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HTMLMedicare Enrollment: Five Mistakes to Watch Out For
Norman ("Gene") E. Richards; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 7, 2014
One of the benefits of reaching age 65 is the opportunity to qualify for Medicare. Unfortunately, as with many government programs, enrolling for Medicare is usually intimidating and daunting. There are many factors to keep in mind. It is also possible to make bad decisions if you don't have full...

 

HTMLHHS Addresses Treatment of Same-Sex Spouses under HIPAA
Nicole E. Stratton; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on October 28, 2014
Last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued guidance addressing the treatment of same-sex spouses under the HIPAA Privacy Rule in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor.

 

HTMLPutting on Purple this November: Recognizing Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
Kimberly Barone Barone Baden; Motley Rice;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 3, 2014
Pancreatic cancer might not have the same name recognition as breast or colon cancer, but of the top 25 cancer killers today, it’s the only one with a five-year survival rate at six percent. Add to this that more than 45,000 United States citizens are diagnosed with this intrusive disease...

 

HTMLThree Tips to Start a Conversation on the Challenges of Aging
Norman ("Gene") E. Richards; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 14, 2014
Adult children and aging parents agree that it is important to discuss how aging impacts the parents' independence. Many, however, find it difficult to initiate, much less have, a meaningful conversation on this subject. A conversation about reduced independence can be emotionally charged,...

 

HTMLPlan Now to Avoid Future Problems
Norman ("Gene") E. Richards; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on October 13, 2014
The problems seniors face traveling through life can erupt suddenly or start small and grow more serious over time. A family crisis can arise when a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, has a chronic illness or is admitted to a nursing home. Often that is when the estate planning documents are...

 

HTMLWhen to Seek Help to Avoid Planning Mistakes
Norman ("Gene") E. Richards; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on October 22, 2014
Senior adults face many challenges to their health and financial security. Some of these problems can be resolved in the family but many of those self-help decisions can hurt the family financially. Seeking advice from elder law attorneys can help you be secure in your decisions and bring you peace...

 

HTMLHow Technology is Transforming Healthcare
Nicole E. Stratton; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on October 2, 2014
While the healthcare industry has historically been knocked as slow to adapt to emerging technologies, the technological modernization of the industry is now occurring at a furious pace. From the digitization of health care records, to improved means of communications between doctors and patients,...

 

HTMLOH&S Month Part 4: The Loneliest Number? Regulations for Employees Working Alone
Christopher McHardy; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 7, 2014
Many 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...

 

HTMLFrom the Desk of the HR Manager, October 2014
McCarthy Tetrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 4, 2014
The 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...

 

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...

 


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