On February 6, 2015, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued long-awaited proposed regulations to implement portions of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA). Consisting of almost one hundred pages...more
The deadline applies to all telecommunications carriers and interconnected VoIP providers.
Annual customer proprietary network information (CPNI) certifications are due March 1, 2015 for the period covering January 1,...more
We were pleased to announce this week that client Southern Ute Alternative Energy, LLC received certification as a Minority-owned Business Entity (MBE) from the California Supplier Clearinghouse. Southern Ute Alternative...more
Last week, the Commissioner of Business Oversight issued an invitation for comment on whether to exempt real estate brokers from the investment adviser certification requirement under the Corporate Securities Law of 1968....more
On December 22, 2014, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (“DSIO”) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued an Advisory providing guidance regarding the contents of chief compliance...more
As 2015 begins, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is sharpening its emphasis on inspecting and citing employers who violate its recordkeeping standard. This takes on greater importance because of the...more
Stakeholders received insight on the Obama administration’s expected approach to the certification and oversight of qualified health plans (“QHPs”) on December 19, 2014, with the release by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...more
The New York Legislature recently enacted legislation that will require all health insurance plans that issue policies that provide for the use of a provider network to obtain network adequacy certification. The new...more
People concerned about privacy often ask, “Who can you trust?” And thus it’s worrisome when even a trusted intermediary — indeed, a privacy certification provider named for trust, TRUSTe — turns out to have a trustworthiness...more
On November 17, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a settlement with True Ultimate Standards Everywhere (TRUSTe) resolving allegations that TRUSTe failed to conduct annual recertifications for its privacy seal...more
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced an enforcement action against TRUSTe, a provider of privacy certifications for online businesses. The settlement resolves allegations that TRUSTe deceived consumers about...more
TRUSTe, Inc.’s online certifications are not always trustworthy according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
The FTC found, and TRUSTe agreed, that the company misled consumers in two respects. First, TRUSTe failed to...more
On September 3, 2014, U.K.-based medical device maker Smith & Nephew (the ‘‘Company’’) agreed to pay $8.3 million (plus an additional $3 million in attorney’s fees) to resolve a lawsuit filed under the federal civil False...more
A permanent labor certification issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) allows an employer to hire a foreign national to work permanently in the United States. The application for a labor certification is filed via the...more
An overlooked provision in the new Farm Bill will soon be getting more attention from specialty crop farmers as they begin purchasing insurance for next year’s crops. Under “conservation compliance,” all producers must now...more
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently upheld a District Court’s dismissal of a False Claims Act (FCA) complaint against a federal government contractor in a case that will be of...more
For many small, privately held businesses, navigating the world of small business certifications can be a daunting task. Certification options abound for women, minority, veteran-owned, and small disadvantaged businesses. ...more
As companies wrestle with designing and implementing due diligence screening and monitoring programs, several organizations have been pushing the value of certifications....more
Given the financial and administrative costs that FMLA continues to impose upon employers, HR managers are consulting with counsel to determine what tools are available to ensure that those who truly need FMLA leave are able...more
It is not unusual for opposing counsel to demand that you “certify” that your client’s document production is complete and correct. What does this mean? Are you required to do it?
The issue often arises in...more
The U.S. General Services Administration recently added Green Globes as an additional third-party green building certification system for federal government construction projects. With this addition, many are now asking about...more
CMS recently issued proposed rules that would modify 2014 EHR certification requirements and revise the meaningful use Stage 2 and Stage 3 timeline.
In response to industry complaints that many eligible professionals...more
We have all seen or heard about them without, perhaps, knowing what they were or for what they stand: the GOOD HOUSEKEEPING seal of approval, UL certified, ENERGY STAR rated, GROWN IN IDAHO potatoes, HARRIS TWEED, and many,...more
Recently, the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) made a number of changes to the application for a California Finance Lenders Law (CFLL) license that is completed by persons engaged in non-residential lending...more
An indictment was recently unsealed where the United States recently brought criminal charges, for among other things, false certifications under Section 302 and 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The allegations are of course...more
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