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DOL Requests Information on Brokerage Windows in Defined Contribution Plans

On August 20, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a request for information (RFI) about the use of brokerage windows, self-directed brokerage accounts, and similar arrangements in participant-directed defined contribution…more

Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program Basics

Employers in the San Francisco Bay Area must now help their employees use alternative transportation under a program approved by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. The…more

Personal Audio No Longer Trolling Adam Carolla

Adam Carolla has reportedly settled the lawsuit that was filed against him by Personal Audio LLC. The Agreed Motion to Dismiss Claims is available for review, but the specific terms of the settlement have not been disclosed—the parties…more

No Right to Jury Trial Under Pennsylvania’s Whistleblower Statute

On August 19, 2014, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held that individuals bringing suit under the Pennsylvania Whistleblower Law have no right to a jury trial. Writing for the court, Judge Judith Olson explains that “the plain…more

NCRC white paper seeks expansive CFPB rulemaking on small business lending data collection

The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) has issued a white paper that urges the CFPB to take an expansive approach in developing regulations on the collection of small business lending data to implement Section 1071 of…more

New Guidance on Locating Missing Participants for Terminated Defined Contribution Plans

On August 14, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provided new guidance to plan fiduciaries of terminated defined contribution plans for locating missing and unresponsive participants in order to distribute their benefits. The…more

FATCA Alert: IRS Issues Final Version of the Form W-8BEN-E and Accompanying Instructions

On June 25, 2014, the IRS finally issued the instructions to the new version of Form W-8BEN-E, an 8-page withholding certificate to be completed by foreign entities. Previously, foreign individuals and most foreign entities would…more

"Surge Docket” for New York Minors

An immigration court in New York has begun what it is calling “surge docket” proceedings for unaccompanied minors. The court, which typically sees less than 100 minor cases per month, is now taking on around at least 30 cases per day…more

Real Estate and Land Use - August 2014

Chula Vista Citizens for Jobs and Fair Competition, et al. v. Donna Norris, et al. - Why it matters: With land use issues and development projects increasingly the subject of local ballot initiatives, it is imperative to…more

FDA Approves Cancer Screening Test as First Device Under Parallel Review Pilot

On August 11, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a premarket approval (PMA) for Exact Sciences’ Cologuard, a colorectal cancer screening test, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed…more

National Bank of Ukraine introduced mandatory sale of 100% foreign currency proceeds

The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) toughened requirements for mandatory sale of international currency proceeds, that was temporarily introduced in November 2012. Now the requirement for mandatory sale applies to 100% of foreign…more

Competition Watching? Who Cares!?

During a MarketingProfs PRO webinar with Mack Collier just now, an attendee expressed concern in the chat room about not blogging because it will show competition what she is up to…more

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