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Howard & Howard expands corporate transactional practice

Royal Oak, Michigan, April 13, 2017: Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Matthew P. Breuer has joined the firm. He will practice out of the firms Royal Oak office.

Mr. Breuer concentrates his practice in the area of business transactions and corporate matters, including mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations of business entities and real estate. He counsels clients regarding all aspects of various business transactions including stock purchase acquisitions, business asset purchases, joint ventures, consulting/independent contractor arrangements, employment agreements, investment/governance agreements, financing transactions, licensing agreements, assignment of membership interests/stock, and real property leasing and purchase transactions.

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Changes to the Work Visa Program

The Federal Government yesterday announced significant changes to the work visa program in Australia. The announced changes affect only pending and prospective work visa applicants. They do not impact visas already approved. We have prepared a summary of those changes below:

Temporary Work Visas

Updated Sponsorship List and visa grant period – from 19 April 2017

The Skilled Occupation List (SOL) will now be referred to as the Medium and Long term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) will now be referred to as the Short term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).

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Template declaration on characteristics of real estate unit and procedure of its reviewing were adopted

On 04 April 2017 the Russian Ministry for Economic Development published the Order No. 846 “On adoption of procedure of reviewing of declaration on characteristics of real estate unit and its template” (hereinafter – the “Order”).

The Order was adopted in accordance with clause 4 Article 12 of the Federal law No. 237-FZ of 03 July 2016 “On state cadaster evaluation” (hereinafter – the “Law No. 237-FZ”). This law governs the valuation procedure for the real property items starting from 01 January 2017. The valuation is performed by the Federal Cadastral Chamber. Article 12 of the Law No. 237-FZ covers matters of preparation for state cadaster evaluation and contemplates, that the real property owner can provide data on their real estate units to the Federal Cadastral Chamber or one of its branches (hereinafter – the “FCC”, “agency”). This information should be included into the template form adopted by the Order.

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Using the Client Experience to Up Your Game

zachary-nelson-192289The final session that I’d like to share from the Legal Marketing Association’s Annual Conference this year focused on learning lessons from businesses outside of the legal industry – while there’s something to be said for understanding what your peers are doing within the industry, there’s a lot to be learned from other professionals as well. LMA brought Maggie Watkins, Chief Marketing Officer of Sedgwick LLP to moderate Lynn Skoczelas, Chief Experience Officer of Sharp HealthCare, Lilian Tomovich, Chief Experience Officer at MGM Resorts International, and Susan Letterman White, Founder and Managing Partner of Letterman White Consulting to offer their perspective on how businesses are using the client experience to up their game.

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Redefining skills training for an ageing demographic: higher education policy and vocational guidance

“I think there’s a world market for maybe five computers.” –  Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943

“Status Quo. Latin for the mess we’re in.” – Jeve Moorman

I confess that I never paid much attention to those retirement commercials. You know the ones with a distinguished silver-haired white male effortlessly swinging his golf club, or sitting on his yacht in some exotic location? Nor did I pay much attention to those AARP ads. After all, I was not “old” and I was never going to get old, if I could help it. And I’m a Canadian so why would AARP matter. I’ve played a decent and even competitive game of tennis for most of my natural life. And my wife and I are both conservative lawyers with carefully conceived tax and estate plans. We’re doing just fine.

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Talking Tax – Issue 73

Case law

Tay v Chief Commissioner of State Revenue [2017] NSWSC 338

In Tay v Chief Commissioner of State Revenue [2017] NSWSC 338, the plaintiff was assessed by the Chief Commissioner of the State Revenue for transfer duty and landholder duty on the transfer of ordinary shares in his late father’s company (Memocorp) which was registered in Australia as a real estate investment vehicle. Under the Will, the children were entitled to the residue of the estate from the net proceeds of sale of the assets.

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No Signed Writing vs. Expired Physician Contracts: New Court Ruling on What Constitutes “Collection of Documents” to Satisfy Stark’s Writing Requirement

On March 15, 2017, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania issued an opinion that sheds insight on how courts view the “writing” requirement of various exceptions under the federal physician self-referral law (or “Stark Law”). The ruling involved the FCA qui tam case, United States ex rel. Emanuele v. Medicor Assocs., No. 1:10-cv-245, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 36593 (W.D. Pa. Mar. 15, 2017), involving a cardiology practice (Medicor Associates, Inc.) and the Hamot Medical Center. The Court’s detailed discussion of the Stark Law in its summary judgment opinion provides guidance as to what may or may not constitute a “collection of documents” for purposes of satisfying a Stark Law exception.

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Week of April 10, 2017 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupSince tomorrow is a holiday for us, and much of our Network, you’re getting a bonus post, and the roundup, today! We’ve got a lot of great content for you, so before you head out for a long weekend, take a look through the best of ILNToday this week:

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OCR issues guidance on cyber threat reporting and monitoring

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued guidance on reporting and monitoring cyber threats. The guidance comes just five months after the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that data breaches involving medical records of 500 or more individuals are increasing, a trend that is expected to continue as technology continues to evolve. In connection with its report, the GAO pushed OCR to update its guidance on protecting electronic health information.

The guidance encourages covered entities and business associates to report any suspicious activity (cyber security incidents, cyber threat indicators and defensive measures, phishing incidents, malware and software vulnerabilities) to the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT).

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Top Five Takeaways from MedPAC’s Meeting on Medicare Issues and Policy Developments – April 2017

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (“MedPAC”) met in Washington, DC, on April 6-7, 2017. The purpose of this and other public meetings of MedPAC is for the commissioners to review the issues and challenges facing the Medicare program and then make policy recommendations to Congress. MedPAC issues these recommendations in two annual reports, one in March and another in June. MedPAC’s meetings can provide valuable insight into the state of Medicare, the direction of the program moving forward, and the content of MedPAC’s next report to Congress.

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