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Who Is That Masked Employee and Is She Vaccinated? Employers Wrestle with New CDC Guidelines
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, June 2021

Do you trust your employees about their vaccination status, or do you need to see proof? Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new mask guidance came out last week, many employers have been wrestling with the question of how best to determine the COVID-19 vaccination status of their employees...

IRS Guidance Clarifies "Involuntary Termination" for the COBRA Subsidy
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, June 2021

In Notice 2021-31, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides broad guidance in a question-and-answer format on the application of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) regarding premium assistance under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) continuation coverage provisions...

New EEOC Facts on Getting “Vaxxed” and Getting Back
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, June 2021

The EEOC updated its very clearly titled, “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws,” last week to provide some much needed guidance on COVID-19 vaccine issues. While the EEOC’s guidance is helpful, not surprisingly, it leaves open some questions. Section K of the guidance addresses vaccines, so the references below are to the specific questions and answers in that section. Employers can mandate vaccines...

Plan Ahead for Changes to Physician Group Practice Profit Sharing
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, May 2021

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a new rule modernizing the “Stark Law” regulations. The rule aims to advance value-based care and ease the regulatory burden on physicians. Most of the reforms are effective January 2021; however, the rule includes important changes to how physician group practices may share profits that take effect next year...

Top 4 Top-of-Mind Issues for Employers
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, May 2021

COVID-19 cases are down and vaccinations are up, but 2021’s developments continue at a fast and furious pace. With a new administration in place, new legislation taking effect, and the ever-changing considerations of a pandemic-era workplace, employers may find their heads spinning with where to focus and how to build priorities. Below are some of the top areas that are requiring additional thought and focus these days.  1...

Guest Column: Florida’s Covid-19 Business Liability Law — What Businesses Need to Know (and do) Now
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, May 2021

Florida has joined a growing wave of states offering individuals, businesses and other organizations significant protections against Covid-19-related legal claims. But how does Florida’s new law — “Civil Liability for Damages Relating to Covid-19” (codified at section 768.38, Florida Statutes) — work? And what do businesses need to know — and do — now?  The law’s practical effect Begin with the law’s practical effect...

Proof of Claim Form: Quick Reference Guide
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, May 2021

A proof of claim is a written statement setting out a creditor's claim and asserting its right to receive a distribution from the bankruptcy estate. It must "conform substantially" to Official Bankruptcy Form B410 (Fed. R. Bankr. P. 3001(a)). The purpose of a proof of claim is to give notice of the claim to the court, the debtor, the trustee, and other creditors. A properly prepared proof of claim is prima facie evidence of the validity and amount of the claim (

W. Va. Consumer Law Changes Offer Help For Finance Cos.
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, May 2021

On March 29, in a development that provides some measure of relief to businesses operating in West Virginia, particularly within the financial services industry, Gov. Jim Justice signed into law amendments to the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act, or WVCCPA...

W.Va. Consumer Law Changes Offer Help For Finance Cos.
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, May 2021

On March 29, in a development that provides some measure of relief to businesses operating in West Virginia, particularly within the financial services industry, Gov. Jim Justice signed into law amendments to the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act, or WVCCPA...

The Long Shadow: COVID-19 Continues to Pose Significant Compliance Challenges for Mortgage Servicers
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, April 2021

The COVID-19 Pandemic has wreaked havoc on the mortgage servicing industry, putting significant strain on both mortgage servicers and their borrowers...

Top Seven Terrible Mistakes Lawyers Make in Arbitrations
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, April 2021

There is a great argument that lawyer advocacy in an arbitration is more essential than at trial in court. Agreeing to arbitrate disputes is a serious decision for any general counsel. There are many pros and cons, but when a dispute is arbitrated, finality is the rule rather than the exception. Great arbitration lawyering is therefore essential. The following are the top seven mistakes I have seen while representing parties in arbitrations, as well as while serving as an arbitrator...

Government Enforcement and Review of Managed Medicare Programs: A Glimpse of Historical Practice and Forthcoming Trends
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, April 2021

When President Biden announced in December 2020 that he intended to nominate California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the appointment raised eyebrows in certain policy circles. Becerra does not fit the typical administrative profile of past HHS heads. In fact, he has no actual experience in health care or public health policy. Rather, his background is primarily rooted in law enforcement...

Mortgage Payoff Statements State Requirements Matrix 2021
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, April 2021

One consistent struggle faced by the mortgage servicing industry is the prevalence of conflicting state laws that address payoff statements. One state may permit a servicer to charge a fee for providing a payoff statement while another prohibits such a fee. One state may have specific content requirements that must be included in a payoff statement while another provides the servicer with discretion about the content of the payoff statement...

