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Posts from December 2014.

Despite the seemingly endless variety of employment–related claims, one type in particular surfaces all too frequently: that is, workplace harassment. Harassment claims come in many shapes and sizes, but must be based on conduct which violates the rights of persons belonging to one or more classes protected by workplace discrimination laws: race, age, religion, sex, national ...

In the latest Louisville Business First Legal Forum Column, BGD partner Philip C. Eschels discussed how employers can minimize risk during the termination process. Read his advice below and don’t miss our monthly legal forum column in Louisville Business First.

What can I do as an employer to minimize risk during the termination process?

The process of discharging ...

Shortly after the midterm elections ended, the NLRB granted labor unions several more favorable changes to the law. Most of these changes will impact employers regardless of whether they have a unionized workforce.

Since the Supreme Court’s Myriad decision of 2013 (see Ass’n. for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., 133 S. Ct. 2107), inventors and patent owners have struggled with trying to protect inventions that were suddenly declared patent-ineligible laws of nature or natural phenomena. On Dec. 16, 2014, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) formally ...

The price point at which crude oil is traded internationally is fixed predominantly by the Brent Crude Oil, West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil and Dubai/Oman Crude Oil benchmarks. As of Dec. 15, 2014, rates are as follows:

On Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States heard the case of Young v. UPS.

Posted in Estate Planning

The end of each year inevitably brings a flurry of activity for everyone. But in the midst of the hustle and bustle, don’t forget to take advantage of the current tax breaks offered under estate and gift planning laws.

Posted in Estate Planning

The holidays and year-end festivities present that special time to consider generous money gifts for friends, family and those in need; what we don’t often factor in are the tax consequences associated with those gifts.

During my recent appearance on the “Pete the Planner Radio Show” on WIBC, host Peter Dunn and I discussed the legal ramifications of making gifts before 2014 ...

Some employers may be tempted to believe there is nothing left to do after the often emotional or awkward termination process is complete. There are, however, important actions the prudent employer should consider taking to further minimize risk. Following are five steps to consider taking after termination of employment.

Step #1: Finalize and Comply With Release and Severance ...

Late last month, President Obama announced his plan to significantly change U.S. immigration policy through executive actions.



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