No one industry is safe from cyber attacks. In fact, recent attacks have been made against financial institutions, retail outlets, and health insurance companies. Most recently, Anthem announced a data breach affecting more than 80 million current and former customers. While cyber attacks across various industries have been grabbing the headlines, data breaches come in many forms.

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New requirements for New Zealand Limited Partnerships

By Meryl Duval, Morrison Kent

Recent changes to the law mean that all new and existing New Zealand Limited Partnerships must now have at least one general partner resident in New Zealand.  While all Limited Partnerships registered since 1 September 2014 are already under the new regime, those registered prior to 1 September 2014 now only have until 28 February 2015 to comply.

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Kentucky Employers Beware: Your Non-Competition Agreements May No Longer Be Valid

By Nicholas Birkenhauer, DBL Law

Kentucky courts have always strictly construed employee non-competition agreements against employers and in favor of employees. This means that any ambiguities, or other questions, in a non-competition agreement will be resolved in favor of the employee. For this reason, it has always been important for Kentucky employers to pay careful attention when drafting non-competition agreements. This is even more true today, in the wake of a 2014 Kentucky Supreme Court case which significantly altered the requirements of employee non-competition agreements in Kentucky.

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Major changes in Dutch employment law

By Jeffrey L. Kenens, TeekensKarstens

On 18 February 2014 the Dutch House of Representatives adopted the legislative bill for the Work and Security Act that was submitted on 29 November 2013. The Dutch Senate has endorsed it on 10 June 2014. The Act leads to fairly drastic changes in Dutch employment law. It has partly taken effect as per 1 January 2015. The other part of the Act will take effect as per 1 July 2015. In this note, I briefly mention the major changes in Dutch employment law without elaborating too much. Please note, that for the purpose of this brief news article no deviations possibly provided for in collective labour agreements have been taken into account.

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How Do Law Firm Compensation Models Work?

By Timothy Lynch Esq., Offit Kurman

How is a typical lawyer paid? Trick question: there is no such thing as a typical lawyer. Accordingly, there is also no true standard model for how law firms dole out compensation and rewards. Numerous factors, including region, size, structure, leadership, tenure, billing practices and practice areas, determine a firm’s financial structure, which is why practitioners—even those working in the same firm, in the same practice area with the same size book of business —sometimes take home vastly different earnings.

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EU strengthens rights of posted employees

By Michael Wendler, Wendler Tremml Rechtsanwälte

On 28 May 2014, the Official Journal of the European Union No. 159 published Directive 2014167/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 on the enforcement of Directive 96/71/EC concerning the posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services and amending Regulation (EU) No. 1024/2012 on administrative cooperation through the Internal Market Information System (the IMI Regulation).

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European jurisdiction: be aware of implementation clauses!

By Michiel Teekens, TeekensKarstens advocaten notarissen

The Council Regulation (EC) No 44/2001 of 22 December 2000 (“the Regulation”) regulates jurisdiction between persons, including companies, located in Member States. The Regulation provides general principles for jurisdiction, but also allows contractual parties to agree to deviate through an implementation clause or a forum clause.

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Federal Circuit Advisory Council Gives Nod to Limited Claims and Prior Art in Patent Suits

By Ralph A. Dengler and Thomas J. Bean, Gibbons

IP practitioners on both sides of the "v." should take heed that the Federal Circuit Advisory Council ("the CAFC Council") has unanimously approved a "Model Order Limiting Excess Patent Claims and Prior Art." Citing a "[l]ack of discipline" by the asserting party, the CAFC Council recounted that the resulting "superfluous claims and prior art" have contributed to increasing the expense and burden of patent litigation. And rather than dealing with the number of claims and prior art references on an ad hoc basis, as is presently done, the aspirational Model Order sets default numerical limits on the number of asserted patent claims and prior art references.

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