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October 31, 2012

Nonqualified Deferred Compensation arrangements that provide for payments based on the execution of a release of claims may need to be amended for compliance with Internal Revenue Code Section 409A by December 31, 2012.

October 26, 2012

This year, retirement plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) were subjected to two new fee disclosure requirements.  First, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) required every “covered service provider” of an ERISA retirement plan to furnish the plan’s fiduciaries with a service and fee disclosure document by July 1, 2012 (the “Service Provider Disclosures”). Second, the DOL required qualified defined contribution retirement plans to disclose plan, investment and fee information to participants by August 30, 2012 (the “Participant Disclosures”).

October 19, 2012
2013 COLA Chart
October 18, 2012

As more employees choose to use smartphones for work, the landscape has once again shifted for employers. Several new mobile applications, or “apps,” for smartphones have given employees increased autonomy and abilities at work.

October 8, 2012

Beginning last year, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (“PPACA”) changed the annual election period for Medicare Part D coverage which now begins on October 15 and concludes on December 7.

October 8, 2012

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”), employers generally will pay a penalty if they fail to offer affordable health coverage to a full-time employee after a 90-day waiting period.

October 4, 2012

The high demand for health care professionals and increased physician mobility has heightened the need for employers in the health care industry to protect their confidential information, trade secrets and competitive position.

September 28, 2012

Tax-exempt and certain types of tax-advantaged bonds (such as Build America Bonds or qualified tax credit bonds) may lose their tax-advantaged status if the issuer of such bonds fails to pay any arbitrage rebate payable by the date that rebate payments are required with respect to a given bond issue. In this newsletter we describe briefly the computation of rebate, the times at which rebate payments are due with respect to an issue, rebate planning considerations and rebate issues in the context of tax-favored bond IRS examinations.

September 17, 2012

OMB Estimates 7.6% Reduction in Federal Subsidy Payments Related to BABs, QZABs, QSCBs and QECBs Upon Failure by Congress to Enact Deficit Reduction Legislation.

August 24, 2012
The SEC on Wednesday adopted new rules that will require companies to disclose if they use “conflict minerals”—generally tantalum, tin, gold and tungsten—from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and other neighboring countries in Africa. The new measure requires companies to make a reasonable effort to determine the origin of the specified metals used in their products.
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