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Penalty rates in Hospitality and Retail modern awards cut

Summary - In a landmark ruling, the Fair Work Commission Full Bench has reduced Sunday penalty rates in the hospitality, retail, fast food and pharmacy sectors and reduced public holiday penalties in those sectors and,...more

Fair Work Commission cuts penalty rates for the hospitality and retail industries

The Fair Work Commission yesterday handed down its long awaited decision to reduce the penalty rates for Sunday and public holiday work payable under a number of awards. These include the Hospitality Industry (General) Award...more

The Increase in Form I-9 Penalties and What It Means for Employers

With no fanfare and minimal notice, the government has significantly increased the penalties that can be assessed for a variety of offenses related to the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9....more

New Protections for Immigrants

The California legislature has added a new provision to the Labor Code expanding protections from “unfair immigration-related practices” (originally passed in 2013) beyond the retaliation context and extending protections to...more

Executive Order Results in IRS' Reconsideration of Plan to Reject Certain Returns Missing Health Insurance Information

The IRS recently announced that it will not automatically reject individual income tax returns on which a taxpayer has failed to indicate whether they maintained qualifying health insurance coverage during the year for the...more

Michael Jackson Estate Tax Case Moving Forward

Most estate tax practitioners will tell you estate tax it is all about valuation when assets are other than cash and marketable securities. The estate tax case of the Michael Jackson estate is an ideal demonstration. Tax...more

The District of Columbia Passes the Nation’s Most Expansive Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

On February 15, 2017, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that she will not veto the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 (Bill 21-415) (“Act”), previously passed by the D.C. Council on December 22, 2016....more

Fifth Circuit Limits Reverse False Claims Act Liability

On December 13, 2016, in United States ex rel Simoneaux v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., No. 16-30141, 2016 WL 7228813 (5th Cir. Dec. 13, 2016), the Fifth Circuit rejected an expansive construction of “reverse” false claims...more

Reporting A Closely Held U.S. Corporation’s Overseas Activities

We have heard a lot about large, publicly-traded U.S. corporations that have parked trillions of dollars overseas to avoid the payment of U.S. income tax. We have heard how the tax system must be seriously broken to have so...more

The OCC Publishes Final Rule Adjusting Civil Money Penalties for Inflation

On January 27, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC“) published a final rule amending its rules of practice and procedure for national banks and in adjudicatory proceedings for federal savings...more

Lack of Timely Action and Knowledge of Risk Results in $3.2 Million Civil Monetary Penalty for HIPAA Violations

Children’s Medical Center of Dallas (Children’s) was hit with a $3.2 million civil penalty from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for failing to take steps to properly protect...more

30% Penalty Is Not an Excessive Fine

So says the Tax Court in the recent decision involving the 30% penalty imposed under Code §6662A(c). The penalty can be imposed if a taxpayer fails to adequately disclose a reportable transaction giving rise to an...more

Financial Services Weekly News - February 2017

Editor's Note - President Trump Signs Executive Order to Reduce Regulation and Control Regulatory Costs. On January 30, President Trump signed an executive order (Executive Order) designed to reduce the regulatory...more

10 Key FCA Developments Of 2016

2016 was another active year in the land of False Claims Act enforcement. The U.S. Department of Justice continued to set recovery records and turned its eye more keenly on enforcement of individuals. We heard from the...more

UPDATE: The City of Los Angeles Adopts "Ban the Box," Prohibiting Criminal Conviction Inquiry Prior to Job Offer

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (the “Ordinance”) imposes a host of new unlawful hiring practices upon private employers regarding inquiries into criminal convictions. Chief among them, an...more

TTB Releases 2017 Semi-Monthly & Quarterly Excise Tax Return Due Dates

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has released its 2017 due dates for semi-monthly and quarterly excise tax returns. Be sure to file on time. The failure to file on time can result in a penalty of 5% of the...more

President Trump Signs Two Executive Orders on Immigration

Seyfarth Synopsis: On January 25, 2017, President Trump signed two Executive Orders, one focusing on border security and the construction of a physical wall along the southern border and another focusing on improving public...more

FCPA Recidivists: Orthofix (Part II of II)

In its continuing quest to push the message of aggressive FCPA enforcement, the SEC resolved FCPA charges against Orthofix, a medical device company, for $6 million in penalties and disgorgement. In a related action, the SEC...more

SFO and Rolls-Royce agree to half billion pound DPA

Just over a year after the approval of the first ever Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA), Southwark Crown Court on 17 January 2017 approved a DPA proposed by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) with UK leading engineering group,...more

Penalty Amounts Adjusted Again!

Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) released adjusted penalty amounts which are effective for penalties assessed on or after January 13, 2017, whose associated violations occurred after November 2, 2015. You might...more

FTC Announces Annual Changes to HSR Thresholds (2017)

On January 19, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the annual changes to the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act notification thresholds. The FTC is required by law to revise the jurisdictional thresholds...more

Draft Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulation published by European Commission

The European Commission has released proposals for new legislation that seeks to create stronger privacy in electronic communications. The draft Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulation (the “Regulation”) is intended...more

FTC Announces Annual Revised HSR Thresholds, Increased Penalties

The Federal Trade Commission has announced revised thresholds applicable to Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) notification requirements, which will be effective in late February 2017. The revised thresholds are...more

Not Correctly Reporting Losses: An Internal Controls Failure

A recent Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) internal controls enforcement action drew my attention. It was not a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action but it certainly does have implications for a...more

Rolls-Royce Global Enforcement Action: Part IV – What Does it all Mean?

Today I conclude my series on the Rolls-Royce global anti-corruption enforcement action by taking a look what it all means going forward. The resolution is more than simply the stunning fines and penalties of £671 million...more

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