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April 16, 2010

On March 23, 2010 President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “PPACA”), and a week later the President signed a second law which amended the PPACA, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (the “Reconciliation Act”).

March 29, 2010

The Department of Health and Human Service’s Office for Civil Rights (the “OCR”) recently announced its intent to issue additional regulations on the privacy and security provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (the “HITECH Act”).

March 30, 2010

On March 18, 2010, President Obama signed a $17.6 billion jobs package, the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (the “HIRE Act”). The HIRE Act provides a payroll tax exemption for businesses that hire previously unemployed workers and provides for a tax credit for employers who retain qualified new workers for 52 consecutive weeks.

March 6, 2010

Earlier this week, the President signed the Temporary Extension Act of 2010 (the “Extension Act”). The Extension Act extends the COBRA premium subsidy originally adopted in early 2009.

January 27, 2010
On January 25, 2010, the Federal Reserve Board (the “Board”) fully activated its Electronic Applications or “E-Apps” system.
January 13, 2010
Federal banking regulators’ heightened focus on the perceived relationship between excessive risk and incentive compensation
January 8, 2010

On January 5, 2010 the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of the Treasury issued Notice 2010-6, which provides guidance on how to correct document failures under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”). Taxpayers may rely on this guidance for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2010.


Recipients of funding under the stimulus bill may face increased reporting requirements and labor costs due to a little-known provision requiring all construction projects directly or indirectly funded by the legislation to comply with the Davis-Bacon Act. All $188 billion worth of construction projects funded in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act must pay Davis-Bacon prevailing wage rates.

June 17, 2012

In an effort to promote voluntary compliance with the federal tax requirements applicable to issuers and conduit borrowers of tax-advantaged bonds, including both tax-exempt bonds and tax-credit bonds, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) has recently commenced several types of initiatives.

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