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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.

Arbitration Agreement Scrutinized by the Third Circuit

Agreements compelling employees to submit employment-related claims to arbitration have become a standard part of many employment contracts.

Update: NLRB Posting Requirement

We've kept you updated about the status of the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") Posting rule that was finalized in late 2011.

Area Nonprofit Organizations Should Prepare for Challenges to Tax-Exempt Status

The tough economic climate and the decline of taxable real estate has encouraged local government officials to review the tax-exempt status of area nonprofit organizations.

New Year – New Disclosure Requirements Beginning in 2012, Part II

In addition to the participant disclosure requirements described in Part I the Department of Labor (“DOL”) has issued regulations relating to service provider contracts with retirement plans. Under the service provider rules, covered service providers must make certain disclosures to the plan fiduciary (the employer).

New Year - New Disclosure Requirements Beginning in 2012, Part I

401(k) plans have become the most popular type of retirement plan. Participant direction of investment is a common feature of 401(k) plans. To insure that participants are provided with the information they need in order to make informed investment decisions, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) has issued participant disclosure regulations effective for plan years beginning in 2012.

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