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
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
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
Earlier this week, in Sandifer v. U.S. Steel Corp., the Supreme Court addressed whether unionized workers may be entitled to compensation for time spent putting on and taking off protective gear. The Court found that putting on…more
“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
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
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
Earlier this week, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in D.R. Horton, Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board, that arbitration agreements which bar employees from pursuing class actions do not violate federal labor law. In…more
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
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
Companies with employees in California will recall last year's landmark California Supreme Court decision in Brinker v. Superior Court (April 12, 2012), which confirmed that employers need only "permit" hourly employees to take…more
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
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
Effective December 30, 2012, California implemented various changes to its Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (PDLL), which are beginning to be put to the test.
The new regulations expand when an employee may be considered…more
Well, our title is a bit provocative in that not all of your “post-DOMA” questions have yet been answered by the IRS (who defines “spouse” for purposes of employee benefits under ERISA as well as taxation under the Internal…more
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