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Employers must comply with paid sick time law by July 1

If you have not yet put a plan in place to comply with Arizona’s new paid sick time law, you only have a few days remaining to do so, and the consequences for not doing so can be steep. The potential penalties for failing to comply with the law include: • Three times the value… Read More →

International Arbitration: Which side of the road do you drive on?

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Legal

We all know that when leaving the safe confines of our Arizona existence for international travel to a place such as London, we can expect some minor differences. As between Arizona and England, the language is basically the same, although (depending on whom you ask) one side speaks with an accent. Some words mean different… Read More →

The hidden landmine in Arizona’s earned paid sick time law

Arizona’s new earned paid sick time law goes into effect July 1. While employers scramble to comply with the accrual and notice provisions, one other aspect of the law presents a little-discussed hidden danger. If an employer takes an adverse employment action against an employee within 90 days of the employee using paid sick time, the law… Read More →

State Bar of Arizona honors National Bank of Arizona

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National Bank of Arizona (NB|AZ), a division on Zions Bancorporation, has won the “George Lyons Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Partnering Bank” award for the first time from the Arizona Bar Association. NB|AZ will be featured in Arizona Attorney and honored at the 2017 State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention in Tucson, where Tracy… Read More →

Is your business ready for mandatory paid sick leave?

If you own a business, you are likely aware that the state’s minimum wage was increased to $10 per hour in January, made possible by the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act. But is your business ready for part II of the law? That’s right, part II, which includes paid sick leave for Arizonans. The Fair… Read More →

What to do when your business is sued

Julia Koestner

Start with the proposition that anybody can be sued at any time for anything. One U.S. Senator even sued God in 2008. Obese children sued McDonald’s for making them overweight. It is easy to file a lawsuit; a person simply submits their complaint and the filing fee to the Clerk of the Court. The Clerk… Read More →

Ways to prevent workplace sexual harassment

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Sexual harassment has once again caught the spotlight with the recent eruption of sensational harassment allegations against Bill O’Reilly. Perhaps the most scintillating of the allegations are those suggesting that he and Fox News had ample notice of the underlying problems, and that Fox News paid $12 million to settle claims brought by five different… Read More →

Are experienced trial attorneys an endangered species?

Fennemore Craig

 Bill Drury has been traveling a lot lately. “I’ve got two cases in Hawaii, one in Salt Lake City, I did one in Atlanta and another in San Francisco,” says the shareholder from Renaud Cook Drury Mesaros. It’s not that there aren’t good attorneys in the cities to which Drury has traveled. It’s just that… Read More →

Changes at the EPA – Scary or Exciting?

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New changes at the Environmental Protection Agency have begun and are proving to be scary or exciting, depending on whom you ask. Scott Pruitt started as EPA chief after a long career as a lawyer and Republican politician in Oklahoma, a state known for its oil and gas industry. In the past, he has described… Read More →

Fennemore Craig earns Healthcare/Life Sciences Deal of the Year

Fennemore Craig received the Healthcare/Life Sciences Deal of the Year Award at M&A Advisor’s 2017 Distressed Investing Summit in Palm Beach Florida in March. The award recognized the successful bankruptcy reorganization and merger of two debtor hospitals by a team of attorneys and financial advisors that included Fennemore Craig shareholders, Gerald Shelley and Nancy March,… Read More →

Gallagher & Kennedy included in 2017 BTI Brand Elite Report

The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy today announced the firm’s recognition in the 2017 edition of consulting group BTI’s Brand Elite report.  Of the 426 firms included in the report, Gallagher & Kennedy was ranked in the top half of all firms recommended first to peers and colleagues. BTI’s analysis measures law firms based… Read More →

4 tips for getting off to a good startup

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Congratulations on deciding to become an entrepreneur! Starting a business is exciting and can be a vehicle to fulfill personal ambitions. This decision took some planning and definitely took courage. It also meant thinking long and hard about the risks. Here are some basic legal considerations and steps that can help limit some of those… Read More →

Could tip pooling put local restaurants out of business?

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Legal

The recent uptick in collective action filings against Arizona restaurants compels a Human Resources focus on the requirements of tip pooling and an employer’s decision to take the tip credit. With minimum wage reaching $15.00 per hour in some cities and states, restaurateurs have been forced to address the disparity in pay rates between servers… Read More →

UA Law launches pro bono program for Arizona inventors

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office designated the Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship Clinic in the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law as Arizona’s pro bono hub to serve inventors across the state in need of legal assistance. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s pro bono program is designed to help financially under-resourced independent inventors, small businesses… Read More →