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|Federal Budget 2016 — Impacts on Corporation and Partnership Tax Planning Structures|
Alex Klyguine, Natasha Miklaucic; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
April 18, 2016, previously published on March 31, 2016On March 22, 2016 the federal government's 2016 federal budget was released. The budget introduced new measures designed to eliminate certain tax planning structures.
|When Does Off-Duty Use of Smartphones Result in Compensable Overtime?|
Michael R. Blum; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
February 10, 2016, previously published on January 26, 2016As you may already know, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) salary requirements for the white-collar exemptions under the Fair Labor Standard Act (“FLSA”) will be revised in 2016, making millions of additional employees eligible for overtime protection. However,...
|California Enhances Lobbying Disclosure Requirements for Lobbyist Employers and "$5,000 Filers"|
Rachel E. Goldstein, Bryson B. Morgan, Trevor Potter, Matthew T. Sanderson; Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered;
February 2, 2016, previously published on January 25, 2016The California Fair Political Practices Commission ("FPPC") by unanimous vote on January 21, 2016 revised its regulation governing the disclosure of lobbying expenditures by lobbyist employers and so-called "$5,000 filers." These more comprehensive disclosures will be required...
|Don't Violate Louisiana's Governmental Ethics Laws This Holiday Gift-Giving Season When It Comes to Public Employees|
Richard G. Passler; Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.;
December 21, 2015, previously published on December 7, 2015It is that time of the year again - governmental ethics violations when gift giving to public employees. Louisiana’s governmental ethics laws significantly restrict - in fact, virtually eliminate - the giving of gifts to public employees from businesses in the private sector that do business...
|The Tenth Circuit Interprets Scope of Government Employee Speech Under First Amendment|
Gillian Dale, Thomas J. Lyons; Hall & Evans, L.L.C.;
December 2, 2015, previously published on November 11, 2015On September 24, 2015, the Tenth Circuit issued a published opinion interpreting the scope of employee speech under the Garcetti/Pickering analysis following the Supreme Court's decision in Lane v. Franks. The plaintiff in Holub was an internal auditor for a school district and raised concerns that...
|Texas’ Open Carry Law: 3 Steps Hotels Should Take Before the New Year|
John G. Harrison; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
November 26, 2015, previously published on November 13, 2015The Texas statute allowing the open carrying of guns by licensed holders will become effective on January 1, 2016. Prior to this effective date, Texas hotel properties should consider following these three steps in an effort to comply with the law.
|OFCCP Imposes New Self-Audit Rule for Veteran and Disabled Workers|
Barbara A. Duncombe, Jessica A. Lordi; Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP;
November 18, 2015, previously published on November 6, 2015The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published its final rule requiring all covered federal contractors to self-audit their affirmative action programs for veteran and disabled workers. The new self-audit rule is different from the former...
|Liability of Government Agencies to Volunteers Under the Fair Labor Standards Act|
Stacy Crabtree; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
October 22, 2015, previously published on September 2015Volunteers are an integral part of operations for some organizations including some government agencies. Despite the altruistic intent, however, volunteers can pose a significant risk to an organization or agency as an employer. The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, 29 U.S.C. § 201 et seq., as...
|Workers of Federal Contractors to Get Paid Sick Leave under Obama Executive Order|
Francis P. Alvarez, K. Joy Chin, Jennifer L. Seda, Mickey Silberman; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
September 10, 2015, previously published on September 8, 2015A new executive order signed by President Barack Obama on September 7, 2015, requires federal contractors and subcontractors to give their workers the ability to earn up to seven days (56 hours) of paid sick leave each year. Workers will earn an hour of paid leave for every 30 hours of work and can...
|Governor Signs Urgent Measure Clarifying CA Paid Sick Leave Law: Four Action Steps for Employers Now|
Phyllis Cheng; DLA Piper (Canada) LLP;
September 10, 2015, previously published on July 15, 2015California employers have stepped up to comply with the July 1, 2015 deadline for the new California paid sick leave law. Now changes have arrived that may help clarify the law.