Recent U.S. Cases Highlight Liability Risks to Executives in Mining, Heavy Industrial Transactions

Historically, corporate executives rarely faced personal or criminal liability resulting from mining or environmental accidents in the United States. Several criminal cases stemming from two recent disasters,...
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A Simplified Norm to Represent an Expanding Power: the Right to Listen in on Employees’ Phone Calls and the Standardization of French Privacy Law

Since 2001, the French Court of Cassation has made a continuous effort to refine and, in some circumstances, narrow the scope of the right to privacy in the workplace with a view to reaching a fair and...
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IRS Permits Puerto Rico-Qualified Plans in U.S. Group Trusts, Extends Deadline for Certain Puerto Rico Spin-Offs

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued Revenue Ruling 2014-24, which expressly permits retirement plans that are tax qualified only in Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico-only plans) to continue...
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Supreme Court to Review Same-Sex Marriage Cases

The Supreme Court of the United States announced on January 16, 2015, that it would review four cases challenging the constitutionality of state laws banning same-sex marriage in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio...
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UK Employment Law – Things to Expect in 2015

Now that we have eased into 2015, it’s time to think about the key employment law issues we’ll be facing in the year ahead. Read the full article. By: [author-name] This article was syndicated...
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Join McDermott Partners at a Webinar on TOP IRS and DOL Audit Issues for Retirement Plans

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 12:30 – 1:30 pm EST Please join McDermott Will & Emery for a complimentary webinar discussing key issues retirement plan sponsors should take into account when establishing...
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Changes to IRS Form for Qualified Adoption Expenses

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released the 2014 version of Form 8839 (Qualified Adoption Expenses), as well as updated instructions.  Taxpayers use Form 8839 to claim the adoption credit,...
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The Directed Trustee in the Post-Dudenhoeffer World

Court cases challenging the actions of Employee Retirement Income Security Act fiduciaries have continued unabated since the scandal of Enron in 2002.  Since then, a large number of cases are in the “stock...
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Reevaluating Paid Time Off and New Challenges

Cost containment evaluation and strategies relating to overall management of human capital costs remain a continual struggle for many organizations.  Labor costs, far and away, continue to be the largest...
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California Imposes Mandatory Sick Leave Law

On September 10, 2014, California’s Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (California’s sick leave law) became law.  The new law requires most employers to allow employees to accrue up...
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