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House Bill 75 Brings Pro-Business Changes to Ohio Workers’ Compensation Law
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

Governor Mike DeWine signed House Bill 75 on June 29, 2021, appropriating budget funding for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) for the 2022-2023 biennium and enacting some pro-employer changes to workers’ compensation law...

Health Care Noncompetes Are Under Attack
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

On July 9, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a wide-ranging executive order entitled “Promoting Competition in the American Economy.” One key element of the executive order is to address noncompete covenants that the White House characterized as stifling competition between companies. Section 5(g) encouraged the FTC to draft rules which seek to “curtail the unfair use of non-compete clauses and other clauses or agreements that may unfairly limit worker mobility...

Interstate License Compacts Arrive to Ohio for Physicians, Nurses, and Audiology/Speech-Language Pathologists
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

Health care practitioners are seemingly subject to a constantly growing laundry list of regulatory requirements. However, the Ohio General Assembly has reduced the administrative burden on certain professionals seeking licensure in multiple states through the enactment of interstate license compact legislation...

Ohio Introduces Data Privacy Legislation
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

On July 13, 2021, Ohio Lieutenant Governor John Husted announced the introduction of the Ohio Personal Privacy Act (OPPA), a comprehensive privacy framework following in the footsteps of recent legislative enactments in California (the CCPA as modified by the CPRA), Virginia (the CDPA), and Colorado (the Colorado Privacy Act)...

Analysis of CFPB’s New Ability-to-Repay Rule for Qualified Mortgages
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

On Dec. 29, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a final rule amending Regulation Z’s Ability-to-Repay/Qualified Mortgage (QM) requirements (the New Rule). Regulation Z requires creditors to make a reasonable, good-faith determination of a consumer’s ability to repay their residential mortgage loan. Loans that comply with Regulation Z’s requirements qualify for certain protections from liability...

How to Minimize Individual Liability for Employment-Related Claims
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

Dinsmore partner James Reid was recently published in Bank Director with his article "How to Minimize Individual Liability for Employment-Related Claims," an excerpt of which is below...

Biden Executive Order Calls for Ban on Noncompete Agreements
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

On Friday, July 9, 2021, President Joe Biden signed an executive order directing various federal agencies to implement 72 specific actions intended broadly to increase competition in the American economy. The executive order is intended to impact a wide range of economic activity, including mergers and acquisitions, occupational licensing, anticompetitive behavior, and prices of medical devices and prescription drugs...

Preparing for the Full Implementation of the DOL Fiduciary Rule
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

The second iteration of the Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule – PTE 2020-02 (DOL Fiduciary Rule) became effective on Feb. 16, 2021. However, the Department of Labor (DOL) provided that it would not pursue enforcement actions against firms who work “diligently” to comply with the Impartial Conduct Standards...

Don’t Be Caught by Surprise: HHS Issues First Regulations Related to Surprise Billing
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

The Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, Treasury, and the Office of Personnel Management issued the first interim final rule with comment period, in what is likely to be a series of rules, aimed at ending surprise medical bills from out-of-network providers...

How to Cover Multiple Facilities with a Single Loan under HUD’s Lean Program
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

The Multifamilly and Healthcare Facility divisions of HUD are a bit like two different dialects of the same language; both offer mortgage insurance under the Federal Housing Administration, but each has its own distinct rules and conventions on underwriting, closing and asset management. Being conversant in one dialect doesn’t necessarily equip you to get by in the other...

Ohio Adopts Hospital Licensure System
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

Until now, hospital licensure was absent from Ohio’s regulatory scheme. However, Ohio’s final budget bill, which became effective on July 1, 2021, introduced a new hospital licensure system.[1] Under the final bill, Ohio hospitals have three years to become licensed by the Ohio Department of Health (the Department)...

States’ COVID-19 Immunity Statutes and Product Liability Claims Related to COVID-19
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

Dinsmore's Chris Cashen, Anne Guillory, Chris Jackson, and Kyle Bunnell were published in dri Strictly Speaking, Vol. 18 Issue 1. Their article, "States’ COVID-19 Immunity Statutes and Product Liability Claims Related to COVID-19," examines states’ COVID-19 immunity statutes for product designers, manufacturers, and distributors concerning COVID-19-related lawsuits. An excerpt is below...

Supreme Court Limits Assignor Estoppel in Minerva Surgical v. Hologic
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

The Supreme Court, in Minerva Surgical, Inc., v. Hologic, Inc., et al., Case No. 20-440, recently upheld the doctrine of assignor estoppel, but severely limited its reach. The Court limited assignor estoppel to not apply in the cases of a “common employment arrangement” with an employer and employee, when there is a change in law, and when the issued patent has “materially broader” claims than the assigned invention...

