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Cuba Regulations Change – Round 1

In today’s Federal Register, both the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published the first revisions to the U.S.’ Cuba economic sanctions. As expected, those changes consisted…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Customs Is Again Getting Overly Creative

In late October 2014, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a guidance message in which it laid down new rules regarding post-importation/post-entry claims for duty preference and duty reduction programs – see CSMS re…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

President Approves One-Year Extension of Charitable IRA Rollover

On December 19th, President Obama signed H.R. 5771, known as the “Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014.” Among other things, this legislation extends the favorable charitable IRA rollover rule to gifts made in 2014…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Taxation

Obama’s Reboot of U.S.-Cuba Relations: What Does It Mean?

Last Wednesday, President Obama announced the most sweeping changes to U.S.-Cuban relations in half a century, in effect beginning normalization to a relationship fractured by the pressures of the Cold War. Only baby steps have…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

NLRB Reverses Course and Creates Presumptive Right For Employees to Use Employers’ Email Systems for Union Organizing

Earlier this month, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) held that employees who are given access to employer email systems for work purposes are now presumptively permitted to use those systems for certain union organizing…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Were These The Extenders That We Were Waiting For?

The Senate on December 16 passed a tax bill that retroactively extends a package of fifty-five tax provisions through the end of 2014. In other words, by the time President Obama signs the new law, it will remain in effect for…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Taxation

Estate And Gift Tax Exemption Announced For 2015 Gift Tax Annual Exclusion Remains Unchanged

The combined estate and gift tax exemption was set at $5,000,000 in 2011, but indexed for inflation. For deaths in 2014 and for gifts made in 2014, the inflation-adjusted exemption was $5,340,000. The IRS has announced that for…more
| Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

California Enacts Bill to Combat Noncompliant Charities

The California State Legislature recently passed Assembly Bill 2077 (“AB 2077”). AB 2077, which was signed by Governor Brown, is designed to make it more difficult for charities that have not complied with their registration and…more
| Administrative Law, Elections & Politics, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning, Nonprofit Law

New Law Makes It Easier to Pursue Claims Against Employers that Use Contracted or Leased Employees

The California Legislature recently passed AB 1897, effective January 1, 2015, which adds Section 2810.3 to the Labor Code. This new law makes “client employers” jointly liable with “labor contractors” for the payment of wages…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Qualifying for 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Status is Tricky

The entities in the following IRS Technical Advice Memorandum and Private Letter Rulings failed to qualify for tax exempt status because they were not operated exclusively for exempt purposes. An organization must be organized…more
| Administrative Law, Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Taxation, Nonprofit Law

National Estate Planning Awareness Week

This week is National Estate Planning Awareness Week. It is a common misconception that only the very wealthy need estate plans. This may explain why 55% of Americans do not have estate plans. However, the truth is that…more
| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Employer Reimbursement of Employee’s Individual Medical Insurance May Subject Employer to Penalty

IRS Notice 2013-54 provides that an employer’s reimbursement of healthcare insurance premiums paid by an employee on an individual health insurance contract of the employee on a pre-tax basis (an “employer payment plan”) may…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Health, Taxation

California (Finally) Conforms to Federal Treatment of UBTI in Charitable Remainder Trusts

One of the most important tax attributes of charitable remainder trusts is that they are exempt from income tax – except, that is, when it comes to unrelated business taxable income (UBTI) of these trusts. For decades the rule…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Governor Brown Signs Two New Laws That Will Impact California Employers in 2015

Effective July 1, 2015, nearly all California employers will be required to provide at least three days of paid sick leave per year to their employees. The new law, AB 1522, also known as the “Healthy Workplaces, Healthy…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit (CAFC) Issues Decision In U.S. v. Trek Leather – Corporate Officer Held Liable

Yesterday, the CAFC issued its en banc decision in the U.S. v. Trek Leather case. The Court held the President of the company liable for gross negligence due to his own actions, even if he is an agent of the company…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade
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