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October 15: Attend Epstein Becker Green’s Workforce Management Briefing – High Stakes and High Priorities

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When:  Thursday, October 15, 2015    8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where:  New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019

This year, Epstein Becker Green’s Annual Workforce Management Briefing focuses on the latest developments that impact employers nationwide, featuring senior officials from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. We will also take a close look at the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and its growing impact on the workplace. 

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Updated Meaningful Use Rules Released

After months of waiting, CMS and ONC finally issued final rules (with comment) pertaining to Stage 3 Meaningful Use, 2015-2018 EHR Incentive Program and 2015 edition of CEHRT certification.  CMS announced that the rules, numbering 750+ pages, are designed to “simplify requirements and add new flexibilities for providers to make electronic health information available when […] 

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Annual ESOP Administration Timeline – Great Lakes Regional ESOP Conference (Dale Vlasek)

ESOPs need attention year around. From pulling together payroll data at year end to paying distributions and filing the Form 5500, there is always something to be done. We will present and discuss a comprehensive, full-year ESOP timeline, including specific deadlines and the parties generally responsible for each. You will leave this presentation with a solid understanding of what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, and who should be doing it.

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Data Privacy: What ESOP companies need to know – Great Lakes Regional ESOP Conference (James Giszczak)

The Data Privacy breaches that have plagued Target, Anthem and the US Government highlight the danger luring in our computers. This session will discuss the issue and what precautions ESOP companies should be incorporating into their employee practices and consumer relations practices. And it will also discuss what to do when (not if) a breach takes place.

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Cyber risk and insurance: A conference by Nicholas J. Krnjevic

October 7, 2015 — Last Friday, the Quebec Bar was hosting the 14th edition of its conference on recent developments in insurance law.

Nicholas J. Krnjevic presented a paper entitled “Developments in Cyber Regulation, Litigation and Insurance”, soon to be published by Thomson Reuters / Éditions Yvon Blais. 

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Florida International Bankers Association Honors Bowman Brown with Lifetime Achievement Award

Bowman Brown, Chairman of Shutts & Bowen’s Executive Committee and Practice Group Leader of its Financial Services Practice Group, recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida International Bankers’ Association at FIBA’sWealth Management Forum.

“As far as bankers go, it is a signature honor,” said Shutts & Bowen partnerBryan Wells.

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How Dan’s Papers Have Helped Shape “The Hamptons” Brand

It may be hard to believe now, but there was a time in the 1970s when residents of the Hamptons felt that the area could use some publicity.  Enter Dan Rattiner, founder of Dan’s Papers, a weekly lifestyle publication covering the Hamptons with a whimsical voice that isn’t afraid to have a little fun.  Miffed that the Hamptons, the setting of the novel Jaws, had been replaced in the movie by Martha’s Vineyard, Dan put an attention-grabbing hoax on the front page of one of his weekly papers, the East Hampton Summer Sun. 

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U.S. Companies Have Much To Consider When Hiring International Staff

Companies in the United States continue to hire international staff to build a more diverse and intellectually savvy workforce.  In Massachusetts, the growth of the technology, pharmaceutical, and life sciences industries in cities such as Cambridge, home to Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has resulted in companies recruiting international scientists, doctors, computer programmers, and executives.  Start-ups are hiring the best and brightest from abroad to create the most innovative products, and to generate investor funding.

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Healthcare Alert: Client billing settlement for alleged kickback payments

The Boston Division of the FBI announced a $558,793 settlement with Strata Pathology Laboratory, Inc. on Oct. 1, 2015, to settle allegations that the laboratory violated the federal False Claims Act. 

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Update on Gender Disparity in the Workplace: The Report by Lean In and McKinsey

Corporate America still has a long way to go to achieve gender equality in the workplace.

According to a comprehensive study by Lean In and McKinsey & Company, Women in the Workplace 2015, women remain underrepresented at American companies, from entry level to the C-suite.  The greatest disparity occurs at senior levels of leadership.

Women in the Workplace 2015The study’s authors offer several key findings.  For one, the leadership ambition gap persists and women find the path to leadership disproportionately stressful.  Another finding is the uneven playing field women experience: The study concludes that women are almost four times more likely than men to think they have fewer opportunities to advance because of their gender.  Senior-level women believe their gender is a greater disadvantage than entry-level women do, and are significantly less satisfied with their role, opportunities for advancement, and career than their male counterparts. 

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