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HTMLSurvive The Season With Our Open Enrollment Checklist
Tabatha L. George; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 3, 2014
It’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.

 

HTMLDo You Have A Health Plan Identifier?
Jeffrey D. Smith; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 3, 2014
With 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)....

 

HTMLReplacing the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM 2007)
Anne Davies, Julie Teal; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 10, 2014
CDM 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...

 

HTML"Right to Try" Becomes a Reality in Michigan
Jennifer B. Van Regenmorter; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 13, 2014
On 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...

 

HTMLEbola Preparedness
Matthew R. Korn, A. Kevin Troutman; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 3, 2014
How 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...

 

HTMLFrom the Desk of the HR Manager, November 2014
Melissa Kennedy; McCarthy Tetrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 18, 2014
With 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...

 

HTMLThe Missouri Supreme Court Invalidates an Employment Contract Arbitration Clause for Lack of Consideration
Robert F. Chandler; Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, L.L.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on October 30, 2014
On 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...

 

Adobe PDFNew Laws Regarding Emergency Medical Treatment
Lamb Barnosky LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 12, 2014
Governor 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...

 

HTMLOregon Legalizes Recreational Marijuana Use
Kelly Riggs; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 7, 2014
On 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...

 

HTMLNew 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;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 6, 2014
Last 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...

 


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