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IRS Announces HSA and HDHP Limitations for 2019

On May 10, 2018, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2018-30 setting dollar limitations for health savings accounts (HSAs) and high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) for 2019. HSAs are subject to annual aggregate contribution...more

Are Mandatory OSHA Settlement Conferences Still Mandatory?

by Fisher Phillips on

Administrative Law Judges are increasingly exercising their discretion to waive mandatory settlement conferences for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citation contests with large penalties. The increased...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

As we anticipated, the Fed held pat on rates yesterday, acknowledged rising inflation but betrayed little concern about it, and gave no signs of moving away from plans to next raise rates in June....more

Relief for Taxpayers Affected by the Reduced 2018 HSA Deduction Limits

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The IRS recently released guidance providing that taxpayers may, for 2018, treat $6,900 as the maximum deductible health savings account (“HSA”) contribution for family coverage under a high deductible health plan. This...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Chalk up a major win for Carl Icahn. Icahn has forced Xerox’s CEO, Board Chair, and 5 other board members out of their jobs as part of a push by activist investors. The shake-up will jeopardize the company’s $6.1 billion...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

After years of flirting, Sprint and T-Mobile have made it official—announcing over the weekend that they have reached a deal to become one company. The deal—if it passes regulatory muster—would create a company with a...more

IRS Releases 2018 PTC Amounts

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The IRS just published its annual notice that provides the inflation adjustment factors and reference prices used in determining the amount of the section 45 production tax credit (PTC) for the production of renewable energy...more

Quarterly Investment Update - 1st Quarter 2018

by Perkins Coie on

Stock Market Commentary - Volatility returned to markets with a vengeance in the first quarter of 2018. After surging nearly 6% in January, the strongest start to the year since 1997, the S&P 500 plummeted by 10% from its...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The full wrap of two days on the Hill for Zuck, including a Wednesday morning of generally more pointed questions from the House than he saw in the Senate....more

Red Notice Newsletter - Russian

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Canadian Mining Company Settles with SEC over FCPA Charges – On March 26, Kinross Gold Corporation settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over its alleged failure to...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Chinese

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Canadian Mining Company Settles with SEC over FCPA Charges – On March 26, Kinross Gold Corporation settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over its alleged failure to...more

Red Notice Newsletter - March 2018

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Canadian Mining Company Settles with SEC over FCPA Charges – On March 26, Kinross Gold Corporation settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over its alleged failure to...more

Key Federal Inflation-Adjusted Amounts for 2018

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

In Rev.Proc. 2018-18, the IRS has released various tax rates, brackets, and threshold amounts for 2018, incorporating inflation adjustments and the new tax act....more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The SEC is blocking the proposed sale of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to a group of Chinese investors based on “unresolved questions” over the “proposed ownership structure and concerns for the regulatory agency’s ability...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Nordstrom’s doing what it can to fight the seemingly inevitable decline of many retailers in the face of online competition. The family-run company has been revamping stores, amassing e-commerce companies, and launching new...more

DOL Increases Civil Penalty Amounts (Again)

by Baker Donelson on

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor announced increases in the civil penalty amounts that may be imposed on employers under several federal employment laws. On January 2, 2018, the DOL rolled out increases to the civil...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Mr. Dow’s wild ride ended on an upswing yesterday, with the DJIA adding back nearly 600 points and the three primary US indices up between 1.7 and 2.3%....more

CFPB and Other Federal Agencies Adjust Civil Money Penalties for Inflation

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The CFPB recently issued a final rule to adjust for inflation the civil penalties within its jurisdiction. The adjustments are required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 which, pursuant to the...more

PA Updates Inflation-Adjusted Definition of “Base Figure” for 2018

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities (the Department) updated its definition of “base figure” in the Loan Interest and Protection Law to account for adjustments due to inflation for the 2018 calendar year....more

Civil Money Penalties: Notice Adjusting Civil Money Penalties for 2018

On January 16, 2018, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced that it had finalized its rule about maximum civil money penalties. This action was taken in response to a law that directed federal agencies to...more

Federal Reserve Board Announces It Has Finalized a Rule Adjusting the Board’s Maximum Civil Money Penalties

On January 12, 2018, the Federal Reserve Board announced that it had finalized its rule about maximum civil money penalties. This action was taken in response to a law that directed federal agencies to change their limits...more

A New Year, Another OSHA Update

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

OSHA had an active 2017. Now that we have rung in the new year, let's talk about how those changes are impacting employers in 2018. Reporting - Employers obligated to post OSHA Form 300A summaries should begin preparing...more

What’s on the minds of fund managers in 2018?

Fund managers examine the 2018 outlook in a series of interviews with Lipper Alpha Insight on topics ranging from emerging markets to interest rate expectations and inflation. During the course of 2017, Jake Moeller, Head of...more

MSHA Penalties Increased For 2018

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Inflation Adjustment Act), on January 2, 2018 the U.S....more

President Trump Signs Tax Reform Bill into Law

On December 15, 2017, the House and Senate conference committee agreed on the terms of the final tax reform bill, previously referred to as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “Act”), which was subsequently approved by both...more

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