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|Employee Free Choice Act: What It Means and Why Non-Unionized Employers Should Care|
Richard A. Ross, Karen G. Schanfield, Krista Hatcher; Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.;
December 22, 2008, previously published on November 2008The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) is proposed national legislation that would overturn nearly 60 years of labor law by amending the National Labor Relations Act (Act) in several unprecedented ways.
|Ho Ho Ho: IRS Says Holiday Gift Coupons are Taxable|
Faegre & Benson LLP;
December 22, 2008, previously published on November 21, 2008An IRS Technical Advice Memorandum released in 2004 concludes that certain employer-provided gift coupons are taxable income to the employees receiving them, and therefore need to be taken into account in computing income and FICA tax withholding.
|Bankruptcy Court Holds that Private Label Credit Card Program is Not a Contract to Make a Loan or to Extend a Financial Accommodation and Thus May Be Assumed and Assigned Over the Credit Card Issuer's Objection|
Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A.;
December 22, 2008, previously published on November 26, 2008In a recent hearing to consider the sale of the Boscov's department store chain, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware held that Boscov's private label credit card program agreement was not a "contract to make a loan or extend a financial accommodation" and...
|Treasury Department Releases Final Exon-Florio Regulations|
Paul D. Ginsberg, David K. Lakhdhir, Toby S. Myerson, Robert B. Schumer, Richard S. Elliott; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP;
December 22, 2008, previously published on November 26, 2008On November 14, 2008, the Treasury Department issued in final form new regulations implementing the so-called "Exon-Florio Amendment" to the Defense Production Act of 1950 (50 U.S.C. app § 2170), as amended by the Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007 ("FINSA").
|Tips to Help Franchisors Prepare for the 2009 Renewal Season|
Mary Beth Brody, Alison C. McElroy, Brian B. Schnell, Danell Olson, Kathryn Robers; Faegre & Benson LLP;
December 22, 2008, previously published on November 18, 2008As franchisors prepare for the upcoming renewal season, we recognize that increased efficiency in these challenging economic times likely is a top priority for your franchise system.
|New Family and Medical Leave Act Regulations Issued|
Anne M. Radolinski; Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.;
December 22, 2008, previously published on November 2008On November 14, 2008, the U.S. Department of Labor issued the long-awaited new Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") regulations.
|Federal Reserve of New York Establishes a Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility to Boost Consumer Credit Markets|
Gabriel Walvatne; Miles & Stockbridge P.C.;
December 22, 2008, previously published on November 2008On November 25, 2008, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York announced the latest U.S. government-sponsored program to stimulate the credit markets: the creation of a Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF).
|Layoffs and Increased Scrutiny on Labor Certification Applications|
Gregory P. Adams, Linda A. Ash, Susan A. Smith, Eliza A. Rechul-Stone, Douglas Halpert, Lindsay L. Chichester; Dinsmore & Shohl LLP;
December 22, 2008, previously published on November 26, 2008U.S. employers interested in sponsoring foreign nationals for permanent resident (green card) status in the United States are often required first to obtain a labor certification approval from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
|UK Pre-Budget Report 2008|
Adam Ferguson Blakemore, Oliver Iliffe; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP;
December 22, 2008, previously published on November 27, 2008On Monday 24 November 2008, the Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered an anxiously awaited Pre-Budget Report which was dominated by commentary on the state of the UK economy and proposals to provide a fiscal stimulus through increased public spending and tax reductions.
|Dismissal Effective Once Dismissal Letter Read|
Alex Denny, Christabel Oh; Faegre & Benson LLP;
December 22, 2008, previously published on November 27, 2008The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held in Gisda CYF v Barratt UKEAT/0173/08/ZT that the effective date of termination of employment took place when the employee read the letter terminating her employment and not when the letter was received in the post.