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United States Changes Policy on Cuba

As widely reported, President Obama announced on December 17, 2014, significant changes to U.S. policy relating to Cuba. The broad policy revisions include the following...more

Obama’s Reboot of U.S.-Cuba Relations: What Does It Mean?

Last Wednesday, President Obama announced the most sweeping changes to U.S.-Cuban relations in half a century, in effect beginning normalization to a relationship fractured by the pressures of the Cold War. Only baby steps...more

U.S. Embargo Against Cuba: Historic Changes Ahead

On December 17, 2014, President Barack Obama announced sweeping changes in the diplomatic and trade relationships between the United States and Cuba. These changes, outlined below, will require time to implement; certain...more

President Obama’s Announcement on U.S.-Cuban Relations Could Create Strategic Opportunities for American Companies

On December 17, 2014, the United States announced its intention to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba. President Obama stated that, after nearly 54 years of economic and political isolation, his administration will be...more

New Channels of Economic Opportunity to Follow U.S.-Cuba Policy Changes

On December 17, President Obama announced sweeping changes to U.S.–Cuba policies that will usher in a new era in bilateral relations between the two countries. In the coming months, the United States will move to re-establish...more

SEC Files Settled FCPA Action Centered On Improper Travel

A “world tour” was at the center of FCPA violations by two employees of FLIR Systems, Inc., In the Matter of Stephen Timms, Adm. Proc. File No. 3-16281 (Nov. 17, 2014). Travel was also the focus of the Commission’s latest...more

Global HR Hot Topic—December 2014: Overseas Business Travel Liability and the Duty of Care in Times of Ebola

As of late 2014, the United States faced no Ebola pandemic whatsoever. The odds of catching Ebola in an American workplace remained statistically zero. Only a handful of Ebola cases had made their way to the United States,...more

Travelers, Beware the “Darkhotel” Hacks Over Hotel Internet

Business travelers may be targeted and hacked through hotel Wi-Fi networks, according to a recent report by Kaspersky Lab. Hackers have been stealing company data from top executives at luxury hotels in an attack known as...more

President Obama Announces Extended Visas for China/US Travel

Arriving for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit on November 10, President Obama announced the conclusion of a reciprocal deal with China that will see both countries extend the length of the multiple-entry...more

Visa Waiver Travelers to Face Additional Security Screenings

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will tighten screening measures on travelers who use the Visa Waiver Program in response to concerns over Islamist militants who hold U.S. or European passports....more

What You Need To Prove – Deducting Travel Expenses

All too often, people don’t keep adequate records to demonstrate they are entitled to deduct travel expenses. The general rule from the Supreme Court is that deductions are a matter of legislative grace, and taxpayers...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 94-Internal Controls for Gifts, Travel and Entertainment in a FCPA Compliance Program,... [Video]

In this episode of the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report I continue my visit with Henry Mixon on internal controls for gifts, travel and entertainment in a best practices FCPA compliance program. ...more

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

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