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Meritas is the 2015 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.

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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.

Special Announcments

A summary of the Virtual Roundtable on Contracting Processes that was held on January 29th, 2015 by the Small Law Department Committee is available now. Panelists described contract negotiation playbooks, contract management software, personnel vs. volume and many more subjects. 

The summary can be downloaded by clicking here.

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Upcoming Meetings

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 3:00 PM ET, 7:00 PM GMT
Includes an online presentation

US Import Compliance: High Percentage Problem Areas

This program will identify and explain the issues that are most likely to cause problems for a lean company involved in importing and how to most effectively address such issues. If you and your team have a limited amount of time to dedicate to import compliance, these are the issues which should be at the top of the list when allocating your attention and resources. Among the topics covered will be failure to declare dutiable assists, misclassification, antidumping, incorrect country of origin marking and failure to properly make North American Free Trade Act or other Federal Transit Administration origination determinations. In addition, the various types of communications importers receive from US Customs and Border Protection will be identified and the consequences of each discussed so that in-house counsel can determine which communications can be dealt with routinely and which indicate serious problems. This is part one of a two-part series on import and export compliance. Part Two will be held on June 11, 2015. Brian Walsh, Partner, Barnes, Richardson & Colburn, LLP

Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 3:00 PM ET, 7:00 PM GMT
Includes an online presentation

Export Compliance: The Absolute Essentials

If your company is involved in exporting products or technologies subject to the license requirements of the Bureau of Industry and Security or the Department of State, your team needs to be engaged in export compliance. Even companies that do not consider themselves to be engaged in high technology or defense exports must comply with certain requirements. Further, companies which do not believe themselves to be subject to license requirements can face substantial liabilities as a result of the evolution of their products or technologies or changes in their customer or end user base. This program will identify the steps that even companies without licensable products and technologies must take to maintain compliance and how to determine when your company is taking steps which will lead to increased export violation potential. This is part 2 of a 2 part series on import and export compliance. A recording of part 1 can be found here. Brian Walsh, Partner, Barnes, Richardson & Colburn, LLP

Upcoming Webcast

Employee Stock Ownership Plan: Is It the Right Fit for Our Company in the United States

Apr 30 2015 2:00 PM ET On-Line CLE/CPD Program
On Demand 60 Minutes
Sponsored by Meritas

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InfoPaks

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

Corporate Document Requests From a Russian Entity

Mar 2015 Wisdom of the Crowd
This Wisdom of the Crowd, compiled from responses posted on the Small Law Departments eGroup, addresses corporate document requests from a Russian entity.

Hiring Foreign Contractors in the US

Mar 2015 Wisdom of the Crowd
This Wisdom of the Crowd, compiled from responses posted on the Small Law Departments eGroup,* addresses hiring foreign contractors in the U.S.

Unilateral Termination Default Clauses

Mar 2015 Wisdom of the Crowd
This Wisdom of the Crowd, compiled from responses posted on the Small Law Departments eGroup,* addresses a buyer rejecting a “termination for default by seller” clause in a long-term contract for ...