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Dealing with the Profitability Squeeze: a Report from the 2012 LAW Annual Meeting

Lawyers Associated Worldwide (“LAW”) conducted its 2012 Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) in Auckland, New Zealand.

Portability – What Was Fixed and What Was Forgotten

The American Taxpayer Relief Act (“ATRA”) signed into law by President Obama on January 2, 2013 made the concept of “portability” permanent.

Health Care Client Update: Reported HIPAA Breaches Clear 500th Case Mark

As required by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“HITECH Act”), the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) maintains a public list of unsecured electronic Protected Health Information (“PHI”) breaches affecting 500 or more individuals.

Top Five Trademark Mistakes by Business Owners

A trademark is a word, group of words, design, or symbol used to identify a particular product.
One of the benefits of obtaining federal trademark registration is that it provides the owner with the exclusive right to use the trademark nationwide on or in connection with the goods or services listed in the registration.

National Women’s Business Council 2012 Annual Report Recommendations

The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), the non-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice for the President, Congress and the Small Business Administration, issued its 2012 Annual Report in early December.

The Presidential Election and the Future of Health Care: Where Do We Go From Here?

This outline is intended to provide employers with a roadmap to assist with decision making regarding employee health benefits. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a/k/a Obamacare) appears, as a result of the Presidential election on November 6, 2012, to be a permanent part of U.S. health care.

Stolen Laptop Containing Patient Information Costs Providers $1.5 Million

On September 17, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Associates, Inc. (MEEI) agreed to pay an amount of $1.5 million to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, as amended (HIPAA).

Fluctuating Workweek Overtime Calculation Method Not Available in Pennsylvania

Generally speaking, Pennsylvania employers are required to pay employees according to the minimum wage and overtime standards under state and federal law.

Allowable Confidentiality of Internal Investigations Narrows

Conducting investigations in the workplace may now be more difficult for employers thanks to a recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”).

New Requirements for Hospitals Seeking to Maintain Federal Tax Exemption

On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court announced its long-awaited decision to uphold the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”).

Pennsylvania Legislature Adopts FLSA 8/80 Rule

Pennsylvania hospitals and medical care providers now have options for computing overtime.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Health Care Reform Ruling: Impact on Employer Plans

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was signed into law March 23, 2010 and the related Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (HCERA), which modified certain provisions of the PPACA was signed into law March 30, 2010 (together known as the “Affordable Care Act” (ACA)).

Attorney Collaboration and Why It Matters To You the Client

Lawyers Associated Worldwide (“LAW”) held the Americas Regional Meeting in San Francisco on March 29-31, 2012.

JOBS Act Increases Opportunities for Startups

On April 5, President Obama signed into law the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act).

Fourteen Employees at Florida Law Firm Fired For Wearing Orange Shirts

In a story that has made recent headline news, approximately fourteen employees of the Elizabeth R. Wellborn Law Firm in Deerfield Beach Florida were fired on Friday, March 16 for wearing orange shirts.
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