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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

Job application, employment, ban the box

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

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

Business meeting, contracts, general law

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

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

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

Terms and conditions, app, cellphone

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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$126M and counting: Companies should expect larger, more frequent GDPR fines

GDPR, data privacy

Fines imposed under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation have been relatively low and infrequent. But companies need to prepare for bigger penalties as authorities throughout Europe bolster enforcement efforts and clarify how fines are calculated and imposed. “As ...

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Employee benefits issues prominent in restructuring and bankruptcy cases

employee benefits

With a recession overdue, employee benefits practitioners should be ready when employers face financial distress and should understand how employee benefits are treated in bankruptcy. Recent developments involving executive compensation, pension funding, and withdrawal liability give a glimpse of what ...

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New Labor Department rule clarifies ‘joint employer’ standard

The Labor Department issued a final rule Jan. 12 that clarifies when a worker is employed by more than one company, an issue that affects franchise businesses such as McDonald’s and firms that have outsourced services such as cleaning and maintenance. The ...

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