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The Season of Giving Is Just Around the Corner… Or Not? Making Charitable Gifts with an Increased Standard Deduction

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In Trusts and Estates | On August 22, 2018

An important feature of the 2017 Tax Act is the increase in the standard deduction, a change that will have a far-reaching effect on charitable giving. Charities remind us that gifts to them are tax-deductible – but in practice, there is no tax deduction unless the donor has itemized deductions exceeding the standard deduction.  The […]

A Turning Point For Public Sector Unions?

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In Labor & Employment Law | On July 3, 2018

Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 31 (June 27, 2018). Concluding its 2017 term with several landmark decisions on First Amendment free speech rights and protections, the United States Supreme Court discarded its own precedent of more than forty years by overruling Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, 431 U.S. […]

Delaware: The First State . . . to Pass a Law Unconstitutionally Infringing Free Speech of Employers? A Lesson For Equal Rights Amendment Efforts.

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In Labor & Employment Law | On June 12, 2018

Delaware’s General Assembly has demonstrated a propensity to pass legislation regarding hot topics of the day, sometimes seeming to place the value of being first or “progressive” above the value of careful deliberation, resulting in law that might not survive judicial scrutiny. That seems to be true of 19 Del. C. § 709B (the “Delaware Compensation History […]