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March 2014




"Blurred Lines" and Insurance Coverage

By: Seth Kirby
 
Unless you were living under a rock for all of 2013, it was impossible to avoid hearing Robin Thicke's hit song "Blurred Lines." During the summer of 2013 it was played on every radio format on a near constant rotation. Thicke performed it on the Today Show, he performed it using schoolhouse instruments on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and gave a now infamous performance of the song with Miley Cyrus on MTV. While the song generated controversy due to its lyrical content, there is no question that it was a very catchy tune. But have you ever wondered, why is this song so appealing to the ear?
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How to Notify USCIS of Your E-Verify Issues and Concerns

By: Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul
 
For Georgia businesses, March marks the eighth month of mandatory E-Verify usage for businesses with at least eleven employees. As an employment and immigration specialist, I hear a lot of complaints about E-Verify, including its negative effect on the labor supply and the sheer administrative hassle of forcing this extra task on already-overstressed human resources departments.
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Internships Can Be Costly For Employers

By: Joyce Mocek
 
A few weeks ago, an unpaid intern that worked for fashion house Alexander McQueen sued the British fashion label alleging that she should have been paid at least minimum wage during her four month internship. Unpaid internships have become the modern day equivalent of entry level positions, except that there is no pay. These internships have gained increased attention over the past year as misclassifying individuals can result in litigation and fines to employers.
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Confidential Settlement Really Means Confidential

By: Wayne Melnick
 
One issue that comes up more and more with mediated and other pre-trial settlements is confidentiality. Usually, when a confidentiality provision is included in a settlement agreement, it specifies who can, and sometimes who cannot, be told about the resolution, what the parties to the agreement can say about the case/claim if asked, and the penalties for violating the provision. If the parties agree to the confidentiality of the resolution, then there is usually a good reason that at least one of them does not want word of the terms of the agreement getting out into the general public.
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