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2020 Estate Planning Update
Verrill, February 2020

SECURE ACT What you need to know: The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act went into effect on January 1, 2020. The most significant provisions of the SECURE Act involve changes to the withdrawal requirements for inherited retirement assets. 10-Year Withdrawal Requirement: Prior to the SECURE Act, beneficiaries of inherited retirement plans were generally permitted to take distributions over the course of their own lifetimes...

Two Proposed Rules Aim to Increase Organ Donation in the U.S.
Verrill, February 2020

On December 17, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a proposed rule to revise the Conditions for Coverage that Organ Procurement Organizations (“OPOs”) must satisfy in order for organ procurement costs to be paid by Medicare and Medicaid (the “OPO Proposed Rule”)...

2020 Annual Employment Law Update Materials
Verrill, January 2020

On Thursday, January 30, members from Verrill's Employment & Labor group, as well as some from the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation group, conducted a full-day seminar full of employment law related topics that would prepare HR professionals, managers, and in-house counsel for the year ahead. The presentation slides and handout materials from the 2020 seminar are available for download as PDF files below...

Is the New U.S.-China Agreement What Was Prescribed?
Verrill, January 2020

The trade relationship between China and the United States has been top of mind for businesses over the past year. In spring 2018, Chinese President Xi Jinping denied the U.S. Government's request to end subsidies for key industries identified by the "Made in China 2025 Initiative...

More Proposed Changes to CCPA Geared to Health Care and Life Sciences Industries
Verrill, January 2020

The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”) took effect on January 1, 2020. Days later on January 8, 2020, the California Senate Health Committee unanimously approved Senate bill A.B. 713 (the “Bill”) to establish new exemptions particularly relevant to the health care and life sciences industries...

The SECURE Act
Verrill, January 2020

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (the “SECURE Act”) is the most far reaching new law affecting retirement benefits in more than a decade. This Client Advisory highlights key aspects of the SECURE Act that affect the design and administration of retirement plans, especially 401(k) retirement plans...

December 2019 Client Advisory
Verrill, December 2019

Click here to view as a PDF. This Client Advisory highlights important developments in the law governing employee benefit plans and executive compensation over the past year. It offers insight into what these developments mean for employers and plan sponsors and previews developments we expect to see in 2020...

Avoid Rejection: Make Sure Your Medicare Cost Report is Properly Completed
Verrill, December 2019

As the calendar year draws to a close, hospitals with a 9/30 fiscal year end are working intensely on completing their FY 2019 Medicare cost reports. This seemed like a good time to remind everyone of some of CMS’s more recent stringent cost reporting requirements. In many cases, a MAC will reject a cost report for lack of supporting documentation, especially in the following areas, which CMS addressed in Medicare Learning Matters No. SE19015...

Is a Benefit Corporation Right for You?
Verrill, November 2019

The “benefit corporation” is a relatively new type of business entity. In 2010, Maryland became the first state in the U.S. to enact a statute recognizing and providing for the organization of this form of entity. In September, Maine joined 30 other states that have enacted benefit corporation legislation over the past nine years, and such legislation is currently pending in several more states...

Keep Medicare Enrollment Information Correct and Current or Suffer Consequences
Verrill, October 2019

While most providers understand the need to bill Medicare correctly, many often fail to recognize the potentially disastrous results of not keeping Medicare informed of your correct and up-to-date practice information. A recent case highlights the dangers of a seemingly innocent error, which resulted in a physician’s Medicare billing privileges being revoked...

Proposed Regulations Under the CCPA Provide Some Clarity, But Questions Remain
Verrill, October 2019

Earlier this month, the California Attorney General issued long-awaited proposed regulations (“Proposed Rule”) under the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”)[1] along with a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Action and Initial Statement of Reasons explaining the Proposed Rule...

CMS Cracking Down on Health Care Fraud and Abuse
Verrill, September 2019

To increase provider and supplier transparency and accountability, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently issued a final rule (“Final Rule”) with comment period that allows CMS greater ability to prevent fraud and abuse by providers and suppliers enrolled in federal health care programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Programs (“CHIP”)...

Government Contractors & Employers of 100+ Employees Must File New EEOC Report by September 30, 2019
Verrill, September 2019

All employers that are required to submit an EEO-1 federal report — employers of 100 or more or federal government contractors and first-tier subcontractors with 50 or more employees and at least $50,000 in federal government contracts — must now also file the newly required Component 2 data report regarding wages for 2017 and 2018. The report must be submitted by September 30, 2019...

