February 2018

Introducing our new healthcare blog, benefit and compensation-related provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and more in this issue of Business News Digest

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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.
digital health

Health Law | STAT

Venable's Newest Blog Focuses on the Latest Healthcare News

Health Law | STAT delivers the latest healthcare news and developments and provides thoughtful commentary on issues affecting companies in the healthcare industry. We closely follow digital health, privacy and security of health data, fraud and abuse, regulatory changes and events impacting healthcare reform, and health benefits for employees.


Fund Forum | January 2018

This issue of Venable's Fund Forum includes:

  • ERM Challenges for Asset Managers
  • Navigating the Uncharted Waters of Cryptocurrency
  • Summary of the Key Provisions in H.R. 1 as Passed by Congress
  • Tax Reform Update
  • William Wagner Joins Venable's Corporate Practice in New York

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Employee Benefit and Compensation-Related Provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law by President Trump on December 22, 2017. While the news has been full of discussion of how the new law will affect the taxes of individuals and companies, less attention has been paid to its effect on employee benefits. As discussed below, the new law will have substantial effects in the area of employee benefits and compensation. Most of the provisions discussed below are effective January 1, 2018; many of the provisions affecting individual income taxation are scheduled to expire after December 31, 2025.

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When Asking "What Did Your Last Company Pay You" Can Get You into Trouble

Recently several states and cities enacted laws prohibiting employers from asking about or considering an applicant's salary history when making hiring decisions. The trend began with Massachusetts in August 2016, followed by California, Oregon, Delaware, Philadelphia, San Francisco, New York City, and Puerto Rico—with similar legislation introduced in several other jurisdictions, including Illinois, Washington state, New Jersey, and Washington, DC. The New York City ordinance just went into effect October 31, 2017, and most of the others will take effect by the summer of 2018.

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global perspective

Top Trade Issues in 2018

2018 promises to be an important year for international trade. As the Trump administration enters its second year, we expect further shifts in U.S. policy toward enhanced trade enforcement, renegotiation of trade agreements, and increased sanctions. Meanwhile, new technologies that are rapidly changing global trade will present opportunities for businesses and new challenges for policymakers. We are monitoring the following issues, which could affect your business.

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February 13, 2018: Understanding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act - "What Business Owners, Real Estate Investors, and Their Advisors Need to Know"

March 1, 2018: Investing in Compliance as a Strategy to Prevent or Resolve Government Investigations


2018 outlook for consumer financial services, the CFPB reexamines payday rule, and more in the January 19, 2017 issue of Consumer Financial Services Practice Digest

Proposed Regulations on Association Health Plans: What Employers Need to Know

The Primary Beneficiary Intern Test: Is There Really an Opportunity to Stop Paying Interns?

The Return of DOL Opinion Letters: What's in the 17 Recently Reinstated Letters

Congressional, Executive, and Legal Developments for Government Contractors to Consider | January 2018

Standing in Bid Protest at the Court of Federal Claims

Fighting Back Against Meritless Qui Tam Actions? DOJ Issues FCA Guidance

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Failed Cryptocurrency Exchange BitConnect

How The New Tax Law Impacts the Entertainment Industry