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HTMLPrepare, Don’t Panic - Seven Tips for Ebola Preparedness in the Workplace
Ivo Becica; Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 20, 2014, previously published on November 3, 2014
While there have only been four confirmed cases of Ebola in the United States, public concern about the potential spread of the virus has been growing rapidly. Most experts agree that the U.S. health system is well-equipped to contain Ebola, which spreads only through direct contact with the bodily...


HTMLIRS Announces Changes to Mid-Year Cafeteria Plan Elections
Lauren B. Dunn; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 14, 2014, previously published on October 28, 2014
On September 18, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") issued Notice 2014-55, that expands the permissible mid-year election change rules for cafeteria plans in order to facilitate enrollment in coverage through a Health Insurance Marketplace ("Marketplace"). Notice 2014-55...


HTMLWhistleblower Awarded For Uncovering Health Care Fraud
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 14, 2014, previously published on October 29, 2014
This spring in Alabama, a nurse received $15 million for exposing the fraud of a national home healthcare company where she was formerly employed. The company was accused by justice department officials of making false claims for Medicare and other government healthcare insurance programs.


HTMLEmployer Pre-Medical Treatment Notice Policies Called Into Question
Joseph F. Spitzzeri; Johnson & Bell, Ltd.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 13, 2014, previously published on October 2014
As of January 2011, FedEx had a company policy that required immediate reporting of workplace injuries whether they required only minor first aid or professional medical treatment. In addition, the FedEx policy required that employees wishing to seek professional medical treatment for a workplace...


HTMLEbola Preparedness: Employee Education Is Key
John L. Litchfield; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 12, 2014, previously published on October 27, 2014
In the wake of the world’s largest Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in history, Americans have been inundated with media hype surrounding the disease, and the government and employers’ perceived inadequacy in their response. While the threat of a widespread EVD outbreak in the United...


HTMLMajor Challenges On The Horizon: The Act To Modify The Organization And Governance Of The Health And Social Services Network, In Particular By Abolishing The Regional Agencies - Bill 10
Yves Dubois, Émilie Jutras, Frédéric Massé; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 11, 2014, previously published on October 28, 2014
In recent months, a persistent rumour has been making the rounds (a rumour more tangible than the echo of mere declarations of intent) to the effect that a major reform of the health and social services network ("HSSN") was in the works. On September 25 last, the Minister of Health and...


HTMLHHS Issues Guidance Regarding Same-Sex Marriages and HIPAA
Margaret Young Levi; Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 20, 2014
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) has issued guidance concerning how the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision recognizing same-sex marriages may affect certain provisions relating to “family members” in the Health Insurance...


HTMLNew J-1 Regulation Requires Annual Audits, Reports to Department of State
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 20, 2014, previously published on October 8, 2014
An interim final rule from the Department of State (DOS) advances new requirements for J-1 program sponsors: to undergo annual management reviews of their internal controls and to file yearly reports with DOS.


HTMLNo Data from Self-Insured Plans
Mary L. Porter; Gordon Feinblatt LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
October 17, 2014, previously published on Fall 2014
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently held in Liberty Mutual v. Donegan that the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) prohibits states from requiring self-insured health plans and their third party administrators to provide participant eligibility and claims...


HTMLAre You Prepared to Deal with Potential Exposure to Ebola in the Workplace?
Bennet D. Alsher, Amy R. Turci; Ford & Harrison LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 17, 2014, previously published on October 14, 2014
Executive Summary: With the diagnosis of the second Ebola case in the United States on October 12, 2014 - one in which a healthcare worker contracted the lethal disease while performing her job duties - U.S. employers are examining what necessary precautions should be taken to control and prevent...


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