Monthly Archives: February 2017

ILN Today Post

New Process for BOI Visa Transfer at the One Stop Service Center

Thailand Immigration Alert – New Process for BOI visa transfer at the Once Stop Service Center and visa renewal problems at Chaengwattana

Effective February 14, 2017, the process for the visa transfer from an old passport to a new passport has now changed for Board of Investment (BOI) sponsored visa holders who use the One Stop Service Center (OSSC). This change affects those who have only been granted a visa until the expiration date of their old passport, even though they are entitled to a longer visa validity period as per their BOI approval letter. Under the change, the BOI will no longer automatically enter the full visa validity period into the new passport. Instead, the visa holder will need to follow a two-part process:

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Digital Legacies: Our presence from the digital graveyard

As technology evolves, so does the way we store information and keep our most personal and cherished possessions. Has this ever left you pondering what happens to your social media accounts or digital assets when you pass away?

Over the past decade we have seen the continued rise of social media and the steady growth of virtual assets. With many people now storing an enormous amount of their personal property online, Will makers are increasingly being advised to leave clear instructions in relation to their digital legacies.

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Don’t forget about costs: lessons for appealing costs orders

The ACT Court of Appeal has declined to make a costs order in favour of a motor vehicle accident insurer after the insurer successfully appealed the Supreme Court’s assessment of damages but neglected to fully challenge the original costs order against it.1

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Talking Tax – Issue 66

Cases

Uber B.V. v Commissioner of Taxation [2017] FCA 110

The Federal Court has dismissed the application of Uber in an action against the Commissioner of Taxation (Commissioner).

The topical dispute stands as the landmark decision that Uber drivers are required to be registered for GST purposes.

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Phishing Scam Targets Human Resources and Payroll Departments

Human Resources and Payroll should advise employees in their departments to be on the lookout for the latest tax season phishing scam designed to steal employees’ tax related information and social security numbers. Given the regular frequency of these types of attacks, employers should be taking appropriate steps to safeguard employee Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”).  At a minimum, Human Resources should have in place written policies regarding the handling of employee PII and provide training designed to protect employee PII against a data breach.  Because Human Resources works with employee PII on an everyday basis, it may be the best equipped to secure sensitive personnel information against the type of fraudulent scheme highlighted in the recent IRS alert.

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Fifth Circuit Pays Special Deference to NLRB’s Determination that Hotel Management Company Acted with Anti-Union Animus in Outsourcing Housekeeping Department

Fifth Circuit Pays Special Deference to NLRB’s Determination that Hotel Management Company Acted With Anti-Union Animus In Outsourcing Housekeeping DepartmentA recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit illustrates the potential pitfalls of outsourcing in the face of a union campaign, as well as the steep hurdle employers face in overturning a decision of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”). In Remington Lodging & Hospitality, LLC v. NLRB, the Fifth Circuit enforced an NLRB order holding that a hotel management company’s decision to outsource the hotel’s housekeeping department was motivated at least in part by anti-union animus and therefore violated Section 8(a)(3) of the National Labor Relations Act (“the Act”).

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D.C. Mayor Signs Ban on Most Employment Credit Inquiries

Our colleagues Brian W. Steinbach and Judah L. Rosenblatt, at Epstein Becker Green, have a post on the Heath Employment and Labor blog that will be of interest to many of our readers in the technology industry: “Mayor Signs District of Columbia Ban on Most Employment Credit Inquiries.”

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ILN Today Post

Peeter Viirsalu became a National Correspondent for the INSOL Europe EIR Case Register for Estonia

Senior Associate Peeter Viirsalu became a National Correspondent for the INSOL Europe (Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals) European Insolvency Regulation Case Register for Estonia.

INSOL Europe was formed in 1981 and is the European organisation of professionals who specialise in insolvency, business reconstruction and recovery.

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A simple way for non-dom married couples to manage the Inheritance Tax on UK residential property from 6 April 2017

Offshore companies holding UK residential property will no longer be opaque for UK Inheritance Tax (IHT) purposes from 6 April 2017.  The change is being achieved, courtesy of the Finance Bill 2017 as currently drafted, by removing IHT ‘excluded property’ status from an interest in a closely held company (see the 15 December 2016 blog for a brief definition) which derives its value, directly or indirectly, from UK residential property. In plain English, that means that anyone owning a right or interest in such a company will have an asset that will be taxable to 40% IHT if the person owns that interest on death.  The same situation applies if instead the person is a partner in a partnership invested in UK residential property.

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Clinical records in the spotlight as prosecutions mount: six tips for good record keeping

A recent landmark case shows banal oversights may have a devastating impact: well-known Chinese herbalist, Dr Shuquan Liu, famous for helping Malcolm Turnbull lose weight, was found guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct – the first case of its kind against a Chinese medicine practitioner in NSW – largely due to poor clinical record keeping.

The finding should resonate with any health or medical practitioner in Australia and is an interesting case study on how poor records leave you vulnerable to various claims and disciplinary prosecution.

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