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

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (“MedPAC”) met in Washington, DC, on March 2-3, 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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Recent Executive Orders Have Immediate Immigration Impacts, but Overnight Overhaul of U.S. Immigration System Is Unlikely

It is no secret that the new administration under President Trump brings with it a fundamental shift in executive attitude with respect to both legal and illegal immigration. The transitional period leading up to January’s inauguration left employers and their foreign national employee populations mired in uncertainty regarding the future of former President Barack Obama’s largely immigration-friendly reforms. Shortly after entering the White House, President Trump made headlines by signing a series of controversial EOs that created a travel ban on nationals “from” seven primarily Muslim countries, eliminated visa interview waiver programs, suspended refugee programs, expanded removal grounds, eliminated federal funding for “sanctuary” cities, and directed the design and build-out of a wall at the United States/Mexico border. These EOs created discord among the government agencies that are charged with executing the EOs but were largely kept out of the drafting process. In addition, the EOs left employers scrambling to identify and support their impacted employee populations and cemented notions that the Trump administration has initiated a new immigration dialogue that will focus on enforcement and the impact of immigration on U.S. workers.

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PREFEITURA DE SÃO PAULO ADERE AO PROGRAMA EMPREENDA FÁCIL

A Prefeitura de São Paulo formalizou, no último dia 6, o lançamento do “Programa Empreenda Fácil”, cujo objetivo é facilitar a constituição e regularização de empresas no Município, organizando processos e reduzindo prazos e a burocracia.
Em sua maior parte, os procedimentos previstos no Programa serão efetuados por sistemas disponibilizados pela Prefeitura de São Paulo, suprimindo a necessidade de comparecimento dos empresários e representantes em diversas repartições públicas. Inicialmente o programa atenderá as empresas classificadas de “baixo risco”, consideradas como tal aquelas localizadas em edificações com área construída inferior a 1.500 m² ou instalados em área de até 500 m², que não demandem licenciamentos específicos. As empresas que tenham atividades econômicas classificadas de baixo risco, poderão obter a liberação de alvará automática, sem inspeção prévia.
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Recent Federal Decisions Confirm That DTSA Claims Must Follow Longstanding Pleading Standards

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As the law’s first anniversary approaches, federal courts continue to adjudicate claims arising under the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”).  Enacted on May 11, 2016, DTSA provides the first private federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation, allowing parties to sue in federal court for trade secret misappropriation.  Although the law is in its infancy, employers and legal practitioners filing complaints that assert DTSA claims must nevertheless adhere to longstanding rules of pleading set forth by the Supreme Court and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (“FRCP”).  Two recent decisions address this fundamental concept and serve as reminders that all complaints must follow basic pleading precepts.

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Week of March 13, 2017 on ILNToday – A Roundup

roundupTop of the mornin’ to you! This part-Irish lass wishes you all a happy and healthy St. Paddy’s Day, and is bringing you a great roundup of top posts from this week on ILNToday. But before we get to the content, we’d like to offer a very big congratulations to the ILN’s very own Eugenija Sutkiene, who was named European Managing Partner of the Year at last night’s awards ceremony by The Lawyer. This is a huge honor, and well-deserved, and we’re thrilled for Eugenija and her colleagues!

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Talking Tax – Issue 69

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Residency test for companies – central management and control

Australian business groups with overseas operations are reminded to take care following the outcome of the High Court decision in Bywater Investments Limited & Ors. v Commissioner of Taxation; Hua Wang Bank Berhad [2016] HCA 45, and the recent release of Draft Tax Ruling TR 2017/D2 by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

The draft ruling sets out the Commissioner of Taxation’s view on the application of the central management and control test for companies following the landmark High Court decision.

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Chambers and Partners Global 2017 – Lidings Keeps its Status of Top Dispute Resolution Law Firm in Russia

The results of an annual Chambers and Partners Global research analyzing the best law firms and lawyers around the world once again demonstrate Lidings’ high status among the top legal advisors in dispute resolution in Russia.

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Cross-Device Tracking and Consumer Protection: Is There More to the Story?

In 2017, we are seeing an explosion of online marketers engaging in cross-device targeting, where data is used to identify users on one device to serve ads to them on a different device. This enables advertisers to pinpoint their consumers as never before. Now, they can capitalize on key moments of a consumer’s purchasing journey to keep the consumer engaged and, more importantly, to piggyback on those purchases. For example, a consumer purchasing a department store dress on her laptop may be seamlessly served an ad for matching shoes on her smartphone only a few minutes later.

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: Awards, Testimonials & Reviews

We’re bringing you another great rainmaking recommendation today from expert and coach, Jaimie Field! Also, you’ll want to take advantage of her special offer for her “Blueprint for Rainmaking Success Bootcamp,” a six-week teleseminar series that begins this coming Monday – head here for more information.

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Marijuana in the Workplace: the Stakes are Getting Higher

If you’ve noticed a pungent aroma wafting in the Massachusetts breeze, chances are it is coming from marijuana use.

Massachusetts voters approved a ballot measure to legalize recreational use and possession of marijuana on Nov. 8, 2016, and on Dec. 15 the law went into effect alongside the already-adopted medical marijuana scheme.

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