Browsed by
Month: July 2015

Department of Labor Proposes New Overtime Rules

Department of Labor Proposes New Overtime Rules

Earlier this month, the Department of Labor announced its plans to establish a new rule that would allow millions of additional workers to earn overtime. Following an executive order by President Obama, who has advocated for increasing the wages of middle-class workers, the Department of Labor has proposed a rule that would increase the minimum salary necessary for a worker to qualify as exempt from the overtime rules. Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, all employees must receive overtime…

Read More Read More

Police Officers Can’t Search Hotel Records on Demand, but What Does That Mean?

Police Officers Can’t Search Hotel Records on Demand, but What Does That Mean?

On June 22, 2015, in Los Angeles v. Patel, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that cops can’t rummage through hotel records whenever they want. (576 U.S. ___ (2015).) The opinion, framed in terms of the hotel’s privacy interest rather than that of its guests, nixed part of a Los Angeles Municipal Code section. The code section in question mandated that hotel and motel operators (1) maintain certain records about their guests and (2) allow police officers to inspect those records on…

Read More Read More

People Buy for the House, But Leave Due to Difficult Neighbors

People Buy for the House, But Leave Due to Difficult Neighbors

It shouldn’t surprise us, but this quote from Rhonda Duffy, an Atlanta real estate agent who has sold more than 17,000 homes, is a bit of a bombshell nonetheless: “The No. 1 reason people move – besides downsizing or upsizing — is because they don’t like their neighbors.” (See “Check neighborhood before buying house,” by Marni Jameson, June 29, 2015.) Her phrase “don’t like” is probably an understatement. Ask any homeowner about relations with neighbors. For every tale of casseroles…

Read More Read More

“EXTENDERS” IN LIMBO

“EXTENDERS” IN LIMBO

As Congress contemplates its usual August hiatus, taxpayers wonder what fate will befall late 2014 “extender” provisions of the law which won’t apply to 2015 unless action is taken. Among the more important provisions whose 2015 fate is still unlearned are: ~Deduction for state and local sales taxes ~Deduction for mortgage insurance premiums treated as qualified interest ~Exclusion from gross income of up to $2 million of discharged principal residence indebtedness ~Deduction of up to $500,000 in cost of certain…

Read More Read More

“Sanctuary” Cities Aren’t What They Sound Like

“Sanctuary” Cities Aren’t What They Sound Like

To hear the media tell it, you’d think that various cities around America were, for undocumented immigrants, like home base in a game of tag — just show up and you’re free, untouchable by law enforcement authorities. Such has been the rhetoric since the awful murder of Kathryn Steinle, killed on July 2 in San Francisco, apparently by a five-time deportee from Mexico. For instance, the BBC News said that “San Francisco’s ‘sanctuary’ law means city authorities don’t co-operate with immigration officials,”…

Read More Read More