Government Contractors and Employers of 100+ Employees Must File New EEOC Report by September 30, 2019
Verrill, September 2019

EEO-1 Component 2 Report Due by September 30, 2019 All employers that are required to submit an EEO-1 federal report—employers of 100 or more, or federal government contractors and first-tier subcontractors with 50 or more employees and at least $50,000 in federal government contracts—must now also file the newly required Component 2 data report regarding wages for 2017 and 2018. The report must be submitted by September 30, 2019...

BORIM Issues Guidance on Recent Changes to Practice of Medicine Regulations
Verrill, September 2019

The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine (“BORIM”) recently finalized revisions to 243 CMR 2.00 (Licensure and the Practice of Medicine). These changes took effect on August 9, 2019. Because of the uncertainty resulting from certain of those changes, on September 6, 2019, BORIM issued guidance in the form of responses to “Frequently Asked Questions” (“FAQs”)...

What Employers Need to Know about the New Noncompetition Law in Maine
Verrill, August 2019

On June 28, 2019, Maine Governor Janet Mills signed a bill into law that significantly limits an employer's use of noncompetition agreements; i.e., an agreement that prohibits an employee from working in the same or a similar profession or in a specific geographic area for a certain period of time following termination of employment...

Massachusetts Final Budget: How the Act will Affect Pharmaceutical Companies
Verrill, August 2019

On July 31, 2019, Governor Charlie Baker signed a $43.3 billion fiscal year 2020 budget (“General Appropriations Act”). Originating from the Conference Committee’s budget, the General Appropriations Act accounts for any vetoes by the Governor and any overrides by the Massachusetts House of Representatives (“House”) and Senate. The House and Senate voted in favor of the Conference Committee’s budget, H. 4000, on July 22, 2019, almost unanimously...

Massachusetts Budget Update: Commonwealth Now Waiting on Governor Baker
Verrill, July 2019

On July 22, 2019, the Massachusetts House of Representatives (“House”) and Senate Conference Committee (“Conference Committee”) released the Commonwealth’s $43.1 billion fiscal year 2020 budget bill (“H. 4000”). It passed the House unanimously and the Senate by 39-1. H. 4000 now heads to Governor Charlie Baker...

Compromise Reached in Maine Workers’ Compensation Reform
Verrill, June 2019

Governor Mills has signed into law amendments to the existing Workers’ Compensation Act that are the product of a bipartisan effort to avoid a series of proposed legislation that would have had the very real risk of dragging Maine back to pre-1992 status. With the election of a Democratic governor and Democratic majority in the Legislature, proponents decided the time was right to attempt to swing the workers’ compensation pendulum decidedly in favor of employees...

Federal Communications Bar Association–Verrill Dana: Solving the Digital Divide
Verrill, June 2019

Wireless Technology is the Key to Low-Income and Minority Households’ Access to Broadband Last Friday afternoon, inside a Verrill Dana conference room above the city of Boston, national and northeast telecomm. attorneys and professionals gathered to discuss the progress and remaining needs in achieving affordable access to high speed, broadband internet for all Americans...

Maine’s New Paid Leave Law: Employer Confusion
Verrill, June 2019

On May 28, 2019, Governor Mills signed into law the nation’s first ever paid leave law requiring leave for any reason. The statute itself is uniquely brief, giving the impression that it is straightforward, but there are a host of important issues that the statute does not address. Below, we have identified what we know—and what we do not know—about the Maine’s new paid leave law thus far...

U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Hospitals in Allina DSH Part C Days Decision
Verrill, June 2019

On June 3, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court (“Court”) issued a 7-1 decision in Azar v. Allina Health Services, favoring hospitals that had sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) over a Medicare payment policy change...

Summer is Here, But Will Your Medicare Outpatient Claims Get Paid?
Verrill, June 2019

CMS’ Exact Match Requirement for Addresses Your hospital may have some corrective work to do over the next few weeks if you want to avoid delays in receiving payment for your Medicare claims for services rendered at off-campus outpatient provider-based departments...

Verrill's Intellectual Property Team
Verrill, May 2019

Recent Wins Shire City Herbals Inc. v. Blue et al., 3:15-30069 (D. Mass) Verrill Dana represents the three defendants in the long-running litigation brought by Shire City Herbals, Inc. over the alleged trademark FIRE CIDER. Shire City Herbals brought claims against the Defendants for trademark infringement as well as claims related to online activities and speech by the Defendants...

Verrill Voices: HR Law 101 Series
Verrill, May 2019

Tawny Alvarez hosted a series of Verrill Voices podcasts entitled HR Law 101: Understanding the HR Basics intended to provide startup entrepreneurs and HR newcomers with a strong foundational knowledge of the laws that govern the employer/employee relationship. The ongoing series provides listeners with tips on hiring, onboarding, navigating wage and hour laws, creating effective job descriptions, and understanding federal anti-discrimination laws...

 

 

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