NLRB’s New ‘Joint Employment’ Rule Will Apply to More Franchise Relationships

Rule expands responsibilities 

by Joshua Becker

Franchise agreements have long been recognized as independent contractor agreements where a franchisor licenses its trademarks and business format systems to third-party franchisees — who each operate independent businesses using the trademarks and systems subject to the terms of the contract between them. This independent contractor model is favored by both franchisors and … [More]

Former U-Haul General Counsel Launches Dispute Resolution Firm

After a prestigious career navigating complex and challenging legal landscapes, Laurence DeRespino announced the launch of DeRespino Dispute Resolution, offering specialized mediation and arbitration services. “I've evaluated, managed, and resolved high stakes and complex litigation my entire career," said DeRespino. "I'm channeling that depth of experience into mediation and … [More]

Federal Government Expands H-2B Program to Issue up to 130,716 Temporary Worker Visas in FY 2024

by Yusra Bokhari

On November 3, 2023, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Labor announced that the availability of H-2B visas would be nearly doubled in the 2024 fiscal year. The announcement is anticipated to help American businesses faced with burdensome staff shortages as the “increase will help address the need for seasonal workers and reduce irregular … [More]

Business Succession Planning Is Crucial for Successfully Sustaining a Business

Preparing for the expected and unexpected assures critical staff, customers, banks and vendors that the company’s future is seamless

by Scott Jensen, Esq.

Millions were glued to the screen for multiple episodes and seasons of “Succession,” watching the agony of a major corporation with nowhere to go when its charismatic leader was gone. It might have worked for binge streaming but, in real life, a failure to plan doesn’t end with the director yelling, “That’s a take.” Too many companies rest their future on a handshake and … [More]

Their Take: Arizona Steps Up to Align Existing Cannabis Laws with Reality

by J. Christopher Gooch

There are some important movements afoot to bring cannabis into the mainstream and make the cannabis businesses easier to operate. First, the Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) has recommended to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that cannabis be rescheduled from Schedule I to Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). At the same time, 23 attorneys … [More]

The Corporate Transparency Act: How to prepare your business for the new reporting requirements

by Stephen Boatwright & Guillaume Aimé 

Historically, smaller companies in the United States have had minimal legal compliance obligations to operate. Founders selected the state of incorporation or organization, picked their legal structure, and filed a one- or two-page formation document. With the enactment of the Federal Corporate Transparency Act, that has all changed for those companies that are often the most … [More]

Scottsdale Business Law Firm Adds Two Partners

Radix Law welcomes its newest partners John Balitis and Julia Acken to the firm. Both Balitis and Acken join Radix from Jennings Strouss & Salmon, bringing decades of well-rounded legal experience and will elevate Radix’s employment and labor law practices and its adoptions law practice. “John and Julia have worked together as a remarkably dynamic team for many years,” … [More]

Local Boutique Law Firm Builds 12-Year Success Story by Putting Clients’ Needs First

This October, León Law PLLC celebrates its 12-year anniversary of helping clients with their legal issues, with a focus on personal injury and wrongful death. Founded in 2011 by Jose M. León, Esq. with the mission of providing clients with a customer service-oriented experience, León Law helps their clients first get the proper treatment they need and second ensures they … [More]

A Business Owner’s Primer to Lawsuit Settlement 

Going to trial is not always the right thing for a client

by Emily Ward

Trials are very costly — in terms of both expense and the emotional exhaustion that comes from the weeks of preparation and the long days spent in the courthouse. Although most clients are keenly aware that settlement avoids the financial challenges of trial, most do not fully recognize the time-and-energy-value settlements can bring for an issue to be resolved — early and … [More]

Atlanta-Based Law Firm Enters Phoenix Market

Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial is opening its Phoenix office. This expansion further reinforces the firm’s commitment to providing exceptional complex litigation services to its clients in the Southwest. "The opening of a Phoenix office is a significant milestone for our firm," said Lee Roberts, a co-director of the firm. "We recognize the vibrant business … [More]

AI in the Workplace: Promises and Pitfalls

Companies should consider developing guidelines regarding AI technologies 

by Melissa L. Shingles

Discussion of Artificial Intelligence and its transformative role in the workplace is seemingly everywhere. Whether the issue is how employers can utilize AI to bolster their human resources and management functions, or employees’ utilization of AI tools for work-related tasks, companies are paying attention to both the promises and pitfalls inherent in these new … [More]

Navigating the Maze of Construction Defect Claims in Arizona 

Key to a successful relationship is the binding agreement between the parties

by Kyle T. Geiger

The nationwide boom of residential and commercial construction has continued into 2023. The increase of construction in Arizona is largely due to the increase in population. In 2022, Maricopa County gained the most residents in the nation, adding 56,831 residents, a gain of 1.3% since 2021, according to March 30, 2023, figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. Also contributing to … [More]

Law Firm Grows Trusts & Estates Planning Group in Phoenix

Trusts and estates planning attorney Zachary Rapp has joined Sherman & Howard’s Phoenix office. Rapp returns to Phoenix, where he is thrilled to be back in his hometown and serve his clients with caring and creative estate planning work. “We are excited to bring Zachary into our trust and estate planning group. He will fit into the Phoenix office nicely,” said Greg … [More]

Big Changes Are Coming to HIPAA Privacy Laws Heading into Summer

They include tiered structure for penalties and incentives for reporting

by Heather Macre

As we head into summer, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) will have its first major revisions in ten years. HIPAA is a federal law that required the creation of national standards to protect sensitive patient health information from being disclosed without the patient’s consent or knowledge. HIPAA has three major components: the Privacy Rule, the … [More]

Phoenix-Based Law Firm Tops All U.S. Law Firms for Revenue Growth

Fennemore, a leading U.S. law firm, announced that it posted the single largest year-over-year revenue growth among all firms in The American Lawyer 2023 Am Law 200, the listing of the 200 largest law firms in the country ranked by gross revenue. Fennemore’s revenue grew by a staggering 45% in 2022 versus 2021—outpacing the 2.7 - 4.1% average among the Am Law 100 and 200, … [More]

Business Law Firm Adds Bench Strength to Business, Civil and Commercial Litigation Practices with Newest Partner

Radix Law welcomes its newest partner Gary Lento who focuses his practice on business, civil and commercial litigation. Lento has a broad range of legal experience and over 30 years of practice. He began his career in Wisconsin as an Assistant District Attorney before moving on to a successful civil, criminal defense, family law, and personal injury practice. “Gary’s … [More]

Rose Law Group Expands Real Estate, Corporate Practice Groups with New Hire

As one of Arizona’s preeminent law firms, Rose Law Group pc understands that trusted and experienced legal counsel sits at the heart of any well-executed real estate or corporate transaction. This spirit of excellence has prompted one of the firm’s most recent and impressive hires. Rose Law Group pc is pleased to announce the hire of Trista Snyder. She will bring a host of … [More]

How Do I Ward Off Counterfeits? 

Strategies to stay alert as so much business is transitioning to E-commerce

by Hani Sayed

After nearly three years of pandemic-sized changes in all our lives, we seem to finally be over the COVID hump. While we’re all excited for the return to normalcy, some things will never be the same. For example, the hybrid or remote working environment has fundamentally changed the work atmosphere. Work dress codes have morphed from business casual to something resembling a … [More]

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