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IRS Aims to Reduce Confusion over Employer Identification Number Applications

by Harris Beach PLLC on

In December, 2017 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a revised Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number and related instructions. An employer identification number (EIN) is a nine-digit number...more

Introducing That 401(k) Conference

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When I came up with the idea of That 401(k) Conference, a series of regional 401(k) events for financial advisors, the first thing people probably said is: “why do we need another one?” This article is about why you should...more

M&A, 401(k) & The Plan Sponsor: What You Need To Know

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are transactions in which the ownership of companies, other business organizations or their operating units are transferred or combined. M&A is an extremely important concept in the world of...more

Another Way Sexual Harassment Is Pernicious | #YCDEthics

by NAVEX Global on

We shouldn’t mince words: sexual harassment is morally repugnant. I wish that’s all we had to say to make it end. However, in life, there are times when what is morally right doesn’t win out and people behave wrongly,...more

Supreme Court Limits the Definition of Whistleblower for Anti-Retaliation

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

In an opinion that settled a circuit split, the Supreme Court has decided that the definition of “whistleblower” in the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 is limited to employees who provide information relating to violations of...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Supreme Court Clarifies – Dodd-Frank Whistleblowers Must Also Perform for the SEC for Protection"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

On February 21, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in the closely watched whistleblower case Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v Somers. In a unanimous ruling, the Court stated that whistleblowers must report any wrongdoing...more

Why Your 401(k) Plan Should Get a Tune-Up

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Cars are built better today and the engine tune-up that was needed after 50,000 to 75,000 miles isn’t needed until later on to replace spark plugs and timing belts. However, there are still little preventive things that need...more

Caution: Filing Multiple H-1B Petitions for the Same Employee May Lead to Denial

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Federal regulations prohibit “related entities” from filing more than one H-1B petition on behalf of a foreign national unless there is a legitimate business need to do so. This rule is designed to prevent H-1B petitioners...more

Younger Generations in the Workforce Are Making Discrimination & Sexual Harassment a Board Issue | #YCDEthics

by NAVEX Global on

If eliminating sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace is not already on the list of board action items, our two youngest generations of employees plan to put it there – and quickly....more

LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN: A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion - Cayman Islands

1 .What role does the government of the Cayman Islands play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The Cayman Islands Government has put in place and continues to maintain a regulatory structure whose goal...more

SEC Reporting & Compliance and Corporate Governance Series

On February 13, 2018, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “ SEC Reporting & Compliance and Corporate Governance Series: Key Trends in Executive Compensation, Employment Law and Compensation Committee Practices.” Executive...more

A Matter of Trusts: Tenth Circuit to Decide Important ESOP Case

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The ESOP industry is paying close attention to a Tenth Circuit appeal that will address the deferral of corporate deductions for certain accrued expenses payable to ESOP-participating employees. This appeal, which pertains to...more

New Limits on Whistleblower Protection: SCOTUS Makes SEC Reporting a Mandatory Requirement

Resolving a Circuit split, the United States Supreme Court unanimously held last week that an employee must report a securities violation to the Securities and Exchange Commission if he wishes to avail himself of the...more

New US Tax Law Provides Tax Deferral Opportunity for Certain Private Company Equity Grants

by Morgan Lewis on

The adoption of Internal Revenue Code Section 83(i) under recent US tax reform will allow certain private company employees to defer federal income tax on eligible stock options and restricted stock units for up to five years...more

US Supreme Court Narrows Dodd-Frank Act Whistleblower Protections

by White and Williams LLP on

The US Supreme Court recently resolved a long-standing split amongst the Circuits regarding whether the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the Act) protects both internal and external whistleblowers....more

SEC Whistleblower Update

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Supreme Court recently clarified the scope of SEC whistleblower retaliation provisions. Though the decision limits retaliation actions, employers should continue to avoid conduct that can be interpreted as retaliation...more

LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion - British Virgin Islands

1 .What role does the government of the British Virgin Islands play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The British Virgin Islands (commonly referred to as BVI) are a British Overseas Territory. As a...more

Supreme Court Limits Scope of Whistleblower Protections under Dodd-Frank: Items of Note and Potential Impacts

by Vedder Price on

On February 21, 2018, the United States Supreme Court (the “Supreme Court”) resolved a circuit split on the question of whether the whistleblower anti-retaliation provision in Section 922 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform...more

The Import of a Rapid, Fulsome Corporate Response to Allegations of Harassment

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The increased focus on issues of harassment is putting corporate culture under a microscope. Corporate management and board members—regardless of whether the entity is private, public or charitable—must adjust the way they...more

Supreme Court narrows definition of a whistleblower under Dodd-Frank to require reporting to SEC - Be careful what you wish for.

by Dentons on

On February 21, 2018, the Supreme Court in Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers narrowly construed the definition of “whistleblower” in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (“Dodd-Frank” or...more

Employers Should Act Now to Prevent New Compensation Discrimination Claims

by Lane Powell PC on

Despite more than 50 years of legislative effort, beginning with the Equal Pay Act of 1963, statistics show that we have made little progress in advancing equal pay for women and minorities. A growing number of states and...more

10 Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program - #3 CCO Authority & Compliance Function Resources

by Thomas Fox on

Episode Three of a ten-part series for compliance professionals. In this new series of audio white papers, Thomas Fox looks at the 10 Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program. In this audio white paper, a focus on Chief...more

Key Whistleblower Decision Addresses Scope of Dodd-Frank Protections

In a unanimous decision issued on February 21, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the anti-retaliation provisions of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law protect only those whistleblowers who report information to the Securities and...more

People Are the Cause, and the Solution, to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace | #YCDEthics

by NAVEX Global on

Sexual harassment is not a new issue. However, awareness of, and tolerance for it has evolved in recent years. What’s different now is that we have reached a tipping point – a reckoning, if you will – for organizations and...more

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Scope Of Whistleblower Protections Under Dodd-Frank

On February 21, 2018, in the case of Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers, the United States Supreme Court unanimously decided that employees who raise internal complaints about possible violation of securities laws are not...more

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