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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...

A New Hurdle in Prop. 65 Compliance: Inter-Supply Chain Information Requests
Verrill, August 2018

Most industry professionals are aware that a revised set of California Proposition 65 or “Prop. 65” regulations will take effect at the end of the month on August 30, 2018.  Prop. 65 is a so-called right-to-know statute that, among other things, requires manufacturers and retailers to provide any California consumer with a “clear and reasonable” warning prior to exposure to a chemical identified on a list developed and maintained by a California agency...

Mayor McCheese Catches the Hamburglar (A Look at the Instant Win Games Scams)
Verrill, August 2018

You’re offered a $1 million game piece for $40,000 dollars. What do you do? As you might expect, this may be an offer you can’t refuse. A recent and very comprehensive article in the Daily Beast, provides an in-depth look at how the history of McDonald’s Monopoly Game has involved McStings, mobsters and molls...

Maine DEP Proposes Changes to Wetlands Rules
Verrill, June 2018

The Maine DEP is proposing changes to its wetlands rules that clarify the definition of wetlands of special significance. Wetlands of special significance (WOSS) include coastal wetlands and great ponds, as well as other freshwater wetlands. Certain qualifying attributes for Wetlands are, the presence of critical or imperiled plant communities, or location within significant wildlife habitat or a peatland...

Foreign Companies Pursuing Business in China: Proceed with Caution
Verrill, May 2018

The trade relationship between the United States and China is top of mind for many business owners, especially within the technology sector. Recently, 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,” including new advanced information technology, aviation, rail, new energy vehicles, agricultural machinery, new materials and biopharma...

MarineLog Op-Ed: Freezing The Jones Act
Verrill, October 2016

Verrill Dana attorney Ben Ford authored an opinion editorial for MarineLog titled, "Freezing The Jones Act." The article discusses The Jones Act, and how it could impede U.S. involvement in Arctic development. The full article can be found on in the October issue of MarineLogand on the publication's website...

Please Don't Endorse Our Product Anymore: The Morals Clause Edition
Verrill, August 2016

Unless you've Rip Van Winkled for the past month, lost your television/iPhone/iPad, or simply given up on international competitive athletics to instead focus on the Cubbies' chase for an elusive World Series Crown, you know that US Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte's "over exaggeration" will cost him over $1 million in endorsement deals. While his contracts with these brands are secret, we can suppose that he's out because a morals clause was in his contracts...

Breaking the Ice
Verrill, August 2016

Maine delegation at the State of Maine Reception at the U.S...

Deflategate Hearing Highlights Dangers of Arbitration Agreements
Verrill, October 2015

Yes, there is a connection between the current wrangling over deflated footballs in Federal Court in New York and your next construction arbitration. At issue in NFL v...

 

 

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