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DOL Issues Guidance Regarding Interaction Between Affordable Care Act And Fringe Benefit Requirements Under Service Contract,...

The Davis Bacon Act and the Davis Bacon Related Acts (collectively “DBRA”) and the Service Contract Act (“SCA”) impose additional obligations related to fringe benefits and wages on covered contractors. With the passing of...more

SEC Sanctions Audit Firm, Partner Tied to Custody Rule

Custody Rule cases are rapidly becoming a staple of SEC enforcement. Rule 206(4)-2 requires registered investment advisers with custody of client funds or securities to implement certain controls to protect those assets....more

IRS Confirms California “Waiting Time Penalties” Are Not Wages For Federal Income Tax Purposes

A recent IRS information letter confirms that “waiting time penalties” paid under California law are not wages for federal income tax withholding purposes. Section 203 of the California State Labor Code imposes penalties on...more

OSHA Enforcement in the Final Year of the Obama Administration

Although the Obama Administration is well into its last year, it is signaling no let-up in its aggressive environmental and occupational safety and health enforcement agendas. Indeed, continuation of or even more stringent...more

Environmental Notes - April 2016

EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance recently proposed changes to its National Program Manager (NMP) Guidance that, in part, would revise EPA’s National Enforcement Initiatives (“NEIs”) for federal fiscal...more

So You’ve Filed Your 1095-C…Now What?

As companies complete their Section 6055 and 6056 reporting under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), now it’s time to be on the lookout for notices regarding ACA penalties....more

Is Your Corporation “Zeroing Out” Income at End of Year Through Bonuses? Watch Out!

For the last few years the IRS has warned taxpayers that it would look closely at year-end bonuses that resulted in “zeroing out” taxable income of a corporation by deducting the bonuses as salary rather than a payment of...more

China Aims to Strengthen Regulations on Commercial Bribery

Recently, the Legal Affairs Office of the State Council released draft amendments (Draft Amendments) to the Anti-Unfair Competition Law (AUCL) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for public comments. The Draft Amendments...more

Family Matters: New York State Minimum Wage Increase & Paid Family Leave

New York will increase its minimum wage to $15.00 an hour in gradual increases, beginning December 31, 2016. In keeping with the wave of new legislation in states and cities across the country, New York also passed the Paid...more

Best in Law: Get Out in Front on Possible Environmental Violations

It’s no secret that businesses must run a gauntlet of federal, state and local environmental regulations in order to successfully operate in California. But the hardest test may be when a business suspects that it may be...more

You’ve Been Notified: Alabama May Join Other States in Enacting Data Breach Notice Law

Forty-seven states and the District of Columbia have laws requiring notice of a data breach to potentially affected individuals. Alabama may soon join the crowd. Bills creating the Alabama Information Protection Act of...more

OSHA Ups the Ante for Employers That Fail to Report Workplace Injuries

On March 4, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued new procedures for enforcing revised injury and illness reporting requirements in 29 C.F.R. § 1904.39. Many of the 2014 interim procedures...more

"UK Establishes New HM Treasury Office to Implement Financial Sanctions"

On March 31, 2016, the U.K. launched the new Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) within HM Treasury. OFSI, which assumes the financial sanctions responsibilities previously carried out by HM Treasury’s Asset...more

From Strength to Strength: Financial Sanctions

On 7 March 2016, the new Police and Crime Bill (the “Bill”) received its second reading in Parliament. The stated aims of the Bill are to bring consistency to all penalties across the UK financial sanctions regimes, increase...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Remember to Update Your Risk Disclosure on an Ongoing Basis - The staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued guidance reminding mutual funds, exchange traded funds, and other...more

California Division of Workers’ Compensation Takes Action Against TPAs and Will Increase Audits of TPAs in 2016

The Audit and Enforcement Unit of the California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) issued a press release recently indicating it will be conducting more target audits in 2016 to address utilization review (UR)...more

New Decree defines the scope of Kazakhstan’s state electronic database

At the end of February, the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan enacted Decree No. 117, providing that the types of personal data to be stored in the state’s electronic database are...more

Thirteen Observations About the SEC’s Enforcement Program

Over the last two months, the SEC issued two reports that provide useful perspectives on its enforcement program. In February, it issued the combined 136-page “FY 2017 Congressional Justification & FY 2015 Annual Performance...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - March 2016

Editor’s Overview - This month we review the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Montanile v. Board of Trustees of National Elevator Industries Health Benefit Plan where the Supreme Court considered the scope of...more

SEC Imposes Penalties on Company and Officers for Inadequate Staffing in Accounting Department

Highlights - The SEC settled charges against Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation and two of its officers for deficient oversight of the company’s internal controls over financial reporting, resulting in fines of...more

More Money, More Problems? – The Rise of Compensation and Expectations for College Coaches

This is the second installment of a series regarding legal issues affecting college athletics that will run during this year’s NCAA basketball tournament. It is no secret that the salaries of coaches of high profile...more

Plainfield Becomes New Jersey’s 12th Municipality to Require Paid Sick Leave

On March 14, 2016, the City of Plainfield became the 12th municipality in New Jersey to require private sector employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees. The paid sick leave, which ranges from 24 to 40 hours a...more

Environmental Compliance Basics - The Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act

Does your business use or handle chemicals? If so, then read on. EPA recently released its 2015 enforcement report, noting thousands of enforcement cases, tens of thousands of inspections, and hundreds of millions of...more

The High Costs of Violating Puerto Rico’s Breastfeeding in the Workplace Law: Supreme Court Decides Right to Privacy Claim

Protections for breastfeeding employees in Puerto Rico just became even stronger. A recent ruling from Puerto Rico’s highest court in Siaca v. Bahía Beach Resort & Golf Club, LLC, held that failing to provide a safe, private,...more

Verizon Settles Supercookie Probe with FCC

Verizon Wireless has reached a settlement with the Federal Communications Commission over Verizon’s insertion of unique identifier headers (“UIDH”), also known as “supercookies,” to track customers’ mobile Internet traffic...more

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