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Managing Glassdoor Reviews

February 14, 2018

Glassdoor, the website described as “Yelp for workplaces,” claims that eighty-three percent (83%) of job seekers in the United States read its reviews. For the uninitiated, Glassdoor is a website where anonymous employees and former employees comment on a company’s workplace – sharing information on topics such as salary levels, workplace policies, office politics, and much more.

Key Takeaways from Our 2017 Corporate Law for Accountants Seminars

January 25, 2018

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd recently hosted our annual Corporate Law for Accountants Seminars across South Carolina. These complimentary seminars covered three main topics: (1) operating agreements, (2) employment law and (3) state and local tax updates.

Key Takeaways from Our 2017 Employment Law Seminars

January 23, 2018

Charleston-employment-law-seminar-edited.jpgHaynsworth Sinkler Boyd recently hosted our annual Employment Law Seminars across South Carolina. These complimentary seminars educated Human Resource professionals on recent employment law updates and changes.

Dr. King’s Message Rings True Today in the Context of the LGBTQIA Community

January 16, 2018

Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote from a jail cell in Birmingham in 1963, "[t]here are two types of laws: there are just laws and there are unjust laws....How does one determine when a law is just or unjust?...Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust....An unjust law is a code that a majority inflicts on a minority that is not binding on itself."

IRS Issues Final Regulations for Electing Out of Centralized Partnership Audit Regime

January 16, 2018

The IRS has issued final regulations under IRC § 6221(b), implementing rules for electing out of the new centralized partnership audit regime enacted under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. The final regulations under IRC § 6221(b) are effective for partnership tax years beginning after December 31, 2017, the same effective date of the new partnership audit regime.

Shady Subpoenas

January 11, 2018

In In the Matter of Paul Winford Owen, Jr. issued January 10, the South Carolina Supreme Court publicly reprimanded an attorney for issuing subpoenas in violation of Rule 45, SCRCP. 

Are Unpaid Interns Employees Under the FLSA?

January 10, 2018

On January 5, 2018, the United States Department of Labor announced that, going forward, it would utilize the “primary beneficiary” test for determining whether interns are employees under the FLSA, consistent with recent rulings from appellate courts.

Should You Look Outside Your Organization to Investigate a Sexual Harassment Complaint?

December 22, 2017

A recent article in The New York Times questioned the propriety and effectiveness of a sexual harassment investigation conducted by a company’s Human Resources Department.

New IRS Audit Rules to Impact Partnerships (LLCs) in 2018

December 19, 2017

For tax years beginning after December 31, 2017, a new centralized audit regime for partnerships and LLCs will take effect. Currently, audit adjustments made by the Internal Revenue Service for partnerships (LLCs) are made at the individual partner (member) level with assessment and collection at the individual partner (member) level.

Sexual Harassment and What Employers Must Do to Comply

December 01, 2017

SExual-Harassment-complaint-form-and-pen.jpgThe latest headlines confirm the 2016 findings published by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that workplace harassment too often goes unreported. The EEOC reports that “approximately 70% of the individuals who experienced harassment never even talked with a supervisor or manager,” meaning that they didn’t report it to their employer.

So, You’re Telling Me I Have to Follow the Whole Rule?

November 22, 2017

In Smith v. Fedor, issued today, the South Carolina Court of Appeals found that a judge may dismiss a motion under Rule 59, SCRCP without considering the merits if it is not provided to the judge within ten days of filing.

President Trump to Open Skies for Companies to Test Commercial Drones

November 20, 2017

Drone-image-11-20-17.jpgRecently, President Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum purporting to relax rules for testing of commercial drones by private sector corporations. The Memorandum proposes that more companies should be allowed to fly their unmanned aircrafts at night, above people and travel longer distances.

Court Finds General Contractor Liable for Subcontractor’s Employees

November 15, 2017

In a decision with potentially huge ramifications for the construction industry, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals found that employees of a framing and drywall subcontractor were also the employees of a general contractor for purposes of federal employment laws.

IRS Pressing Forward with ACA Penalties

November 06, 2017

Yesterday, the IRS reiterated that employers violating the ACA can expect penalty letters in late 2017 and also updated that portion of its website dedicated to the Employers’ ACA obligations here. The update explains the form of notices employers can expect to receive as a result of IRS penalties pursuant to the ACA.

The October 31st NYC Attack and the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

November 03, 2017

As many mourn the loss of the victims of the October 31st NYC attack, a parallel conversation surrounding immigration reform has emerged. Immigration reform has been President Trump’s long-standing campaign promise, but has found fierce judicial opposition since January. We have covered these developments in prior posts.

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