January 14, 2019
South Carolina’s Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network (WREN) spearheaded two pieces of legislation, a pay equity act and a lactation act, for the South Carolina 2019 Legislative Session.
December 31, 2018
In Pine Mountain Preserve the Tax Court determined in a full-court opinion that the section 170 “perpetuity” requirement was not satisfied where an easement permits landowners to move the location of future structures within the conservation area. Pine Mountain Preserve, LLLP v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, 151 T.C. 14 (2018).
November 28, 2018
The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) held public listening sessions on October 30, 2018 to gather views on the Part 541 white collar exemption regulations, the 2016 “Overtime Rule.”
October 23, 2018
Last summer, the South Carolina Supreme Court formally adopted the doctrine of amalgamation in Pertuis v. Front Roe Restaurants, Inc., 423 S.C. 640, 817 S.E.2d 273 (2018), clarifying years of opinions on the subject from the Court of Appeals. In adopting the doctrine, the Court expressed a preference for the term “single business enterprise theory.”
September 18, 2018
In Morin v. Innegrity, LLC, the South Carolina Court of Appeals permitted a member of an LLC that was performing services for the LLC to recover unpaid wages under the South Carolina Payment of Wages Act (SCPWA or the Act). Though the parties did not raise the issue, the case presented an interesting question about whether the protections of the Act extend to service members of an LLC. (Note that in the ensuing discussion “LLC” is used interchangeably with “partnership” and “member” with “partner.”)
September 12, 2018
When it comes to accommodating clients’ needs, whether your website is accessible to those with vision, hearing, or cognitive disabilities is not often a concern that readily comes to mind.
September 04, 2018
In late 2012, an American company, Ralls Corporation, with two Chinese ultimate owners, purchased certain wind farm projects in Oregon, including associated real estate. What began as a routine cross-border transaction sparked a three-year lawsuit between Ralls Corporation and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), an inter-agency committee housed within the Executive Branch and tasked with reviewing foreign investments in the U.S. based on national security concerns. In a nutshell, CFIUS determined that Ralls Corporation’s acquisition of the wind farm projects posed a national security threat, and required Ralls Corporation to divest its interest in the project.
August 30, 2018
On August 23, 2018 the Internal Revenue Service issued Proposed Regulations regarding the $10,000 cap on the deductibility of state and local taxes imposed under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (Code Section 164(b)(6)).
August 24, 2018
Companies whose margins depend on costs of importing goods are watching new tariffs closely.
August 21, 2018
On July 31, 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Labor (DOL) signed an agreement that sets guidelines for inter-agency collaboration to combat suspected employer non-compliance with immigration laws. The agencies have agreed to share resources, including records, and education and training where necessary, and refer cases to one another when an agency learns of employer non-compliance.
August 16, 2018
Todd Olds owns and operates a commercial real estate company, Prime Properties of Charleston, LLC, which does business in Goose Creek, South Carolina. The City of Goose Creek imposes a business license tax on every person engaged in business within the City’s limits for the privilege of doing business within the City.
August 14, 2018
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) provides a pass-through deduction that can reduce the top rate for eligible taxpayers from 37 to 29.6 percent. That deduction, however, is limited (subject to certain income threshold exceptions) to individuals that operate a “qualified trade or business.” A “qualified trade or business” as defined in section 199A is a business other than a “specified service trade or business” (SSTB).
August 07, 2018
It is no secret that more U.S. workers are electing to put off retirement and remain in the workforce longer. Given the current labor shortage (lowest unemployment rate in 18 years), this is great news for companies as retaining experienced workers decreases turnover cost and provides immeasurable value in other areas of corporate performance.
July 25, 2018
By now, most, if not all, of you are familiar with the Supreme Court’s decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, 138 S. Ct. 1612 (2018), which upheld the validity of waivers of FLSA collective actions in arbitration agreements.
July 12, 2018
In a recent opinion, the South Carolina Supreme Court held that the receipt by a chamber of commerce of public funds did not make it a public body for purposes of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).