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2014 California Construction Law Update

Approximately 2,000 bills were introduced in the California State Legislature during the 2013-2014 legislative session. Of these, 896 bills made it to Governor Brown’s desk and 800 were signed into law....more

Beanie Baby Founder Pleads Guilty to $53-Million Tax Evasion

Beanie Baby Founder Pleads Guilty to $53-Million Tax Evasion by Frank L. Brunetti on October 7, 2013 Ty Warner, founder of the iconic Beanie Baby empire, has agreed to plead guilty to federal tax evasion charges. His...more

Department of Justice Considers Personal Benefit an Important Factor in Prosecuting Employment Tax Cases

Department of Justice Considers Personal Benefit an Important Factor in Prosecuting Employment Tax Cases by Frank L. Brunetti on September 24, 2013 Since 2008, the U.S. economy has struggled and employers faced with the...more

NY Federal Court Rules Auditors Strictly Liable for Their “Opinions”

NY Federal Court Rules Auditors Strictly Liable for Their “Opinions” by Michael Cifelli on September 23, 2013 Ernst & Young and PriceWaterhouseCoopers will not be dismissed from the securities classaction lawsuit...more

New Municipal Redevelopment Law Signed into Law in New Jersey

New Municipal Redevelopment Law Signed into Law in New Jersey by Patrick McNamara on September 20, 2013 Gov. Chris Christie has signed legislation that will change the rules for New Jersey redevelopment projects. The...more

U.S., Cayman Islands Reach Tax Deal

U.S., Cayman Islands Reach Tax Deal by Joseph M. Donegan on August 28, 2013 Falling in line with the push for greater global collaboration to combat tax evasion, the United States and the Cayman Islands have reached a...more

New York Regulations Limiting the Use of State Funds for Administrative Expenses and Executive Compensation Go Into Effect

Implementing Executive Order 38, which was issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo early last year, thirteen New York State agencies have released final regulations placing limits on state funds that can be used for administrative...more

Organizations Receiving Payments from New York State May be Subject to New Limits on Executive Compensation

The State of New York has enacted new regulations limiting executive compensation for covered providers of services paid for by “State funds” and “State-authorized payments.” ...more

New Disclosure Requirements for Massachusetts Pension Investments

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has started implementing pension reform legislation enacted in 2011 that imposes demanding contracting and disclosure requirements on state and local pension fund boards. The new pension fund...more

New York State Agencies Again Revise Proposed Regulations Limiting Use of State Funds for Administrative Expenses and Executive...

Implementing Executive Order 38 issued by Governor Cuomo early in 2012, thirteen New York State agencies have again released revised proposed regulations placing a limit on the funds that can be used for administrative...more

Airline Management Newsletter - March 2013

In This Issue: - NMB Announces Voting Procedures Changes - Second Circuit Weighs In On AIR21 Burden-Shifting Framework - DOL Issues Final FMLA Crewmember Regulations ..Flight Crew Eligibility Standards ...more

China 20/20 - Legal & Regulatory Developments - November 2012

In This Issue: - China Finalized the Amendments to the Rules for Establishing Foreign Invested Securities Companies - Notice of the Ministry of Culture on Implementing Supplementary Provisions IX to CEPA -...more

White Collar Watch - September 2012

IN THIS ISSUE: - Government Contractor Indictments Provide Reminder of Importance of Strong Workplace Policies, Training and Enforcement pages 1 - 2 - Winter Olympics in Russia Set Stage for FCPA Scrutiny pages 2...more

2012 Workers Compensation Reform In California

Workers Compensation reform is on the way. Cynics might ask, didn’t we do this several years ago? Yes we did. In the late 1990’s, overutilization of medical services, higher-than-normal indemnity benefit costs, and...more

Hiring Long Lasting Independent Contractors

Independent contractors are not employees but their work is often vital to the success of a business. Because contractors may work off site, do work for other clients, and perform with minimal supervision, it is crucial to...more

New Hotline Cracks Down on Underground Employers

Officials in California estimate that $7 billion in payroll tax, workers compensation insurance, and other mandates are lost every year because of underground employment practices, including employers that pay workers under...more

Labor Commission Settles Unpaid Wage Claims On Public Works Project

Claims that an employee or contractor was not paid properly for their work often forms the subject of employment law disputes. On this blog we’ve previously discussed issues related to overtime pay and non-exempt salaries,...more

False Claims Act Compliance and Health Care

Doctors and health care service providers are under the False Claims Act microscope. The risks are significant and the costs can be astronomical. For all the obvious risks, doctors, hospitals, PPOs, HMOs, and health care...more

Choose wisely in classifying your independent contractors

Is a non-exclusive insurance agent an independent contractor or an employee? Insurance agents and salespeople with the discretion to determine when, how, and whether to sell a company’s products may properly be classified...more

TUPE Update (ELG Conference 1 June 2012)

Notes to accompany slides for TUPE presentation at ELG Conference on 1 June 2012. Paper provides an update on the most recent TUPE cases particularly in relation to cases on service provision change (what is an activity,...more

Corporate Counsel: How to Stop Bluster, Boilerplate and BS in RFP Responses

We’re seeing huge increases in the number of RFPs corporate legal departments are issuing to try to get the best law firms, lawyers and service. But we’re not seeing huge increases in the quality or effectiveness of those...more

Cuomo Issues Executive Order Regarding Limits on Executive Compensation

After withdrawing nearly identical proposed legislation one day earlier, on January 18, 2012, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an Executive Order directing certain New York State agencies, including the Department of...more

Federal Bill to Discourage Offshoring and Use of Tax Havens Reintroduced

Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) has reintroduced legislation designed to discourage corporations from offshoring jobs. The Stop Outsourcing and Create American Jobs Act of 2011 (H.R. 3338) allows the federal government to give...more

Invention Assignment Following Stanford v. Roche: Implications for Technology Transfer and Government Contracts

Last week the United States Supreme Court clarified the respective invention ownership rights between federal contractors and their employee-inventors under the Bayh-Dole Act (35 U.S.C. §§201(e), (c), 202(a)) (the “Act”) in...more

How can my company be a government contractor if we do not even have a contract?

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has long held that a company without a federal contract can be a government contractor if it operates as a “single entity” with a subsidiary, parent or other entity that is a...more

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