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First conviction made under the Bribery Act

A substantial fine of £1.4 million in addition to costs and a confiscation order of £851,152.23 has been made against The Sweett Group plc following its conviction under section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010. The company had...more

Portuguese-Owned Construction Firms No Longer Certifiable as Minority-Owned Businesses in Massachusetts

In the wake of a recent Superior Court decision in Massachusetts, the Commonwealth no longer recognizes Portuguese-owned construction firms as minority-owned businesses (MBEs). Massachusetts General Laws ch. 7C sec. 6...more

IRS modifies and extends continuity safe harbor, clarifies other guidance for production tax credit eligibility

The IRS has released Notice 2016-31, which extends and modifies the “continuity safe harbor” for purposes of the “begun construction” requirement applicable to the renewable electricity production tax credit (PTC) under §45...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2016 #2

LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT - Overtime Final Rule - The Department of Labor issued its final overtime rule which updates the salary level required for the executive, administrative, and professional (“white collar”)...more

IRS Issues Guidance on Beginning of Construction Rules for Renewable Projects

On May 5, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2016-31, providing guidance on meeting the beginning of construction requirements for wind and other qualified facilities (including biomass, geothermal,...more

After Extension, IRS Clarifies "Begun Construction" Guidance for PTCs

Following last year's extension of the investment tax credit for qualifying projects for which construction begins prior to January 1, 2020, and of the production tax credit (PTC) with respect to certain facilities the...more

Will Expanding P3 Legislation Impact You?

Recent legislation in Kentucky and Tennessee: Kentucky and Tennessee have recently been added to the growing list of states allowing the use of public-private partnerships (P3). The Kentucky Legislation (HB 309) was...more

Tax Newsletter - January / February 2016 (China & Hong Kong)

Welcome to the latest issue of our Tax newsletter. In this issue, we have covered a number of developments and cases in the PRC and Hong Kong which could impose legal and tax implications to your business. In the PRC,...more

4 Considerations for Mechanic's Liens on Alternative Energy Projects

Securing payment is critical for contractors, and contractors, subcontractors and suppliers often rely on their mechanic’s lien rights. However, on wind and solar electrical generation projects, unusual considerations can...more

CHINA EXPANDS VAT REFORM TO NEW SECTORS

China's Premier Li Keqiang has announced, in the Annual Government Working Report to the National People's Congress, held in March that Value Added Tax ("VAT") reforms will be fully implemented and expanded from 1 May 2016 to...more

Jordan Cove LNG Setback

In a move that surprised some industry observers, on March 11, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order (the “Order”) that (i) denied Jordan Cove Energy Project, L.P.’s (“Jordan Cove”) application...more

New Developments in the Determination of the Texas Franchise Tax Liability

The Texas Franchise Tax is imposed on taxable entities that do business in Texas or that are chartered or organized in the state.  Taxpayers subject to the Texas Franchise Tax may compute their tax liabilities under several...more

Do's and Dont's for Teaming Agreements & Subcontracts for 8(a) Contracts

Overview - - Teaming Agreements & Subcontracts - What are they? - What provisions should you include? - What are the key considerations for primes? - What are the key considerations for...more

Middle East Privatisation – Saudi Arabia Par Excellence?

Saudi Arabia’s recently announced plans to privatise several key industries in the Kingdom has once again brought the Kingdom’s privatisation agenda back into the spotlight. The announcements form part of the countries...more

Failure to prevent bribery: The first s7 sentence - This article looks at the first court sentence for failure to prevent bribery...

The Bribery Act 2010 has been in force for over four years. For much of that time, businesses have waited for clarification of the s7 offence of failure to prevent bribery. Finally, near the end of 2015, the first DPA was...more

Affirmed: New York’s Application of the In Pari Delicto Doctrine Bars Faithless Servant Claim and Bankruptcy Insider Exception

A recent decision of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (the “District Court”), affirming a decision of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the...more

Traders must now provide details of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options to consumers

New regulations came into force on 1 October 2015 which require traders selling to consumers to give information about alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to their customers....more

Modern slavery and supply chain transparency: new statutory obligations to combat slavery and human trafficking

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the Act) came into force on 31 July 2015: businesses now have legal duties to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in their supply chain....more

Transfer to Multiple New Employers Can Amount to TUPE Transfer

In Hyde Housing Association Ltd and another v Layton UKEAT/0124/15, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether a transfer to multiple new employers could amount to a TUPE transfer. Mr Layton was employed as...more

Business Rates: Looking Ahead in 2016 – The Good, The Bad and The Maybe

Business rates are charged on the majority of commercial properties, such as shops and offices, and represent one of the largest overheads for businesses. They are calculated using the rateable value of the property (the...more

Comments on the Proposed Rule Regarding Credit for Lower Tier Small Business Subcontracting

Dear Ms. Fernandez: We are writing to submit comments on the above-referenced Proposed Rule, issued October 6, 2015, 80 Fed. Reg. 60,300, to amend the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) regulations pertaining...more

Legal Landscape: Top News in the Mentor-Protégé Program, Bond Claims & DBE Fraud

Welcome to the third edition of Legal Landscape, a series we have developed with Onvia’s blog to provide government contractors with a quick, but thorough, summary of important legal developments and regulations in government...more

Piercing The Corporate Veil Takes More Than Just Fraud By The Individual

Many of us have endured the nightmare of a disastrous home renovation or at least enjoyed Tom Hanks in The Money Pit (How long? Two weeks, of course). Well imagine spending half a million dollars, not for a new and improved...more

VA Proposes Changes to VOSB/SDVOSB Regulations, Aims for Consistency with COFC Ruling in Cohen Seglias' Miles Construction Case

On November 6, 2015, the VA issued a proposed rule, which could drastically change the way the two eligibility requirements for VOSBs and SDVOSBs are interpreted. The VA explained the changes as follows...more

Modern Slavery

The concept of slavery may seem archaic in modern Scotland, yet a Home Office report last month said 111 human trafficking victim referrals were made in Scotland in 2014. A significant proportion related to labour...more

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