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Reminders for US Public Companies for the 2018 Annual Reporting and Proxy Season

by White & Case LLP on

This memorandum outlines certain considerations for US public companies in preparation for the 2018 annual reporting and proxy season. Part I of this memorandum discusses new developments and practical action items for the...more

Compensation Season 2018: Section 162(m) and Related Considerations Post-Tax Reform

by White & Case LLP on

On December 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Act") was signed into law. The Act includes significant changes to the executive compensation deduction rules contained in §162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (the...more

New and Proposed Tax Legislation Present New Difficulties for Employers Attempting to Settle Sexual Harassment Claims

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Most employers have heard of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law on December 22, 2017, and have contemplated what it may mean for them. What has been largely overlooked, however, is a denial of deduction buried deep in...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Impact on Tax-Exempt Organizations

On December 22, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act), which imposes a new excise tax on certain tax-exempt organizations for compensation paid to their covered employees in excess...more

Compensation in the 2018 Proxy Season: Recent Shakeups Create New Challenges

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

When designing 2018 compensation plans and proxy disclosure, companies should focus on implications of recent developments, as well as enduring compensation considerations. 2018 brings significant changes to the executive...more

New Tax Act Bars Deductions for Settlements Related to Certain Sexual Harassment Claims

The recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act) has been touted as the largest tax reform since 1986. Among its many provisions, the Act adds a new section to the Internal Revenue Code (Section 162(q)) targeting...more

Labor & Employment Newsletter - January 2018

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Website accessibility lawsuits continue to increase nationwide. Nearly every business sector has faced such lawsuits. In 2017, Florida ranked first in the number of website accessibility suits filed in federal court. Because...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Grant of Summary Judgment on Terminated CEO’s SOX And DFA Claims

Last week, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that a terminated CEO’s complaints about his board of directors’ managerial decisions did not qualify as protected whistleblowing under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002...more

The New Voice of The Whistleblower

by NAVEX Global on

This article originally appeared in our Top 10 Ethics & Compliance Predictions & Recommendations for 2018 Seven years after the launch of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) whistleblower program, the voice of...more

Justice Department reverses course on marijuana enforcement: What it means for employers

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently issued a guidance memorandum rescinding several Obama-era Justice Department memoranda regarding federal marijuana enforcement. ...more

Tax Act: New Opportunity to Defer Income from Certain Private Company Equity Grants

by WilmerHale on

The new Section 83(i) of the tax code, enacted as part of the Tax Act, allows certain private company employees to elect to defer, solely for income tax purposes and for a period of up to five years, the income attributable...more

New Tax Law Prohibits Deduction for Sexual Harassment Settlements With Confidentiality Clauses

The new tax reform law contains a provision intended to address continuing concerns over sexual harassment in the workplace. Now employers that settle sexual harassment or sexual abuse claims with employees cannot deduct...more

Tax Act: Taxation of Fringe Benefits After Tax Reform

by WilmerHale on

The Tax Act makes changes to the tax treatment of fringe benefits that impact both employers and employees. Employers are now denied certain deductions to which they were previously entitled, including expenses for parking...more

Tax Act: Deductibility of Executive Compensation After Tax Reform

by WilmerHale on

Section 162(m) of the Code generally disallows the deduction of compensation in excess of $1 million paid by a public company to a “covered employee” in any single taxable year. The Tax Act makes the following changes to...more

#metoo Impact Reaches New Tax Law

by Lathrop Gage on

Allegations of sexual harassment occurring for years or even decades have roiled the news in 2017. Some argue that settlements of these issues that required the parties to maintain confidentiality have protected repeat...more

Reminder: Employers Must Quickly Report ISO and ESPP Transactions

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Deadlines are approaching for employers to report 2017 employee exercises of incentive stock options and employee stock purchase plan purchases. Corporations who offer incentive stock options (ISOs) or maintain a...more

Things That Plan Providers Don’t Tell You as a 401(k) Plan Sponsor

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When my wife and I bought our house, there were quite a few things that the previous owner forgot to tell us such as the fact they never bothered to pull the pipes from the dental office run by a previous owner 20 years...more

New Tax Reform Bill Stifles #MeToo Settlement Deductions

In acknowledgment of the recent sexual misconduct allegations and the confidential settlements in connection with those allegations, Congress added a new section 162(q) to the Internal Revenue Code as part of the Tax Cuts and...more

Tax Reform Could Cost Tax Exempt Entities

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Under the recently enacted tax reform act (Tax Cuts and Jobs Act), tax-exempt organizations may be required to pay a 21 percent excise tax on certain compensation and certain separation pay. The new excise tax applies...more

No Individual Liability for Board Members and Investors Under MA Wage Act

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

As I have written before, the Massachusetts Weekly Payment of Wages Act obligates employers to pay all earned wages to employees in a timely fashion. The Wage Act also specifies that the “president and treasurer of a...more

Tax Reform and Employee Benefits – What You Need to Know Now

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As you have probably heard by now, the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Tax Reform Act) made significant changes to the Internal Revenue Code. With regard to executive compensation, the Tax Reform Act made widely...more

Whistleblower Risks at the Supreme Court

by NAVEX Global on

Later this year, the Supreme Court will rule on whether whistleblower protections under the Dodd-Frank Act apply only to people who report misconduct to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). That is, people who report...more

Changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that Impact Individual Taxpayers for Non-Business Items

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 makes substantial changes to the income taxes of individuals. The Act's individual changes noted in the attached chart generally expire on January 1, 2026, and the speculation will...more

Tax Reform: Spotlight on Compensation and Benefits Provisions

by Baker Donelson on

The new tax bill (the "Act") - a culmination of months of back-and-forth between the House and Senate Republicans - was signed into law on December 22, 2017. The Act fulfills many of the promises made by the Trump...more

Time to Revisit Executive Compensation Arrangements in Light of Recent Tax Reform

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) signed into law on December 22, 2017, will significantly impact many public company executive compensation plans and arrangements. Companies should take this opportunity to...more

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