Tag Archives: U.S.

Changing modelers’ view of U.S. earthquake risk

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What do we know and what can we expect? Those questions are ones that modelers tackle daily. Let’s start with what we know: The 2014 National Seismic Hazard Maps (NSHM) and the 2015 Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast (UCERF3) describe … Continue reading →

U.S. corporate tax reform – What you need to know

Conditions in Washington make it likely that 2017 will bring significant changes to how U.S. domiciled insurance companies will be taxed. Proposals to cut corporate tax rates and to change how income from outside the U.S. is taxed will, if … Continue reading →

Matthew

The deadliest hurricane in 11 years has struck around a fortnight ago. After tearing a path through the Caribbean, across Haiti and Eastern Cuba, through the Bahamas and then along the east coast of the U.S., it was finally absorbed … Continue reading →

U.S. parent company experiences effect of U.K.-style deferred prosecution agreement for bribery

The U.K. subsidiary of a U.S.-registered corporation has recently entered into only the second ever U.K. court sanctioned deferred prosecution agreement (DPA). DPAs have long been a feature of the U.S. criminal corporate justice system. They recently hit the headlines … Continue reading →

The CEO pay ratio: Time for a first look?

Will it be a snore to which no one pays attention or a bombshell that shakes the foundations of corporate America? Either way, the CEO pay ratio seems certain to cause at least some discomfort in the board rooms of … Continue reading →

Q&A guide to the final FLSA overtime pay exemption regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued final regulations updating the overtime pay rules that govern the so-called “white collar” exemptions for executive, administrative, and professional (EAP) employees and for certain highly compensated employees (HCEs). These new rules update … Continue reading →

Winding down the business of the U.S. independent contractor

The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has been busy issuing new guidance on the entire independent contractor classification system. Continue reading →

New U.S. overtime regulations – The wait is over!

The DOL's final regulations updating the overtime pay rules, released May 18, primarily focus on updating the salary thresholds needed to qualify as exempt employees, although certain other important changes were also included. Continue reading →

Paid family leave: A U.S. culture shift?

There is growing support in the U.S. for more substantial paid family leave beyond the unpaid weeks required under the FMLA. What should companies consider? Continue reading →

PPACA Continues to Evolve: Automatic Enrollment Gone, Is Cadillac Tax Next?

Margaret Thatcher is reputed to have said, “I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.”  Perhaps that is the right model for employers to consider when it comes to changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable … Continue reading →