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  1. An Update for Overtime Regulations

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    On March 13, 2014, President Barack Obama issued a memorandum to the Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez, directing him to research and “propose revisions to modernize and streamline the existing overtime regulations.”  Despite the news coverage of this memo, it was neither an executive order nor some other new law or regulation.  Rather, it is […]

  2. Supreme Court Broadens SOX Whistleblower Protections

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    Earlier this month in Lawson v. FMR LLC, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (“SOX”) protects employees of private companies who blow the whistle on wrongdoing at publicly held companies. This means that if your employer does work for a publicly held company and you report that company for fraudulent accounting practices […]

  3. Is Severance Pay Taxable Under FICA?

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    Is severance pay taxable under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act, 26 U.S.C. § 3101 et seq (“FICA,” informally known as “Social Security tax”)? This is the question at the heart of the tax refund dispute that has made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court in U.S. v. Quality Stores, Inc. (12-1408). Quality Stores was a […]