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House passes bill to cut CFPB funding; White House threatens veto

Yesterday, the House of Representatives, by a vote of 235-183, passed H.R. 1195, titled the “Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards Act.” As originally proposed, the bill would codify the CFPB’s existing...more

President Obama Signs SGR Repeal Legislation; New Physician Payment Methodology Begins in 2019

On April 16, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). MACRA repeals the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) that was set to cut Medicare Physician Fee...more

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Speaks about Cybersecurity at RSA Conference

As cyber week continues in Washington, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler traveled to the west coast to speak about cybersecurity at the RSA Conference in San Francisco. Wheeler noted that the FCC has...more

One Down, One to Go: Illinois Senate Passes Captive Insurance Exemption to Illinois Self-Procurement Tax

On April 21, 2015, the Illinois Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 1573, as amended. As we have previously covered, the amended Bill creates an exemption from the 3.5 percent self-procurement tax and 0.2 percent Surplus...more

Passage of Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA): The “Doc Fix”

The President has signed into law the bipartisan bill H.R. 2, the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015,” which permanently repeals the flawed Sustained Growth Rate (SGR) formula and replaces it with a stable...more

The SGR Fix: Congress Charts a New Course for Physician Payments and Gainsharing

On April 16, President Obama signed into law the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015,” (“MACRA”) which repealed the Sustainable Growth Rate (“SGR”) payment formula used to limit annual updates to Medicare...more

HHS OIG Issues Guidance to Healthcare Boards Regarding Oversight

On April 20, 2015, the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued guidance aimed at the governing boards of healthcare entities. The guidance—issued in conjunction with...more

Massachusetts Adopts Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

If you employ a nanny or housecleaner in Massachusetts, read on -- you probably are impacted by a new law. In particular, families and individuals who hire domestic workers to provide housekeeping, childcare and other...more

Philadelphia's Nonprofit Recertification Requirement Abolished

On April 7, 2015, Mayor Michael Nutter signed Bill No. 150144 into law, thereby repealing a 2013 Ordinance that had required Philadelphia’s nonprofit property owners to annually recertify that their properties continued to...more

Guns in the Trunks: Employees Now Can Sue Their Employers!

It has long been a crime to carry a gun on private property if prohibited by the owner. The enactment two years ago of the so-called "Guns in the Trunks" law changes this long standing law. See Tenn. Code Ann. 39-17-1313....more

New Law Restricts Employer Access to Employee Social Media Accounts, Including Through “Friend Requests”

On March 23, 2015, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed a new law, H.B. 2081, that restricts the ability of employers in Virginia to access the social media accounts of current and prospective employees—making Virginia...more

Hold Your Fire: Tennessee Bars Employers from Terminating Employees for Complying with ‘Guns-in-Trunks’

Earlier this month, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed a law prohibiting employers from firing employees for complying with the state’s “guns-in-trunks” statute. The new law creates another exception to Tennessee’s...more

More Beer Please! Proposed House Bill Increases Production Cap for Self-Distribution Limit

Two bills have been proposed in the North Carolina House that, if passed, will have a significant impact on the craft brewing industry. These should be watched closely and supported as they broaden opportunities for the...more

Medical marijuana extracts approved in Georgia

On Thursday Georgia became the 36th state, plus Washington, D.C., to legalize marijuana extracts to treat illnesses. Gov. Nathan Deal signed the "Haleigh's Hope Act," which immediately legalized the use of medical marijuana...more

Mandatory Provident Fund in Hong Kong: What is on the Horizon?

The Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes (Amendment) Bill 2014 (“Bill”) was passed by the Legislative Council in January 2015 to amend the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Ordinance (“MPFSO”) and its subsidiary legislation. Some...more

New Jersey’s Ban the Box Law Goes Into Effect

On March 1, 2015, New Jersey’s Opportunity to Compete Act (also known as “Ban the Box”) went into effect. The Act applies to employers with 15 or more employees over 20 calendar weeks that do business, employ people, or take...more

City of St. Petersburg, Florida Passes Wage Theft Ordinance

Under the new City of St. Petersburg “wage theft” ordinance, an employer commits wage theft when the employer fails to pay wages, or a portion of wages, due to an employee within a “reasonable time” (typically 14 business...more

“Doc Fix” Signed into Law; 21% Physician Pay Cut Avoided

President Obama has signed the “doc fix” into law, which permanently avoids a 21% pay cut for physicians that was slated to take effect this April. The law received broad bipartisan support, passing in the House of...more

West Virginia Becomes Latest State to Adopt Asbestos Transparency Legislation

On March 15, 2015, West Virginia became the fourth state to enact legislation aimed at increasing transparency between the civil tort and asbestos bankruptcy trust systems. Senate Bill 411, also known as the Asbestos...more

Illinois joins growing list of states to adopt anti-markup legislation; statute impacts all payors

After three years of negotiations between several constituencies, including pathologists, dermatologists and other specialist associations, Illinois has joined 25 states that have enacted laws addressing the practice of some...more

California’s Anti-Bullying Statute – What is the Effect of Non-Compliance?

By now, California employers should be aware of the “antibullying” law, which became effective on the first of this year. The statute is a compromise between employee rights groups seeking expansion of existing “harassment”...more

New York City Council Passes Ground-Breaking Legislation Limiting the Use of Credit Checks in Employment

On April 16, 2015, the New York City Council, by a vote of 47-3, approved legislation that would prohibit the use of credit checks in employment decisions except in limited circumstances. The bill, which is expected to be...more

SGR Law Brings Changes to CMP Prohibition on Gainsharing

On April 16, President Barack Obama signed into law the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015,” ending a perennial struggle over the Medicare reimbursement formula for physicians. Although the law is most...more

House passes bill to amend TILA points and fees definition for mortgage loans

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives passed a bill to amend the TILA definition of “points and fees” that is used to determine whether a loan is a high-cost mortgage or, for purposes of TILA’s ability to repay...more

Employers beware: Montana and Virginia are the newest states to limit employers’ access to personal social media accounts bringing...

On April 8, the Montana legislature sent its new social media law to the Governor for signature and on March 23, Virginia passed legislation prohibiting an employer from requiring, requesting, or causing a current or...more

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