Guest Post: Divorce and Children – A Lesson from Hollywood

By JORDAN GERBER If you have been exposed to social media within the last few weeks, ie aren’t holed up in some Tibetan monastery or currently incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay, chances are you’ve heard about Gwynneyth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s recent decision to call it quits. Or, as they phrase it, “conscious uncoupling.” Before you dismiss… Read more »

Lawyers on G+ Reaches its 5,000th Member

Lawyers on G+ Reaches its 5,000th Member

Well, well, well… look what we have here. The ghost town called G+ is starting to attract the legal community. Today Lawyers on G+ reached 5,000 members. Yet another awesome milestone during our short (and sweet) 16 months of existence. We’re currently the largest professional services community on G+. But more than the numbers, we’ve… Read more »

Knowing Who Receives Overtime Pay Is about to Get More Complicated

The landmines an employer navigates in scheduling and paying overtime are as many as the regulations covering it. And the outcome of a White House–ordered assessment of overtime rules found in the Fair Labor Standards Act will soon render these regulations even more demanding. President Obama has signed an executive order that “instructs the Secretary… Read more »

Can the legal profession fit into the subscription economy?

Can the legal profession fit into the subscription economy?

The Billable Hour v. Subscription Economy Who ya got? While we’re all debating whether the legal industry will experience or has experienced a “disruption”, there’s a parallel question that’s of much greater interest to me. The definition of the billable hour, whether in law or massage therapy, is value delivered in measurable and monetizable quantities. One… Read more »

How an Entrepreneur Solves Problems

What makes the entrepreneurial approach to problem solving so special? Why is it that Facebook, with all its high ticket talent, couldn’t invent WhatsApp? The answer, of course, is that there’s nothing quite like the focused desire (often born of necessity) of the entrepreneur. When a problem presents itself to the entrepreneur, he attacks it…. Read more »

When Does a Worker’s Shift End?

For employers with large populations of wage and hourly staff, the question is a gray area masquerading as a black-and-white issue. Throw contract hourly laborers into the mix, and a growing set of potential missteps or pitfalls can leave employers running afoul of employment law in a short period of time. Take the example of… Read more »

Executive Contract Daily

Executive Contract Daily is a regular column that features recently published executive employment contracts from publicly traded companies and the baseline financial terms of each agreement. Douglas N. Biddle, Executive Vice President and CFO, Pacific Financial, Annual Base Salary: $175, 000 Vos International, Alex Minicucci, CEO, Annual Base Salary: $375,000 Akebia Therapeutics, Inc., John P. Butler, President and CEO,… Read more »

Technology Makes or Breaks Employers’ Ability to Comply with Employment Law

Large class-action suits and multimillion-dollar settlements connected to employment law continue to dominate the news. Many center on alleged inaccuracies in the recording of, or payment for, hours worked. Pet supplies giant PetSmart Inc., for instance, has agreed to pay a multimillion-dollar settlementaround claims that the company underpaid thousands of hourly employees. It’s a trend that… Read more »

Law in the Age of Computerized Reproduction – or why Walter Benjamin would have liked ReinventLaw NYC

By Madeline J. Rivlin Adjunct Professor Pace University School of Law, staff member ZeekBeek Listening to the presentations at Reinvent Law NYC it occurred to me that Walter Benjamin would probably have enjoyed the program – and not just because of the brilliant, enthusiastic, innovative speakers and all the talk of “disruption.” One of the… Read more »

Executive Contract Daily

The beauty of running your own blog is getting to make up the rules as you go. Today I’m launching a new weekly “column” entitled “Executive Contract Daily.” I’m not sure if anyone is going to enjoy reading it, but I’m going to give it a go. Here’s the breakdown:  As you may know, my… Read more »