Venable attorneys produce periodic alerts and newsletters covering a variety of topics and practice areas. For your convenience, we have assembled below a collection of the latest alerts and newsletters from July 2015.
Potential Elimination of Discounts on Transfers to Family Members
The window of opportunity to benefit from valuation discounts when transferring assets to family members may be closing very soon. Venable attorneys Jeanne L. Newlon, A. Christopher Sega, Stefan F. Tucker, Elizabeth R. Glasgow, Sarah H. B. Kahl, and Nicholas C. Guerra write that representatives of the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service may issue new Proposed Regulations as early as this September to curb or eliminate the availability of such discounts on intra-family transfers.
IRS Proposed Rules on Private Equity Management Fee Waivers
In late July, the Internal Revenue Service issued proposed regulations that provide guidance to partnerships and their partners regarding when an arrangement will be treated as a "disguised payment" for services (REG-115452-14). One arrangement covered by the proposed rules concerns "fee waiver" arrangements in private equity funds. Venable attorneys Stephanie M. Loughlin and Michael R. Manley write that these arrangements are increasingly common, but their tax treatment is receiving more scrutiny.
U.S. Department of Labor Proposes Sweeping Changes to FLSA Overtime Exemption Criteria
On June 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor made public its much-anticipated proposed changes to the executive, administrative, professional, computer, and outside sales employee exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act, commonly referred to as the "white collar" exemptions. If adopted, write Venable attorneys Brian J. Turoff and David A. Katz, the proposals will have a profound impact on employers' ability to treat certain employees as exempt from receiving overtime compensation.
Click here for a summary of the proposals and what they could mean for employers.
NLRB Allows Union Access to Witness Statements
The National Labor Relations Board recently held that employers may be required to provide unions with access to witness statements taken during internal investigations in connection with the grievance and arbitration process. The Board's ruling overturns 37 years of precedent, write Venable attorneys Brian J. Clark and David A. Katz, which provided employers a blanket exemption from having to produce to union representatives' witness statements taken in advance of an arbitration.
Click here for a summary of the decision and its impact on employers.
Digital Media Link: Legal Issues in Virtual Reality, Trademarks, and Copyrights
Venable attorneys Po Yi, Jessica Borowick, Krista S. Coons, Andrew P. MacArthur, Marcella Ballard, Kristen S. Ruisi, Linda J. Zirkelbach, and Joshua J. Kaufman address topics related to virtual reality, developing trademark protection strategies to safeguard against malicious registrations by third parties, and the importance of securing IP rights for digital content providers.
Click here to read the July issue of Digital Medial Link.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 | 3:30 p.m. ET
This seminar will discuss recent developments in Hotel REITs. Specific topics include:
- Rationales for hotel REITS forming under Maryland law;
- Maryland statutes and case law affecting hotel REIT issuances, governance, and hotel management agreements; and
- Recent activity in shareholder activism.
Venable attorney Patricia McGowan will moderate this panel.
*Registration fee is $1,595 for the full-day seminar.
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