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Meritas is the 2014 sponsor for ACC's Small Law Department Committee. Nicolle Schippers, the Past Chair, was awarded 2013 Committee Member of the Year. Meritas was also chosen as the 2013 Committee Sponsor of the Year.

The Small Law Department Committee develops and explores ways that lawyers in small law departments and generalists in larger departments can best provide legal services to their corporate clients. The committee provides numerous practical resources, including best practices and sample policies.

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Upcoming Teleconference Meeting

Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 3:00 PM ET, 7:00 PM GMT
Legal Quick Hit (Webcast presentation during the meeting)

The Pros and Cons of Leased Workers

Businesses require a workforce to operate. As businesses grow, the need for additional workers increases. Employers face a myriad of options to bolster their workers: hiring employees, using independent contractors, or leasing employees from a staffing or other temporary agency. While leasing employees may seem like a "quick fix," it is important for business to consider the benefits and downsides before choosing this route. Kristine Sims, Partner, Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP

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Upcoming Webcast

Monetizing Large Judgements and Arbitration Awards

April 24th, 2014 9:00 AM EST, 1:00 PM GMT

Presented by ACC's Litigation Committee and Kobre & Kim LLP

As the value of judgments and arbitration awards coming out of large-scale litigation continues to rise, so does the challenge of enforcing them. Sophisticated judgment debtors today often hold assets protected in a variety of structures in offshore financial centers around the world, which create challenging roadblocks to efficient and prompt recovery that can only be overcome with the right tools and strategies.

In this webcast, a group of internationally based attorneys, experienced in enforcing high value judgments and recovering hidden assets will share their first-hand insights into the international judgment enforcement and asset recovery process. The panel discussion will include analysis of effective asset tracing, utilizing specific legal tools available in the U.S., Europe, Asia and offshore jurisdictions as well as the alternative fee structures available to minimize costs and risks.

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Wednesday, APRIL 9, 2014 AT 9:00 AM ET, 1:00 PM GMT

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Transborder Personal Data Flows

Poland is a popular BPO (business process outsourcing) destination. It is so thanks to well educated population (number of universities, technical universities and students / alumni, relatively cheap labor force and pretty stable political and economic situation (high predictability level). Nevertheless, personal data international transfers - constituting the very substance of the BPO services - are subject to several limitations and restrictions. It is so now, it still will be if the EU new regulation enters in force. Therefore the topic is vital not only for Polish lawyers, but anyone involved in the BPO process located in Poland.

Upcoming Webcast

Special Ethics Issues for In-House Counsel

May 29 2014 2:00 PM ET On-Line CLE/CPD Program
On Demand 60 Minutes
Sponsored by Meritas

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Fire over Facebook? A Primer on Protected Social Media Activity in the Workplace and Best Practice Guide for Managing Employee Social Media Use

Aug 2013 InfoPAK Download pdf
Sponsored by Meritas
As social media use in the workplace continues to increase, it should come as no surprise that employers are increasingly disciplining employees for their social media activity. Because social media ...

Employee Wellness Programs: A Federal and State Analysis of the Legal and Practical Implications

Sep 2012 InfoPAK Download pdf
Sponsored by Meritas
This InfoPAK explores corporate employee wellness programs, highlighting the benefits and challenges employers face when developing such programs. It examines both mandatory and voluntary employee ...

Recent Committee-Developed Resources

Employee Information Sharing

Apr 2014 Wisdom of the Crowd
This Wisdom of the Crowd, compiled from responses posted on the Small Law Departments eGroup, addresses the issues underlying company-wide sharing of employees' personal information.

Top Ten Things You Should Know About ASTM Standards for Environmental Due Diligence

Nov 2013 Top Ten
Sponsored by Meritas
This Top Ten reviews the content of the existing standards, their intersection with the law and the advent of new standards.

Response to Employee Harassment Investigation

Nov 2013 Wisdom of the Crowd
This Wisdom of the Crowd, compiled from questions and responses posted on the Small Law Department and Employment & Labor Law eGroups, assesses an employer's response to harassment allegations in ...