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Price Transparency is Coming: Time to Get Ready
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a final rule, which will require hospitals to publicly disclose pricing information, effective January 1, 2021...

H-1B Visa Filing Season: New Registration Process Begins March 1
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

Why is H-1B Filing Season Important? This is the only time of year (with minor exceptions indicated below) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) accepts H-1B specialty worker petitions for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, 2020...

Pennsylvania Health Insurers Must Cover Medication Synchronization Services Beginning July 2020
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

Beginning July 1, 2020, Pennsylvania’s Act 46 of 2019 (Act 46)[1] will require most Pennsylvania health insurers to cover medication synchronization services (MedSync) provided to patients taking two or more maintenance medications (i.e., medications for chronic long-term conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease)...

CMS Releases Bulletin Discussing Best Practices for Avoiding 340B Duplicate Discounts in Medicaid
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

On Jan. 8, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published an informational bulletin titled “Best Practices for Avoiding 340B Duplicate Discounts in Medicaid.”[1] The bulletin outlines seven regulatory strategies State Medicaid agencies may consider when developing policies for preventing the occurrence of duplicate discounts in Medicaid Fee-for-Services (FFS) and Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO) programs...

A Proxy Season Guide to 2020
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

The 2019 proxy season marked a year of continued changing voting behavior. Though patterns and trends of the past season do not seem to indicate changes beyond marginal impact, the 2019 season can serve to set expectations for the 2020 proxy season...

New California Laws Could Bring Difficulties in Employment Arbitration
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

New California laws could make it more difficult for employers to enforce employment arbitration agreements and now prohibit “no rehire” language in settlement agreements involving employment disputes.  Arbitration Agreements The enforceability of employment arbitration agreements has long been under attack in California...

2020 Rings in Legislative Changes for California
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

With the New Year, California rings in a lot of legislative changes, including a new standard for evaluating independent contractor classifications.  Here is what you need to know: Independent Contractors Effective Jan. 1, 2020, Assembly Bill 5 (AB-5) became law in California by adding section 2750.3 to the Labor Code.  AB-5 is the legislative response to the California Supreme Court decision in Dynamex v...

OCR Announces Recent Enforcement Actions and Settlements for HIPAA Noncompliance
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced several recent enforcement actions and settlements for violations of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules. Ambulance Company Pays $65,000 to Settle Allegations of Long-Standing HIPAA Noncompliance On Dec. 30, 2019, West Georgia Ambulance, Inc...

EPA Walks Back 2017 Risk Management Program Amendments Applicable to Stationary Sources
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

On Nov. 20, 2019, United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed the Risk Management Program Reconsideration Rule (Reconsideration Rule), which finalized changes to the 2017 Risk Management Program Amendments. The Reconsideration Rule reflects EPA’s reconsideration of its 2017 Amendments based on objections from three petitions and based on its own review. The Reconsideration Rule was effective on Dec...

NLRB Returns to Historic Standard for Arbitral Deference
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

On Dec. 23, 2019, in a unanimous decision in United Parcel Service, Inc.1, the National Labor Relations Board returned to its historic standards for arbitral deference.2 The decision expressly overrules the Board’s 2014 decision in Babcock & Wilcox Construction Co., Inc...

SECURE Act: Summary of Key Changes for Plan Sponsors
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

On May 23, 2019, by a vote of 417-3, the United States House of Representatives passed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement (SECURE) Act. Notwithstanding broad bipartisan support, the bill stalled in the United States Senate until Dec. 19, 2019, when it passed a budget reconciliation bill (H.R. 1865, the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020 [the “Act”]), which contains the provisions from the SECURE Act.  The president signed the Act on Dec. 20...

NLRB Permits Employers to Restrict Employee Access to Company E-mail
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2019

On December 16, 2019, in Caesars Entertainment d/b/a Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, the National Labor Relations Board (Board) returned to the standard outlined in Register Guard, which announced that employees have no statutory right to use employer equipment, including IT equipment, for activity protected under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act.1 The decision expressly overrules the Board’s decision in Purple Communications, Inc...

New DOJ Guidance for Companies Considering Voluntarily Self-Disclosing Potentially Criminal Export Control and Sanctions Violations
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2019

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), National Security Division (NSD), recently published updated[1] policy guidance, effective immediately, for companies considering whether to voluntarily self-disclose potentially criminal violations of U.S. export control and sanctions statutes.[2] The policy, dated Dec...

