The Equal Pay Act (EPA) requires that all individuals are paid equally for performing the same job, regardless of gender. But what does that mean exactly? When are jobs equal? On March 21, 2018, in Berghoff v Patterson Dental Holdings, the Honorable Judge Frank ruled that jobs of males and females “need not be identical to be considered equal under the EPA”, and that “job titles and classifications are not dispositive.” (D. View Full Post
More and more states are recognizing there is a pay gap between the genders. Washington is the latest state to address the gap through legislation. The near-final law, HB 1506, is commonly referred to as the Equal Pay Act. It is currently awaiting the Governor’s signature, which we can expect any day now. View Full Post
Equine herpes virus-1, a sometimes deadly virus that can cause myeloencephalopathy in some infected horses (Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy or EHM), has surfaced at one horse farm in Union County, NJ, as reported by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture on March 20, 2018 and in theHORSE on March 21, 2018. View Full Post
With a shrinking pot of funding and workforce constraints, the IRS may have difficulties offering in-person appeals conferences at the taxpayer’s preferred location. As a result, the IRS appeals office is evaluating two pilot programs: (1) Virtual appeals conferences: The virtual conference pilot program gives taxpayers and practitioners the option to remotely attend IRS appeals conferences through a web-based screen-sharing platform. View Full Post
In Marinello v. United States, an opinion released yesterday, the Supreme Court adopted a narrowing interpretation of the tax code’s broadest criminal provision, the “tax obstruction” statute 26 U.S.C. § 7212(a).  The Court’s opinion is good news for taxpayers, their advisors, and the sound administration of the law. View Full Post
The CFPB has issued its seventh annual Fair Debt Collection Practices Act report covering the CFPB’s and FTC’s activities in 2017. The CFPB’s previous FDCPA annual reports began with a message from former Director Cordray.  Unlike those reports, the new report begins not only with a message from CFPB Acting Director Mick Mulvaney but also has an opening message from Maureen K. View Full Post
Certain investors are expected to hold governance committees, and in some cases the entire board, accountable through director elections this proxy season for perceived lack of board diversity. ISS has updated its Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) and Catholic Faith-Based policies so that the proxy advisor will recommend against incumbent governance committee members under the SRI policy, and all incumbent board members under the Catholic Faith-Based policy, at boards that are not at least 30% diverse and include at least one woman and one ethnic minority.  View Full Post
The Trump Administration is planning on dusting off another infrequently used provision of the trade laws, Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, to impose additional tariffs on apparel, footwear, electronics, and home goods manufactured in China and imported into the U.S.  View Full Post
The recent hurricanes in the U.S. Virgin Islands left homeowners and businesses alike with massive damage unlike anything they had seen in the past. These property losses continue to have major implications on families and businesses now that tax season is upon us. View Full Post