Proposed Legislation Would have a Dramatic Impact on Donor Advised Funds

Written by David Wheeler Newman The “Accelerating Charitable Efforts Act”, or the “ACE Act”, introduced on June 9th by Senators Grassley and King, would have major impacts on donor advised funds (DAFs) and private foundations. Our prior post discussed the proposed changes to the private foundation rules, and this post will discuss those affecting DAFs. Under existing law, a donor may generally claim a charitable … Continue reading Proposed Legislation Would have a Dramatic Impact on Donor Advised Funds

$12 Million Judgment Against Celebrity Endorser for Role in Cyrptocurrency ICO

Written by Mark Hiraide You are a celebrity or a social media influencer and are asked by a company raising money from investors to post endorsements on Instagram.  The company’s White Paper identifies you as a “team member,” and the company refers to you as a member of their advisory board.  The company goes on to raise over $12 million from investors, but later goes … Continue reading $12 Million Judgment Against Celebrity Endorser for Role in Cyrptocurrency ICO

Proposed Legislation Would Affect Private Foundations

Written by David Wheeler Newman Senators Chuck Grassley and Angus King on June 9 announced their intention to introduce tax legislation, dubbed the “Accelerating Charitable Efforts Act”, or the “ACE Act”, that would have major impacts on donor advised funds (DAFs) and private foundations.  This post will discuss the proposed changes to the private foundation rules, and the next post will discuss those affecting DAFs. … Continue reading Proposed Legislation Would Affect Private Foundations

Cal-OSHA Standards Board Adopts Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) Revisions, Governor Newsom Issues Immediately Effective Executive Order

Written by Jeremy Mittman & Thea Rogers Last Friday, June 17, Governor Newsom signed the Cal-OSHA Safety and Health Standards Board’s revisions to its Emergency Temporary Standards (“ETS”) into immediate effect (Executive Order linked here), thereby more closely aligning Cal-OSHA COVID-19 face covering and physical distancing standards with the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) and Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) recommendations.  Although Governor Newsom … Continue reading Cal-OSHA Standards Board Adopts Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) Revisions, Governor Newsom Issues Immediately Effective Executive Order

H-1B Cap Lottery Selection Rate Drops Significantly and What’s Next?

Written by Stephen Blaker On March 30, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had completed its cap lottery selection of H-1B registrations for the fiscal year (FY) 2022. Employers submitted 308,613 registrations for selection in the cap lottery, of which USCIS selected 87,500 cases, or 28% of the total number of registrations. This is a significant decrease from the FY 2021 … Continue reading H-1B Cap Lottery Selection Rate Drops Significantly and What’s Next?

Houston, We Have a Policy: Texas Court Upholds Employer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Written by Jeremy Mittman and Stephen Franz As a handful of employees across the country have filed lawsuits challenging workplace COVID-19 vaccination mandates, many employers have been left to grapple with whether they can implement a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy as a condition of employment.  At least according to one Texas federal district court, the answer is yes.   Judge Hughes of the United States … Continue reading Houston, We Have a Policy: Texas Court Upholds Employer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

California Reopens – What Does That Mean?

Written by Susan Kohn Ross California has officially reopened today – June 15th. Nonetheless, there are some restrictions which remain in place. On June 14th, California posted guidance for various industries, see here. When it comes to office operations, those restrictions remain unchanged as the existing Cal-OSHA recommendations are not yet updated.   At the same time, Cal-OSHA has posted a new guidance – see here … Continue reading California Reopens – What Does That Mean?

California Mask Requirement for Workplaces To Continue Through Summer (And More!), CAL-OSHA Says

Written by Jeremy Mittman and Thea Rogers [UPDATE]:  As we reported below, Cal-OSHA’s Standards Board recently proposed a series of controversial amendments to CAL-OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards, which included face covering and social distancing requirements that many critics considered unnecessarily onerous in light of recent California Department of Public Health and CDC guidance.  Yesterday, the Board withdrew these proposed amendments.  While it is unconfirmed … Continue reading California Mask Requirement for Workplaces To Continue Through Summer (And More!), CAL-OSHA Says

Is Your Computer System Safe from Internal Misuse?

Written by Susan Kohn Ross and Stephen C. Franz On June 3, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Van Buren v. U.S., No. 19-783. The issue for the Court was relatively straight forward – did a police officer with authorized access to his department’s license-plate database exceed his authorized access when he was given money to run a license plate and shared the results … Continue reading Is Your Computer System Safe from Internal Misuse?

Administration Proposal Would Negatively Affect Tax Benefits of Charitable Remainder Trusts

Written by David Wheeler Newman Since its introduction into the Internal Revenue Code in 1969, the charitable remainder trust has been the “Swiss Army Knife” for charitable gift, financial and estate planners because of its flexible features that allow a balancing of financial planning or estate planning objectives with philanthropic objectives.  Those features include two CRT tax benefits provided in the Code – the charitable … Continue reading Administration Proposal Would Negatively Affect Tax Benefits of Charitable Remainder Trusts