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The GDPR compliance deadline is looming. These practical steps will help your company tackle compliance challenges and look at: training, privacy compliance programs, and changes to daily operations. READ MORE ›
May 25th is the deadline for GDPR (EU General Data Protection Regulation) compliance; is your company prepared? Take steps now to adjust your business practices to the new GDPR requirements and minimize the challenge of compliance, as well as avoid massive financial fines.
This information brief provides practical steps your company can take to comply with GDPR requirements, and an overview of the obligations imposed on data controllers and data processors.
You’ll learn how to:
Establish a privacy compliance program
Embed GDPR requirements into policies and daily operations
Train employees on data protection
Use audits to continually improve compliance efforts
Although commonly used, indemnification provisions can be complex. Download this sample clause from Practical Law infused with tips to ensure your indemnification clause effectively manages risk. READ MORE ›
If used improperly, an indemnification provision can subject a party to continuing liability for circumstances outside of its control. When drafting and negotiating an agreement, start with this helpful sample to quickly and effectively draft your indemnification clause.
This sample clause includes:
Unilateral or mutual indemnification and defense in a sale of goods or services transaction
Examine the current state of artificial intelligence and explore the future AI roadmap in this second installment of the exclusive AI series by Thomson Reuters. READ MORE ›
Much like how email changed the way we do business every day, artificial intelligence will become ubiquitous – an indispensable assistant to practically every lawyer. But what is the future of artificial intelligence technology in the legal industry?
The Future of Artificial Intelligence is the second in a series of four in-depth articles exclusively from Thomson Reuters examining the state of AI for in-house counsel. Download it today to be ready for tomorrow.
As legal departments start to embrace AI adoption, both opportunities and concerns arise. Learn about possible ethical dilemmas AI raises, potential costs of adoption and 5 things you should do next. READ MORE ›
As in-house counsel, your job has always been about doing more with less. Artificial intelligence has a wide range of current and potential uses to help you get more done in less time with limited resources.
The adoption of AI presents legal departments with opportunities but also raises concerns. Law departments must assess ROI, as costs will likely be high initially - training lawyers on the technology and ensuring they still meet their ethical obligations.
What will widespread adoption of AI technology mean for the legal profession? How can in-house attorneys navigate the possible ethical dilemmas of having a machine doing work typically done by counsel?
Get answers to these ambiguous questions in this white paper. PLUS – learn the 5 things your legal department should do next regarding AI!
The legal industry has only begun to realize the potential and impact of AI on day-to-day practice. How will this technology impact the profession? READ MORE ›
The practice of law has come a long way from shorthand and stenotype or the introduction of email. Just as those technologies were groundbreaking and significantly altered the legal industry - so too will artificial intelligence (AI). While you may envision talking robots and pop culture references, AI is much more than the sum of all those parts.
This article discusses the ways in which AI will become ubiquitous - an indispensable assistant to practically every lawyer. Those that do not adopt and embrace the change will get left behind.
Within the next few years, we will find ourselves on the cusp of a revolution in legal practice led by the adoption of artificial intelligence - particularly by in-house lawyers.
Is your law department ready to go global? This article provides evaluations and solutions for management to effectively prepare their team to handle the challenges of a global law department. READ MORE ›
As companies expand operations into the global marketplace, they rely on their in-house law departments to structure the cross-border transactions and comply with local law. To global legal services, law departments must efficiently and effectively manage their teams and resources.
Prepare your legal department to handle global matters with this article that addresses:
Legal team assessment and alignment of legal services with business needs
The reporting structure of the department
Team-building, global communication and adjustments for legal and cultural differences
The legal industry is on the cusp of a revolution led by the adoption of AI computers. Learn to boost productivity through many of these practical use cases for AI in your legal department. READ MORE ›
Automated technology doesn't just perform broad or mundane tasks efficiently. Artificial intelligence works beyond a traditional work day, doesn’t require vacation or family leave and never needs to break for lunch. Based on those qualities alone, the adoption of AI to any company would improve productivity and spur business growth. But implementation can be difficult and costly.
Legal departments need to find lower cost ways to accomplish their goal - and that requires more than just pushing law firms to cut prices for traditional services. Discover the full potential of AI and its many practical use cases for your legal department.
Download this template to track a company's contracts at their various stages, including executed or terminated contracts. The at-a-glance layout allows for quick organization and reference. READ MORE ›
Effective contract management is critical to the internal control, corporate governance, and financial performance of a company. In-house attorneys keep track of many contracts at any given time and you may struggle to track them in an organized and straightforward manner.
Download this customizable template with an at-a-glance layout that allows you to:
Organize key information about a company's contracts
Compile and store essential information about each agreement in one place
Track and reference contract statuses quickly and efficiently
Be proactive and avoid sexual harassment in the workplace by downloading this sample harassment policy and training presentation to properly prepare your employees. READ MORE ›
Be proactive: avoid sexual harassment in the workplace by having a harassment prevention policy in place and by training employees on compliance.
The Practical Law Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Employees: Presentation Materials is a downloadable PowerPoint that can be used by counsel to train rank and file employees on sexual harassment prevention and reporting. It can be customized for a specific company and industry, and provides:
An overview of Title VII.
The definition of sexual harassment, including examples.
A sample company anti-harassment policy.
A description of employee obligations and reporting procedures.
Practical Law Chart: A complete 50-state survey compilation of vacation pay policies READ MORE ›
With vacation season in full swing, July is the perfect month to remind your organization how vacation pay differs in the states in which you are located.
Take a few minutes to pull information from the Practical Law Vacation Pay State Laws Chart, a 50-state survey that highlights whether paid vacation benefits are considered wages, use-it-or-lose-it policies, and payment of accrued vacation on termination by state.
