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Recreational cannabis in the workplace: A guide for California employers

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Do your employees think they can smoke cannabis in the workplace because it’s legal? Are your employees telling you that even though they failed a drug test you have to keep them on as employees? Although cannabis usage is...more

Top Developments/Headlines in Trade Secret, Computer Fraud, and Non-Compete Law in 2017

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Continuing our annual tradition, we present the top developments/headlines for 2017/2018 in trade secret, computer fraud, and non-compete law....more

Private Activity Bonds Under President Trump's "Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America"

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The White House released a 53-page framework on Tuesday setting forth its legislative goals for rebuilding America's infrastructure (the Infrastructure Plan)....more

Tenga cuidado con las Ventas o Transferencias del 10% de la Propiedad en una Corporación Extranjera

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

La "Ley de reducción de impuestos y empleos" (la "Ley") contiene una provisión que es una "acompañante hermana" de la Deducción por Dividendos Recibidos (DRD) que implica ventas o transferencias que envuelven un 10% de la ...more

New Legislation Relaxes 401(k) Plan Hardship Withdrawal Restrictions

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 was signed into law on February 9, 2018. Hidden within the legislation are several provisions that relax the restrictions on hardship withdrawals from 401(k) plans. These new provisions that...more

What Employers Need to Know About the Austin, TX Paid Sick & Safe Leave Ordinance

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

In the early hours of February 16, 2018, Austin, Texas, became the first Southern city to pass a paid sick and safe leave law. The final version is slated to go into effect on October 1, 2018, for most employers, although...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #9

Wrapping up their legislative week, the Senate adopted two provisions today closely watched by state agencies and local school districts. First, the Senate adopted its version of HB 683, the Amended FY 2018 Budget, by a vote...more

Beware of Sales or Transfers of 10% ownership in a Foreign Corporation

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “Act”) contains a provision that is a “sister companion” to the Deduction for Dividends Received (DRD) that involves sales or transfers that involve specified 10% ownership in foreign...more

New Bill Would Expand Workplace Anti-Harassment Training

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The 2018 session of the General Assembly started last week and increasing workplace training is a top priority for passage. Indeed, it is not surprising that we’re starting to see the first proposed legislation to address...more

Top 5 Ways Telehealth Will Change Under the New Federal Funding Bill

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The telemedicine industry has been abuzz upon learning that provider-friendly legislation was included in the new federal Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law by the President on February 9, 2018. But telehealth...more

Is the New Employer Tax Credit for You?

by FordHarrison on

Under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), businesses are entitled to a general business credit which is made up of several component credits, including the Work Opportunity Credit, the Indian...more

New Opportunity: Make Sure Your Communities Are Included

by Butler Snow LLP on

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, enacted December 22, 2017, offers a new tax incentive for the benefit of low-income communities with the creation of qualified opportunity zones. It is anticipated that the qualified...more

Be My Valentine! – BUT First Please Review and Sign Below

by FordHarrison on

Executive Summary: This Valentine’s Day, employers across industries were reevaluating their workplace dating and sexual harassment policies. Various surveys show that 40 percent of workers date or have dated co-workers. ...more

More Planning Tips for Individuals Under New Tax Act

by Ruder Ware on

As Shanna Yonke mentioned in her January 22, 2018 Legal Update The New Tax Law Provides Estate Planning Opportunities, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law on December 22, 2017. The Act (officially,...more

2018 Federal and Maryland Legislation Changes Regarding Estate and Gift Tax

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

An abundance of tax legislation was signed into law in the final days of 2017. In terms of estate and gift tax, here is what individuals need to keep in mind: Under the new law, which took effect on January 1, 2018, the...more

You're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat: Pay Equity Initiatives Flood the State Legislatures

by Littler on

In 2017, legislatures in more than 40 jurisdictions across the United States considered more than 100 bills intended to narrow the lingering pay gap between men and women. While only a handful of those proposals ultimately...more

New California Law: Employers Must “Resist” Federal Immigration Agents

by Hogan Lovells on

Effective January 1, 2018, the California Immigrant Worker Protection Act (the “Act”) requires private and public employers to “resist” informal worksite inspections by federal immigration enforcement agents....more

Government Initiatives in Response to Wave of Harassment Allegations Challenges Manufacturers

Two recent developments, generated from the tidal forces of the #MeToo movement should get manufacturers’ attention. On December 22, 2017, Congress adopted a comprehensive tax reform law. Included in the statute is an...more

Tax Cut and Jobs Act Brings Important Changes to NOL Rules

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act made several important changes to the net operating loss (“NOL”) rules. The following is a brief discussion of these changes. Businesses that generate significant NOLs, such as real estate companies...more

US House of Representatives Passes Five Bills Affecting Financial Institutions

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The US House of Representatives passed five bills focused on regulatory reform for financial institutions. The bills passed by the House include: the Housing Opportunities Made Easier Act (H.R. 2255), which amends the Truth...more

New Funding Legislation’s Impact on Health Care Programs

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Congress passed a funding bill early this morning just after the February 8th deadline. The new legislation will make several changes to the Medicare program, delay cuts to disproportionate share hospitals, provide two years...more

Paid Sick Leave Under Maryland Healthy Working Families Act Goes Into Effect

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act requires certain Maryland employers to offer paid sick leave to their employees. It took effect on February 11, 2018— 30 days after the legislature overrode Governor Larry Hogan's...more

Wyoming Enacts Legislation And Adopts New Regulations Governing Credit For Reinsurance And Term And Universal Life Insurance...

by Carlton Fields on

New regulations relating to credit for reinsurance and term and universal life insurance reserve financing took effect in Wyoming on November 30, 2017. The regulations implement amendments to Wyoming statutes that took effect...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #8

Happy Valentine’s Day to our readers! While chocolates and flowers poured through the doors of various offices in the State Capitol today, lawmakers were working on a number of important issues, including delving deeper into...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #7

Tax reform came to Georgia today with Governor Nathan Deal announcing the State’s response to last year’s federal tax reform. HB 918, carried by Deal’s floor leader Rep. Chuck Efstration (R-Dacula), allows Georgia taxpayers...more

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