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EEOC’s New Reporting Requirements May Add to Employers’ Burden, Liability

On February 1, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced plans to expand EEO-1 reporting requirements, beginning in 2017, to include compensation information for employers of 100 or more employees. The…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Important Changes for Physicians from the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule: Part II (Non-Stark Changes)

On November 16, 2015 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (Final MPFS).1 The Final MPFS addresses changes to the physician fee schedule and related policies,…more
| Government Contracting, Health

CMS Announces Changes to Medicare Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Application Process

On Jan. 22, 2016, CMS issued a new application and sweeping changes to the Medicare Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program hardship exception application process. The changes are intended to temporarily ease the…more
| Health

Important Changes for Physicians from the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule: Part I (Stark Changes)

On November 16, 2015 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (Final MPFS). The Final MPFS addresses changes to the physician fee schedule and related policies,…more
| Health

EEOC Denied in Attempt to Apply ADA Rules to Wellness Plan Tied to Group Health Plan

On the last day of 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin ruled against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) in its suit against an employer under the Americans with Disabilities Act…more
| Civil Rights, Health, Labor & Employment Law

Breaking: Supreme Court Rules Today that TCPA Class Action Not Mooted by Unaccepted Settlement Offer to Named Plaintiff

Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that a company’s unaccepted offer of complete relief to a named plaintiff in a putative class action does not moot the plaintiff’s case. Before the ruling, authored by Justice Ruth Bader…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy

So You Want to Arbitrate a Chose in Action Obtained Through an ABC?

The Court of Chancery for the State of Delaware recently issued a ruling affirming the ability of assignees in assignments for the benefit of creditors (ABCs) to assert claims against third parties originally held by the…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Bankruptcy, Commercial Law & Contracts

Texas Department of Insurance Takes Action Against Companies For Utilization Review Non-Compliance

In 2015, the Texas Department of Insurance (“TDI”) took action against a number of companies for their failure to be properly licensed as a utilization review agent in Texas, as well as for their failure to comply with other…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Obama Signs Omnibus Budget Bill that Includes $622 Million in Tax Extenders

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “PATH Act”) after both houses of Congress voted to approve the budget measure and comprehensive spending bill. The PATH Act…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Health, Taxation

Amendment Reducing Size of Illinois Juries Declared Unconstitutional

On Monday December 21st, a Cook County, Illinois trial judge declared unconstitutional the recent Illinois legislation enacted that reduced the number of jurors in all civil trials from twelve persons to six. The legislation…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law

IRS’s New, Optional Donor Form Causes Confusion

On September 16, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations to provide an alternative method for substantiating charitable contribution deductions. In connection with these regulations, the IRS will…more
| Nonprofit Law, Taxation

Polsinelli Podcast - What Employers Need to Know About Using Background Checks [Video]

For years, employers have used criminal background checks as part of the hiring process. These days it doesn’t take long to find a person’s virtual history on the internet. What kind of information is an employer legally allowed…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Privacy

Third Party Administrator Update: TPA Regulatory and Legislative Developments - December 2015

Polsinelli is pleased to share the December 2015 Third Party Administrator Newsletter. This newsletter covers topics throughout the year that effect TPAs. Items discussed in this report include: - State Insurance…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Insurance, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Corruption and the Closing Table: How Much Diligence is Due?

It is 2016 (almost). We all have heard about corruption – outrageous tales of money changing hands to enable access to new markets in under-regulated parts of the world, or payments for access to foreign ports, expediting the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions

Illinois Asbestos Court Rules on Personal Jurisdiction in First Post-Daimler Decisions

In what is believed to be the Court’s first post-Daimler written decisions on the issue, Madison County, Illinois Judge Stephen A. Stobbs recently issued two decisions addressing whether the Court has personal jurisdiction over…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Toxic Torts
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