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Posts from July 2012.

Due to economic circumstances, job hunting in the legal profession has become a difficult process. In a recent article in Louisville’s Business First, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP attorney Christopher Jones explains how  to “get a foot in the door” of the legal community. In the article, Christopher elaborates on ways to enter the legal world, even if it’s not quite the job for which you’re looking. Christopher also informs young professionals seeking a career in the legal profession to keep up with their studies, because first year grades are crucial for locating long-term employment following law school. An excerpt from the article, published in Business First, is below.

As first appeared July 31, 2012, on the Business Lexington website

The restaurant industry has changed substantially in recent years with more nutritious offerings, fresh alternatives and the evolution of the fast-casual segment. More recently, several cities and counties across the country imposed nutrition labeling regulations requiring restaurants to implement new menus and menu boards. These laws also meant restaurant chains faced varying disclosure standards and expensive customization.

Posted in Tax and Finance

Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP Partner and State and Local Tax Team Leader Mark Loyd will be part of a live teleconference presentation on Aug. 1, 2012 entitled “Nexus Reviews: Uncovering State Sales or Income Tax Obligations.” The presentation will offer practical advice to tax professionals and advisors on how to design an effective internal process to identify potential tax exposures.

Posted in Tax and Finance

A new show on Bravo? No, it’s just that now that the U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for health care reform, it’s time to start thinking about the “real” tax provisions enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Although some of the health care reform tax changes have already taken effect, a number of the more significant changes will become effective in 2013.

Posted in Government

On June 28, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the expansion of Medicaid envisioned in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was an option, not a mandate for states (see the full text of their opinion here). While upholding the expansion of Medicaid, the Supreme Court limited the power of the federal government to secure compliance by penalizing states that refuse to expand their Medicaid programs. Chief Justice John Roberts said that the federal government could not compel states by cutting off all of the federal money they receive for existing Medicaid programs.

Women’s Forum featured in the Indiana Lawyer

The Indiana Lawyer recently featured an article – titled “Gender Appealwhich highlighted the growing number of women in positions of power and provided examples of how the marketing practices of law firms in Indianapolis have changed to address the influx of women decision-makers in business.

Posted in Tax and Finance

During its recently concluded 2012 Regular Session, the Kentucky General Assembly passed House Bill 499, which created a tax amnesty program. The amnesty program will provide a window of opportunity for certain taxpayers to voluntarily come forward to the Kentucky Department of Revenue to resolve certain known Kentucky tax liabilities for taxable periods ending or transactions occurring after Dec. 1, 2001, and prior to Oct. 1, 2011. While not yet confirmed, it is widely believed that the department will conduct the amnesty program sometime around September or October of 2012, and it will run for at least 60 days.

Posted in Litigation

Attorneys at Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP are close advisors to clients with diverse challenges. Many of these diverse challenges require extensive research.  In a recent article from Louisville‘s Business First, attorney Mark Grundy explains the benefits of research and simplifying key points for each case.

The Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act created a host of new questions for employers, but clarified their obligations on at least one matter. In upholding the Act, the court ensured that the recently enacted “reasonable break time for nursing mothers” rule will remain effective. The rule, which Congress enacted as part of ...

Posted in Real Estate

Attorney Buck Wiseman has another passion aside from law: the sport of beagling. A tradition that has existed for more than 200 years and in the Louisville area for 100, beagling consists of a pack of 25 to 30 beagles following a scent (usually a rabbit) for up to 90 minutes or more.  Buck is the only huntsman of the Clear Creek Beagles, the only pack in Kentucky recognized by the National Beagle Club and Clear Creek Beagles in Kentucky. While on a hunt, Buck controls the pack by using voice commands, hand gestures and a horn if the pack spreads out too far. To learn more about beagling, read the following excerpt from an article published in Louisville’s Business Firstabout Buck and his beagles.

Posted in Estate Planning

The higher $5.12 million federal gift tax exemption that is available in 2012 encourages you to effectuate gifts in 2012, before the federal gift and estate tax exemption falls to $1 million in 2013. In many cases, it makes sense to gift hard-to-value assets at a discount, such as interests in a family limited liability company, family limited partnership or closely held corporation.

Posted in Litigation

In case you missed it, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP attorney Chip Bowles was recently quoted in a Bloomberg Businessweek article that reported on Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.’s efforts to come out of bankruptcy. In 2008, Lehman Brothers became responsible for the largest bankruptcy filing to ever take place in the U.S.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently expressed concern that some workplace policies could discourage employee reporting, constitute unlawful discrimination and also violate recordkeeping regulations. OSHA also expressed its concern that the potential for unlawful discrimination may increase when management or supervisory bonuses are tied to lower reported injury rates. Most employers know that it is unlawful to discriminate or otherwise retaliate against employees who report workplace injuries and illnesses. Nevertheless, employers should be aware of OSHA’s newly published concerns in order to avoid or minimize the potential for being subjected to scrutiny or investigation.

As reported by multiple sources, the Obama Administration, through the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has begun conducting a new round of Form I-9 audits by issuing Notices of Inspections (NOIs) to hundreds, if not thousands, of businesses nationwide.   Most recently, ICE issued 500 NOIs to employers who had been audited in the last five years.  The NOI requests include ...

Riding a bike to work is a common practice for several attorneys at Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP. The firm wanted to take cycling a step farther, though, by sponsoring the 3rd annual Indianapolis Criterium Bicycle race benefitting Freewheelin’ Community Bikes.

The 2012 Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Business Summit and Annual Meeting is coming up next week, and this year brings the opportunity for another great forum on the future of the Commonwealth. Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP is honored to sponsor this event, which brings together bright minds and big ideas to address topics critical to Kentucky’s economic growth. As in past years, the ...

A machine operator in Indiana was not entitled to job protection under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) for an otherwise unexcused absence from work to obtain a prescription refill from his doctor, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently decided.

In Jones v. C&D Technologies., Inc., the Seventh Circuit affirmed summary judgment for the employer, C&D ...

Some employers which are policyholders of group health insurance contracts that fund employee benefit plans have started to receive rebates from health insurance companies due to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s medical loss ratio (MLR) standards, which were first applicable for the 2011 policy year. What should employers do with this rebate money?



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