Forbes on Businesses Using Social Media

A recent article from Forbes highlights risks involved with using social media to promote your business: http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannabelbey/2015/05/21/protect-your-firm-from-the-13-risks-of-social-media/ If you are interested in more information about the advantages and pitfalls of using social media to promote your business, Hinman, Howard & Kattell will be hosting a free cyberlaw and branding workshop on June 10, 2015.  Further [...]

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Ninth Circuit Judge Excoriates Court’s Prior Decision to Suppress YouTube Video Linked to Benghazi Attacks

In an impassioned opinion, Judge Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit reminds us all how free speech is supposed to operate and why it is so important that we protect it. Excerpts of the Judge Reinhardt’s opinion can be found at the Volokh Conspiracy: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2015/05/18/judge-reinhardts-opinion-sharply-condemning-the-ninth-circuits-initial-injunction-in-the-innocence-of-muslims-case/. Judge Reinhardt’s opinion in its entirety is available here: https://www.citizen.org/documents/RheinhardtEarlyHint.pdf The Ninth [...]

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Hinman, Howard & Kattell To Host Startup Workshop Series

Starting a business is hard.  Keeping it running is even harder.  Hinman, Howard & Kattell invites you to join us for a free workshop series where our attorneys will identify and untangle legal issues that startups and small businesses frequently encounter. Workshop #1 will be held June 10, 2015 at 4:00 pm.  Attorney Michael Keenan [...]

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SCOTUS Hears Same-Sex Marriage Cases

This morning the Supreme Court heard oral argument in two cases which ask the Court to decide whether the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry.  If the Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is constitutionally protected, all state laws prohibiting gay marriage will fall. The tenor of oral argument will be heavily [...]

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Partner Publishes Article with American Health Lawyers

HH&K Partner Dawn Lanouette’s article EEOC Targets Wellness Plans, Issues Propose Regulations was published in the American Health Lawyers Association’s AHLA Weekly on April 24.  Dawn’s article explores the EEOC’s lawsuits against employers under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA), and the EEOC’s recently issued proposed regulations for [...]

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Two HHK Partners Presenting at Regional Executive Wellness Summit on April 29

HH&K Partners Tom Conlon and Dawn Lanouette will be presenting at the Regional Executive Wellness Summit on April 29, 2015 in Binghamton, New York.  Tom will be speaking on legal issues for wellness plans under the ADA, HIPAA and GINA.  Dawn will be addressing the most recent lawsuits filed by the EEOC against employers for [...]

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John Oliver Takes A Look At “Patent Trolls” On Last Week Tonight

John Oliver frequently uses his weekly HBO show, Last Week Tonight, to examine legal issues that significantly impact society.  Yesterday he examined the impact that non-practicing entities (often called “patent trolls”) have on American business.  The segment, while not perfect, provides a good explanation of the importance of patents to industry; the issues patent trolls [...]

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EEOC Issues Wellness Program Regulations

The EEOC will issue proposed regulations for Wellness Programs today.  The proposed rules address how Wellness Programs interact with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  They do not address how such plans interact with the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA).  HH&K previously reported in its March 2015 newsletter on 3 lawsuits filed by the EEOC [...]

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National Healthcare Decision Day

Today is National Healthcare Decision Day. Have you thought about what you want? Do you have your healthcare proxy?  Spend some time today discussing difficult conversations with your loved ones.

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NLRB Continues to Attack Non-Unionized Employer’s Common Work Rules

HH&K previously reported about the NLRB General Counsel’s advice memoranda that collected and analyzed recent Board cases finding common employee handbook provisions illegal.  See http://blog.hhk.com/?p=868.  As we noted, most of the employers caught in the NLRB’s web have been non-unionized employers.  Since that post, the Board has continued its assault on employer work rules.   [...]

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