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  1. House Republicans Release Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

    By: David J. DelFiandra, Esq. On November 2, 2017, House Republicans released the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  Although still subject to modification by the Senate, the key points of the House Republican bill include the following: Federal Estate and Gift Taxes Increases credit for Federal Estate Tax – In 2018, a married couple can shield $22.4 milli…Read More

  2. IRS Announces 2018 Estate and Gift Tax Exemption Amount

    By: Stefanie L. Pate, Esq. The Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) recently announced the 2018 estate and gift tax exemption amount. For 2018, an individual can transfer up to $5.6 million ($11.2 million per couple) without incurring federal estate or gift tax. Additionally, the IRS announced that the 2018 annual gift tax exclusion amount will…Read More

  3. California Sanctions An Insurer’s Denial of Coverage for “Completed Operations”

    By: William F. Bresee, Esq. On August 30, 2017, the California Court of Appeals (Fourth District) concluded that language of an insurance carrier's additional insured endorsements on the underlying insurance policies created ambiguities on the potential for coverage in construction defect lawsuits, thus requiring it to provide the additional insur…Read More

  4. Trump Administration Announces Rescission of DACA Program

    By: Sharon Barney, Esq. On September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) would begin steps to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (“DACA”). DACA was a form of prosecutorial discretion that was created via executive action by President Obama in 2012 to p…Read More

  5. Employee Wellness Programs: EEOC Must Review its Rules on Incentives

    By: Lisa M. Schonbeck, Esq. and Emily E. Seelman, Esq. On August 22, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia sided with AARP in its Administrative Procedure Act challenge to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (“EEOC”) rules allowing employers to provide incentives to employees who participate in employer-spo…Read More

  6. Third Circuit Clarifies “Severe or Pervasive” Standard for Section 1981 Hostile Environment Claim; Single Racial Slur May Be Sufficient

    By: Lisa M. Schonbeck, Esq. On July 14, 2017, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit clarified the standard for hostile work environment harassment claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1981 (“Section 1981”) in Castleberry v. STI Group, 2017 WL 2990160 (3d Cir. July 14, 2017), stating that the correct standard is “severe or pervasive.…Read More

  7. Deadline to Submit Input on the Overtime Rule is Approaching

    By: Lisa M. Schonbeck, Esq. On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) issued a Request for Information (“RFI”) concerning the Obama-era overtime rule. The final overtime rule issued by the WHD during the Obama Administration (the “Final Rule”), which our Employment Practice Group summarized on May…Read More

  8. Foreign Bank Account Reporting and Compliance

    The window may soon be closing for individuals who are in delinquent compliance with reporting requirements for offshore financial accounts to easily come forward. Currently, U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have a financial interest in or signature authority over offshore financial accounts are required to disclose such accounts if the ag…Read More

  9. California Limits Design Professional Defense Cost Exposure

    By: William F. Bresee, Esq. On April 28, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill (S.B.) 496 (‘the enactment”), which, effective January 1, 2018, amends California Civil Code Section 2782.8 in two significant ways with respect to a design professional’s obligation to provide a defense under a contractual indemnity fo…Read More

  10. USCIS Redesigns Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents

    By Sharon Barney, Esq. On April 19, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issued an announcement that it was redesigning the Permanent Resident Card (also known as “green card”) and Employment Authorization Document (“EAD”) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project. These new cards began i…Read More

  11. District Court Concludes Plaintiffs Have Met Their Preliminary Burden That a Website Is A Place of Public Accommodation

    By: Alisa N. Carr, Esq. On Friday, April 21, 2017 we issued a Client Alert about  Carlson Lynch Sweet & Kilpela filing ten website accessibility lawsuits in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. The Alert also discussed the delay by the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) to adopt technical guidelines for website acc…Read More

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