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January 16, 2013
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  Corporate Spotlight 
  National News 
  • Analysis: Lew would hold U.S. economy in his hands
    President Barack Obama's pick for Treasury secretary, Jack Lew, would have the formidable responsibility of keeping the nation out of financial and economic disaster, according to The Economist. "Firms and investors have come to trust Mr Obama and Congress to dodge disaster, usually at the very last minute," the magazine notes. "Whether Mr Lew can fulfill that trust will determine the fate of the economy this year, and with it his own reputation." The Economist (tiered subscription model) (1/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Dispatch 
  • U.S. stops pension contributions to preserve cash
    The Treasury Department suspended contributions to a government retirement savings plan in an effort to conserve cash while the U.S. government waits for Congress to raise the national debt limit. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said in a letter to congressional leaders that because of the statutory debt limit, he is "unable to invest fully" in the Federal Thrift Savings Plan's $158.52 billion Government Securities Investment Fund, commonly known as the G Fund. Pensions & Investments (free registration) (1/15), The Washington Post (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Employment Focus 
  • Internet addiction may be protected by the ADA
    "Internet-use disorder" has been added to the American Psychiatric Association's official diagnostic manual, which means workers who suffer from it may be protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act, Jon Hyman writes. Workplace policies that strictly prohibit personal Internet use may be illegal if employers can't show that they're making reasonable efforts to accommodate workers with Internet addiction. Workforce online (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Small businesses move away from automatic pay boosts
    More small-business owners are requiring employees to show improved performance if they want a raise. For example, employees at Ontraport, a company that makes marketing software for businesses, can get up to a 10% salary boost, but the company doesn't "have a process in place where we just give automatic raises to everyone every year," CEO Landon Ray says. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supreme Court and Federal Court Watch 
  • Eastern District of Texas bounces back as top patent-suit venue
    The Eastern District of Texas, a popular place to file patent suits, had seemed to lose some of its appeal in 2011, when the District of Delaware gained prominence, an analysis shows. However, the Eastern District of Texas got 1,266 new patent cases last year, up from just 418 cases in 2011. The America Invents Act likely is responsible at least in part for the rise in patent cases; other district courts also saw an increase in such cases last year, according to research. The National Law Journal (free registration) (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Professional and Business Development 
  • Don't be a casualty when companies merge
    To survive a merger, anticipate the needs of the newly formed organization and align yourself with managers who can advocate on your behalf, experts say. You'll probably hear rumors about the impending transaction before it takes place, so use the head start to update your LinkedIn profile and research the reasons behind the merger. "If your original company was acquired for a proprietary technology, highlight your role in that part of the business by pursuing high-visibility projects," Dennis Nishi writes. The Wall Street Journal (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 7 steps to becoming your own leader
    Everyone is capable of being a leader, Kevin Eikenberry writes, but the key is to find the right leadership style. He suggests starting by getting to know yourself, beginning with understanding your values, personality, strengths and weaknesses. Becoming a leader takes time, Eikenberry writes, as well as a desire to receive feedback and continuously learn. (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  PLI News 
  • Project Management for Lawyers 2013
    Legal project management is quickly becoming a critical way of doing business in law firms and legal departments. This annual program, taking place in New York and at PLI Online on Jan. 22, will take the foundational elements covered in the past two years' programs and show how they can apply to your law firm or legal department -- with the examples of organizations that are using legal project management to transform themselves. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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