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Claims Dismissed: Social Media Site's Reference Search Not a Background Check

Good news for employers using social media to vet job applicants: A Federal District Court recently ruled the technology used in LinkedIn's Reference Search does not constitute a “consumer background check” of employees and...more

Structure your start-up for fundraising success - Part Two: Organize your corporate records

If you’ve determined that your new venture is going to require outside investment, there are a number of things you can do to make your company more attractive to investors....more

IT companies in São Paulo State: act by April 30 to open mandatory profit-sharing negotiations

The current collective bargaining agreement applicable to IT companies based in São Paulo, signed on January 30, 2015 (CBA), includes an obligation for employers to send a request to the workers' union to open negotiations to...more

NLRB to define an employer’s duty to a labor union following a data breach

In October 2014, the United States Postal Service (USPS) disclosed a cybersecurity data breach affecting approximately 800,000 current and former employees. The USPS later determined that, for some, the breach may have...more

Tech Industry Bulletin

In this Issue: - Corporate: Negotiating Strategies for the Sale of Technology Companies - Intellectual Property: Crowdfunding and Confidentiality for Tech Start-Ups - Real Estate: An Introduction to...more

California Teams-Up with Internet Search Engines to Block Unlicensed Payday Lender Advertising

On April 7, the California Department of Business Oversight announced a new initiative to prevent unlicensed payday lenders from advertising on major Internet search engines, including Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo....more

DBO Establishes Protocol With To Block Unlicensed Payday Lenders’ Ads

When I served as California’s Commissioner of Corporations, Internet commerce was just finding its legs and we were concerned about how to apply the Corporate Securities Laws to this new technology. For state regulators, the...more

Securities and Exchange Commission: Critical Issues Facing Public Companies

Latham & Watkins partners William Baker, Alexander Cohen, Joel Trotter and Lawrence West hosted a webcast “Securities and Exchange Commission: Critical Issues Facing Public Companies.” Topics discussed included the increasing...more

Federal Financial Regulators Offer Advice To Address Malware, Compromised Credentials

In its recent press release, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) issued two statements reiterating financial institutions' obligations to have measures in place to prevent and mitigate cybersecurity...more

Federal and State Agencies Announce $714 Million FX Settlement

On March 19, four federal and state agencies –DOJ, the Department of Labor (DOL), the SEC, and New York Attorney General – entered into a proposed $714 million settlement agreement against a large bank to resolve allegations...more

Advanced technological service enterprises continue to enjoy preferential income tax treatment

The Ministry of Finance and the State Administration of Taxation jointly issued the Circular, on Issues regarding Improving Enterprise Income Tax Policies ("EIT") for Technologically Advanced Service Enterprise ("ATSE")...more

Status Updates - November 2014 #6

That’s a lot of latte. It turns out that Starbucks—not a company in the mobile payments business—was the first company to make in-person payments by mobile phone mainstream. According to recent statements by the coffee...more

Taxation of Convertible Virtual Currency, Part II: Taxation of Virtual Currency Income

In Part I of this series, we discussed the IRS guidelines on the taxation of gains and losses associated with convertible virtual currency. In this post, we will focus on the taxation of income--wages, self-employment income...more

Technology Leaders Forecast Survey 2014

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - Tech Leaders Burst Bubble Talk: Execs See No Signs of Irrational Exuberance, Just Steady Growth Ahead - With a thriving tech economy, ballooning valuations and an IPO market humming at a...more

Status Updates - August 2014 #12

..What’s not to like? The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that an employee’s Facebook “like” approving of another employee’s statements about their employer may constitute “concerted activity” under federal labor...more

Lawsuit Regarding Computer-Generated Advice to 401(k) Participants Revs Up Against Financial Engines

Last week, in a complaint dated August 8, 2014, plaintiffs commenced a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against Financial Engines, Inc. and Financial Engines Advisors L.L.C. asserting a...more

Non-Compete Provisions in ERISA Plans – A Recent 5th Circuit Case

A recent case out of the Northern District of Texas and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals touches upon the intersection of non-compete agreements and ERISA plans....more

All That Glitters Is Bitcoins?

What does an Irish electronic repairman, a sheriff from Kentucky, and a Finnish software developer all have in common? They are all getting paid in the hottest technological trend since Al Gore created the Internet: the...more

OIG updated work plan adds focus to information security, compensation, and distribution of civil penalty funds

The most notable items added by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) to its work plan, updated as of July 7, 2014, are audits of the CFPB’s information security program, pay and compensation program, and distribution of...more

IRS Issues Significant Convertible Virtual Currency Ruling – Bitcoin Community Abuzz

The IRS has issued its first major ruling on the U.S. federal tax implications of transactions in, or transactions that use, Bitcoin and other convertible virtual currencies. The ruling stresses that it relates to convertible...more

The Boricua Option – The Taxation of Incentive Stock Options (ISOs) as a Puerto Rican Resident - Another Good Reason to Move to La...

Overview - Many professional living and working in Silicon Valley over the last twenty years have become very wealthy as a result of their participation in company stock options plans – qualified and non-qualified....more

Take 5 Newsletter: Five Hot Topics for Financial Services Industry Employers

The economy may be improving, but challenges remain for employers in the financial services industry. From ever-increasing whistleblower claims to new diversity and inclusion regulations and recent IRS determinations...more

A Release Fails To Persuade Canada’s Privacy Commissioner To Discontinue Investigation

In case you missed it, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) posted Report of Findings #2013-004 (dated July 18, 2013) on November 4, 2013 relating to an access inquiry by a former employee of a bank under...more

Kazakhstan Adopts Personal Data Protection Law

New law broadens the requirements for protecting personal data and imposes new penalties for the improper collection and processing of personal data. ...more

Is Equifax Selling Your Salary Information?

According to a recent NBC News report, Equifax, one of the three largest American credit reporting agencies, has assembled an enormous database containing employment and salary information for more than 190 million U.S....more

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