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2019 Novel Coronavirus & Flu: What Employers Need to Know on Quarantines and Preventing the Spread of Disease in the Workplace
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2020

Flu season is in full swing. with the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) confirming over 155,000 positive U.S. cases of influenza since Sept. 29, 2019. Simultaneously, the coronavirus COVID-19 has spread rapidly across China, with at least 70,000 confirmed cases, including 15 confirmed cases in the United States. In response, employers need to be prepared to assist employees in staying safe and complying with potential quarantines. Beginning Feb...

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Eastern District, Issues Opinion on 2 Critical Questions in Roverano v. John Crane, Inc & Brand Insulations, Inc.
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2020

On February 19, 2020, The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Eastern district, issued its opinion in Roverano v. John Crane, Inc. and Brand Insulations, Inc. on two critical questions: 1. the applicability of the Pennsylvania Fair Share Act, 42 Pa.C.S. Section 7102, to strict liability asbestos cases pending in the Commonwealth’s courts; and 2. Inclusion of bankrupt entities on the verdict sheet for purposes of liability only...

2nd Circuit Holds Federal Banks Are Government Entities For FCA Purposes, Revives Qui Tam Suit Against Wells Fargo
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2020

The False Claims Act (FCA) was enacted to punish and deter fraud against the United States, and to recover moneys obtained through such fraud. Whether an alleged fraud was actually against the United States is a threshold question not posed in the typical FCA case, where allegations usually involve claims for payment submitted to the Army, Navy, Medicare, or other entity clearly part of the federal government. But some cases are not so clear...

Ohio Supreme Court Finds Sale of LLC Interests May Be Real Estate Value for Tax Increase Complaints
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2020

On Feb. 6, 2020, the Ohio Supreme Court affirmed a decision of the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals (“BTA”), finding the sale price of interests in a limited liability company (“LLC”) was the best evidence of the true value of the LLC’s real property for tax purposes. In Columbus City Schools Bd. of Edn. v. Franklin Cty. Bd. of Revision, Slip Opinion No...

What is RICO?
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2020

In light of ongoing litigation between General Motors and Fiat Chrysler, Dinsmore partner Mark Carter wrote an article for Automotive News explaining the basics of RICO actions: "Any person injured in his or her business or property by a pattern of racketeering activity may have standing to seek relief pursuant to the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970...

ACA Litigation Update – Supreme Court Declines to Fast Track Review of Fifth Circuit ACA Decision
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

On Dec. 18, 2019, the Fifth Circuit in Texas, et al. v. United States, et al. declared the Affordable Care Act’s1 (ACA’s) individual mandate unconstitutional. This decision is contrary to the controlling precedent established by the United States Supreme Court in NFIB v. Sebelius2, which upheld the ACA’s individual mandate as a permissible tax...

OCR Announces Recent Enforcement Actions and Settlements for Noncompliance with HIPAA Rules and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced several enforcement actions and settlements for violations of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules. OCR Secures Voluntary Resolution with Hospital to Settle Provision of Auxiliary Aids and Services to Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Individuals On Jan...

HHS Advises Health Care Entities Immediately Patch Operating System Vulnerabilities
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

On Jan. 15, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) shared a bulletin published by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Critical Infrastructure Protection Public-Private Partnership (ASPR CIP) regarding a number of vulnerabilities identified in Microsoft Windows operating systems, which if not addressed, pose significant a threat to the environment. On Jan...

Proposed Medical Marijuana Dispensary Rules Address Control and Ownership Changes
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

In December of 2019, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy (“Board”) proposed rule changes for medical marijuana dispensaries. These proposed rule changes came on the heels of increased regulatory scrutiny of ownership structures and consulting arrangements in recent months.1 The proposed rules ostensibly seek to revise and clarify the Board’s position on changes of ownership and control of medical marijuana dispensaries...

Federal Court Strikes Down HIPAA Fee Limitations for Third-Party Medical Records Requests
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

On Jan. 29, 2020, OCR released a notice regarding a recent federal court ruling in the case of Ciox Health, LLC v. Azar, et al...

DOJ False Claims Act Stats Show Growth in Recoveries in 2019, Continued High Level of Qui Tam Actions Filed
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced that in Fiscal Year 2019 (FY2019),1 total settlements and judgments in False Claims Act (FCA) cases rebounded back over the $3 billion mark after dipping to $2.9 billion in FY2018. The Department’s annual statistical overview of FCA-related fraud actions2 showed nearly three-quarters of recovered funds, or $2...

