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New Projects and Updates From the IRS Employee Plans Compliance Unit

The IRS Employee Plans Compliance Unit (EPCU) recently announced two new projects and updated two others. In each case EPCU is using compliance checks as a tool to increase IRS enforcement presence and ensure compliance....more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 6, Issue 10

State Tax Department Releases Draft Article 9-A Nexus Regulations Under Corporate Tax Reform - The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has released draft amendments to the Article 9-A corporate franchise...more

Common IP pitfalls every business can avoid

As a business owner or manager, you have probably experienced or at least heard about costly and disruptive intellectual property infringement lawsuits. You may also be very concerned about protecting your company’s customer...more

OCR announces launch of Phase 2 of HIPAA audits

Although the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has indicated in the past that it would start its next round of HIPAA audits, apparently it means business now. In the wake of an Inspector General report that the OCR was merely...more

Blog: HHS To Launch New HIPAA Audits in Early 2016 in Response to OIG Reports

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued two reports yesterday calling for the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to strengthen its Health Insurance Portability and...more

Just in Time for the Phase II Audits: OIG Criticizes OCR’s Enforcement Efforts

As HIPAA-regulated entities anxiously await the commencement of the Phase II HIPAA audit program, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a report critical of...more

"Popularity of Locked-Box Deals in the UK: Price Certainty, Other Benefits for Buyers"

In the U.K. M&A market, the continuing trend in recent years has been an increase in the number of deals being completed on the basis of a locked-box pricing mechanism. In a locked-box transaction, as opposed to the...more

The CSBS Finalizes Model Framework for Virtual Currencies

On September 15, 2015, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (“CSBS”) issued its final Model Regulatory Framework on virtual currency activities (“Final Framework”). The Final Framework follows the CSBS’s December 2014...more

HHS Issues Proposed 340B Program Omnibus Guidance: Five Things to Watch

The 340B Drug Pricing Program (340B Program), established by Section 602 of the Veterans Health Care Act of 1992, is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of HHS. The 340B Program requires...more

IFTA Compliance More Important Than Ever

Several Pennsylvania appellate court decisions in recent years have made it more important than ever for IFTA licensees to strictly comply with IFTA documentation requirements. The fact that a company actually pays taxes on...more

Australian Tax Alert: Australia Pursues Multinational Tax Avoidance

In the context of the imminent release of the OECD report to G20 finance ministers (in October 2015) dealing with its final recommendations on the Base Erosion Profit Shifting (BEPS) Action Plan, Australia has introduced...more

Tax Policy Update

The number of working days (in theory) that Congress has left to negotiate and pass a continuing resolution (CR) that would keep the government from shutting down on Oct. 1. Here’s hoping that the Pope’s visit to the Capitol...more

Don’t Wait for It; Recent HIPAA Enforcement Action Signal More to Come in Phase 2 Audits

Officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (HHS OCR) have recently selected a vendor to conduct the second wave of HIPAA audits. These so-called “Phase 2 Audits” are set to commence...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Yates Memo, refocusing DOJ criminal and civil corporate investigations, continues to be the critical topic of discussion this week. The Memo, discussed here, directs that individuals be the focus of the inquiry from the...more

Six Options For Complying With New DOL FLSA Salary Rules

It is rare for an employee’s salary to double with one raise, yet, under the Department of Labor’s (DOL's) proposed rule, employers will need to double some employees’ salaries to continue to pay them salaries without...more

$750,000 HIPAA Settlement Reinforces Need to Be Proactive

As the Department of Health and Human Services’ (“HHS”) Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) proceeds with its second round of HIPAA audits, this time covering business associates as well as covered entities, a recent settlement...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

In a burst of post-Labor Day energy, the SEC filed a number of significant actions. Those include a series of actions arising out of the audit failure by BDO; actions centered on a financial fraud at an on-line lender; cases...more

340B Guidance: Eight Key Points Covered Entities Should Consider

On August 27, 2015, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), released the 340B Drug Pricing Program Omnibus Guidance (Guidance). Referred to...more

The SEC, Gatekeepers and Saying Something

The SEC has long sought to enlist professionals as the advance guard of its Enforcement Division. The point is understandable: auditors, attorneys and other professional consultants are typically at the company long before...more

Employee Benefits Alert - August 2015

Retirement Plans - IRS Issues Guidance on Benefit Suspension Voting under MPRA - As we have written in prior alerts, the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA) permits trustees of financially troubled...more

California Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update (2nd Quarter 2015)

Case Updates - BREAKING NEWS: Gillette Oral Arguments Scheduled - The California Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in the Gillette Multistate Tax Compact case. This comes three years after the California...more

HRSA Publishes Proposed 340B Drug Pricing Program Omnibus Guidance - Comments Due to HRSA on or before Tuesday, October 27, 2015

On Friday, August 28, 2015, the Health Resources and Services Administration (“HRSA” or “the Agency”) published in the Federal Register Notice of its proposed “omnibus” or “mega” guidance (“Proposed Guidance”) regarding...more

Making the Move from Massachusetts: Changing Your Domicile May Prove Challenging

Labor Day will soon be upon us and with that a change of seasons here in Massachusetts. While it’s not quite time to take out the winter woolies, the dismal 2016 winter weather predictions for the Northeast may have already...more

Office for Civil Rights Selects Vendor for Next Round of HIPAA Audits – Five Things You Should Do to Prepare

The Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) has selected Ashburn, Virginia-based FCi Federal to conduct the next round of HIPAA audits mandated by the HITECH Act. OCR views the audits as a compliance tool that will hopefully get out...more

Vermont Department of Labor and U.S. DOL Agree to Work Together Against Misclassification

On September 3, 2015 the U.S. Department of Labor (“U.S. DOL”) and the Vermont Department of Labor (“VDOL”) signed a three-year memorandum of understanding to share information and conduct joint investigations regarding...more

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