First Florida Climate Change Suit May Be Just The Beginning
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, April 2021

For most of the last decade, creative plaintiffs attorneys and their clients — states, municipalities and environmental groups — have pushed novel, untested tort theories designed to hold energy companies, and sometimes, those same state and municipal interests, liable for climate change. Plaintiffs have concentrated their efforts in West Coast forums. But New York and Baltimore saw some action too. Florida, by and large, has avoided the fray. No longer...

Weekly Digest: COVID-19 Resources from Bradley (April 15, 2021)
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, April 2021

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...

Review of Recent CFPB Servicing Actions Bulletin 2021 02 and COVID 19 Proposed Rule
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, April 2021

In recent days, the CFPB has taken significant actions that will have a lasting impact on mortgage servicers. First, on April 1, the CFPB issued Bulletin 2021-02, warning servicers that being “unprepared is unacceptable.” This bulletin provides important insight into the CFPB’s supervision and enforcement priorities related to servicers’ handling of the COVID-19 crisis...

The Biden Administration: What to Expect in Regards to Environmental Issues Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, April 2021

This presentation will cover the Biden administration’s environmental policy goals and the regulatory changes we can expect from the administration in the environmental sphere. We will discuss potential changes we anticipate in the Clean Water Act WOTUS rule, changes to energy policy, and new regulation of PFAS compounds. We will also discuss the impact of the new administration at EPA and what clients can expect going forward in their dealings with EPA...

Impacts on Creditors Servicers Preparing for Uncertain Future CFPB Debt Collection Working Session 7
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, April 2021

Although there is considerable uncertainty about what the future holds for the CFPB’s Debt Collection Final Rule, it is still currently set to become effective on November 30, 2021. This has caused many in the industry to wonder what should be done while we wait for answers. Join us to learn more about the current status of the Debt Collection Final Rule, and what steps you might consider taking now...

Is it Time for the Resign of the E-Sign “Reasonable Demonstration?”
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, April 2021

The E-Sign Act was signed into law over two decades ago. To put that into context, smart phones as we know them did not exist—the most popular mobile phone in 2000 was a flip phone, the Nokia 3310, and the first iPhone would not debut for another seven years. The most popular website was AOL because many people were still using AOL as their internet service provider. Google was a fledgling company with its search engine just starting out among the mainstays like Excite and Lycos...

Contract Language Matters, Even to Uncle Sam
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2021

No one can escape the basic rules of contracting, even the federal government. If the contract is clear and unambiguous, then the four corners of the agreement set the rules for the project and the parties – and there’s not much room for interpretation. The government was recently reminded of this cold, hard truth after it refused to grant a contractor an equitable adjustment of the contract price for purchasing wetland mitigation credits. In Kiewit Infrastructure W. Co. v...

Government’s Failure to Grant REA Can Constitute Breach of Contract
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2021

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in BGT Holdings LLC v. United States, recently held that the government does not have the discretion to deny a contractor’s request for equitable adjustment (REA) under Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.245-1 (Government Property) where the conditions specified in that clause are present and the contractor is able to show financial loss...

Hasta La Vista, Baby! Contracting Officer Erroneously Terminates Contractor for Default
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2021

In a December 2020 opinion, the United States Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (the “Board”) reviewed and reversed a Federal Highway Administration (“FHWA”) Contracting Officer’s (“CO”) decision to terminate for default Eagle Peak Rock & Paving, Inc.’s thirty-six million dollar contract (the “Contract”) for work on a project in Yellowstone National Park (the “Project”)...

If You Want to Arbitrate, Better Ask for It (Sooner Rather Than Later)
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2021

In our last issue of the newsletter, we told you of a decision of the United States Circuit Court for the Sixth Circuit, in which the Sixth Circuit considered the issue of whether a party waived its arbitration right through its pre-litigation conduct. In Borror Property Management, LLC v...

Guest Notebook: New Law Offers Rent Relief for Commercial Tenants
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2021

At the end of 2020, Congress enacted the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, partially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis. While funding the federal government and preventing a government shutdown, the CAA also included several amendments to the bankruptcy code providing much-needed rent relief for commercial tenants. The bankruptcy code generally requires a debtor in bankruptcy to timely pay its rental obligations during the bankruptcy case...

Environmental Development and Real Estate Issues in Texas Solar Projects Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2021

As competition for project siting increases, so do the challenges of development due diligence. This webinar will address significant issues and questions surrounding real estate contracts, title insurance, and environmental assessment and permitting common in solar PV project development. Bradley’s renewable energy attorneys will share advice and experience managing key development challenges and environmental compliance concerns presented by solar PV project development...

 

 

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