Is Your Health Care Organization at Risk? Microsoft Ends Support for Windows 2007
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

On Jan. 14, 2020, Microsoft ended support for its Windows 2007 operating system. This means Microsoft will no longer issue regular security updates for users of Window 2007. The process of issuing security updates for computer systems is commonly referred to as “patching.” Similar to fabric patches that repair holes in clothing, software patches repair holes in computer programs...

Tax Day
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

Can a local prosecutor obtain the president’s tax returns in a state criminal investigation? Tax Season is upon us. Fittingly, in one of a trio of cases involving the tax returns of President Donald Trump the U.S. Supreme Court will hear this spring, the Court must decide whether a local prosecutor can obtain the President’s tax returns for use in a state grand jury investigation. Trump v...

Early View on the Impact of Shortening the Workers’ Compensation Statute of Limitations in Ohio
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

Effective Oct. 1, 2017, Ohio Revised Code 4123.84 was amended to shorten the statute of limitations for the filing a traditional workers’ compensation claim (a standard physical injury resulting in either a lost-time, medical-only, or death claim) from two years following the alleged date of injury to one year. The amendment does not apply to either occupational disease claims or VSSR filings, which maintain the two-year statute...

DOL Increases FLSA Exemption Thresholds in 2020
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

Effective January 2020, U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) increased the salary thresholds for several of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exemptions. The salary threshold levels for the white-collar exemptions and the highly compensated employee exemption have increased, making it more difficult for an employee to be classified as exempt under the FLSA. As a result, an estimated additional 1.3 million workers now qualify for overtime premiums...

Price Transparency is Coming: Time to Get Ready
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a final rule, which will require hospitals to publicly disclose pricing information, effective January 1, 2021...

H-1B Visa Filing Season: New Registration Process Begins March 1
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

Why is H-1B Filing Season Important? This is the only time of year (with minor exceptions indicated below) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) accepts H-1B specialty worker petitions for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, 2020...

Pennsylvania Health Insurers Must Cover Medication Synchronization Services Beginning July 2020
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

Beginning July 1, 2020, Pennsylvania’s Act 46 of 2019 (Act 46)[1] will require most Pennsylvania health insurers to cover medication synchronization services (MedSync) provided to patients taking two or more maintenance medications (i.e., medications for chronic long-term conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease)...

CMS Releases Bulletin Discussing Best Practices for Avoiding 340B Duplicate Discounts in Medicaid
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

On Jan. 8, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published an informational bulletin titled “Best Practices for Avoiding 340B Duplicate Discounts in Medicaid.”[1] The bulletin outlines seven regulatory strategies State Medicaid agencies may consider when developing policies for preventing the occurrence of duplicate discounts in Medicaid Fee-for-Services (FFS) and Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO) programs...

A Proxy Season Guide to 2020
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

The 2019 proxy season marked a year of continued changing voting behavior. Though patterns and trends of the past season do not seem to indicate changes beyond marginal impact, the 2019 season can serve to set expectations for the 2020 proxy season...

New California Laws Could Bring Difficulties in Employment Arbitration
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

New California laws could make it more difficult for employers to enforce employment arbitration agreements and now prohibit “no rehire” language in settlement agreements involving employment disputes.  Arbitration Agreements The enforceability of employment arbitration agreements has long been under attack in California...

2020 Rings in Legislative Changes for California
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

With the New Year, California rings in a lot of legislative changes, including a new standard for evaluating independent contractor classifications.  Here is what you need to know: Independent Contractors Effective Jan. 1, 2020, Assembly Bill 5 (AB-5) became law in California by adding section 2750.3 to the Labor Code.  AB-5 is the legislative response to the California Supreme Court decision in Dynamex v...

OCR Announces Recent Enforcement Actions and Settlements for HIPAA Noncompliance
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced several recent enforcement actions and settlements for violations of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules. Ambulance Company Pays $65,000 to Settle Allegations of Long-Standing HIPAA Noncompliance On Dec. 30, 2019, West Georgia Ambulance, Inc...

EPA Walks Back 2017 Risk Management Program Amendments Applicable to Stationary Sources
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

On Nov. 20, 2019, United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed the Risk Management Program Reconsideration Rule (Reconsideration Rule), which finalized changes to the 2017 Risk Management Program Amendments. The Reconsideration Rule reflects EPA’s reconsideration of its 2017 Amendments based on objections from three petitions and based on its own review. The Reconsideration Rule was effective on Dec...

NLRB Returns to Historic Standard for Arbitral Deference
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

On Dec. 23, 2019, in a unanimous decision in United Parcel Service, Inc.1, the National Labor Relations Board returned to its historic standards for arbitral deference.2 The decision expressly overrules the Board’s 2014 decision in Babcock & Wilcox Construction Co., Inc...

 

 

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