Work with your HR, Finance or Management teams to ensure compliance, and your leadership team will thank you for being so proactive in protecting the company from potential violations!
This resource addresses key issues for employers to consider when terminating an employee and best practices to minimize claims of wrongful discharge. READ MORE ›
Employers often face claims by former employees that their employment was terminated for an unlawful reason. Whether or not they have merit, wrongful discharge claims can result in lengthy battles, adverse publicity and damaged morale in the remaining workforce.
This resource addresses key issues for employers to consider when terminating an employee. It also provides best practices to minimize claims of wrongful discharge by former employees and maximize employers' ability to defend against claims files.
Knowledge, know-how, and the ability to respond with confidence. Learn the keys to position yourself as a trusted corporate advisor. READ MORE ›
The business landscape continues to evolve quickly, and corporate counsel must keep pace, monitoring and responding to changes concerning regulation, privacy and a host of other domains. If in-house legal teams cannot rise to the challenge, they will be unable to work proactively and play the role of sought-after advisor who can consistently advise the business on new threats and opportunities.
However, by aligning themselves with a new path forward, one marked by both heightened efficiency and effectiveness, Corporate Counsel can better respond with confidence and assert their position as a trusted corporate advisor.
Trademarks are among your company's most valuable assets. Use this customizable PowerPoint deck to train executives and employees on best practices to properly protect your trademarks. READ MORE ›
Trademarks are valuable assets - but they can be diluted or otherwise lost if not properly protected. Do the executives and employees in your company know what they need to do to protect your trademarks?
Train executives and staff on best practices for trademark protection with the Practical Law Connect Trademark Use and Protection Training: Presentation Materials. This PowerPoint deck is customizable for particular companies and audiences, and covers:
· Examples of correct and incorrect trademark use.
· How to properly use trademarks within text.
· Proper placement of trademark notice symbols.
· Ways to avoid genericide.
· How to protect company marks from infringement and misuse by third parties.
Long-term incentive plans are key to recruit and retain coveted executives. Explore the key differences GCs must address if they wish to modify U.S. incentive plans for use in Canada. READ MORE ›
To recruit and retain highly skilled and experienced executives, companies must offer innovative and attractive compensation packages. Businesses with cross-border operations in Canada often seek to harmonize long-term compensation packages.
This can result in having Canadian employees participate in existing U.S. incentive plans. However, there are several key differences between tax and employment laws in the U.S. that require modification for use in Canada.
Explore the following differences corporate counsel should consider when utilizing U.S.-style incentive plans for Canadian employees:
Tax treatment of performance based awards
Differences in stock option plans
Restricted Stock awards
Specific plan terms and definitions with differing context
Robin Cohen, Principal at McKool Smith, draws from her experience as a first-chair trial lawyer, practice group leader, and law firm Board member, to help female attorneys blaze successful careers. READ MORE ›
It’s not easy to be a woman in the male-dominated field of litigation or complex insurance disputes. Robin Cohen has seamlessly navigated these waters during her 30-year career as a trial lawyer to help recover more than $5 billion in insurance assets for her clients.
Drawing from her experience as a first-chair trial lawyer, practice group leader, and law firm Board member, Cohen shares her wisdom as a top litigator to empower female attorneys to blaze successful careers.
In this guide, Cohen discusses the importance of:
Benefits that women bring to the courtroom
Seizing opportunities and taking on new challenges
The role of big data in legal decision-making only continues to grow and those who embrace the opportunities data analytics creates will be best positioned for success. READ MORE ›
It’s easy to say that data analytics can improve legal outcomes and streamline your operations. The challenge is finding the time, resources and know-how to draw out actionable insights from the data. Furthermore, in-house counsel often live in a world of user-unfriendly matter management systems or spreadsheets that don’t actually help in pinpointing larger trends.
Download this whitepaper for five key data points that your corporate legal department can use to better manage employment litigation and mitigate risk – and you can do this without investing massive amounts of time and/or resources.
These five data points include:
Average fees per matter
Matter cycle time
Factors triggering litigation
The pressure to improve operational efficiency and advances in technology aren’t going away. Take steps now to use data to springboard your operations into the future.
Letters of Credit are becoming more common as foreign investing increases in the U.S. commercial real estate market. Learn tips and guidelines to effectively use a Letter of Credit. READ MORE ›
The U.S. commercial real estate market has been a major beneficiary of foreign investments over the last several years. One notable difference when dealing with foreign investment opportunities is the use of a Letter of Credit (LOC).
A LOC gives assurance to the U.S. seller, lender or landlord that the foreign entity has the sums of capital it purports. While fairly simple in form, a LOC requires proper review and negotiation to ensure effectiveness.
Download this article to learn:
The mechanics of a LOC
Common contexts where a LOC is used
Benefits and drawbacks of using a LOC
Tips and guidelines to draft and use a LOC effectively
In an effort to increase innovation and profits in a burgeoning global economy, companies need to attract and retain a highly skilled immigrant workforce. Could Canada be the solution? READ MORE ›
Large, mid-market and emerging companies are searching to increase innovation and profits in a growing global economy. With global competitive pressures, it’s essential that U.S. companies in specific industries be able to recruit and retain top talent.
In a perfect storm compounded by numerous factors, U.S. corporate leadership is aggressively seeking solutions that promise to enrich their competitive edge and, at the same time, create a more favorable marketplace.
This white paper will detail the key considerations and solutions that a Canadian office offers, including:
- Improvements on Canadian immigration policy
- Canadian options that support U.S. companies
- A structured solution to increase the North American platform