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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

Miami Hotel Outlook For 2014

Attracting International Travelers - The economic outlook for the Miami hotel market continues to be positive for 2014. Many expect strong demand and continued growth in the hospitality sector due to increasing numbers...more

Getting The Treasury To Underwrite Your Travel

Trade or business expenses are deductible. Does this mean you can travel the world as a travel writer and deduct your expenses?...more

Beware: When Sending Employees to the US: Business Visitors under Scrutiny

It has never been clear what activities are permitted while traveling to the US as a Business Visitor within the B-1 visa classification. However, Infosys Corporation (“Infosys”) is the first company to feel the wrath of the...more

Pack Your Bags: SEC And DOJ To Intensify The Spotlight On The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Comments made by Kara N. Brockmeyer, the Securities Exchange Commission’s chief of the Foreign Corruption Practices Act (FCPA) unit, and Charles E. Duross, deputy chief of the Department of Justice’s FCPA unit, at the recent...more

Weekly Law Resume - November 2013: Torts – Revisiting Vicarious Liability for Employee Travel-Related Accidents

Moradi v. Marsh USA, Inc. California Court of Appeal - Second Appellate District (September 17, 2013) - Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. v. Department of Transportation California Court of Appeal - Fifth...more

Travel Act Prosecutions Under The FCPA

Last week I was in Miami and part of the discussion was over the Esquenazi appeal and Direct Access Partners (DAP) enforcement actions; both based upon violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). In the DAP...more

Terms to Know Before Traveling Abroad

Taking a trip to another country is often exciting, and Florida is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. The key to a good trip is knowledge and planning. It is important to account for the possibility of accident...more

Traveling as a Red Notice Subject - How INTERPOL works with member countries to apprehend fugitives

Last week, Bassama Al Jandaly of gulfnews reported that an alleged Italian mafia head was detained in Duabai based on a Red Notice issued at the request of Italian authorities. The suspect, Amadeo Matacena, is wanted in...more

Argument Report: Illinois Supreme Court Debates the "Traveling Employee" Exception

Last week, the Illinois Supreme Court seemed poised to reject an expansive interpretation of the "traveling employee" exception to the "going and coming" rule, which holds that employees injured during their commute to work...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Debate Limits on Workers' Comp "Traveling Employee" Exception

The Illinois Supreme Court’s first term in Chicago ends tomorrow morning with a busy docket of five civil arguments: Venture-Newberg Perini Stone and Webster v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission; Schultz v....more

Are These Trips Truly “Mission Critical”?

Last September, I wrote to CalPERS’ Chief Executive Officer to express my concern about travel by CalPERS’ executives. I noted that Governor Brown had issued Executive Order B-06-011 banning both in-state and out-of-state...more

An Inside Look into a MLM Trial - Travelmax Trial Mini-Series Videos

Have you ever wondered what happens in an MLM trial? In this presentation, MLMLegal.com gives you a rare, front row seat into the complexities of an MLM trial. In more than six hours of video, partitioned in more than...more

Paying for Family Vacations With NIH Funds Triggers FCA Lawsuit and Settlement

Northwestern University will pay $2.93 million to settle a federal False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit brought by a former employee who alleged Northwestern allowed a researcher to submit false claims under certain cancer research...more

Week in Review - August 8, 2013

Attorneys often counsel and represent clients as they deal with the consequences of their online misdeeds. This week, for example, a fired employee sued his former employer, claiming that his co-workers shocked him with a...more

Travel Planning When Naturalization is in Your Future

If you travel frequently and plan to apply for U.S. citizenship in the future, you may need to starting planning far in advance. In order to naturalize, lawful permanent residents must meet “continuous residence” and...more

Early Lessons from GSK’s China Bribery Investigation

Earlier this week, GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK) said that some executives may have breached Chinese law. Chinese officials had previously released details of their bribery allegations against GSK and detained four of the...more

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