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Health Care E-Note - May 2017

by Burr & Forman on

When a physician leaves a medical practice, especially if the physician stays in the area to compete against his/her former employer, the situation can become stressful and acrimonious. Please see full E-Note below for...more

News From the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - April 2017 #3

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Senate Committee Rejects Anti-Uber Amendment - The Senate Finance Committee on Friday afternoon unanimously rejected a proposal from the Senate Judiciary Committee to impose high automobile liability insurance limits on...more

Health Alert (Australia) 8 May 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 2 May 2017 - Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Social-Lites Pty Ltd [2017] FCA 398 - TRADE PRACTICES – misleading...more

Health Alert (Australia) April 24, 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 11 April 2017 - Medical Board Of Australia and Nuttall [2017] WASAT 58 - National Law - Professional misconduct - Advice - Lacking...more

News from the Vermont Statehouse An - Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - March 2017 #2

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

The House Ways and Means Committee is considering a proposal from the Vermont Department of Taxes to reduce the amount of use tax a person can pay without providing records to prove his or her tax liability. The rate would...more

W2 Phishing Scam Hits Citizens Memorial Hospital

We continue to see all industries hit with W2 phishing scams, including the health care industry. Citizens Memorial Hospital, located in Bolivar, Missouri, was hit with the scam when one of its employees believed that an...more

California Legislative Update: Which Bills Made the Final Cut?

by Littler on

Although the California Legislature sent Governor Jerry Brown bills on bed bugs, powdered alcohol, and making denim the official state fabric, the laws enacted in 2016 affecting the state’s private-sector employers were...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.18.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A SDNY jury has found former JPMorgan banker Sean Stewart guilty of insider trading based on allegations that Stewart was leaking confidential information about health care company mergers to his dad....more

Final Blacklisting and Contractor Paid Sick Leave Rules Slated for Late Summer Publication, According to Spring Regulatory Agenda

by Littler on

Although this election season may feel endless, there are only six more months until voters decide the next president and members of Congress. Within this window, federal agencies are scrambling to finalize rules before the...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Equipment Supplier/Dealer Bill Moving in Commerce - A bill that would tip the scales in contract negotiations between farm and yard equipment suppliers and their local dealers has passed the Senate and is now pending...more

Can Healthcare Providers Prohibit Employees From Using Recording Devices in the Workplace?

In the wake of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision in Whole Foods Market, Inc., 363 NLRB No. 87 (Dec. 24, 2015), hospitals and healthcare providers will need to revisit their employee recording policies. This...more

What Employers Need To Know About Supreme Court Issues After The Passing Of Justice Scalia

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Make no mistake, the role of Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court profoundly impacts the balance of power among the branches of our government. Now, with the untimely passing of Justice Antonin Scalia on February 13, the void...more

Recent Government-Issued FAQs Cause Plan Sponsors to Clarify Preventive Care and Wellness in Health Plan Communications

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On October 23, 2015, the U.S. Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Treasury issued frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the implementation of preventive care and wellness provisions of the...more

NLRB Extends Its Email Rule to the Health Care Workplace

The National Labor Relations Board (Board) continues its scrutiny of employer policies—this time striking down an email policy designed to ensure that health care employees provide patient care without distraction. UPMC, 362...more

NLRB Extends Its Email Rule to the Health Care Workplace

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

The National Labor Relations Board (Board) continues its scrutiny of employer policies—this time striking down an email policy designed to ensure that health care employees provide patient care without distraction. UPMC, 362...more

Internet Posting of SPD is Insufficient

Employers know that they must prepare and distribute a summary plan description (SPD) for their ERISA benefit plans, including retirement benefits, health insurance, life insurance and disability insurance. Because of the...more

How to Mitigate Compliance Risks with BYOD - EndNotes February 2015

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

If you have ever left your mobile phone on an airplane, in a restaurant or somewhere other than in your possession, you know it’s frightening enough to think of losing the device itself, which costs a premium, as well as your...more

The Employment Law Authority - October/November 2014

In This Issue: - Employee Benefits. Recent IRS letter reminds employers about issues associated with offering “free” parking - State Round-Up. Learn about the latest employment law news in your state -...more

Privacy Tuesday – November 2014 – Five Things to Start Your Week

Welcome to Privacy Tuesday – here are five privacy & security bits and bytes to start your week: 1) California AG’s Data Breach Report: Who Is Handling Your Patients’ Confidential Health Information? - The...more

Whistleblowers Must Have Independent Knowledge to Actually Blow the Whistle

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

To bring a valid qui tam action and overcome the so-called “public disclosure bar” under the False Claims Act (“FCA”), a whistleblower must have direct knowledge of the alleged fraudulent activity, independent of already...more

Ignore Social Media at Your Own Risk

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

There’s no question that the advent of social media has changed the way we communicate. However, the use of social media raises a number of legal issues and potential liabilities of which every organization should be...more

Labor Letter, August 2013: NLRB Taking Close Look At Photography Policies

by Fisher Phillips on

In February of 2009, a Wisconsin medical center fired several nurses after they electronically posted patient x-rays to their Facebook page, revealing the presence of a potentially embarrassing foreign object. As a result,...more

Bring Your Own Device Programs and Health Care: Too Risky to Work? - Scripts - News for the Health Care Community

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Recent workplace surveys report that as many as 87% of employees use personal electronic devices for work, raising compliance, data loss, and security risks for their employers. As a result, designing a workable...more

Personal Smartphones: A Ticking HIPAA/HITECH Time Bomb?

by BakerHostetler on

In this brave new world of health information privacy, many industry experts and healthcare organizations have emphasized the need to secure portable electronic devices such as laptops, issued to employees. But a recently...more

Cyberattacks a mounting challenge for employers

In a recent panel discussion, one of the speakers was a so-called "ethical hacker" - a hacker-turned-protector of employers' confidential information. As someone at the forefront of cyberattacks, the ethical hacker's opinion...more

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