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July 8, 2016
Last year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced the elimination of the determination letter program for individually designed qualified plans (subject to certain limited exceptions) effective January 1, 2017. The announcement created significant uncertainty for plan sponsors regarding how to keep their plans qualified in light of law changes after 2017. On June 29, the IRS released guidance that attempts to clarify a number of issues surrounding the elimination of the determination letter program. Please read our client alert for information about the impact of the new guidance and your suggested next steps.
June 20, 2016

If passed, California AB-2833 would mandate that all California public retirement systems require each alternative investment fund in which the retirement system invests to make annual disclosures of fees and expenses charged the retirement system, and that the fund publicly disclose such information on an annual basis at an open meeting.

June 15, 2016

The City of Los Angeles’s paid sick leave and minimum wage ordinances go into effect July 1, 2016. While all California employers have been required to provide paid sick leave to employees since July 1, 2015, Los Angeles employers must now comply with the new ordinance that provides expanded benefits to employees.

May 31, 2016
On May 26, 2016, a divided Arkansas Supreme Court reached a surprising decision in the case of Gerber Products Company v. David Hewitt II et al, raising new concerns for Arkansas employers.
May 31, 2016

In light of recent news reports about surgeons leaving an operation before it is fully completed, the American College of Surgeons issued a revised “statement on principles” addressing intra-operative responsibilities of a primary surgeon.

May 19, 2016

On May 18, 2016 the United States Department of Labor (DOL) issued its Final Rule updating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations regarding the executive, administrative and professional exemptions (white collar exemptions) under Section 13(a)(1). The rules will become effective on December 1, 2016. For additional information, please read our client alert.

May 18, 2016
President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law as an amendment to the Economic Espionage Act. The DTSA allows owners of trade secrets to bring civil causes of action in federal court for theft of trade secrets related to a product or service that is used in, or intended to be used in, interstate or foreign commerce. For additional information, please read our client alert.
May 16, 2016
The recent Enfish decision chips away at some of the uncertainty created by the 2014 Supreme Court case, Alice Corp. Party Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014) (Alice), which significantly increased the difficulty of obtaining and enforcing software-related patents and has been used to invalidate a large number of previously granted patents. Please read our client alert for additional information.
May 2, 2016
April 21, 2016

Earlier this month the city of San Francisco and the state of New York made headlines by passing the most generous paid family leave laws in the country. Read our client alert for additional information. Read our client alert for additional information.

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