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Structuring Unpaid Internships After Wang V. Hearst

The Fair Labor Standards Act mandates the payment of minimum wage and overtime to employees in most U..S workplaces. However, when it comes to unpaid educational internships, the FLSA does not include a helpful definition or standard to determine when an employer is excused from paying wages. In the absence of guidance from Congress, the task has f...

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Discussing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

TO REGISTER FOR THE BELOW EVENT: Click Here   Title: Discussing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act                    Date: January 18, 2018                     Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM EST The tax changes contained in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act are the most sweeping changes we have seen since the Tax Reform Act of 1986...

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New Tax Act Bars Deductions for Settlements Related to Certain Sexual Harassment Claims

The recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act) has been touted as the largest tax reform since 1986. Among its many provisions, the Act adds a new section to the Internal Revenue Code (Section 162(q)) targeting confidentiality agreements in sexual harassment cases. The new section is in response to a realization, in the wake of the #MeToo m...

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Department of Labor Adopts More Employer-Friendly Standard for Unpaid Internships

  The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) mandates the payment of minimum wage and overtime to employees in most US workplaces.  However, when it comes to unpaid educational internships, the FLSA does not include a helpful definition or standard to determine when an employer is excused from paying wages.  In the absence of guidance from Con...

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Security Alert: New Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities Impact Computer Processors to Expose Sensitive Information

Last spring the WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack crippled the global economy, impacting over 100,000 organizations throughout 150 countries and generating an estimated $4 billion in losses.  The National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center, a community of actors within the healthcare and public health sectors, recently announced...

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Bankruptcy Courts Just Say No to the Marijuana Industry

Despite growing public acceptance of marijuana and the wide-spread passage of state laws legalizing marijuana for medicinal and even recreational purposes, marijuana remains a criminal offense under federal law which presents profound implications for those involved in the marijuana industry who seek the protections of the Bankruptcy Code. Even i...

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Obermayer Adds Two New Partners

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP has added Michael D. Vagnoni, Esq. as a partner in the firm’s Bankruptcy and Financial Reorganization Department and Alex P. Basilevsky, Esq. as a partner in the Litigation Department. Both attorneys practice in the firm’s Philadelphia office. Vagnoni focuses his practice on commercial bankruptcy and ...

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Thomas A. Roberto to Speak at New Jersey Family Law Seminar

Thomas A. Roberto will present as part of a panel on technical requirements, skills, and techniques for family law attorneys at the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s “Family Law for Paralegals and New Attorneys” seminar on January 11. Roberto will focus his portion of the discussion on child support guidelines, including ...

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Department of Homeland Security Plans to End Employment Eligibility of Spouses of Highly Skilled Foreign Workers

For years, the spouses of highly skilled foreign workers holding visas under the H-1B program weren’t authorized to work in the United States, absent separate approval through a separate program. However, in 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain s...

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Medical Marijuana Dispensaries: Maintaining Business Records for Federal Income Tax Purposes, Not as Hard as it Sounds

Generally, medical marijuana dispensaries are not allowed to deduct expenses for federal income tax purposes because buying and selling marijuana, even for medical reasons, is considered “trafficking in illegal drugs.”  Such dispensaries, however, are allowed to offset income by cost of goods sold (“COGS”) if they maintain sufficient...

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