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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

Legislative Update Report No. 2013-14 -- July 26 2013

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....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

Around the Virtual World - January 21, 2013

A weekly wrap up of interesting news about virtual worlds, virtual goods and other social media. In This Issue: - USPTO Dives Into Software Patent Debate With New Group - The Hidden Risks Behind Facebook's...more

Hack Attack: US Financial Institutions in the Cross-Hairs

Last week the FBI released a fraud alert warning financial institutions that cyber criminals have been using tactics such as spam and phishing emails to obtain employee log-in credentials. After obtaining the credentials the...more

The Life Sciences Report - Fall 2012

In this issue: - First-Mover Advantage: The Case for Investing in Life Science - Medical Device User Fee Amendments of 2012: A Fact Sheet - Life Science Venture Financings for WSGR Clients - Eight...more

Tech Start-Up Legal Issues 1: Forming Your Company [Video]

Apr. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Edward Zimmerman, a partner at Lowenstein Sandler PC, talks with Bloomberg Law's Spencer Mazyck about choosing a business entity, structuring capital and hiring employees for technology start-ups....more

Background Checks: There's An App For That

In January of this year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a warning to three companies that sell mobile applications (apps) which provide background reports, including criminal record reports. The issues are whether...more

2011 in Review: ERISA Individual Prohibited Transaction Exemptions

In 2011, the Department of Labor (DOL) continued a fairly active program of issuing individual exemptions from the prohibited transaction rules of ERISA. These rules generally prohibit, among other things: -Sale and...more

DOL Adopts Final Regulation on Exemption for Participant-Level Investment Advice

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has adopted a final regulation to implement the statutory exemption from the prohibited transaction rules of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), for the...more

Global Sourcing Trends in 2011

At the beginning of each year, we survey Morrison & Foerster’s Global Sourcing Group lawyers in Asia, Europe, and the United States regarding the current state of the world’s outsourcing market and emerging trends likely to...more

2010 in Review: ERISA Individual Prohibited Transaction Exemptions

In 2010, the Department of Labor (DOL) continued an active program of issuing individual exemptions from the prohibited transaction rules of ERISA. These rules generally prohibit, among other things: Sale and lending...more

Treasury Department Issues Guidance On Therapeutic Discovery Project Tax Credit And Grant Program For Small Employers

The recent Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Pub. L. No. 111-148 (PPACA), established a limited-time federal tax credit and grant program for certain investments incurred in 2009 and 2010 by small employers for...more

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