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Week in Review

Businesses that support the sharing economy continue to grow, as evidenced by this week's news headlines. Airbnb announced it is partnering with Concur, a commonly used expense account management software. This partnership,...more

Joint U.S./UK Warning on International Travel: Uncharged Electronic Devices/Gadgets Banned from Flights

On Wednesday, July 2, 2014, Secretary of U.S. Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson directed the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to implement enhanced security measures at selected but undisclosed gateway...more

DHS Announces Chile’s Admission into the Visa Waiver Program

On February 28, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that Chile became the latest country to be eligible to participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Although originally scheduled for May 1, Vice...more

Five-Year Travel History Now Available From U.S. Customs and Border Protection

As of May 1, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) upgraded its I-94 website by now giving non-immigrants to the United States access to the last five years of their travel history. Previously, non-immigrants were...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 53-Gifts, Travel and Entertainment Under the FCPA [Video]

In this episode I review gifts. travel and entertainment under the FCPA. ...more

Complete Travel History Summaries Now Available to Foreign Nationals Via U.S. Customs and Border Protection Website

On May 1, 2014, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched a new website which now offers foreign nationals access to their complete travel history, including dates of entries and exits from the United States, and...more

Work and Travel Guidance for F-1 Students with Pending H-1B “Change of Status” Applications and “Cap-Gap” Employment Authorization

This advisory summarizes key travel and employment issues if you are an F-1 student with Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment eligibility and an H-1B filing on your behalf has been accepted by US Citizenship and...more

Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) Arrival/Departure 5 Year Travel History Now Available Online

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched a new webpage on May 1, 2014, that offers nonimmigrants entering the U.S. access to their I-94 arrival/departure record and their arrival/departure history....more

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Rolling Out Electronic Travel Records

In April 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) introduced electronic Forms I-94, enabling nonimmigrants entering the U.S. via air and sea to easily access their Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Records online. As of May...more

From Second and State: Session Preview May 5-7, 2014

The House and Senate will be in session Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 5-7. They will then break after Wednesday’s session until after the Primary Election on May 20, returning on June 2. This session week will be the...more

Paying Employees For Travel Time

Both the state and federal wage and hour laws have provisions addressing the question of when time spent traveling by a non-exempt employee is compensable. A new decision of the Connecticut Supreme Court in the case of...more

European Subsidiary Incurs Liability Under U.S. Cuba Sanctions for Travel Services

On April 18, 2014, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) announced a settlement of nearly $6 million with CWT B.V. (“CWT”) for violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (“CACR”), 31 C.F.R. Part 515. CWT is a...more

Gifts, Travel And Entertainment Under The FCPA – Part III

Now that we have reviewed all of the public record pronouncements from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), this post will try and suggest what you might need in your Foreign Corrupt...more

Gifts, Travel And Entertainment Under The FCPA – Part I

One of the first thing that many companies will try to put in place is a gifts, entertainment and travel policy when looking at an overall compliance program. I find the reality to be that not only is this one of the more...more

Tug of War: Summer Vacation

The Matzo has been eaten. The Easter eggs have been found. It’s now time to think about summer, which is often stressful for families going through a divorce or custody litigation. It’s sad but true, for many, planning...more

N.D. Cal. Validates Forum Selection Clause In Website’s Hyperlinked Terms Of Use

On April 11, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California held that the forum selection clause within a website’s terms of use provisions, which an online customer had to accept in order to proceed with the...more

Chile Newest Visa Waiver Country

Beginning May 1, 2014, Chile will become the latest country to join the US' Visa Waiver program. This means that Chilean passport holders with 1) an approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization (“ESTA”) and 2) an...more

Will a Red Notice Subject be Caught When Traveling? Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Illustrates Why the Answer is Elusive

A good number of Red Notice subjects who seek to remove their notices from INTERPOL's files are legitimate businessmen and women who need to travel to maintain their livelihoods. Many of them find themselves forced to...more

A Reminder: The Standard Mileage Rates for 2014 Have Changed

On January 1, 2014, the IRS standard mileage deduction rate decreased from 56.5¢ to 56¢ per mile for business miles driven. The rate for medical or moving purpose mileage also decreased from 24¢ to 23.5¢. The rate for miles...more

Weekly Recap Ethics News and Trends – March 3, 2014

Public servants with the utmost integrity also need to be aware of what is happening ethically around the state. In today’s climate, every public agency’s image is impacted by the missteps or misconduct of others. Below...more

Even Though IRS Executives Do Not Know It, Employee Travel Reimbursements Can be Taxable

On Tuesday, February 18, 2014, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) issued a report reviewing the long-term travel of certain IRS executives and found that nine of the thirty one executives whose...more

Cuba Practice Update

New National Poll Shows Broad Support for Overhaul of Cuba Policy - Akerman’s Pedro A. Freyre and Matthew D. Aho yesterday authored an opinion piece for the Washington D.C.-based Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin...more

Will Your New Gold, Silver, or Bronze Health Plan Cover Your Care if You Travel to Sochi for the Winter Olympic Games?

Snowboarders flying down halfpipes. Bobsledders careening down tracks. Goalies making glove saves. Those are just a few of the spectacles to be seen at the 22nd Winter Olympic Games. Despite all the pomp and circumstance...more

Temporary vs. Indefinite – Lodging Expenses Away From Home

A taxpayer who travels away from his tax home overnight on business can deduct 50% of meals and 100% of lodging costs. A taxpayer’s “tax home” is located at (1) his regular or principal (if more than one regular) place of...more

What's New for 2014 – FPPC Revises Treatment of Travel Payments to Public Agencies

A payment for a public official's travel will generally be a gift to the official under the Political Reform Act ("PRA"), subject to the annual $440 gift limit1, and reportable on the official's Statement of Economic...more

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