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SEC Adopts Final Rules on Performance-Based Fees

As discussed in a previous Tonkon Tip, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued an order raising the financial thresholds of Rule 205-3 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, which provides that only "qualified clients" may be charged a…
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Transfer on Death Deeds: A Good Tool for Estate Planning in Oregon?

Effective January 1, 2012, Oregon law provides for a new form of deed known as a transfer on death (TOD) deed. These deeds allow an owner of real property to designate a beneficiary who will obtain title to that real property when the owner dies…
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New H-1B Filings Begin April 2

April 2 through 6, 2012, is the initial filing window for new H-1B petitions to be filed against the USCIS FY2013 H-1B quota if the H-1B quota availability is immediately exhausted. Employers should determine as soon as possible whether they have any…
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Final ERISA Service Provider Fee Disclosure Rules Go Into Effect July 1, 2012

On February 2, 2012, the Department of Labor ("DOL") issued final regulations requiring service providers to ERISA retirement plans to disclose information about the service providers' compensation and potential conflicts of interest. The final rules…
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Preparing for the 2012 Proxy Season

This Client Update provides an overview of corporate governance and disclosure matters that U.S. public companies should note as they approach the 2012 proxy season. The matters addressed will not apply equally to all companies, and their…
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Washington Tax Nexus: Can You Afford to "Sleep Like a Baby?"

Mattress World, whose radio ads told listeners "it's not too late to sleep like a baby," recently announced that it owes the State of Washington approximately $1.7 million in uncollected sales taxes and will be shutting down its business.
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SEC Overhauls Form ADV Part 1A to Conform to New Dodd-Frank Requirements

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 has significantly changed how investment advisers are regulated. Among other things, the Act (a) increased the amount of assets under management required for SEC registration and…
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New Employment Laws Ring in the New Year

The Oregon legislature enacted a few employment laws this year which go into effect on January 1, 2012.
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Dodd-Frank Broadly Expands SEC Whistleblower Program (Part 2 of 2)

As discussed in a previous update, the Securities and Exchange Commission recently issued final rules implementing its new whistleblower program designed to encourage reporting of potential violations of the federal securities laws.
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Dodd-Frank Broadly Expands SEC Whistleblower Program (Part 1 of 2)

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently issued final rules implementing a whistleblower program designed to encourage reporting of potential violations of the federal securities laws to the SEC to enhance its success in enforcement actions.
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Current H-1B Cap Count for Fiscal Year 2012

As of October 14, 2011, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported that only approximately 21,700 of the regular 65,000 H-1B visas for Fiscal Year 2012 remain available. The quota provides for 65,000 H-1B visas and 20,000 additional H…
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Train Supervisors to Recognize Requests for Reasonable Accommodations

The Americans With Disabilities Act (and similar state statutes) places obligations on employers to provide reasonable accommodation to employees with disabilities. The sticky part is what exactly constitutes a request for a reasonable accommodation…
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Diversity Lottery 2013 Opens

The U.S. Department of State opens entries for the Diversity Lottery 2013 beginning October 4, 2011 at noon EDT, and ending November 5, 2011, at noon EDT.
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New .xxx Domain Names - Opportunity to Safeguard your Trademarks

After many years of debate, the new sponsored top-level domain ("TLD") .xxx has been approved. The .xxx TLD is targeted at the adult entertainment industry.
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SEC Finalizes Dodd-Frank Rules Affecting Private Investment Fund Managers

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 makes significant changes to the current investment adviser regulatory regime.
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Federal Incentives for Commercial Buildings to Go Green

Cutting down on energy costs is beneficial for companies long term, but making the upfront investment to cut those costs can be significant. However, some little-known federal incentives may help with the cost of transitioning your building into an…
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SEC Raises "Qualified Client" Thresholds

On July 12, 2011, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued an order raising the financial thresholds under Rule 205-3 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, which permits registered investment advisers to charge certain clients a performance…
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SEC Extends Deadlines for Compliance with New Investment Adviser Registration Regime under Dodd-Frank

As we detailed in a previous Tonkon Tip, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 ("Dodd-Frank") makes significant changes to the current investment adviser regulatory regime.
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New ERISA Participant-Directed Plan Disclosure Rules

A discussion of the new Department of Labor rules, enumerating the plan and investment-related information that employers must furnish to participants.
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From Aesop to the Supreme Court

In 1679, La Fontaine memorialized Aesop's famous Cat's Paw fable into verse as a metaphor for princes who do kings' dirty deeds and receive no reward. In the fable, a monkey convinces a cat to take roasting chestnuts out of a fire. After the cat…
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