Articles & Alerts

Federal Contractors and Subcontractors: Is your business prepared to comply with new requirements?

by Kate Grado The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in the Department of Labor recently finalized a new rule affecting the nondiscrimination and affirmative action obligations of federal contractors and subcontractors. The new rule, which is effective on...

Q&A: When to Publicly Announce New Business Idea or Product

by John Rake Q:  When is the right time to publicly announce a new business idea or product? A:  It’s easy to get carried away with the excitement of a new business or product launch, but without careful planning, a...

Q&A: Is There Much I Can Do with My IRA in Terms of Tax Planning?

by Ted Simpson Q: My largest asset is an IRA. I hear there is not much I can do with an IRA in terms of estate tax planning. Is that true? A: Not any longer. Alaska has adopted a new law...

Tips for Productive 2013 Year-End Tax Planning

by Ted Simpson Year-end tax planning could be especially productive this year because timely action could nail down a host of tax breaks that won’t be around next year unless Congress acts to extend them, which, at the present time,...

EEOC and Criminal Background Checks

by Shari Lane On September 16, 2013, Aaron Alexis, a former Navy reservist, shot and killed twelve people in a Navy Yard, and wounded many others. Mr. Alexis had a criminal history and history of serious mental illness, and human...

More Decisions on Social Media

by Shari Lane You have read in this newsletter and elsewhere that the National Labor Relations Board has been cracking down on company policies that restrict what employees can say about their employers. New decisions continue to narrow the scope...

Employers: Did You Meet Your Deadlines?

by Shari Lane EEO-1 Report: 9/30/13* Employers with at least 100 employees *The EEOC’s only remedy for failing to file the forms is to require you to file them. There are no fines or penalties associated with non-filing or late-filing....

New Rules for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors

by Kate Grado The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in the Department of Labor (DOL) recently finalized new rules affecting the affirmative action and nondiscrimination obligations of federal contractors and subcontractors.   The OFCCP’s final rule amends federal...

Minimum Wage Increases Ahead

by Kate Grado Oregon’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase to $9.10 per hour beginning January 1, 2014. Washington’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase to $9.32 per hour beginning January 1, 2014. California’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase...

Securities Law Compliance: An Overview of Small Offering Exemptions and Registration for Business Owners Interested in Raising Money

by Lee Lashway Following is an overview of several elements to be considered by issuers undertaking a “small offering” or “private placement” of securities. For purposes of this discussion, a “security” includes stock in a corporation; certain debt instruments, such...

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