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February 6, 2013
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  • Obama calls for short-term budget deal
    President Barack Obama is urging Congress to pass a package of stopgap tax increases and spending cuts to avert deep across-the-board reductions in military and domestic spending set to take effect March 1. He said the action would give lawmakers time to work out a comprehensive deficit-reduction plan that would put automatic sequestration of funds to rest permanently. Obama said there is no need to endanger "the jobs of thousands of Americans." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/5), Reuters (2/5), Bloomberg (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Employment Focus 
  • ACA could spur part-timers to receive benefits, data suggest
    About half of part-time employees who were eligible for employer-sponsored health care benefits last year signed up for the coverage, according to data from ADP Research Institute. That number could increase significantly next year when employers are required to provide health coverage to anyone working at least 30 hours per week. "I don't think employers will be surprised by this data. ... But the jury is still out on how they will respond," said Andrew Weber, CEO of the National Business Coalition on Health. Workforce online (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supreme Court and Federal Court Watch 
  • Class-action complaint alleges misinformation on Zoloft's efficacy
    Plaintiffs have brought a class-action complaint alleging that the prescription drug Zoloft, which is designed to help patients with depression, isn't as effective as they were led to believe. "It's a claim that the prescribing doctors and patients have been misinformed or under-informed about Zoloft's inability to outperform placebos in many trials," according to Michael Baum of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman. A Pfizer spokesman said the complaint was "groundless." The National Law Journal (free registration) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Other Legal News 
  • Lawyers share their pro bono experiences
    Pro bono work has become a more formalized part of the legal profession in recent years, but one thing that hasn't changed is the profound effect it can have on the lives of attorneys. This article profiles several lawyers, including Elizabeth Joy Fossel, who does up to 250 hours of pro bono work annually. "The true reason I went to law school was to help people who are really in a pickle," she said. (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional and Business Development 
  • Career tips from a CIA spy
    CIA officers know that establishing relationships and learning to read the behavior and personalities of other people are critical to getting key information, which is an understanding that everyone could use to benefit their career, writes J.C. Carleson, a former CIA officer and author of "Work Like a Spy." "The truth is, spies rely on psychology far more than they do on technology," Carleson writes. The Wall Street Journal/Speakeasy blog (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Does your boss consider you long-winded?
    Trying to present too many ideas at one time or getting bogged down in details can irritate a boss looking for concise conversations, writes Paul Hellman, founder of Express Potential. Always assume your boss is looking for shorter answers, and try to be more focused in your response, he writes. CNBC/Executive Careers (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PLI News 
  • The Art of Examining the Witness
    Rapid changes in patent law make it necessary, whether you are plaintiff's or defendant's counsel, that you are up-to-date on the current state of the law and can quickly develop successful litigation strategies and tactics. In a video clip on PLI's Patent Law Practice Center, experts from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr provide a tutorial on the always crucial expert direct and cross-examination. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The SEC Speaks in 2013
    Over the past year, the Securities and Exchange Commission has been engaged in a broad range of rule-making projects and other initiatives to implement the newly-enacted Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Hear from the chairman, commissioners and senior staff about the SEC's initiatives and priorities at this notable annual program, taking place in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 22 and 23. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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