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OIG Takes Aim at Speaker Programs in Special Fraud Alert
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, November 2020

On November 16, 2020, the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) issued a Special Fraud Alert addressing the fraud and abuse risks of speaker programs that are commonplace in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries...

FTC Sues to Block Methodist Le Bonheur-St. Francis Transaction
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, November 2020

On November 12, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued to block the acquisition of two Memphis-area hospitals by Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. Eleven months earlier, on December 12, 2019, Methodist entered into an agreement with Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corporation to purchase Saint Francis-Memphis and St. Francis-Bartlett (along with their associated physician practices, urgent care centers, and other ancillary care providers) for $350 million...

Round and Round Florida (and Georgia) Go: An Update on the Florida-Georgia Water Wars
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, November 2020

For most of the last three decades, Florida, Georgia, and Alabama have waged a multifront water war, filing cases in federal courts across the United States. This war, and these cases, turn on apportionment of two river basins: the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin and the Alabama-Coosa- Tallapoosa (ACT) River Basin. At the heart of this legal tug of war lie competing uses—and visions—for the basins...

Mortgage Servicing in the Age of COVID-19: Post Forbearance
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

On page 8 of the September–October issue, we discussed the COVID-19 forbearance landscape and related compliance challenges for mortgage servicers. In this article, we unpack the post-forbearance world, focusing on the transition out of forbearance and into other forms of loss mitigation assistance, including, but not limited to, payment deferrals, repayment plans, loan modifications, etc...

Information Blocking Rule Compliance Date Extended Due to Pandemic
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released an interim final rule on October 29, 2020, delaying the implementation of the information blocking rule under the 21st Century Cures Act (Information Blocking Rule)...

Get Right with OSHA on COVID-19 or Get Fined
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

Most employers are familiar with the role of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in enforcing standards to ensure that the working men and women in the United States have a safe and healthy workplace. The current COVID-19 pandemic has presented new challenges to OSHA for reviewing how employers are protecting their employees...

With Remote Workers in Different States, What About Jurisdiction?
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

With the explosion of remote work arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are more likely to have remote employees who live in different states. A company should examine whether it is actually subject to potential jurisdiction for legal claims in each state where it has a remote employee. In other words, if your company has employees working remotely in other states, can you actually be sued in all of those states? The answer is maybe...

Federal Highway Construction Funding Extended for Another Year Without Long-Term Plan in Place
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

One of the key refrains of national politics recently has been that we need to address, repair, and replace aging infrastructure. Of course, this leads to the core problem of funding as the amount of infrastructure construction and maintenance currently needed in the U.S. is staggering. The federal government recently put off dealing with this growing problem by extending funding for federal highway and public transportation programs for one year...

Big Win for Restaurant Policyholders in COVID-19 Litigation in North Carolina
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

A North Carolina court has required Cincinnati Insurance Company to provide business interruption and extra expense coverage to 16 North Carolina restaurants that lost the use of and access to their properties due to COVID-19 civil authority orders (see North State Deli, LLC, et al. v. Cincinnati Insurance Co. et al.)...

Sweatpants in the Workplace? Dress Code Considerations When Returning to the Office During a Pandemic
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

Months of working from home have made at least one thing clear – the “Freshman 15” has nothing on the COVID-19. Boredom, stress, and ease of access to the refrigerator has caused many employees to trade in their suits for sweatpants and their heels for flip-flops. As offices see more and more employees return to work, employers may want to consider taking proactive steps to curtail such casual attire in the workplace. Can employers require a dress code? Yes...

Weekly Digest: COVID-19 Resources from Bradley
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

This digest is a curated list of Bradley content regarding the coronavirus. In an effort to provide our clients with the easiest way to find information that may be beneficial in responding to the impact of COVID-19, we have provided links to our most recent blog posts, news alerts, webinar recordings and more. Additionally, this digest will now be deployed on a weekly basis in an effort to reduce the number of emails our clients receive...

Words to Remember: Mother’s Sayings Help Us Get Through the Pandemic
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

In these strange new days of back-to-back vir-tual meetings, working from home offices, home-schooling children, and social distancing from the grocery store, not to mention from most human beings—who is to say that anyone actually will read these pearls of wisdom from my sweet, dearly departed mother...

Weekly Digest: COVID-19 Resources from Bradley
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

This digest is a curated list of Bradley content regarding the coronavirus. In an effort to provide our clients with the easiest way to find information that may be beneficial in responding to the impact of COVID-19, we have provided links to our most recent blog posts, news alerts, webinar recordings and more. Additionally, this digest will now be deployed on a weekly basis in an effort to reduce the number of emails our clients receive...