Ohio Budget Bill Adopts Conscientious Right to Refuse Care, Will Disrupt Health Care Operations and Oversight
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2021

Late amendments to Ohio’s budget bill (Am. Sub. H. B. 110[1]) set the stage to disrupt Ohio’s health care business community and alter health care oversight, operations and quality in the state. The new law provides moral, ethical, and religious grounds to refuse health care, and in doing so, affords unprecedented rights and protections that stand to impact the Ohio health care community in a myriad of ways...

The MTC Undertakes an Ambitious Study of Partnership Taxation
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2021

Dinsmore partner Kelvin Lawrence was published in Bloomberg Tax with co-author Bruce P. Ely from Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. Their article, "The MTC Undertakes an Ambitious Study of Partnership Taxation," discusses the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) Uniformity Committee's work group they created to study issues related to multistate taxation of pass-through entities...

The Section 101 Natural Law Exception - American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc., v. Neapco Holdings LLC
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2021

Key Takeaways The Supreme Court is currently weighing whether to take a case regarding Section 101 of the Patent Act as it applies to inventions involving natural laws. The Federal Circuit recently invalidated claims belonging to American Axle & Manufacturing Inc. relating to the manufacture of a prop-shaft using a natural law under Section 101...

The Effectiveness of Your Compliance Program
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2021

Dinsmore health care partner Joseph Zielinski was published in the most recent edition of New Perspectives on Health Care Risk Management, Control and Governance, the publication of the Association of Health Care Internal Auditors. His article, "The Effectiveness of Your Compliance Program," covers how to effectively audit your organization's compliance program while gaining valuable insights. An excerpt is below...

Ripple Effects of Supreme Court’s TCPA Decision Still Developing for Companies Using Auto-Dialers
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2021

If you work in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) space, you are certainly aware of the landmark unanimous decision by the United States Supreme Court in Facebook v Duguid[1], in which the Court narrowed the definition of an automatic telephone dialing system (ATDS) to equipment that has the capacity to either store or produce numbers using a random or sequential number generator. On its face, this decision seemed benign (the definition of an ATDS is unchanged)...

Supreme Court: Schools Are Limited in Regulation of Off-Campus Speech
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2021

On Wednesday, June 23, 2021, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., a much-anticipated decision regarding schools’ regulation of off-campus speech. The Court held that while schools may discipline students for some off-campus speech, their ability to do so is much more limited than for on-campus speech. B.L. was a student at Mahanoy Area High School and cheered on the junior varsity team during her freshman year...

DOL Proposes 30-Minute Cap for Tipped-Wage Side Work, Seeks to Reinstate 80/20 Rule
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2021

On June 21, 2021, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a new rule to restrict the amount of non-tip-producing work a tipped employee can perform when an employer is taking a tip credit. The proposed rule clarifies that if an employee performs work that directly supports tip-producing work for a substantial amount of time — at least 20 percent of the hours worked in a workweek or at least 30 continuous minutes — the worker must be paid the standard minimum wage...

FCA Allegation That Surgeons Let Residents and PAs Obtain Patient Consent for Procedures Fails Materiality Test
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2021

Guided by the materiality standard from Escobar, a key safeguard for FCA defendants, the Western District of Pennsylvania found the Zaldonis relator failed to show the alleged fraud “would have any effect on the government’s decision to pay a claim.” Five years after the Supreme Court decided it, Escobar thus continues to set a high hurdle for plaintiffs...

US Department of Education Interprets Title IX to Protect Against Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2021

On Wednesday, June 16, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a Notice of Interpretation, explaining how it interprets Title IX to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity...

OSHA Issues COVID-19 ETS for Health Care Employers, Updated Prevention Guidance for All Other Sectors
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2021

Last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for employers only in the health care sector in response to President Joe Biden’s January Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety. The ETS becomes effective on the date it is published in the Federal Register, which is yet to be determined. In addition, OSHA promulgated new non-binding guidance for employers in all other sectors...

Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology Program Breakthrough Devices Delayed
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2021

On May 14, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new final rule that will further delay the effective date of the Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT) and Definition of Reasonable and Necessary Final Rule (the Final Rule) until no earlier than Dec. 15, 2021...

ESG Principles at Work in Diversifying Governance
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2021

Dinsmore's Richik Sarkar was published in Bank Director this week discussing the need for diversity and inclusion within governance structures. Read an excerpt below...

 

 

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