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Update: Equal rights to survivor’s benefits for civil partners?
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, February 2014

Last year, we reported on the Employment Tribunal’s decision in Walker v Innospec Limited (ET 2411316/2011) that a pension scheme’s failure to provide survivor’s benefits for civil partners equal to those provided for spouses was unlawful discrimination...

EU Commission Approves Economic Stabilization Fund for Liquidity and Capital Support for the Real Economy
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, July 2020

By adopting the Act on the Establishment of the Economic Stabilization Fund of March 27, 2020, the German Parliament and the Federal Council established theEconomic Stabilization Fund(“ESF”) as a special fund to stabilize the real economy in times of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ESF is intended to support German companies in the real economy suffering from the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing liquidity and capital support...

Your Contracts: a Systematic and Disciplined Approach is Called for
Lavery Lawyers, March 2008

Every day, and several times a day, we enter into contracts without knowing it or without considering and controlling their effects. This bulletin provides a brief and non-exhaustive summary to help you better understand, prepare for and monitor your contractual environment...

"A Cost-Effective Approach to Protecting Innovation in Healthcare" by Nate Bailey and Nicolo Davidson Executive Nashville
Waller, September 2016

With healthcare costs expected to soon exceed twenty percent of the United States economy, the healthcare industry represents fertile ground for innovation. From medical devices and pharmaceuticals to methods for managing patient data, new technologies continue to improve patient care and outcomes. Such innovation is vital for ensuring that the healthcare industry continues to meet the demands of aging populations in the 21st century.http://executivenashville...

"Commission Free to Gag"
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, April 2011

Last week the Court of Appeal confirmed the extensive nature of the Commerce Commission’s (Commission) gagging powers. The scope of such powers may come as a surprise to many. On 10 March the Court of Appeal allowed the Commission’s appeal and rejected Air New Zealand’s (Air NZ) cross appeal in the “gagging orders” case...

"False" Self-Employment and the Gig Economy - Where are We Now?
A&L Goodbody, July 2018

The question of 'employment status', continues to concern many employers working within today's 'gig economy'. The UK Supreme Court recently provided guidance on the correct "label" to be bestowed on 'gig economy' workers. Pimlico Plumbers recently lost an appeal in the UK Courts against a finding that one of its plumbers was a "worker" for the purposes of relevant UK employment legislation – not a self-employed independent contractor...

"How to De-stress a Distressed Senior Living Company" Co-Authored by Jeffery D Parrish and John C Tishler
Waller, February 2017

External pressures, such as lower reimbursement rates and an overall shift in policy by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and state Medicaid agencies have put significant financial and operational pressure on skilled nursing and other senior living operators in the United States...

"Hurricane Harvey" and the Winds of Change
TSMP Law Corporation, January 2018

Have we reached the tipping point in the fight against sexual harassment in the workplace? In late August 2017, Hurricane Harvey struck the Caribbean and the United States, causing unprecedented devastation and destruction. Less thantwo months later, a very different “Hurricane Harvey” followed, one that precipitated a renewed global consciousness over issues of sexual harassment...

"IRS Taking Harder Look at Non-Profit Hospitals" Don Stuart Quoted in FierceHealthcare
Waller, October 2016

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is ratcheting up surveillance of non-profit hospitals regarding their levels of community benefits and patient financial assistance. The IRS reviewed 692 hospitals in fiscal 2016, which ended late last month, Bloomberg BNA has reported. Of those, 166 were referred for a closer “field examination...

"Opportunity Zone Benefits; Nuts and Bolts; and Loose or Missing Screws" By J Leigh Griffith and Shane P Morris Taxes - The Tax Magazine
Waller, February 2019

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “TCJA”) created a new tax incentive designed to encourage long-term investment in low income communities, as defined in Code Sec. 45D(e),1 which are specifically designated as “qualified opportunity zones” (“QOZs”) in accordance with procedures set forth in Code Sec. 1400Z-1...

"QAPI Spells Success for SNFs" Jeff Parrish in McKnight's Long-Term Care News
Waller, August 2018

The skilled nursing sector has seen a significant number of facility divestitures and closures in the last few years. Quite frankly, this negative trend is due in part to a reluctance by some operators to implement clinical-based care standards and a lack of honest self-evaluation to improve the clinical care provided at skilled nursing facilities. Outdated operating models – solely meeting the basic needs of patients – does not bode well for SNF operators to survive...

"Recent Developments in Federal Preemption of Pharmaceutical Drug and Medical Device Product Liability Claims"
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, March 2017

   Few areas of law have proven more dynamic over the last few years than the interplay between state tort laws and the federal regulation of pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices. During its last two terms, the United States Supreme Court has issued three separate opinions addressing federal preemption of state law claims under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act...

"Sunshine Law Shining a Light on Governmental Hospital Transactions" Ken Marlow in The Governance Institute's Public Focus
Waller, December 2019

Governance and social factors play a significant role in determining a hospital’s openness to change and its ability to complete a business transaction, be that a merger, acquisition, or other strategic partnership. For government-owned hospitals, tension between the goals of government entities and the goals of a hospital’s board, in addition to added legal complexities, may result in failed or generally avoided transactions...

