News Article | May 30, 2017
ARLINGTON, Va. and CHICAGO, May 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Bloomberg BNA and Baker McKenzie today announced that their seventh annual Washington, DC Global Transfer Pricing Conference, in association with the Tax Management Education Institute, will be held June 7-8 at the National...
News Article | May 23, 2017
"EPA political leadership is occasionally inserting new data and other information into public statements without final review from career policy specialists, EPA officials told Bloomberg BNA. That strategy marks a departure from tradition from prior Democratic and Republican administrations, and career EPA officials told Bloomberg BNA the new protocol is sowing resentment among program offices staffed with career workers. The officials also describe recent public statements on pollution discharges and other subjects as misleading and incompatible with extensive agency research. "
News Article | May 24, 2017
NEW YORK and ARLINGTON, Va., May 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bloomberg L.P. and Bloomberg BNA today announced that the first West Coast Bloomberg Sustainable Business Summit will take place in Seattle this year and will feature a VIP interview with Washington Governor Jay Inslee. ...
News Article | May 23, 2017
Uber will pay New York City drivers tens of millions of dollars after admitting to underpaying them for two-and-a-half years by taking a larger cut of drivers’ fares than it was entitled. Under the terms of service the ride-hailing company put in place in November 2014, Uber was supposed to take its percentage of the commission – ranging between 20% and 25% – after deducting sales tax and a local fee to fund benefits for injured drivers. Instead, the company calculated its commission on the gross fare, resulting in more money for Uber and less for drivers. The average payout-per-driver will be about $900, an Uber spokesperson said, and drivers will see their fares calculated correctly going forward. With tens of thousands of drivers eligible for a refund, the company will be on the hook for tens of millions of dollars. An Uber spokesperson said that the company discovered the mistake in recent weeks, as it was preparing to roll out a new pricing scheme. However, questions about Uber’s calculation of New York City commissions were raised nearly a year ago in a class-action lawsuit filed by the New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA). The suit, which was filed in federal court in New York in June 2016, alleged that Uber’s deduction of sales tax and the injured driver fee after the commission was calculated violated the terms of service and amounted to wage “theft”, as Bloomberg BNA reported at the time. This is the second time in recent months that Uber has admitted to underpaying US drivers. In March, the company paid refunds to UberBlack drivers in Philadelphia after charging them an extra 5% in commission for about 18 months. In January, Uber agreed to pay $20m to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission that it had tricked drivers with false promises of higher earnings. Uber has been accused of shortchanging drivers in numerous lawsuits, including a recent suit that alleges Uber’s “upfront” pricing scheme is designed to “defraud drivers”. “We are committed to paying every driver every penny they are owed – plus interest – as quickly as possible,” Rachel Holt, Uber’s regional general manager for the US and Canada, said in a statement. “We are working hard to regain driver trust, and that means being transparent, sticking to our word, and making the Uber experience better from end to end.” Bhairavi Desai, the executive director of the NYTWA, said that while she welcomed Uber’s “progress”, her organization believes that it is unlawful for Uber to take the sales tax and fee from the driver’s fare in the first place. “Uber hasn’t just wrongly calculated its commission, it has been unlawfully taking the cost of sales tax and an injured worker surcharge right out of driver pay as opposed to charging it on top of the fare as the law requires,” Desai said in a statement. “This payout is an attempt by Uber to pull a fast one to avoid court oversight and shortchange drivers in the process,” she added. “Nice try. We’ll see you in court to win back all of the money drivers are owed, includ[ing] up to double damages.” The Independent Drivers Guild, an affiliate of the Machinists union that represents ride-hail drivers in New York, called for city regulators to launch an investigation into payment practices by ride-hail companies. “Uber’s theft of drivers’ hard-earned wages is the latest in a long history of underhanded tactics in this industry,” said Jim Conigliaro Jr, the founder of the Independent Drivers Guild, in a statement. “This is exactly why we have been calling for industry-wide pay protections to stop the exploitation of New York’s drivers once and for all.” Uber has long faced criticism over its treatment of drivers, which it considers independent contractors rather than employees. The classification of drivers as contractors allows Uber to avoid paying minimum wage or providing benefits such as workers’ compensation. In March, a video of Travis Kalanick berating an Uber driver went viral, prompting the CEO to apologize and seek “leadership help”. In the video, Kalanick responded to his Uber driver raising concerns about his livelihood by saying: “Some people don’t like to take responsibility for their own shit. They blame everything in their life on somebody else.” The embattled CEO has faced a slew of scandals this year, including allegations of widespread sexual harassment and gender discrimination and a costly intellectual property battle with Alphabet. In March, the New York Times reported that about 500,000 riders have deleted their accounts in protest of the company’s practices.
