Monthly Archives: February 2016

Bluntly Speaking: Medicinal Weed is Legal in New York

On January 7, 2016, New York launched the Medical Marijuana Program established under the State’s Compassionate Care Act (“Program”). The Program

Medical marijuana prescription with bottle and stethoscope.

is intended to deliver approved forms of marijuana to seriously ill individuals “in desperate need of treatment.”   Medicinal use of marijuana in New York requires a registered physician’s certification and State-issued registry identification card.

The Program establishes that State-certified medicinal pot users “shall be deemed” disabled within the meaning of the State’s Human Rights Law (“NYSHRL”).  Under the NYSHRL, employers with four or more employees are prohibited from discriminating against individuals in compensation or in the terms and conditions of employment based on their status as individuals with disabilities. Employers are also obligated to accommodate disabled individuals. 

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DOL Announces That the Exemption Regulations Will Be Published in July 2016

E. Jason Tremblay

E. Jason Tremblay

On February 17, 2016, Patricia Smith, U.S. Department of Labor solicitor, announced that the U.S. Department of Labor Final Rule regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act White Collar Exemption Regulations will be published sometime in July of this year. She added that such Regulations will take effect 60 days after their publication. Accordingly, we anticipate that such Regulations will be effective on employers no later than September 2016. As such, if not done so already, employers should accelerate their efforts to evaluate and confirm that they will be in compliance with the updated FLSA Regulations once they become final. For a summary of the updated Regulations, please click here to view my earlier blog posting.

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Week of February 15, 2016 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupWe’ve got a big roundup for you this week, covering everything from Monkey selfies to the Zika virus. See what our lawyers around the world have to say in this week’s top posts from ILNToday:

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New Trademark Act news

New Trademark Act
The new Trademark Act is being considered by the National Legislative Council and is expected to be implemented in Q1 of 2016. The new Act will be significantly different from the current Trademark Act. The definition of trademark will be expanded to include sound mark. A multi-class application will now be available. The Section regarding the associated mark has been cancelled. The time to respond to the Office Action will be reduced to 60 days in most cases. Partial assignment will now be available (i.e. to assign the rights only in connection with certain goods in the specification). A grace period will now be available (i.e. 6 months after the expiration with a 20% surcharge). Sections regarding the Madrid Protocol will be introduced (i.e. the registration date, the qualification of the applicant, the validity term, office of origin, and International Bureau). A Section emphasizing the liability in using the packaging or container bearing the registered trademark, certificate mark, or collective mark of another for the purpose of passing off will be introduced. The changes in the official fees will also be listed.

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Overpayment Rule Sets 6 Year Lookback

Nearly 6 years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, CMS published the final 60 day rule for Medicare Parts A and B overpayments. The rule requires a person who has received an overpayment to report and return the overpayment to HHS, the State, an intermediary, a carrier or a contractor within 60 days […]

The post Overpayment Rule Sets 6 Year Lookback appeared first on OMW Health Law.

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Flash Interview Me Mariella De Stefano

Me Mariella De Stefano is a partner in our insurance department and specializes in the management of complex files in insurance litigation, civil litigation, professional liability and product liability.


Me De Stefano did not hesitate to participate in our “Flash Interview” serie. Here are her answers to our questions: 

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Advokat og partner Jens Paulsen har udgivet bogen Ansættelsesklausuler

De nye regler i ansættelsesklausulloven ændrer retsstillingen radikalt. Bogen beskriver og kommenterer de ansættelsesklausuler, der reguleres ved ansættelsesklausulloven og som har virkning fra 1. januar 2016.

Der er fokus på betingelserne for gyldighed og kravet om, at lønmodtagere, der omfattes af en konkurrenceklausul, skal indtage en helt særlig betroet stilling, og at det skriftligt skal være anført, hvorfor arbejdsgiveren anser en konkurrenceklausul som nødvendig i det konkrete ansættelsesforhold. Ansættelsesklausuler beskriver forbuddet mod listekundeklausuler og kravet om udlevering af kundelister som gyldighedsbetingelser i forhold til kundeklausuler.

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Superbowl Commercials – The Ugly of 2016

What good would looking at commercials from Super Bowl 50 be without looking at the worst of the worst? That’s right, today’s post is all about the UGLY commercials of 2016. And boy, did we have some ugly ones.

While this ad still managed to get some good press and actually (if you can believe it) immediately started trending when it aired during the game, for me, this commercial was the WORST of this year’s crop: 

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CMS Issues Long-Awaited Rule Regarding Reporting and Returning Overpayments

Epstein-Becker-Green-ClientAlertHCLS_gif_pagespeed_ce_KdBznDCAW4In February 2012, two years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a proposed rule, which was subject to significant public comment, concerning reporting and returning certain Medicare overpayments (“Proposed Rule”). On February 12, 2016, four years from the issuance of the Proposed Rule (and six years after passage of the ACA), CMS issued the final rule, which becomes effective on March 14, 2016 (“A and B Final Rule”).

The A and B Final Rule applies only to providers and suppliers under Medicare Parts A and B. The return of overpayments under Medicare Parts C and D are addressed in a final rule that was published by CMS in May 2014 (“C and D Final Rule”). To date, no final regulations have been adopted that address Medicaid requirements. 

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(Français) Mes suggestions de lecture en vue de la Course aux stages

À titre de membre du comité de recrutement, les étudiants me demandent parfois comment se préparer pour la Course aux stages. Il faut évidemment choisir les vêtements appropriés, réviser les sites web des cabinets, consulter les profils des avocats qui nous intervieweront, se tenir au courant de l’actualité, etc.

Mais, pour vous mettre réellement dans l’ambiance, je vous invite à lire autre chose que jurisprudence et doctrine. Mais pas n’importe quoi. Des livres inspirants, qui permettent de mieux se connaître, de bâtir sa confiance, de faire un plan de carrière, de comprendre les enjeux du marché du travail. Voici donc trois idées de lectures stimulantes:

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