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Proposed US Tax Rules for Cloud Computing Transactions and Digital Downloads – International Implications Are a Reason to Review

Aug 23 2019
On August 9, 2019, the US Treasury Department published proposed regulations for the classification of “cloud transactions” and “transactions involving digital content” under the source of income rules of the Internal Revenue Code. The proposed regulations would amend existing regulations that were introduced in 1998, at a time when retail digital downloads were virtually non-existent and the commercial use of cloud computer technology was still in its early stages.

Illinois Law Regulates Use of AI In Video Interviews

Aug 15 2019
On August 9, 2019, Illinois’ governor signed the Artificial Intelligence Video Interview Act (Act), into law, and will take effect on January 1, 2020. The Act governs an employer’s ability to use artificial intelligence analysis on video interviews in filling a position in Illinois.

SEC Proposes Amendments to Modernize Items 101, 103, and 105 of Regulations S-K

Aug 14 2019
For the third time in less than a year, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) seeks to modernize and simplify certain Regulation S-K disclosure requirements. After adopting final rules in August 2018 [1] and March 2019, [2] the SEC has now proposed additional amendments to Items 101 (Description of Business), 103 (Legal Proceedings), and 105 (Risk Factors) of Regulation S-K to better reflect market developments over the past 30 years.

What Employers Need to Know About Advance Wage Payment Products

Aug 08 2019
A hot topic of discussion in payroll offices around the country is the prospect of new services that provide workers with immediate access to their wages for hours they have worked but which aren’t due to be paid until after the end of the current payroll cycle. Variously referred to as “Advance Wage Payment,” “Earned Wage Access,” or “Wages-on-Demand” products, these services are becoming popular with employees, especially those who work for minimum wage.

Hamburg Data Protection Commission: Declaring a Data Emergency

Aug 06 2019
On August 1st, the Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information announced that the Hamburg Data Protection Commission (HDPC) had opened an administrative procedure to prohibit Google from carrying out evaluations of their voice assistant program by employees and third parties for a period of three months.

Manufacturers, Airports And More Take Note, North Carolina Ratchets Up PFAS Testing

Aug 05 2019
Current or past sources of emerging contaminants should be aware that the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has ordered that publicly owned treatment plants (POTWs) in the Cape Fear River Basin test their influent for the presence of the emerging contaminants PFAS and 1,4-dioxane. PFAS and 1,4-dioxane have previously been detected in the Cape Fear River Basin. Twenty-five municipalities are involved, including Greensboro, Durham, Fayetteville, Wilmington, Cary and Chapel Hill.

NYC Moves to Prohibit Sharing of Location Data

Jul 25 2019
The City Council bill to ban the sharing of cellphone users' geo-location data to marketers was presented for debate after a report earlier this year showed at least 75 companies receiving anonymous but precise location data tracking up to 200 million mobile devices in the U.S.
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