Yearly Archives: 2008

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The Pension Act

Late on December 11, the Senate approved H.R. 7327, the “Worker, Retiree and Employer Recovery Act” (the Pension Act) by unanimous consent. The bill was passed by the House on December 10 by unanimous consent, so the measure is cleared for the President’s signature. The Pension Act suspends the need to take required minimum distributions…MORE

Author: Lona L. Feldman

The Medicare Part D Sign-Up Period for 2009 Ends as of December 31, 2008

The Medicare Part D sign-up period for prescription drug insurance coverage during 2009 runs from November 15, 2008 through December 31, 2008. Medicare Part D allows people 65 and older with no other prescription drug insurance and for younger people receiving Social Security benefits, to obtain drug coverage through numerous private health insurance plans. Each…MORE

Author: Lona L. Feldman

Year End Acquisitions for Year End Deductions

With all of the turmoil in our economy, it would be easy to just hunker down and tighten the belt. There are, however, some real economic incentives to purchase certain machinery and equipment that will substantially boost your 2008 deductions. Under the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 (the “Act”), there is a 50% bonus first…MORE

Author: Ronald E. Lyons

Making the Commercial Lease Deal Work in this Economic Environment

With the economic downturn affecting almost every aspect of business in the country, both Landlords and prospective Tenants need to be creative in structuring lease transactions that will work for both parties. Landlord’s need to be aware of getting proper security from a Tenant in the event the Tenant cannot remain economically successful in this…MORE

Author: Michael A. Faerber

Thoughts on the Federal Estate Tax – Part I

During all of the pre-election discussions about taxes, one type of tax has failed to generate much interest in the media: the federal estate tax. However, this is of intense interest to any number of people in this area. The federal estate tax is now an irrational amalgam of competing interests. Currently, each individual has…MORE

Author: Lona L. Feldman

Brokerage Company Insurance under the Securities Investor Protection Corporation

The Securities Investor Protection Corporation (hereinafter “SIPC”) insures investment accounts in the event of the failure of a brokerage firm that is covered by SIPC (the “covered brokerage firm”). Under SIPC, brokerage accounts in a covered brokerage firm are insured up to $500,000 per account. This may include $100,000 held in the account as cash….MORE

Author: Lona L. Feldman

Update on Money Market Guarantees

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Temporary Guarantee Program for Money Market Funds guarantees a $1.00 share price of participating money market fund, if those shares were held on close of business September 19, 2008. The guarantee is triggered if a participating fund liquidates its assets as a result of its net asset value falling below $.995…MORE

Author: Lona L. Feldman

New FDIC Coverage Limitations

The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, signed into law on October 3, 2008, has raised the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation insurance limits on bank accounts in FDIC insured banks to $250,000 per covered account. This increase is effective for the period October 3, 2008 through December 31, 2009. As a general rule, an individual can have…MORE

Author: Lona L. Feldman

The New Economic Stabilization Act

On October 3, 2008, President Bush signed into law the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (H.R. 1424) (“EESA”). EESA provides a significant financial bailout to many financial institutions. However, it has also changed many different tax provisions. The following is a brief discussion of the highlights of the tax changes which may be of…MORE

Author: Lona L. Feldman

Employment Law Update in Maryland – Addendum

Maryland Developments Domestic Partner Benefits – Family Coverage Expansion Act The Maryland General Assembly enacted a law which requires insurers who issue health insurance in the State of Maryland to provide coverage for domestic partners and dependents of domestic partners. See 2007 Md. House Bill No. 1057 Full enrolled text – http://senate.state.md.us/2007RS/bills/hb/hb1057e.pdf  Effective June 1, 2007…MORE

Author: David W.Hotes

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)

Employment Law Bulletin Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) To many of you I sent this information regarding the USERRA after September 11, 2001. Now, with our country going to war with Iraq it is even more relevant and important to many people and employers. The USERRA protects employees who are in the…MORE

Author: Lynn Perry Parker