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|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.
|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)....
|Replacing the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM 2007)|
Anne Davies, Julie Teal; Withers Bergman LLP;
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 10, 2014CDM 2007 has so far regulated and managed work place health and safety on construction sites. The proposed Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (the new CDM Regulations) will revoke and re-enact with modifications CDM 2007. Please note these rules are not in existence at present. The...
|"Right to Try" Becomes a Reality in Michigan|
Jennifer B. Van Regenmorter; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 13, 2014On Friday, October 17, Governor Rick Snyder signed the Right to Try Act, which allows patients to try experimental drugs and other treatments before they have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The law gives patients with advanced illnesses access to drugs that successfully...
Matthew R. Korn, A. Kevin Troutman; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 3, 2014How should an employer respond when it learns that an employee is planning a trip to West Africa to visit family? What if other employees refuse to come to work because they fear that the returning employee may have been exposed to Ebola Virus Disease? Recognizing that the healthcare setting...
|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...
|The Missouri Supreme Court Invalidates an Employment Contract Arbitration Clause for Lack of Consideration|
Robert F. Chandler; Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, L.L.C.;
November 28, 2014, previously published on October 30, 2014On August 19, 2014, the Missouri Supreme Court sustained the trial court’s denial of an employer’s motion to compel arbitration in the case of Carla Baker v. Bristol Care, Inc. d/b/a Bristol Manor, et al., No. SC93451. The Court ruled: 1) that because the arbitration agreement did not...
|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...
|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...
|New Hampshire Law Requires Employers of Health Care Workers to Take Preventative Action Against Risks of Employee Drug Use|
Charla Bizios Stevens; McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton Professional Association;
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 6, 2014Last session the New Hampshire Legislature enacted a new law designed to protect patients of health care facilities from the dangers associated with drug-use and drug-diverting by health care workers. RSA 151:41, which was effective August 25, 2014, requires most health care facilities and licensed...