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What A Government Shutdown Would Mean For Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

If Congress cannot approve a budget by this Friday at midnight, the federal government will shut down. What will this mean for employers across the country? A look back at the most recent government shutdown will provide...more

VA looks to SBA for Future Veteran-Owned Small Business Certification

January 10 & 11, 2018 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has published two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking which, in effect, (1) would shift the duties of certifying Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) as relates to...more

Description of the Small Business Investment Company Debenture Program

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

A Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) is a privately owned and operated company that makes long-term investments in American small businesses and is licensed by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA)....more

On-Demand Workers Help Both David and Goliath: Small Businesses Owners Continue to Embrace The Gig Economy in 2018

by Fisher Phillips on

Amidst all of the year-end articles recapping the world of labor and employment law and predicting the upcoming legal trends for the year-to-come, Bloomberg BNA identified “The Gig Economy and Flex Work” as one of the top...more

Illinois Limited Liability Company Fees Slashed! “The Time Could Not Be Better To Form An LLC In Illinois”

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Whether you own real estate as investment property, own a small business, or are a real estate agent contemplating the tax benefits and asset protection afforded by organizing your own limited liability company, the time...more

Congressional RAND Study Refutes Common Misperceptions about DoD Bid Protests

A Congressionally mandated research study demonstrates that bid protests filed against Department of Defense (DoD) procurements do not unduly delay these acquisitions and are not frivolous. More than 99.7% of DoD contracts...more

Labor Department Initiative Could Permit Gig Workers To Obtain Healthcare Benefits

by Fisher Phillips on

Among my list of “must-read” workplace law summaries is the weekly “Punching In” column put out by Chris Opfer and Ben Penn over at Bloomberg Law’s Labor and Employment Blog every Monday morning. This week’s edition contains...more

Back to the Future: California Employment Bills Likely to Resurface in 2018

by Littler on

As discussed in a prior article, unsuccessful bills proposed in the California legislature in 2017 can carry over into the 2018 session. State lawmakers may revive measures that did not make it through both chambers of the...more

The Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on LIHTC Investments

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act contains changes impacting the LIHTC Program. While the low-income housing tax credit program emerged largely unscathed, the reduction in corporate tax rates will reduce equity pricing. ...more

Main Effects of U.S. Tax Reform on Foreign Taxpayers

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Donald Trump signed the U.S. tax reform bill previously entitled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law on December 22, 2017, enacting comprehensive U.S. tax reform with most provisions becoming effective starting on...more

Small Business Attacked by FCC — Internet is in the hands of big business

FCC Kills Net Neutrality - Death threats. Protests. Rallies. Strong opinions roil around the controversial Federal Communications Commission vote to repeal the Obama administration’s net-neutrality law that protected a...more

2018 NDAA Analysis: Signals Towards the Federal Government’s Growing Interest in Blockchain Technology

by Holland & Knight LLP on

This is the seventh blog post in a series analyzing the current draft of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as signed into law on December 12, 2017. Stay tuned for more blog posts covering additional topics in...more

New Tax Reform Law Will Benefit Freelance Workers And Lead To Further Growth Of Gig Economy

by Fisher Phillips on

We recently ran an article about some major developments that will impact all employers as a result of the recently passed tax reform bill. But now you might be asking what specific changes might be in store for gig economy...more

President Signs New Tax Law: The Return of Corporations for Small Businesses?

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

President Trump signed into law a major overhaul of the US tax system. The corporate tax rates have changed from a system of graduated tax rates up to 35% to a flat tax on corporate profits of 21%. The alternative minimum tax...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - December 2017 #2

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

SMALL BUSINESS - GSA Names 80 Small Businesses to Lead Alliant 2 SB Competition - On December 7, 2017, the GSA released a pre-award list of 80 companies in the running for the five-year, $15 billion Alliant 2 Small...more

Indictment in $40M Alleged Fraud Case Signals Increased Scrutiny of SDVOSB Government Contractors

by Hogan Lovells on

On December 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the federal grand indictment of an army veteran for allegedly engaging in major government program fraud by using his status as a service-disabled veteran to...more

Your Startup Should Not Be an LLC

by WilmerHale on

I’m a big believer in keeping things simple. Don’t make more work for yourself, especially if you’re a launching a startup. Growing a business, staffing it, and keeping ahead of the competition is more than enough for anyone...more

All Small Mentor-Protégé Program Year-End Report: Fast Figures Small and Large Businesses Need to Know

The Small Business Administration (SBA) started accepting applications for the new All Small Mentor-Protégé Program (ASMPP) in October 2016, but SBA has seen a surge in applications in 2017....more

Paid Sick Leave Legislation Appears Inevitable for Maryland Businesses

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Last legislative session the Maryland General Assembly passed the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (HB1/SB230) (“the Act”), which required employers with 15 or more employees to provide paid sick and safe leave. Although...more

THE LATEST: Antitrust Remains in Political Crosshairs for 2018 Midterm Elections

by McDermott Will & Emery on

WHAT HAPPENED: ..Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) gave a speech at the Open Markets Institute on December 6 entitled “Three Ways to Remake the American Economy for All”, in which she repeatedly positioned antitrust policy...more

Court of Federal Claims Rejects SBA Decision that Future Conditional Restriction on Stock Ownership Destroys “Unconditional...

Veteran-owned small businesses have long grappled with seemingly benign drafting inconsistencies between Small Business Administration (SBA) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulations that can leave a business...more

U.S. House of Representatives Acts To Codify Registration Exemption for M&A Brokers

On December 7, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales and Brokerage Simplification Act of 2017 (H.R. 477).” The bipartisan bill passed the House by a vote of 426-0....more

November 2017 Bid Protest Roundup

This roundup of interesting bid protest decisions issued in November 2017 highlights two decisions, both at the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”). The first reminds contractors that competitors can work together when...more

Intellectual Property and Technology News (Asia Pacific) December 2017

by DLA Piper on

Intellectual Property and Technology News (Asia Pacific) is our biannual publication designed to report on worldwide developments in intellectual property and technology law, offering perspectives, analysis and visionary...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - December 2017

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - PROTESTS - If the Federal Watchdog Office Works for Contract Protestors, Why the Decline? According to an article posted in the Federal Contracts Report, several reasons could explain the...more

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