The National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) is providing much needed ammunition to those fighting for more affordable housing in Australia.
Monthly Archives: February 2019
Leading independent business law firm Hall & Wilcox has strengthened its national litigation and dispute resolution practice with the appointment of new Special Counsel Scott Meacock, who joined the firm on 4 February.
Most of the commercials that I saw during the Super Bowl fell into what I’d call the “meh” category. They weren’t terrible, but they didn’t blow my socks off either. But there are a few that I’ve got squarely in the “bad” and “ugly” categories for you, and based on some of the YouTube comments, they may surprise you.
Joining California and New York, New Jersey has become the third state with a phased-in $15 minimum wage requirement for most employees. On February 4, 2019, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law A15 (“Law”), which raises the state minimum wage rate for employers with six or more employees to $10.00 per hour on July 1, 2019, and then to $11.00 per hour on January 1, 2020. Thereafter, the minimum wage will increase annually on January 1 by $1.00 per hour until it reaches $15.00 per hour on January 1, 2024. The minimum wage hike will phase in at a slower rate for employers with five or fewer employees and for “seasonal employers” (defined below). Thus, the current minimum wage of $8.85 per hour will increase as follows:
The recent death of the CEO of a multi-million dollar cryptocurrency exchange start-up, who held the passwords to $275 million worth of coins and cash, has again highlighted the importance of succession planning for your digital assets and the difficulties that can arise when this is not properly addressed.
Most of us can agree that the Super Bowl this year was a bit of a dud. In a similar theme, most of the ads were a bit uninspiring too, though there were some notable exceptions to that. Considering how much money is being invested in these ads, I’m wishing for much more creative, exciting, and inspiring results than we’re getting – even the controversial ones aren’t that controversial.
Banking royal commission: unclear tax treatment for payouts
The Tax Institute has warned of uncertain tax implications for refunds and compensation payouts resulting from the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.
Jaimie Field is bringing us a great post for networking week today, focused on the an idea that I fully embrace, that networking happens all the time, everywhere.
For the first time since 2008, the Advanced Medical Technology Association (“AdvaMed”) has updated its “Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals.” These updates were announced on January 9, 2019 and will become effective on January 1, 2020.
Funds and financial products
Financial Services Royal Commission final report
On 4 February, the final report of the Royal Commission into the Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry was released to the public.