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November 2014 Archives

Employee classification: issue arises in a new business model

It’s been awhile since we last discussed the issue of worker classification on this blog. But the question of whether a worker is properly classified as an independent contractor – thus enabling the employer to avoid payroll taxes – remains a lively one in Texas and across the country.

Swiss Banks Struggle With Non-Prosecution Agreement

A little under a year ago there were more than 100 Swiss banks clawing their way into the U.S. Justice Department's no prosecution agreement. The deadline to sign up was New Years' Day 2014. Banks who were able to meet the deadline were guaranteed no conviction or closure, no disgrace, just a few penalties and a slap on the wrist. Fast forward 10 months, and now more than 70 of these banks are pushing back against the rigid deal, which includes a harsh non-prosecution agreement.

Ex-UBS Banker Testifies Against Former UBS Chief Executive

The former head of UBS AG (UBSN)'s global wealth-management business, Raoul Weil, referred to accounts hidden by U.S. clients from the Internal Revenue Service as "toxic waste," at his tax-conspiracy trial.

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