Legal Updates

The Business Associate Agreement Battle – Understand the Key Issues

The September 2014 deadline for amending pre-existing HIPAA business associate agreements (BAA) is fast approaching.  Are you ready?  Under the HITECH Act, covered entities and business associates have just under seven months to negotiate and implement amendments to all BAAs entered into prior to January 25, 2013. In the face of the unprecedented challenge of […]
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Credit Union Regulatory Alert

Thank you for taking the time to read this Howard & Howard Credit Union Regulatory Alert. We aim to provide our credit union clients and friends with information to help you understand and interpret the ever-changing regulatory environment.

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Key Lessons Related to Stark Compliant EHR Donation Arrangements

Is your entity thinking about engaging in a Stark/AKS Compliant EHR Donation Arrangement?  If so, check out this list of top 5 issues to consider as you are assessing your options and your health IT alignment strategy. 1.  An EHR donation arrangement is an effective way for hospitals to align with their physicians. In the […]
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IP speed dating: AutoHarvest gathers partners, buffs up website

Slower than planned, the AutoHarvest Foundation is gaining traction in its goal of providing an online meeting place for automakers and auto suppliers, advanced manufacturers, universities and national labs to license or find intellectual property.

When the TechTown-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit was announced in August 2011, co-founder and CEO Jayson Pankin, who previously spent seven years helping Delphi Corp. commercialize its intellectual property and spin off for-profit companies, hoped to go from an alpha version to beta version to final version of the technology clearinghouse’s website by the end of 2012. More…

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Going Through Withdrawal: A Step-By-Step Guide to Arbitration in Multiemployer Withdrawal Liability Disputes

Our colleague Mark M. Trapp recently wrote an article entitled “Going Through Withdrawal: A Step-By-Step Guide to Arbitration in Multiemployer Withdrawal Liability Disputes” which appears in the current issue of the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law (members only).   

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Increase to statutory payments announced

The government has today published The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2014. This will alter the level of statutory payments or limits which apply to certain employment law rights created by legislation.

The most significant changes of note are:

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Forsørger-tabserstatning

To børn, hvis forældre omkom i samme ulykke, havde ikke krav på forhøjet forsørgertabserstatning

Højesteret har ved dom af 29. november 2013 afvist at forhøje forsørgertabserstatningen til 2 børn, som mistede deres forældre i samme ulykke, hvor de på motorcykel stødte sammen med en taxa. På ulykkestidspunktet var børnene 4 og 8 år gamle.

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Government Strategies Advisory: Tax Reform

Since Congress last reformed the Internal Revenue Code in 1986, there have been more than 20,000 statutory changes to the tax code. Many economists argue that as global commerce gets more sophisticated and competitive, the tax code is getting more burdensome and harmful to economic growth. Democrats and Republicans alike have called for comprehensive tax reform to reduce marginal tax rates and close unnecessary tax loopholes to better address our nation’s priorities.

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THE DUTY TO DEFEND AND INDEMNIFY UNDER A CGL POLICY WHEN THE WORK IS UNFINISHED

On October 28, 2013, in Promutuel du Lac au fjord vs. Gagné Construction et Rénovation Gagné et Fils), the Superior Court rendered an interesting ruling with respect to the insurer’s duty to defend and to indemnify regarding a CGL policy in the context of unfinished construction work.

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PENSION ALERT ONTARIO PENSION PLAN — MAYBE

There seems to be general agreement that some or even many middle income workers do not save enough for retirement. These are the people who do not have a workplace pension, and have not saved sufficiently in tax-deferred programs. At this time employers and employers contribute 9.9% of income up to the YMPE, 4.5% each. The maximum benefit at age 65 is just over $1,000 per month, although the average CPP monthly payment is a little under $600. It is true that this income, together with the OAS monthly payments of $550 and GIS is barely enough for a single person to live on and would certainly result in a substantial decreased standard of living for middle income people. More…

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