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Duty of Care Owed To Employee Subjected To Drug Testing

March 26, 2019

On March 20, 2019, the South Carolina Supreme Court recognized that a drug testing laboratory owes a duty of care to an employee who is subjected to drug testing in the employment context.

New Travel Authorization Requirement for U.S. Citizens Traveling to Europe

March 12, 2019

By 2021, Americans traveling to a European Schengen zone country must register with the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) prior to travel. This new border control security system developed by the European Commission is designed to strengthen the external borders of the European Union.

New Overtime Rule (Again!)

March 08, 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has finally announced its proposed new rule for overtime eligibility under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The DOL’s Thursday announcement proposes to increase the salary threshold to $35,308 per year, an increase from $455 to $679 per week.

EEOC Issues Guidance on Submission Deadlines Impacted by Government Shutdown

February 19, 2019

As the longest government shutdown in history has come to an end, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently released guidance for employers faced with upcoming EEO-1 submission deadlines and responding to charges of discrimination filed during the government shutdown.

When Social Media, Politics and the Workplace Collide

February 12, 2019

Nowadays we are constantly bombarded with news of events that arouse our political views. Social media both perpetuates these events and provides a platform for virtually anyone to express their social and political views. Political views are often visible to coworkers, including management and supervisors who have the discretion to make termination decisions. What difference might this make for South Carolina employers?

There Is Nothing Remotely Nefarious in This Post

January 31, 2019

This is a follow up to a previous blog - Single Business Enterprise Theory f/k/a Amalgamation - that provided an overview of recent South Carolina appellate cases discussing and applying the test for considering multiple business entities as one in litigation.

What Would the Lactation Support Act Mean for SC Employers?

January 29, 2019

We recently highlighted the “Act to Establish Pay Equity,” which was spearheaded by the SC Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network (WREN).

South Carolina’s Pay Equity Act the First of Its Kind

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. 

Big Changes in the Area of Conservation Easements Following Recent Tax Court Opinion

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).

Key Takeaways from the Recent Overtime Rule Listening Sessions

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.”

Single Business Enterprise Theory f/k/a Amalgamation

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.” 

Can a Member of a South Carolina Limited Liability Company be an Employee of that Company?

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.”) 

World Wide Web Commission Releases New Standards for Website Accessibility

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.

National Security Concerns in Real Estate Transactions

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.

IRS Proposed Regulations Erode South Carolina Conservation Easement Tax Credit

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)). 

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