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Employment Law - Oct 2014 #2

EEOC Sues Over Transgender Discrimination - Why it matters: In its first cases alleging bias against transgender employees, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed suit against a Florida eye clinic and a...more

IRS Issues 2015 HSA Contribution Limits

Each year, the IRS issues contribution limits for Health Savings Accounts for the upcoming year. The 2015 contribution limits are outlined below....more

FATCA Alert

In recent years, the United States has increased initiatives to counter tax evasion committed by U.S. persons who are not reporting and paying U.S. income tax on earnings derived from foreign financial assets. The Foreign...more

IRS Releases Highly Anticipated Cash Balance Plan Regulations

The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released long-awaited final regulations (the Final Regulations) with respect to market rates of return and related Pension Protection...more

Proposed Approach for Applying the “Look-Back” Method When the Section 4980H Measurement Period Changes

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued Notice 2014-49 which describes a proposed approach for determining an employee’s full-time or part-time status for purposes of the employer shared responsibility rules under...more

IRS Proposes Key Changes to Schedule H's Community Health Needs Assessment and Financial Assistance Policy Questionss

On October 8, 2014, the IRS released drafts of the 2014 Form 990, Schedule H and Instructions, proposing significant changes related to a hospital facility's compliance with Section 501(r) of the Internal Revenue Code. These...more

IRS Issues Final and Proposed Hybrid Plan Regulations

On September 19, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") released additional final regulations clarifying the rules regarding hybrid defined benefit pension plans. At the same time, the IRS also issued proposed regulations...more

The SEC's MCDC Initiative: Where To Go From Here

Issuers, underwriters and advisors in the municipal bond marketplace are facing unprecedented challenges from federal regulators in connection with both the issuance of bonds and ongoing post-issuance compliance. These...more

ESMA Final Draft RTS for Central Clearing of Interest Rate Swaps under EMIR

On October 2, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a report containing final draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) for the central clearing of interest rate swaps (IRS) under EMIR. ...more

IRS Modifies Offshore Filing Procedures

The IRS has issued FAQs relating to the new streamlined procedures for offshore compliance, and for Delinquent International Information Return Submission Procedures....more

Court Weighs in on Deadline for Filing FTC Refund Claims

On September 19, 2014, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims issued its opinion in Albemarle Corp. v. United States, No. 12-184T, holding that it lacked jurisdiction over the taxpayer’s claim for refunds based on foreign tax...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 11: Rethinking ACA Compliance Strategies Involving Reference...

Under the Affordable Care Act’s rules governing employer shared responsibility—which are codified in Internal Revenue Code § 4980H—where an applicable large employer makes an offer of group health plan coverage that is both...more

IRS Announces Impending Tighter Enforcement of Employer-Provided Meals, Fringe Benefits

Internal Revenue Code § 119 allows employers to deduct 100% of the value of meals provided to employees when they are for the convenience of the employer, and they are furnished on the business premises of the employer. Meals...more

The Crummey trust: Still relevant after all these years

Traditionally, trusts used in estate planning contain “Crummey” withdrawal powers to ensure that contributions qualify for the annual gift tax exclusion. Now that the gift and estate tax exemption has reached a higher level,...more

Tax Alert: New Chief Counsel Memorandum Revisits Definition of “Obligation” under IRC Section 956

ILM 201436047 - In a recent memorandum, ILM 201436047 (Sept. 8, 2014), the IRS chief counsel seemingly exceeded the scope of its own regulations in advising that the amount of a CFC’s section 956 investment included...more

Health Plan ID Requirements and Other End-of-Year Considerations

Employers and other health plan sponsors may be focused on preparing for the commencement of the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act on January 1, 2015, but a number of other deadlines and developments are emerging...more

NLRB Adopts New Test for Independent Contractor Misclassification, Applies it to Find FedEx Drivers are Employees Who Can Unionize

The NLRB has tossed a new vegetable into the enormous salad of independent contractor misclassification tests. As companies might expect, the new vegetable smells rotten. Companies who wish to analyze whether their...more

New Developments and Impending Deadlines for Employer Group Health Plans

As the federal government agencies continue to push forward with implementation and administration of health care reform (i.e., the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act), there are two recent developments that we want...more

IRS Clarifies Requirements for Streamlined Filing Procedures

On October 9, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service published additional guidance clarifying the requirements for participation in the Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures. (See prior coverage of the new procedures...more

New Guidance on Economic Substance Doctrine

Notice 2014-58 adds some clarity to when the IRS will assert the strict-liability economic substance penalties and how they will determine the “transaction” that is disregarded under the Section 7701(o) economic substance...more

FATCA Notebook: Former IRS Chief, Taxpayer Advocate Criticize FATCA; Switzerland Moves Toward Greater Transparency

First, former acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller speaks out against FATCA and suggests that the benefits of the new information reporting regime imposed by FATCA may not outweigh its costs. An article published by...more

Predictive Coding Sanctioned as an "Expedited and Efficient" Discovery Method by the United States Tax Court

The volume of electronically stored information (“ESI”) has exploded, often making discovery prohibitively expensive. Supporters of “predictive coding” champion it as a way to reduce significantly the cost of discovery....more

New ACA Rules Allow Employees a Second Trip Through the Cafeteria Plan Election Line

Under Notice 2014-55, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will now permit a cafeteria plan to allow an employee to revoke his election for coverage under the employer's group health plan in order to purchase a qualified health...more

IRS Simplifies Procedures for Favorable Tax Treatment on RRSPs and RRIFs

The IRS has finally made it much easier for taxpayers who hold interests in either of two popular Canadian retirement plans—registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) and registered retirement income funds (RRIFs)—to get...more

IRS Denies Treaty Benefits Despite Lack of Treaty Shopping

In Starr International Company, Inc., v. United States, the taxpayer (“Starr International Company, Inc.” or “SICO”) filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia seeking a tax refund from...more

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