"Text Me?" Proposed Electronic Disclosure Rule Would Allow Greater Flexibility for Retirement Plans
Hanson Bridgett LLP, November 2019

Under a new proposed rule, certain required disclosures could be provided electronically to all retirement plan participants, including former employees and beneficiaries. On October 23, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a proposed rule intended to expand the use of internet technology to furnish ERISA-required disclosures to plan participants, and to reduce printing and mail expenses...

"The Bridge to Blockchain in Health Care Guidance for Business Lawyers" Kristen Johns published in American Health Lawyers Association
Waller, November 2019

The application of distributed ledger, or blockchain, technology has permeated many industries. Since its debut through cryptocurrency, many companies have embraced its potential and many more are actively identifying and implementing novel use cases. The health care industry is no different, and blockchain technology is currently being used for physician and nurse credentialing, electronic medical records (EMRs), patient engagement, patient identity, and pharma supply chain management...

"The Show Must Go On": Protection Against Creditors during the COVID-19 Crisis
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, May 2020

Queen’s song was clearly not about COVID 19 but the message remains the same: even if the music industry is struggling, the show must go on! It is undeniable that, with the lockdown measures and other restrictions imposed by the Belgian government to fight against COVID-19, many companies have to deal with revenue loss while keeping high level of costs. This is particularly true for the cultural sector and the music industry with the cancellation of so many events...

"What Anesthesiologists Need to Know About Enforcement of Non-Compete Agreements" by Amanda K Jester and Ashleigh VanLandingham Anesthesia Communique
Waller, October 2016

On May 5, 2016, the White House issued a report citing a variety of issues with the use of non-compete agreements advocating for non-compete reform at the state and federal level.1 According to the White House report, with respect to healthcare services (i.e., physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers and other medical professionals), noncompetes have the potential to interfere with the quality of care by restricting consumer choice...

"Will Growth Consolidation Lead Residential Addiction Treatment Industry to Police Itself in Terms of Ethics & Marketing" by Colbey Reagan Nashville Medical News
Waller, September 2017

At this year’s annual meeting of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers in Austin, there was a clear divide on display between the “old school” and the “new school” during a session on electronic marketing strategies. The number of residential addiction treatment providers operating in the United States has exploded since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in March 2010...

#MeToo: It May Be Happening in Your Workplace Too
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, November 2017

The resurgence of the #MeToo campaign highlights that sexual harassment comes in all variations, affects all classes of people, and cuts across all industries. While employers could dismiss the social media moniker as a “them” not an “us” problem, they do so at their peril. People, some of whom may be your employees, are talking, posting, and tweeting, and employers would be wise to listen and revisit their anti-harassment policies...

#NotHere: 5 Steps to Prevent Harassment in the Workplace in Wake of the #MeToo Movement
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, November 2018

One year later, the #MeToo movement has caused a seismic cultural shift in American society and in the workplace. It continues to gain momentum and attracts wide-sweeping media coverage keeping the issue of sexual misconduct against women at the forefront of our national dialogue...

$30 Billion Under CARES Act Comes With Strings Attached – What Do You Need To Know?
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, April 2020

Under the CARES Act that was signed into law on March 27, 2020, $100 billion was allocated to “eligible health care providers” to provide financial relief for health care organizations in relation to the COVID-19 public health emergency...

$39 Million Jury Verdict in False Claims Act Suit against Tuomey Healthcare
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2013

Last week, a federal jury in South Carolina found that Tuomey Healthcare System, Inc. violated the Stark Law and the False Claims Act by submitting false claims for reimbursement to the United States, resulting in $39 million in damages to the government. United States ex rel. Drakeford v. Tuomey Healthcare Sys., Inc., No. 3:05-2858-MBS (D.S.C. May 8, 2013)...

‘Do You Yahoo!’?
Springboard Corporate Finance, April 2016

So, I confess to being old enough to remember the ‘Do You Yahoo!’ television adverts of the 1990s… A certain comb over look that was replaced by a not insubstantial afro wig, a talking dolphin – ring any bells?Regardless, for many of us Yahoo! was the place where we started our online adventures...

‘Human’ Influenza and Its Repercussions on the Mexican Industry
Moore Orozco Medina, S.C., May 2009

a) Influenza and the social impact it had on Mexico and the World Despite the fact that mankind, especially the scientific community, already expected an influenza pandemic, as the ones that are repeated every 20-40 years, this outbreak took by surprise both Mexicans and foreigners, creating fear among citizens...

“...firm steps to end cartels” —the criminalisation of cartel activity
ENSafrica, April 2016

South African Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel, has announced that, from 1 May 2016, cartel conduct (price fixing, market allocation and collusive tendering) comprises criminal activity. Directors or persons with management responsibility who participate in cartel conduct or who are aware of cartel conduct and fail to take appropriate action can be criminally prosecuted...

 

 

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