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  • July 15, 2024
    The United States Department of Labor issued a Field Assistance Bulletin on Artificial Intelligence and Automated Systems in the Workplace under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Other Federal Labor Standards. In light of employers’ increasing use of artificial intelligence and other automated systems in the workplace, the bulletin provides guidance regarding the application of the FLSA, FMLA, nursing employee protections, and the Employee Polygraph Protection Act.
  • July 9, 2024
    At issue in Continuing Life Thousand Oaks, LLC. v. Commissioner, affirmed May 21, 2024, was the year of inclusion in gross income of an income item. The disputed years were 2008, 2009, and 2010 -- taxable years that preceded the effective date of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. For these taxable years, an item was included in gross income of an accrual method taxpayer if all events established the right to the income item and the amount of the inclusion could be determined with reasonable accuracy. With enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the analysis of inclusion for taxpayers having applicable financial statements changed.
  • July 8, 2024
    The Internal Revenue Code generally discourages retirement plan participants from requesting distributions from their retirement plan funds prior to age 59 ½ by imposing an additional 10% tax on those distributions. However, the Code outlines several permissible exceptions to this rule under which a participant could request a distribution prior to age 59 ½ and not be subject to the additional 10% tax.
  • July 1, 2024
    On June 28, 2024, the Supreme Court issued a significant decision that could have wide-ranging consequences for administrative agency enforcement actions. In Securities and Exchange Commission v. Jarkesy, the Court held that the SEC cannot impose civil penalties for violations of the securities laws’ antifraud provisions through in-house administrative proceedings.
  • July 1, 2024
    The Uniform Power of Attorney Act takes effect on July 1, 2024; it repeals and replaces the durable power of attorney provisions in the Estates and Protected Individuals Code. Michigan now joins 30 other states and the District of Columbia in adopting a version of this unified framework, which provides significantly more guidance on the procedures, powers and limitations applicable to financial powers of attorneys in Michigan. The UPOAA contains 47 separate statutes all relating to financial powers of attorney, whereas EPIC only contained five.
  • June 28, 2024
    By reversing 40 years of case law, the decision will have a broad ripple effect through the federal regulatory world. Companies that have relied on a federal agency's interpretation of applicable federal statutes should reassess their reliance and companies that are constrained by such interpretations may have a new basis to challenge them.
  • June 27, 2024
    On June 27, 2024, the United States Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in Harrington v. Purdue Pharma L.P., holding that the Bankruptcy Code does not permit nonconsensual releases of nondebtors.
  • June 25, 2024
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled that the waiver of a State's immunity under Title V of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is unconstitutional. This ruling permits a State to defend a Title V claim under the ADA by asserting immunity.
  • June 25, 2024
    On Friday, June 21, 2024, the SBRA debt limit reverted from $7,500,000 to $3,024,725 in noncontingent, liquidated debt. Debtors with more than this amount of debt do not qualify to file a bankruptcy case under the SBRA, though they may still file traditional chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. The chapter 13 debt limit also changed.
  • June 21, 2024
    In criminal cases, oftentimes the most significant element in dispute is whether the defendant harbored the intent to “knowingly” or “willfully” violate the criminal law at issue.  If the defendant denies that he knew what he was doing was illegal, the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant had the required mens rea — or mental state — to violate the law.  The government does this by presenting circumstantial evidence that it argues supports a reasonable inference that the defendant had the required mental state to violate the law.  And defense lawyers test that evidence largely on cross examination and by presenting counterevidence. 

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