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|OH&S Month Part 3: Annual Review Of Your Bullying and Harassment Policies|
Donovan Plomp; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 4, 2014The deadline for compliance with WorkSafeBC’s bullying and harassment policies was last November 1, 2013. We’d like to remind all BC employers that certain obligations under the policies require an annual review.
|From the Desk of the HR Manager, November 2014|
Melissa Kennedy; McCarthy Tetrault LLP;
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 18, 2014With the holiday season fast approaching, many organizations are in the midst of planning their annual holiday parties, meant to recognize the culmination of a year of hard work by employees and celebrate the holiday season. Although this time of year is marked with celebration and provides for a...
|Do You Have A Health Plan Identifier?|
Jeffrey D. Smith; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 3, 2014With great focus on healthcare reform, you may have missed a current requirement for health plans to apply for and obtain a Health Plan Identifier (HPID). This requirement does not come from the Affordable Care Act, but rather the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)....
|New Laws Regarding Emergency Medical Treatment|
Lamb Barnosky LLP;
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 12, 2014Governor Cuomo recently signed legislation that expands access to emergency medication for students and school personnel. One new law, which goes into effect on March 5, 2015, allows school employees to administer epinephrine auto-injectors (“epi-pens”) to students or staff without...
|Practical Pandemic Preparedness Applied to Ebola|
Fisher Phillips LLP;
November 28, 2014, previously published on October 22, 2014Many employers may be familiar with pandemic preparedness, having dealt with several serious influenza outbreaks and H1H1 virus over the past several years. Ebola virus, however, presents a different type of challenge for employers. For one, based on current medical evidence, Ebola appears to be...
|Survive The Season With Our Open Enrollment Checklist|
Tabatha L. George; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 3, 2014It’s that time of year again, when fall weather brings with it a host of legal obligations for plan sponsors running open enrollment. Here’s what you need to know to survive the season.
|OH&S Month Part 4: The Loneliest Number? Regulations for Employees Working Alone|
Christopher McHardy; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 7, 2014Many employees work alone or in isolation, whether from time to time or as a regular part of their work. In addition to an employer’s general statutory obligation to ensure a safe work environment under the Workers’ Compensation Act, employers have additional specific obligations to...
|Oregon Legalizes Recreational Marijuana Use|
Kelly Riggs; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 7, 2014On November 4, 2014, Oregon voters approved a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana use. The new Oregon law, known as the Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act, allows people 21 years of age and older to possess up to eight ounces of marijuana in their...
|From the Desk of the HR Manager, October 2014|
McCarthy Tetrault LLP;
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 4, 2014The Conference will open with a plenary discussion of Mental Health in the Workplace. As society works to remove the stigma associated with mental health issues, employers grapple with how to identify, address and manage such issues in the workplace. In this session, Paul Boniferro, myself and...
|OIG Proposed Rule Would Amend Anti-Kickback Statute Safe Harbors and Civil Monetary Penalty Rules; CMS Launches Open Payments Database|
Hilary B. Dudley, Tamara A. Klein, Courtney Scrubbs, David S. Szabo, Michaela ("Kayla") Tabela; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
November 25, 2014, previously published on October 17, 2014On October 3, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) published a proposed rule that would amend the safe harbors to the anti-kickback statute (“AKS”) and the civil monetary penalty (“CMP”) rules under the...