Monthly Archives: February 2014

Rene Frolov and Tanel Tark attended the European Competition Forum 2014 organised by the European Commission

On 11 February 2014, the third European Competition Forum was held. It is a conference organised by the European Commission where the aims of and trends in the competition policy as well as its role in the economies of the European Union and the Member States are discussed.

The main topics of this year’s forum, which was held in Brussels as usual, were the following:

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HHS Issues HIPAA Guidance For Mental Health

HHS recently issued HIPAA guidance for mental health practitioners, in an effort to help providers wade through complicated decisions of when disclosures of patient information are permissible.  This guidance, set up in a FAQ format, is designed to incorporate common questions related to the intersection of mental health and privacy laws.  The guidance addresses when […]
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Permitted development rights

On 30 May 2013, the government introduced changes to the planning system affecting permitted development rights.  The reforms aim to boost economic recovery and ease the national housing shortage, by putting into productive use vacant or underused office space.

The most controversial aspect of the reforms is a change to permitted development rights to allow change of use, without the need for a planning application, from office to residential use, for a limited three year period. More…

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Hotel update – February 2014

A summary of transactions and trends in 2013
20/02/2014

Please see below for link to the February 2014 edition of our Hotels update.

Hotel update – February 2014

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OSHA Forecast – 5 Important OSHA Issues to Monitor in 2014 (#5 – Heat Illness Enforcement)

By the national OSHA Practice Group at Epstein Becker & Green

As we closed the book on 2013 — a truly remarkable year of OSHA enforcement and regulatory activity — we look to the future, and think about what to expect from OSHA in 2014.  Over the next couple of weeks, we will roll out what we believe are the 5 most significant OSHA developments to monitor in 2014.

If you are interested in how accurate our past predictions have been, take a look at these articles from December 2011 forecasting five OSHA developments for 2012 and from December 2012 predicting three developments from OSHA in 2013.

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Draft Framework for Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Released

A significant barrier to the interstate practice of telehealth is closer to being broken down. The Federation of State Medical Boards (“FSMB”) recently completed and distributed a draft Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (“Compact”), which is designed to facilitate physician licensure portability and the practice of interstate telehealth. The Compact would create an additional licensure pathway through which physicians would be able to obtain expedited licensure in participating states. As the FSMB notes in the draft, the Compact “complements the existing licensing and regulatory authority of state medical boards, ensures the safety of patients, and provides physicians with enhanced portability of their license to practice medicine outside their state of primary licensure.”

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Government Strategies Advisory: This Week in Washington — February 21, 2014

President Barack Obama’s budget, which will be released on March 4, will scrap his previous offer to cut cost-of-living increases in Social Security and other benefit programs – an offer that had been central to his debt-reduction plan. The scrapping of this proposal reflects a pivot for the president away from the issue of debt reduction.

The cost-of-living reductions had long been a source of controversy between the White House and Congressional Democrats who strongly opposed the proposal. The news that Obama will drop the provision comes just after a Democratic Congressional retreat where party leaders planned their 2014 strategy.

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Don Sihota and Veronica Franco speak at Buildex

Don Sihota and Veronica Franco both participated in the PAMA Sessions at this year’s Buildex Vancouver, one of Canada’s largest tradeshows and conferences targeting the design, construction and architecture industries. Don presented on a panel regarding “How to Sell a Business” and spoke on ensuring a high valuation and smooth business succession when the time comes to sell your business. Veronica presented in the session, “LLLLLLLLLet’s Get Ready to Rumble! Proxy Fights at Strata General Meetings”, where she discussed the key issues in voting and proxies at strata general meetings.

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Marketing Law: 2013 Lessons Learned & 2014 Practical Advice

There were significant changes in almost every aspect of the law relating to advertising, marketing and promotions in 2013. Here, our lawyers explain and discuss what happened, and offer suggestions for advertisers and agencies to think about and address in 2014.

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"Ask the Expert"- FREE employment law seminar: Wednesday 12th March 2014

We would be delighted if you could join us at our next “Ask the Expert” employment law seminar, being held on Wednesday 12th March in 29, Royal Exchange Square. As usual, we will be holding the seminar in conjunction with Syme Drummond Recruitment.

2013 was a busy year for employment law, with a host of new legislation being introduced across the year. With 2014 looking slightly less daunting or exciting (depending on your view!) on the legislation front, we thought we would go back to doing what it says on the tin for this session and deal with as many of your HR/ employment law questions as possible (however, we will of course spend some time touching on the latest employment law developments too).

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