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Tax Bill Means Changes to Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law a tax bill reconciling both the House and Senate versions of the so-called Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Act’s major provisions are lowering the corporate tax rate to 21%...more

Lawmakers Take Aim: Will #MeToo Curb Nondisclosure or Arbitration Agreements?

by Littler on

In 2017, the #MeToo movement highlighted the prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace, toppling prominent figures in numerous fields. Sexual harassment has been unlawful for decades, of course, yet this vexing problem...more

Chronic Dispute: What The Sessions Marijuana Memo Means For Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a one-page memorandum on December 4th, rescinding Obama-era guidance that had allowed states to legalize medical and recreational marijuana with marginal federal interference, eliminating...more

California Proposes New Legislation Prohibiting Confidentiality Provisions in Settlement Agreements

by Stoel Rives LLP on

In the face of a continuing wave of highly publicized complaints of sexual misconduct in the workplace, California state senator Connie M. Leyva introduced Senate Bill 820. If passed, this law would prohibit the inclusion of...more

Sessions Changes the US DOJ’s Position on Prosecutorial Discretion Involving Marijuana in States Permitting Use – But is that a...

by Fisher Phillips on

As predicted by Politico, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and other sources, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions today rescinded the 2013 Cole Memorandum “Guidance Regarding Marijuana Enforcement,” which has...more

New Deferral Opportunity for Stock Awards

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act includes a new provision that can delay the taxation of compensation paid to employees of “eligible corporations” in the form of “qualified stock” for up to five years. The provision is set forth in...more

Tax Bill Cuts Deduction For Confidential Sexual Harassment & Abuse Settlements

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

On December 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law as P.L. 115-97. Hidden about halfway into the law, in Section 13307, is an amendment to the tax code on itemized deductions for individuals and...more

Tax Reform Results in Only Minor Changes for Retirement Plans

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made significant changes to the tax code and will have a significant impact on businesses and individual taxpayers. However, although initial proposals included potentially significant changes to...more

New Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Affects Employee Benefit Plans and Executive Compensation Arrangements

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law by President Donald J. Trump shortly before Christmas, is the most significant tax reform legislation in more than 30 years. ...more

E-employment contract

by DLA Piper on

Since 2007 employment contracts can be signed electronically. Moreover, it is also possible to send and archive various social documents electronically. Under the currently applicable provisions, an employment contract...more

Stimulating e-commerce: new rules regarding night work and Sunday work

by DLA Piper on

To develop e-commerce activities, the possibility to perform night work, ie work performed between 8 PM and 6 AM, and Sunday work is crucial. In Belgium however, the current process to implement such work regimes is a heavy...more

How Tax Reform Will Affect Employee Benefit Plans

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On December 22, President Donald Trump signed into law H.R. 1 (the Act), which makes widespread changes to the Internal Revenue Code. The Act makes several changes to the rules governing retirement plans, welfare plans and...more

New Year’s Resolution Series – Ringing Your Post-Employment Covenants into the New Year

Many state legislatures spent 2017 tinkering with post-employment covenants. Given the growing trend to legislate locally and the employee mobility issues that seem to nag every employer, we thought the New Year would be a...more

Impact of 2017 Tax Reform Bill on Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits

by Reed Smith on

The Senate and House approved, and the President of the United States is expected to sign into law, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Reform Bill”). Despite the media’s predominant focus on the sweeping reforms to...more

Nonprofit Guide To The “Tax Cuts And Jobs Act”

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The 2017 “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” impacts tax-exempt organizations in a variety of ways, including by reducing incentives for charitable giving, applying an excise tax on executive compensation in excess of $1 million per...more

The Impact of the 2017 Tax Reforms on Employment-Based Benefits and Tax-Favored Compensation

by BakerHostetler on

Whenever the United States Congress takes up “tax reform,” there always is a danger that the Congress will pay for such tax reform, in part, by eliminating many of the tax incentives that enable employers to provide...more

New Tax Plan Changes Rules on Health Coverage, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

by Baker Donelson on

While primarily focused on individual and business tax cuts and reform, the final Republican tax cut bill includes several provisions expected to impact health care coverage and expenses. First, the bill effectively repeals...more

Impact on Commuter Benefits Programs

The tax reform bill (H.R. 1) approved by the House and Senate this week, and expected to be signed by the President, eliminates the deduction available to employers for the provision of qualified transportation fringe (“QTF”)...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – Impact on Executive Compensation Arrangements

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

December 21, 2017 On December 19, 2017 and December 20, 2017, the House and the Senate, respectively, passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”), with President Trump expected to sign the Act into law before Christmas....more

Congress Passes Final Tax Reform Bill: U.S. Tax Reform: The Current State of Play

With the affirmative vote in the House today, both Houses of Congress have now passed a final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, clearing the legislation for President Trump’s signature. President Trump is widely expected...more

Tax Cut Impacts on Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

After much back and forth, the House and Senate both voted to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Act), and the President is expected to sign the legislation shortly. The changes made by the Act are arguably the biggest leap...more

What Notable Employment Provisions are in the Tax Bill?

by Littler on

The first significant piece of legislation to make it to President Trump's desk, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), includes an employer tax credit for providing paid family and medical leave, elimination of a business...more

Senate And House Reconcile Their Versions Of Tax Reform

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This is the fourth issue in a planned series of alerts designed to provide an in-depth analysis on topics related to tax reform. This Tax Reform Management Alert issue focuses on executive compensation and employee benefits...more

Tax Reform Impact On Employers And Employees

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This is the fifth issue in a planned series of alerts designed to provide an in-depth analysis on topics related to tax reform. On December 15, 2017, Congressional Leaders announced that the conferees appointed by both...more

Congress Approves Tax Reform Bill Impacting Equity Compensation

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed by both chambers of Congress on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, and will be sent to the President’s desk for final signature. The Fenwick & West team will provide a more detailed analysis in...more

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