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What’s New with the EEOC?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued two new Guidance documents in March. Use of Background Checks - The EEOC and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which enforces the Fair Credit…more

| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

What’s Happening with Overtime?

Some misconceptions are floating around regarding the current status of federal overtime laws. .Fact: Nothing has actually changed yet. .Fact: President Obama has ordered the Department of Labor (DOL) to evaluate the…more

| Labor & Employment Law

A Back-Door Increase in the Federal Minimum Wage

The cost of doing business with the federal government has just gone up. Fulfilling a promise from his State of the Union Address, President Obama signed an Executive Order on February 12, 2014 that will raise the minimum wage…more

| Construction Law, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

The NLRB Paves the Way to Make Elections Easier for Labor Unions

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) reintroduced proposed regulations that would expedite union elections. If finalized, the regulations, which were published in the Federal Register last Thursday…more

| Labor & Employment Law

IRS Creates New Disregarded Entity Exclusion from Debt Cancellation Income

The IRS has announced a new safe harbor from the discharge of debt income rules. Debt that is cancelled, discharged or forgiven is generally taxable as income, but there are exceptions. Under one exception, certain income…more

| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking,...

"Portability" and Your Estate Plan

“Have you heard about portability?” “What does it have to do with my estate plan?” These are two questions we often hear from clients. “Portability” allows a widow or widower, in most cases, to add any unused estate tax…more

| Family Law, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Ding Dong the NLRB Poster Requirement is Dead

For several months now we have been watching the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) poster requirement suffer defeat after defeat in federal courts throughout the country. January 2 was the deadline for the Board to file a…more

| Labor & Employment Law

Four Sustainability Reporting Highlights of 2013

2013 should be remembered as a transformative year for sustainability. Significant developments emerged not just from sustainability reports, but from non-profits and regulators concerned with stakeholder interests and reporting…more

| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, International Law & Trade,...

Update – Administering Benefits in a Post-DOMA World

Here is a brief update to our September 24, 2013 alert, which addressed the administration of employee benefits as well as federal income taxes and FMLA leave following this summer’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in United…more

| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law, Family Law,...

Buyers Beware! New Environmental Due Diligence Standard Issued

The price of environmental due diligence for commercial real estate transactions just went up. On November 6, 2013, the ASTM International announced the issuance of E1527-13, which is the updated standard practice for Phase I…more

| Environmental Law, Real Estate - Commercial

E-Verify Is Back Open for Business

E-Verify is once again available for use by employers following the end of the federal government shutdown. As reported in our last alert, during the shutdown, E-Verify users were unable to access their accounts, verify the…more

| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law, Government Contracting

What To Do While the Government Is Shutdown

As many employers are discovering, several federal government services are temporarily disabled during the current government shutdown. One such service used by tens of thousands – and required by many -- employers across the…more

| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

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