MSHA’s Fall Regulatory Agenda — 2019
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2019

In November 2019, the Trump administration issued unified agenda of regulatory and deregulatory actions. Within the United States Department of Labor, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (“MSHA”) issued six notices – two in the prerule stage, three in the proposed rule stage, and one in the final rule stage. All of these actions are discussed in further detail below...

NLRB Presumes Confidentiality of Investigative Reports is Lawful
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2019

In a long-anticipated decision on Dec. 16, 2019, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) scuttled a 2015 agency decision that presumptively prohibited employers from requiring confidentiality of investigative reports.   In Apogee Retail, 368 NLRB No. 144 (2019), the NLRB returned to its previous standard that presumes the legality of the maintenance of work rules requiring confidentiality of investigative interviews between an employer and employee...

Wait, I Might Be Participating in a Boycott?
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2019

Recent enforcement actions initiated by the Bureau of Industry and Security’s (“BIS”) Office of Antiboycott Compliance (“OAC”) serve as a warning to U.S. persons (including U.S. companies) with business interests in and around the Middle East. It is easy for the complacent to run afoul of OAC’s Antiboycott Regulations when evaluating and responding to otherwise routine documents such as a letters of credit, shipping certificates, or purchase orders...

NLRB Restores Longstanding Dues Checkoff Rule
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2019

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), in Valley Hospital Medical Center, 368 N.L.R.B. 139 (Dec. 16, 2019), ruled an employer’s obligation to check off union dues expires along with the underlying collective bargaining agreement. This overrules a 2015 board decision and reestablishes a longstanding rule first articulated in 1962. Reasoning Employers and unions must negotiate in good faith over workers’ terms and conditions of employment...

CCPA: The 1st Major American Foray into Comprehensive Data Privacy Regulation
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2019

Data protection in the United States is about to undergo a major change, and everyone needs to be ready. The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), signed into law June 28, 2018, enters into effect Jan. 1, 2020. It creates several new obligations for many United States-based businesses with regard to the collection, treatment, and sale of personal information...

NLRB Issues Final Rule Modifying Representation Case Procedures
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2019

On Dec. 13, 2019, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced a Final Rule which modifies representation case procedures. The amendments modify the procedures to permit parties additional time to comply with various pre-election requirements instituted in 2015...

USPTO Attorney Fee Rule Deemed Contrary to the American Way
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2019

For decades, patent owners who appealed refusal of their sought-after registrations with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) were responsible for their own costs, fees and certain expenses incurred by the USPTO (e.g. travel expenses, expert fees and copying), as required by Section 145 of the Patent Act (35 U.S.C §145)...

Government Scrutiny of Foreign Investment on the Rise – CFIUS Releases Annual Report to Congress
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2019

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”), the interagency panel at the Department of the Treasury that reviews transactions for potential national security risks, recently released the public version of its latest annual report to Congress...

Federal Bank Regulators Issue Guidance on Serving Hemp-Related Businesses
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2019

On Dec. 3, 2019, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC) in conjunction with the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) issued a joint statement entitled “Providing Financial Services to Customers Engaged in Hemp-Related Businesses...

Ohio Board of Pharmacy Issues Important Notice to all Licensees Regarding Extortion Scam
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2019

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy (“Board of Pharmacy”) recently issued a notice to all Board of Pharmacy licensees to be on alert for a scam being perpetrated against Ohio health care providers...

9th Circuit Skeptical of Government Interlocutory Appeal of Unprecedented Denial of Motion to Dismiss Qui Tam Case
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2019

In United States v. United States ex rel. Thrower, No. 18-16408, on November 14, a panel of the Ninth Circuit gave a skeptical reception to the Department of Justice (DOJ) argument that the district court’s denial of the government’s motion to dismiss a False Claims Act (FCA) qui tam complaint against Academy Mortgage Corporation (Academy) invaded the government’s “prosecutorial discretion...

An Introduction to Labor Racketeering Actions Under The Federal Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Organizations Act
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, November 2019

Any person injured in his or her business or property by a pattern of racketeering activity may have standing to seek relief pursuant to the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970...

 

 

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