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Update: Equal rights to survivor’s benefits for civil partners?
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, February 2014

Last year, we reported on the Employment Tribunal’s decision in Walker v Innospec Limited (ET 2411316/2011) that a pension scheme’s failure to provide survivor’s benefits for civil partners equal to those provided for spouses was unlawful discrimination...

"A Cost-Effective Approach to Protecting Innovation in Healthcare" by Nate Bailey and Nicolo Davidson Executive Nashville
Waller, September 2016

With healthcare costs expected to soon exceed twenty percent of the United States economy, the healthcare industry represents fertile ground for innovation. From medical devices and pharmaceuticals to methods for managing patient data, new technologies continue to improve patient care and outcomes. Such innovation is vital for ensuring that the healthcare industry continues to meet the demands of aging populations in the 21st century.http://executivenashville...

"False" Self-Employment and the Gig Economy - Where are We Now?
A&L Goodbody LLP, July 2018

The question of 'employment status', continues to concern many employers working within today's 'gig economy'. The UK Supreme Court recently provided guidance on the correct "label" to be bestowed on 'gig economy' workers. Pimlico Plumbers recently lost an appeal in the UK Courts against a finding that one of its plumbers was a "worker" for the purposes of relevant UK employment legislation – not a self-employed independent contractor...

"Flattening the Curve" of Post-Pandemic Disputes
Wardynski & Partners, March 2020

Justice systems around the world will soon be exposed to the same pressure as is currently crushing healthcare systems in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. What can judges and advocates doto “flatten the curve” and increase the resilience of the justice system as it awaits the post-pandemic wave of disputes? Healthcare systems around the globe are wobbling, and in some states collapsing under atsunami of Covid-19 cases...

"How to De-stress a Distressed Senior Living Company" Co-Authored by Jeffery D Parrish and John C Tishler
Waller, February 2017

External pressures, such as lower reimbursement rates and an overall shift in policy by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and state Medicaid agencies have put significant financial and operational pressure on skilled nursing and other senior living operators in the United States...

"Hurricane Harvey" and the Winds of Change
TSMP Law Corporation, January 2018

Have we reached the tipping point in the fight against sexual harassment in the workplace? In late August 2017, Hurricane Harvey struck the Caribbean and the United States, causing unprecedented devastation and destruction. Less thantwo months later, a very different “Hurricane Harvey” followed, one that precipitated a renewed global consciousness over issues of sexual harassment...

"IRS Taking Harder Look at Non-Profit Hospitals" Don Stuart Quoted in FierceHealthcare
Waller, October 2016

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is ratcheting up surveillance of non-profit hospitals regarding their levels of community benefits and patient financial assistance. The IRS reviewed 692 hospitals in fiscal 2016, which ended late last month, Bloomberg BNA has reported. Of those, 166 were referred for a closer “field examination...

"Limiting Liability Exposure for a Private Family Trust Company" by John Bunge Waller Private Family Trust Company Research
Waller, August 2017

Provisions in a trust instrument can expressly limit and define the scope of the PFTC’s fiduciary duties, including the Prudent Investor Rule and the duty to inform and report. Generally, the ability to limit fiduciary duties is subject to “mandatory” rules dictated by state statutes or common law. Some states have stringent mandatory rules, while other states seek to maximize the trust settlor’s freedom of disposition and freedom of contract...

"Opportunity Zone Benefits; Nuts and Bolts; and Loose or Missing Screws" By J Leigh Griffith and Shane P Morris Taxes - The Tax Magazine
Waller, February 2019

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “TCJA”) created a new tax incentive designed to encourage long-term investment in low income communities, as defined in Code Sec. 45D(e),1 which are specifically designated as “qualified opportunity zones” (“QOZs”) in accordance with procedures set forth in Code Sec. 1400Z-1...

"QAPI Spells Success for SNFs" Jeff Parrish in McKnight's Long-Term Care News
Waller, August 2018

The skilled nursing sector has seen a significant number of facility divestitures and closures in the last few years. Quite frankly, this negative trend is due in part to a reluctance by some operators to implement clinical-based care standards and a lack of honest self-evaluation to improve the clinical care provided at skilled nursing facilities. Outdated operating models – solely meeting the basic needs of patients – does not bode well for SNF operators to survive...

"Recent Developments in Federal Preemption of Pharmaceutical Drug and Medical Device Product Liability Claims"
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, March 2017

   Few areas of law have proven more dynamic over the last few years than the interplay between state tort laws and the federal regulation of pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices. During its last two terms, the United States Supreme Court has issued three separate opinions addressing federal preemption of state law claims under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act...

"Sunshine Law Shining a Light on Governmental Hospital Transactions" Ken Marlow in The Governance Institute's Public Focus
Waller, December 2019

Governance and social factors play a significant role in determining a hospital’s openness to change and its ability to complete a business transaction, be that a merger, acquisition, or other strategic partnership. For government-owned hospitals, tension between the goals of government entities and the goals of a hospital’s board, in addition to added legal complexities, may result in failed or generally avoided transactions...

