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Multistate Tax Update — April 3, 2014

The City of New York (NYC) and the People of the State of New York (“New York,” and together with NYC, the “Plaintiffs”) are suing Federal Express (FedEx) in the U.S. Southern District Court of New York over what is, in part, a matter of taxation. The case is The City of New York v. FedEx Ground Package System, Inc., No. 13-cv-9173-ER. However, in this case, tobacco is involved, which automatically ups the ante and adds additional legal wrinkles to the case. 

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Want to Make HIPAA More Interesting? Try Playing Web Games

Many healthcare providers understand the importance of HIPAA compliance, but are not interested in reading detailed regulations and agency commentary to understand the rules.  If this describes any of your staff members, the Office of National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology may have a solution: play an online game. In an effort to make […]
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WESA Summary

Further to Amy’s post below, our Wealth Preservation Group has prepared a summary of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act which provides an overview of some of the key changes that the new legislation will bring. This summary is in the current issue of our newsletter, Your Estate Matters, and is available here.

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NLRB Public Meeting: Kara Maciel to Speak on Ambush Election Rules

Our colleague Kara Maciel will speak on behalf of EBG client, National Grocers Association (“NGA”), at the National Labor Relations Board’s public meeting, scheduled for April 10-11, 2014 regarding the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) on the “ambush election” representation procedures.

The panels will address the following topics:

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Be Careful You Don’t Make Your Vendor’s Employees Your Employees

By Michael Kun

You run a supermarket.  You contract with a janitorial company to come in every night to clean the aisles after you close.

You run an ad agency.  You retain a contractor to handle your mailroom.

You run a law firm.  You bring in a company to update the books in your law library.

You run a hotel.  You contract with a van service to shuttle your guests to and from the airport. 

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Clark Wilson names new Managing Partner James Speakman

James Speakman

Clark Wilson LLP is pleased to announce that James Speakman has been appointed Managing Partner of the firm, effective April 1, 2014. James’ career of over 25 years effectively combines legal practice with the business experience earned through 11 years in executive-level leadership positions in BC’s private sector real estate industry.

As Managing Partner, James will focus on Clark Wilson’s strategic priorities: pursuing innovative solutions to clients’ legal and business challenges and developing our team around a shared vision of excellence. He will continue to conduct his practice during his term as Managing Partner.

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Stanley D. Berger B.C.L.,L.L.B, Certified Specialist Environmental Law

In the continuing saga of the Blanding’s turtle, the Ontario Court of Appeal on March 25, 2014 ONCA 227 granted a stay to the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists (PECFN). The stay prevents any further work on Ostrander Point Wind Energy Project at least until the motion by the PECFN for leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal is determined. Should the Court grant leave to appeal, the stay suspending future work will likely continue until the appeal is finally decided on its merits. More…

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ICD-10, Two-Midnight Rule, RAC Audits, SGR Delayed

The Senate passed this evening the “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014“, which creates a 12 month delay for pending Medicare cuts pursuant to Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) payment formula. This bill avoids the 24% Medicare cuts physicians were facing starting on April 1st (this will be the 17th delay of the SGR).  Another […]
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Wills, Estates and Succession Act Now In Force

The long-awaited Wills, Estates and Succession Act (“WESA”) is now in force.  The website of the Province of British Columbia (Ministry of Justice) has created a very useful summary page, including a summary of the main benefits as follows:

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Accomplished healthcare attorney Tara Goff Kamradt joins the Chicago office of McDonald Hopkins

Chicago, Illinois (April 1, 2014) – Well-respected healthcare and corporate attorney Tara Goff Kamradt, formerly a partner at Baker & Hostetler LLP, has joined McDonald Hopkins LLC as a member in the Business Department. Based in the firm’s Chicago office, Kamradt is working with a team of more than 25 highly skilled attorneys in the firm’s national healthcare practice.

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