CFPB Speaks: Expectations for Servicers in the Age of COVID-19 Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

Join us for a special opportunity to hear directly from the CFPB about mortgage servicing in the COVID-19 era. On October 14 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET, Bradley hosted a Q&A session with Allison Brown of the CFPB's Office of Supervision Policy to discuss the CFPB’s supervisory expectations as the industry grapples with CARES implementation and other challenges arising from the coronavirus crisis...

US Regional Employment 2020: Alabama
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

Law and Practice The 2020 Chambers US Regional Employment Guide features guidance on employment law across 14 states and includes a unique state comparison tool for readers. The guide provides expert legal commentary on the impact of COVID-19 on the workplace, the "Black Lives Matter" and "Me Too" movements, unions, the National Labor Relations Board, the interviewing process, restrictive covenants, discrimination and harassment, and whistle-blower claims...

US Regional Employment 2020: Tennessee
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

Law and Practice The 2020 Chambers US Regional Employment Guide features guidance on employment law across 14 states and includes a unique state comparison tool for readers. The guide provides expert legal commentary on the impact of COVID-19 on the workplace, the "Black Lives Matter" and "Me Too" movements, unions, the National Labor Relations Board, the interviewing process, restrictive covenants, discrimination and harassment, and whistle-blower claims...

Alabama Law and Practice
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

The US Regional Employment 2020 features 14 states. The guide provides expert legal commentary on the impact of COVID-19 on the workplace, the "Black Lives Matter" and "Me Too" movements, unions, the National Labor Relations Board, the interviewing process, restrictive covenants, discrimination and harassment, and whistle-blower claims. Bradley attorneys authored the Alabama and Tennessee chapters of the US Regional Employment 2020 featured below...

Tennessee Law and Practice
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

The US Regional Employment 2020 features 14 states. The guide provides expert legal commentary on the impact of COVID-19 on the workplace, the "Black Lives Matter" and "Me Too" movements, unions, the National Labor Relations Board, the interviewing process, restrictive covenants, discrimination and harassment, and whistle-blower claims. Bradley attorneys authored the Alabama and Tennessee chapters of the US Regional Employment 2020 featured below...

False Claims Act Risk to Private Equity Healthcare Investors
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

As many healthcare practitioners and attorneys can attest, private equity investment has become an increasingly prevalent feature of the healthcare industry. From blockbuster deals like KKR’s purchase of Envision Healthcare Corp., to smaller but numerous physician practice buyouts by private equity firms across the country, the perceived benefits of private equity investment have proved alluring to healthcare providers...

COVID-19 FOMU for Employers: Fear of Messing Up
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

Even in virus-free times, the world of labor laws and employment regulations is at best confusing to an employer, and at worst, overwhelming. Adding the stress of emergency paid sick leave, ever-evolving unemployment qualifications, and shelter-in-place orders is enough to make any boss’s head spin. Business owners want to keep their employees healthy and safe. They also want to operate in a way that at least garners enough income to keep the doors open...

A Refresher For Govt Contractors On Bid Protest Intervention
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

As a result of increased government spending at the end of the government's fiscal year — the 12-month period beginning on Oct. 1 and ending on Sept. 30 — the number of bid protest filings peaks in October. Accordingly, government contractors should be particularly mindful this time of year of their rights with respect to intervening in bid protests both at the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims...

Leasing Healthcare Employees? Don’t Overlook The Benefits Traps, Part III
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

As noted in Part I and Part II of this series, benefits compliance concerns typically take a backseat to the many good reasons for healthcare organizations to provide or receive the services of leased employees. However, with sufficient awareness, these compliance issues, which often have surprisingly outsized risks, can generally be managed without disrupting the aims of the employee leasing arrangement...

10 Legal Considerations When Starting a Hemp Business in Alabama
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

So, you want to start a hemp company in Alabama. You have your big idea and a business plan ready, but you begin to wonder whether you should be thinking about any legal issues as you get your company off the ground. That’s where we come in. Bradley’s Cannabis Industry team has a deep understanding of the many unique legal and business issues that impact hemp companies in Alabama and beyond...

Cannabis and the Candidates: Joe Biden Cannabis and the Candidates: Joe Biden
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

This is the first article in a three-part series focused on the intersection of the 2020 presidential election and cannabis policy in the United States. Each article will focus on the specific presidential candidates of the two major parties and the eventual winner. Check back in two weeks for the next entry in this series. The 2020 U.S. presidential election is underway, with many voters already casting their ballots under unprecedented circumstances...

Non-Compete Agreement Series: Everything You Need to Know (And Probably Don’t) About Covenants Not to Compete - Mississippi
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

The next state in our series exploring non-compete agreements is the Magnolia State, Mississippi. Unlike Texas and Louisiana, Mississippi’s noncompete laws are purely creatures of the common law.  Mississippi has no statutory scheme in place governing covenants not to compete. For this chapter we are joined by my partners Justin Scott and Slates Veazey...

 

 

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