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Need HR Legal Advice? There's an App for That

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The international law firm Eversheds released today an app for iPhone and Blackberry that offers Q&A style answers to common human resources legal issues and covers 25 international jurisdictions.  Looks like Droid users are out of luck, but there is also a desktop version available.

Here's an example of one of the more in-depth answers.

What are the minimum holiday entitlements in the USA:

There are no minimum holiday entitlements as employees are not automatically entitled to paid or unpaid holiday (commonly known as ‘vacation’ in the US). Employers determine:

• whether to provide vacation;

• how much vacation the employee may take each year;

• whether employees may carry over unused vacation from year to year; and

• whether employees are paid for unused vacation on termination (subject to applicable state law).

Most employers allow employees to schedule vacation when they choose, subject to a supervisor’s approval and business needs. Most employers do provide full-time employees with paid vacation of one to four weeks of paid leave per year, and many employers increase vacation based on an employee’s length of service.

In addition, most employers provide employees with ten paid holidays per year, coinciding with major holidays such as Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years’ Day.

The app of course comes with the standard disclaimer:

"PLEASE NOTE. These applications are not a substitute for legal advice. All efforts have been made to ensure the content is accurate and up to date, however this application is to be used as a guide only."

[Eversheds guide to global employment law]

BP Gulf Coast Firm Earns $1.25M a Month

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The law firm handling BP's Gulf Coast compensation is getting a hefty bump in its pay. Feinberg and Rozen will receive an additional $400,000 a month, now up to $1.25 million, for their work in doling out money to those harmed by BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster.

It's hard to judge just how much that is in the world of law firm compensation without a context.  So, here's the context:

Feinberg and Rozen has two partners (Kenneth Feinberg and Michael Rozen, of course).

(Disclosure: As the TARP pay czar, Kenneth Feinberg was responsible for cutting pay to law firms handling the Lehman bankruptcy, including BL1Y's bills.)


GE Boasts Best Tax Law Firm

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In 2010, General Electric (GE) reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion.  Their profits within the United States were $5.1 billion.

Their US corporate tax burden? Nothing.

Actually, less than nothing.  In 2010, GE claimed a net $3.2 billion tax credit.

Through some incredibly creative (and probably legal) accounting, and a bit of forum shopping and aggressive lobbying, GE is able to avoid paying taxes, and instead take your tax money and put it into its own pockets.  Their in house tax department is widely considered to be the greatest tax law firm in the world.  They get to eliminate their taxes without having to further inflate some white shoe firm's profits per partner.

As an attorney, you can reach the top of an incredibly difficult and complex practice, and still contribute nothing worthwhile to society.  Not hard to see why the profession has lost much of its respect and prestige.  How long is it until Dilbert goes to law school?

[New York Times]

Personal Injury Attorney Dies in Skydiving Accident

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C. Scott Shields, a Philadelphia area personal injury attorney died Friday afternoon in a skydiving accident.  Shields was an experienced skydiver with over 100 prior jumps.  But, on Friday his main parachute failed to open, and his emergency chute, which deploys automatically, failed to properly inflate.

The company with which Shields jumped, Freefall Adventures, had something of a history of fatal accidents.  In 2006, an instructor and student died, in 2005, two others died when their parachutes became entangled, and in 2004, a skydiver died after waiting too long to open his chute.  The company claims more than 250,000 people have jumped with them.

Shields was mayor of Rutledge, a small Philadelphia suburb with a population of about 1000.  He had also appeared on numerous conservative political talk shows, including Hannity and Colmes, and Larry Kane - The Voice of Reason.

In addition to his personal injury practice, Shields also argued constitutional law issues and had represented the National Rifle Association.


[Court Room Guru - Law Office of C. Scott Shields]

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