Status of Employment-Related Federal Agencies During The Federal Shutdown


With the partial shutdown of the federal government entering its nineteenth day (as of today), and with reports indicating there are no signs of an imminent resolution, employers should be aware of the status of federal entities whose activities may impact their workforces and employment law-related issues.
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It’s the Holiday Season…for Employers to Limit Risk


Tipsy employees create a slew of risks for employers, and the annual holiday party may be one of the only times in the year when employees have the chance to imbibe together.
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Opportunity Funds: Incentive For Investment in Underrepresented Founders


With the recent passage of the Opportunity Zone Legislation and the subsequent proposed regulations that were released on October 19, 2018, private investors have, justifiably, been eager to understand and establish the necessary infrastructure to take advantage of the potentially substantial tax benefits which will accompany compliance with the legislation.
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Take It or Leave It: The Rise of Outsourcing Leave Administration and What Employers Should Know About It


As attracting and retaining employees grows increasingly critical to a business’s success, the pressure is mounting for employers to ensure accurate and consistent execution of leave policies, sometimes across multiple corporate locations nationwide.
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Employers Should Watch for Wage and Hour Changes in 2019


The DOL recently released its Fall Regulatory Agenda, signaling its intent to act on some important issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).
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New IRS Guidance Boosts Confidence and Investment Potential in Opportunity Zone Program


On October 19, 2018, the IRS issued highly anticipated proposed regulations on opportunity zones.
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Say “Hello” to the Opportunity Zone Program, and “Goodbye” to Capital Gains Taxes


The U.S. Department of Treasury (“Treasury”) is expected to issue regulations providing administrative rules and guidance to clarify the operation and application of the Opportunity Zone program (the “OZP”); such regulations are currently under review by the Office of Management and Budget as of the date hereof.
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USCIS Implements New Removal Proceedings Policy – But Not for Employment Cases


In our July 12, 2018 blog, we discussed a new U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policy requiring the issuance of a Notice to Appear (NTA), which initiates removal proceedings against a foreign national, upon the denial of an immigration benefit request where the denial renders the applicant “not legally present” in the United States.
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“Guidance” is Not the Same as Law: The Role of Supervisory Guidance for Regulated Financial Institutions


“Supervisory guidance does not have the force and effect of law, and the agencies do not take enforcement actions based on supervisory guidance.”
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Take My [Wife/Husband/Spouse], Please . . . Protection from Marital Status Discrimination Expanded In New and Surprising Ways


For better or worse, when your parents disapprove of the person you’ve chosen to marry, there’s not much recourse in the law (although some might call your parents’ attitude a form of intentional infliction of emotional distress).
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