On November 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to hear challenges to the requirement that employer-provided health insurance include certain contraceptive methods. The Supreme Court will consider two cases:…more
Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) has released updates to its benchmark proxy voting guidelines for the 2014 proxy season. The updates, which are effective for meetings held on or after February…more
Section 252.363, Florida Statutes, provides an extension for certain development-related permits and authorizations when the Governor declares a state of emergency, effective within the area covered by the emergency declaration…more
The buyer of an existing business must determine whether to purchase the stock of the business entity or to purchase the assets of the business. The factors to consider include both non-tax and tax-related advantages of each…more
In recent years the United States Supreme Court has ruled in favor of businesses in several cases involving the enforceability of arbitration agreements. But as illustrated by a recent decision by Florida's Second District…more
As we approach the end of the year, employers and plan sponsors of qualified retirement plans and health and welfare plans should take time to meet various upcoming deadlines. Failure to comply with the deadlines may result in…more
Congress is currently considering the creation of a new protected class for purposes of workplace discrimination. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would create a new federally-protected class of individuals:…more
Current events were top-of-mind last Friday, November 15, 2013, as Akerman LLP's Healthcare Practice Group and Wells Fargo invited clients and industry professionals to engage in a thoughtful discussion on healthcare reform and…more
On October 23, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted unanimously to propose rules to permit U.S. companies to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding in an effort to implement the…more
Claims by employees "blowing the whistle" on their employer are on the rise in today's workplace. Will you be ready when the whistle is blown on your company?…more
What is the "temporary reinsurance fee"? The Affordable Care Act ("ACA") requires the creation of a transitional reinsurance program for the first three years (2014-2016) of the state health insurance exchanges to help…more
There has been much speculation in the health care community that it may be financially beneficial, under certain circumstances, for hospitals and other large providers to purchase health care coverage for their indigent…more
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed a major change to its rules regarding the way that employers report injury and illness data to the agency.
In what is reported to be the largest repayment to date involving "meaningful use" incentive payments, Naples, Florida-based Health Management Associates, Inc. ("HMA"), with 71 inpatient facilities in 15 states, including…more
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has issued new rules that increase affirmative action requirements of direct federal contractors and subcontractors.
The OFCCP issued its final rules in the…more
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