"Text Me?" Proposed Electronic Disclosure Rule Would Allow Greater Flexibility for Retirement Plans
Hanson Bridgett LLP, November 2019

Under a new proposed rule, certain required disclosures could be provided electronically to all retirement plan participants, including former employees and beneficiaries. On October 23, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a proposed rule intended to expand the use of internet technology to furnish ERISA-required disclosures to plan participants, and to reduce printing and mail expenses...

"The Bridge to Blockchain in Health Care Guidance for Business Lawyers" Kristen Johns published in American Health Lawyers Association
Waller, November 2019

The application of distributed ledger, or blockchain, technology has permeated many industries. Since its debut through cryptocurrency, many companies have embraced its potential and many more are actively identifying and implementing novel use cases. The health care industry is no different, and blockchain technology is currently being used for physician and nurse credentialing, electronic medical records (EMRs), patient engagement, patient identity, and pharma supply chain management...

"What Anesthesiologists Need to Know About Enforcement of Non-Compete Agreements" by Amanda K Jester and Ashleigh VanLandingham Anesthesia Communique
Waller, October 2016

On May 5, 2016, the White House issued a report citing a variety of issues with the use of non-compete agreements advocating for non-compete reform at the state and federal level.1 According to the White House report, with respect to healthcare services (i.e., physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers and other medical professionals), noncompetes have the potential to interfere with the quality of care by restricting consumer choice...

"Will Growth Consolidation Lead Residential Addiction Treatment Industry to Police Itself in Terms of Ethics & Marketing" by Colbey Reagan Nashville Medical News
Waller, September 2017

At this year’s annual meeting of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers in Austin, there was a clear divide on display between the “old school” and the “new school” during a session on electronic marketing strategies. The number of residential addiction treatment providers operating in the United States has exploded since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in March 2010...

#MeToo: It May Be Happening in Your Workplace Too
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, November 2017

The resurgence of the #MeToo campaign highlights that sexual harassment comes in all variations, affects all classes of people, and cuts across all industries. While employers could dismiss the social media moniker as a “them” not an “us” problem, they do so at their peril. People, some of whom may be your employees, are talking, posting, and tweeting, and employers would be wise to listen and revisit their anti-harassment policies...

#NotHere: 5 Steps to Prevent Harassment in the Workplace in Wake of the #MeToo Movement
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, November 2018

One year later, the #MeToo movement has caused a seismic cultural shift in American society and in the workplace. It continues to gain momentum and attracts wide-sweeping media coverage keeping the issue of sexual misconduct against women at the forefront of our national dialogue...

$30 Billion Under CARES Act Comes With Strings Attached – What Do You Need To Know?
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, April 2020

Under the CARES Act that was signed into law on March 27, 2020, $100 billion was allocated to “eligible health care providers” to provide financial relief for health care organizations in relation to the COVID-19 public health emergency...

$39 Million Jury Verdict in False Claims Act Suit against Tuomey Healthcare
Haynes and Boone, May 2013

Last week, a federal jury in South Carolina found that Tuomey Healthcare System, Inc. violated the Stark Law and the False Claims Act by submitting false claims for reimbursement to the United States, resulting in $39 million in damages to the government. United States ex rel. Drakeford v. Tuomey Healthcare Sys., Inc., No. 3:05-2858-MBS (D.S.C. May 8, 2013)...

$784M Fraud Charge Against Telemedicine Company Highlights Importance of Evaluating Telehealth Arrangements
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, August 2021

Telemedicine and telehealth are newer and ever-expanding components of health care.[1] There are many viable arrangements for companies who wish to engage in telemedicine and/or telehealth and these arrangements can offer many benefits to the patients they serve.  However, companies and licensed individuals who provide services should be careful to understand the state and federal regulatory framework under which they operate...

(WEBINAR) The Enforcement Challenge - Enforcing Arbitral Awards & Foreign Judgments in Indonesia, Malaysia & Singapore.
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2021

Dear Clients and Friends  Drew Network Asia (comprising Drew & Napier LLC from Singapore, Makarim & Taira S. from Indonesia, and Shearn Delamore & Co. from Malaysia) is delighted to present a joint webinar with Omni Bridgeway, a leading global disputes finance company, on the enforcement of arbitral awards and foreign judgements in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Details are set out below:   Date: Thursday, 14 January 2021 Time: 3.00 pm to 4.30 pm (SG/MY time) 2...

[Infographic] COVID-19 Workforce Immigration Quick Guide – Thailand
DFDL, September 2021

Another wave of COVID-19 has spread all over Thailand and is raising understandable concerns and generating uncertainty among the business community. With our series of infographics, we take this opportunity to guide you on the key measures and best practices to help you mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on your business...

[Infographic] COVID-19 Workforce Restructuring Quick Guide – Thailand
DFDL, September 2021

Another wave of COVID-19 has spread all over Thailand and is raising understandable concerns and generating uncertainty among the business community. With our series of infographics, we take this opportunity to guide you on the key measures and best practices to help you mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on your business. Today, we highlight 4 practical steps with noteworthy considerations when implementing workforce restructuring options available to employers in Thailand...

[Infographic] Digital Assets in Thailand – Quick Guide
DFDL, September 2021

COVID-19 has thrust the world into recession and its rippling effects have given rise to rapid and accelerating changes. Many businesses have moved or expanded into online channels as we collectively begin to embrace and advance headlong into an increasingly digitalized society...

 

 

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