News Article | May 11, 2017
ARLINGTON, Va., May 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Bloomberg Law today announced the launch of its new Corporate Practice Center, which features a significant expansion in content developed exclusively for corporate counsel. It integrates practical guidance, expert analysis, commentary, news, p...
News Article | May 9, 2017
ARLINGTON, Va., May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bloomberg BNA today announced the introduction of its Chemicals Management Guide, which provides a unique combination of expert-written, in-depth analysis, extensive primary source material, chart builders and guidance to help...
News Article | May 14, 2017
Nine out of ten startups will fail. This is the hard and bleak truth. Financial Poise webinar series Advising the Start-Up 2017 is intended to place your startup in the 10% that survive…and hopefully thrive. Learn from entrepreneurs who have started businesses that have both failed and succeeded. Learn from professionals who have advised startups from idea, to business formation, to employee no. 1, to successful startup. This series includes webinars covering The Very Basics – Forming the Business, Raising Capital – Negotiating with Potential Investors, HR-101: Finding, Negotiating With & Retaining Potential Hires and IP-101: What Every Founder / Entrepreneur Should Know. The 4th episode of the Advising the Start-Up series, "IP-101: What Every Founder/Entrepreneur Must Know," (Register Here) airs on May 22 at 2pm and features Moderator Todd Zoha of MorrisAnderson. Todd is joined by Steve Elleman of Thompson Hine, Steve Lendaris of Baker Botts, April Besl of Dinsmore & Shohl and David Perla of Bloomberg BNA Legal Division/Bloomberg Law. Intellectual property is an asset. Founders and startups need to understand the value of their intellectual property. What is a copyright, patent, trademark or trade secret? How do these protect the startup and its’ asset? How can a startup monetize these intangible assets? This webinar focuses on intellectual property laws in the U.S. and how founders and their counsel can navigate them to make sure that the company owns (or has the right to use) the IP it thinks it owns (or has the right to use) and how to protect itself from third party claims to the contrary and from those who would infringe on the startup’s rights. Each episode is delivered in Plain English understandable to business owners and executives without much background in these areas, yet is proven to be valuable to seasoned professionals. Each episode in the series brings you into engaging, sometimes humorous, conversations designed to entertain as it teaches. And, as with all Financial Poise Webinars, each episode in the series is designed to be viewed independently of the other episodes, so that participants will enhance their knowledge of this area whether they attend one, some, or all of the episodes. ABOUT FINANCIAL POISE™: Financial Poise™ (http://www.financialpoise.com ) provides unbiased news, continuing education, and intelligence to private business owners, executives, investors, and their trusted advisors. For more information contact Jennifer Storch at jstorch(at)financialpoise(dot)com or 312-469-0135.
News Article | May 10, 2017
ARLINGTON, Va., May 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In light of increasing momentum for tax reform, Bloomberg BNA today announced that it appointed leading practitioners to four federal tax advisory boards focused on pass-through entities, corporate taxation, compensation planning and federal...
BNA Inc | Date: 2015-08-05
Provided is a convenient and economical testing method capable of detecting a detection target nucleic acid (e.g., mutation type gene) with high sensitivity and high accuracy. A method including selectively amplifying a detection target nucleic acid by inhibiting amplification of a detection non-target nucleic acid (e.g., wild-type gene) in a test sample by using, in a nucleic acid amplification reaction, an oligonucleotide analog containing one or more kinds of one or more unit structures of various nucleoside analogs represented by the following formula (I):
BNA Inc | Date: 2013-09-27
The invention provides a method of selectively amplifying a detection target nucleic acid by inhibiting amplification of a detection non-target nucleic acid (e.g., wild-type gene) in a test sample by using, in a nucleic acid amplification reaction, an oligonucleotide analog containing one or more kinds of one or more unit structures of various nucleoside analogs represented by the following formula (I): wherein the symbols are as defined in the DESCRIPTION, and the like, or a salt thereof, as a clamp nucleic acid, and detecting the amplified nucleic acid.