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Managing Employee Interactions in the Wake of the Trump Election

You may have been able to keep politics away from the annual Thanksgiving gathering of relatives with diverging viewpoints, but the workplace requires daily interaction. What’s an employer to do with emotions still running high…more
| Civil Rights, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

Catch-22 for Franchisors: The Joint Employment Dilemma

As government agencies steadily expand the concept of joint employment, franchisors increasingly find themselves in a difficult position. Since August 2015, when the NLRB ruled in Browning-Ferris that entities with the ability…more
| Franchise Law, Labor & Employment Law

New York City Extends Wage Theft Protection to Independent Contractors

New York City has become the first jurisdiction nationally to extend wage theft protections to independent contractors. On November 16, 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law the "Freelance Isn't Free Act." FIFA imposes…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Employers Can Be Thankful: New Salary Regulation Delayed

Providing employers with a piece of good news, a Texas court has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that delays the December 1 implementation of the controversial final rule that increased the salary level for exempt…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Labor & Employment Law

Employers Beware: SEC Continues Offensive on Employment Agreements That Inhibit Whistleblowers

Risk Alert (literally)! Standard provisions in employment agreements, severance agreements and policies may run afoul of the SEC’s whistleblower regulations. In the wake of several highly publicized enforcement actions by the…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Now is the Time to Prepare for MACRA: 2017 Will Bring Major Changes to Physician Medicare Reimbursement

MACRA (the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015) is bi-partisan legislation that was enacted to change Medicare reimbursement from being based on the current system of volume of services provided to reimbursement…more
| Health

Update on Permit Extensions Under Toxic Algae Bloom Emergency Declaration

Section 252.363, Florida Statutes, provides a right to extend the duration of certain state and local permits when the Governor has declared a state of emergency. On June 29 and June 30, 2016, the Governor declared a state of…more
| Elections & Politics, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

HIPAA Audits – Phase 2: On-Site Audits Scheduled for First Quarter of 2017

Covered Entities and Business Associates may be ringing in the New Year with the prospect of responding to on-site HIPAA audits by federal regulators. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights…more
| Health, Privacy

The Age of “Big Data”: How Your Electronic Applicant Searches May Be Complicating Your Talent Search

How do you hire only the “best” employees? How does any employer find the time to “vet” the hundreds or even thousands of job seekers applying for positions? A number of employers have turned to “big data” – the use of various…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Protecting High-Net-Worth Individuals from Fraud

With new fraudulent schemes devised and perpetrated against individuals and businesses on a daily basis, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners created International Fraud Awareness Week, running from November 13-19, 2016,…more
| Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Marijuana Tipping Point: California and Florida Open Opportunities With Passage of New Laws

Tuesday's election will be viewed as a turning point in the emergence of new economies centered around marijuana. Ballot initiatives around the country resulted in important changes in eight states. Four states legalized adult…more
| Health, Labor & Employment Law

Gig and Technology Sectors Targeted in EEOC Enforcement Plan

The EEOC is targeting the “21st-century workplace” by focusing on gig economies and the technology sector in its new Strategic Enforcement Plan. The new Enforcement Plan also targets what the EEOC calls “complex employment…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

New Changes to Federal Regulations Create New Opportunities in Cuba for U.S. Businesses

On October 17, 2016 the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published respective amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations and Export…more
| Business Organizations, International Law & Trade

FDEP Emergency Rule Expands Pollution Notifications, Creating Significant New Requirements for Facilities and Landowners in Florida

On September 26, 2016, as directed by Governor Rick Scott, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Secretary Jon Steverson issued an emergency rule (62ER16-01) that established new, expanded requirements for public…more
| Elections & Politics, Environmental Law

Recent CyberSecurity Incidents Emphasize Importance of Cyberinsurance

As the threat of cyberattacks continues to pose daily threats to businesses large and small, more companies have turned to cyber insurance products to shore up protection against these disruptive threats. A spate of recent…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Health, Insurance, Science, Computers, & Technology
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