February 2012 archive

Obama Administration Directly Violates Religious Freedom

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final regulation on January 20. The rule requires nearly all employers to provide their employees access to health insurance that covers artificial contraception, the “morning after” pill that induces an abortion, sterilization services, and educational support for these “health care” options. The now-issued regulations were …

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IRS still holding lots of last year’s refunds

The Internal Revenue Service recently reported that it is holding $153.3 million in undelivered tax refund checks that is owed to 99,123 taxpayers. That is an average undelivered refund of almost $1,550. These refunds could not be delivered to the taxpayers because of mailing address errors. A natural time to check to see whether you …

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DOL’s ARB limits SOX whistleblower protections To U.S. employees

By a 3-2 vote, the Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (ARB) limited the jurisdiction of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) whistleblower protection outside the United States. The case is Villanueva v. Core Laboratories, NV, ARB No. 09-108, ALJ No. 2009-SOX-6 (ARB Dec. 22, 2011) (en banc). The ARB received multiple amicus briefs setting out the …

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IRS issues final regulations on taxation of personal injury damages

In late January, the IRS issued final regulations regarding the taxation of personal injury litigation damages. The regulations provide guidance regarding tax law changes included in the Small Business Job Protection Act passed in 1996. Specifically: Litigation settlements are excluded from gross income for damages received on account of physical injuries or sickness. Damages from …

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Super Advertising: $3.5 Million for 30 Seconds

The National Football League’s annual championship game is consistently the most watched American broadcast on television.  The 2011 Super Bowl had an average audience of 111 million viewers, which surpassed the record-setting 106.5 million viewers drawn by the 2010 game.  It would not be at all surprising if this year’s game surpasses the 111 million …

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Best Places to Work

Fortune has released its current list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For”, with Google topping the list for the third time in its history.  The highly sought after honor considers criteria such as pay, perks, culture, and job growth.  The full list can be found here, but the top twenty companies are: Google Boston …

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