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Crisis management response: What the board wants

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Crisis response is now a primary focus of internal and external stakeholders alike. Corporate board directors, as one of these groups of stakeholders, are, or should be, an important part of the crisis management process.

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Compensation report reflects importance of health, science sectors

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BarkerGilmore, a Fairport, New York-based legal industry consultant and executive search consultant, has released its first-ever study of in-house compensation for attorneys specifically in the health care and life science industries. While BarkerGilmore’s annual survey of in-house counsel compensation overall ...

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Coworking spaces gain popularity, especially on smaller scale

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From startups to companies looking to expand, coworking arrangements have increasingly become a viable alternative to traditional office space leasing. While there have been some setbacks, experts predict that the industry will continue to grow in the foreseeable future. Coworking, where ...

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George E. Wolf to join architectural firm as general counsel


George E. Wolf III, whose last day as a Jackson County circuit judge was March 16, has joined Kansas City-based architectural, engineering and planning firm HNTB Corporation. According to court spokeswoman Valerie Hartman, Wolf will serve as general counsel of ...

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Why ‘ban the box’ rules are becoming more popular

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In January 2021, a “Ban the Box” ordinance will go into effect in St. Louis, making it the latest major city in Missouri to enact legislation that restricts employers from asking job applicants about their criminal history. The St. Louis measure ...

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General counsel in the news

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Benson Hill adds Bortolotti as general counsel Rebecca Bortolotti joined St. Louis-based plant science firm Benson Hill as general counsel and corporate secretary. Bortolotti supports business strategies for Benson Hill’s growing engagement with food and ingredient companies, grocery retailers and others. Prior ...

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Revisiting force majeure and dispute resolution clauses in light of the recent outbreak of the coronavirus

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The recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has had and continues to have a devastating impact on human health and life around the globe, with significant repercussions for businesses worldwide. This client alert highlights some of the contractual issues ...

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In-house contract lawyers explore what tech can do for them

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Corporate counsel John Griffin of Alliance Data Systems Corp. envisions a day soon when smart computer programs can peruse thousands of company contracts and flag when there’s a problem created by changing events. In the case of in-house counsel, they ...

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NLRB memo addresses mandatory weekend overtime

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Overtime: Some employees hate it; others can’t get enough. And many companies struggle to manage it. It can be even more complicated in a unionized setting, as the applicable labor agreement undoubtedly touches on, if not exhaustively addresses, overtime. The National Labor ...

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9th Circuit decision has significant implications for terms and conditions in smartphone apps

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A recent Ninth Circuit decision centered on something most consumers use many times every day: smartphone apps. In Wilson v. Huuuge, Inc., the Ninth Circuit affirmed the denial of defendant Huuuge’s motion to compel arbitration against a user of its smartphone ...

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