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The trade confrontation between the U.S. and a number of its trading partners has resulted in new tariffs on goods worth hundreds of billions of dollars. It is critical for companies across supply chains to know which tariffs will impact their business and when those tariffs are set to take effect.
6/22/2018
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) provides for the designation of certain low-income community population census tracts as qualified opportunity zones and creates some tax incentives for those that have capital gains they would like to roll over into another investment on a tax-deferred basis to encourage investment in such qualified opportunity zones.
6/15/2018
During the first half of 2018, all three branches of the federal government took actions involving the Fair Labor Standards Act—the United States Supreme Court announced a new standard for evaluating the law’s exemptions, the Department of Labor rolled out a voluntary reporting procedure to resolve potential violations, and Congress amended the law’s rules about tip pooling.
6/14/2018
If your objective is to resolve employment disputes quickly and privately on an individual basis and to avoid expensive, time-consuming class and collective action litigation—as is the case with most employers—then the answer is almost certainly yes based on the U.S. Supreme Court opinion issued this week in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, Ernst & Young v. Morris.
5/23/2018
In Denetra Thomas v. Hercules Offshore Services, the Fifth Circuit held that a Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (“MODU”) was subject to United States Coast Guard (“USCG”) Regulations not those of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”), that a Jones Act seaman had presented no evidence of negligence or unseaworthiness when she tripped over a doorway threshold on a rig, and that willful concealment of prior injuries when she applied for employment meant that her employer was relieved of its maintenance and cure obligations.
4/12/2018
Alabama’s newly passed law1 (effective May 1, 2018): requires businesses and government agencies to 1) protect “sensitive personally identifying information”; and 2) notify Alabama residents (and other entities as applicable) in the event of a “breach of security” of that information.
4/10/2018
On Monday, the Federal Maritime Commission launched the first phase of its investigation into port demurrage, detention, and free time practices, ordering vessel operating common carriers (OCCs) and marine terminal operators (MTOs) to provide information and documents explaining these practices, especially regarding circumstances where shippers are not able to retrieve cargo.
4/5/18
A recent Coast Guard rule eliminates reporting requirements for relatively minor property damage incidents. The rule changes the monetary threshold for a reportable marine casualty involving property damage from $25,000 to $75,000, and changes the property damage threshold within the definition of a “Serious Marine Incident” (SMI) requiring chemical testing from $100,000 to $200,000. The changes are set to take effect April 18, 2018.
4/3/18
The tariffs that President Trump announced on March 8 currently apply to steel and aluminum articles imported from all countries except Canada and Mexico, at least temporarily. Scheduled to take effect on or after 12:01 a.m. on March 23, the tariffs will be applied to goods entered, or withdrawn from warehouse to consumption.
3/22/2018
OSHA’s “Bible” is the Field Operations Manual (“FOM”). Every action taken during an inspection through the issuance of citations is to be subject to the guidance issued in the FOM.
3/13/2018
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