On April 17, the Joint Commission—a nonprofit organization that provides accreditations to health care organizations—issued a list of seven steps hospitals should take to improve safety and reduce the risk of workplace violence perpetrated by employees, patients, and visitors. While the seven steps are advisory rather than mandatory, health care organizations risk jeopardizing their accreditation status if they fail to take appropriate action in response to episodes of workplace violence.
Monthly Archives: April 2018
Davis & Gilbert is pleased to welcome Kirsten Harmon, Associate, to the firm’s Corporate Practice Group.
Kirsten A. Harmon is an associate in the Corporate Practice Group of Davis & Gilbert. She is involved in all aspects of the firm’s corporate practice, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and general commercial matters. Ms. Harmon also assists clients in structuring and negotiating employment and non-competition, purchase and shareholder agreements and other general corporate matters.
High Court of Australia rules that VCAT cannot hear disputes where a party is not a resident of Victoria
Last week’s High Court decision in Burns v Corbett (2018) HCA 15 is likely to have far-reaching consequences for disputes in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) where one party resides outside of Victoria.
In September 2017, the Queensland government passed the Labour Hire Licensing Act. Comparable legislation has been passed in South Australia (commencing 1 March 2018) and is before parliament in Victoria (yet to be passed) which is similar but not identical. The Act covers all operations within Queensland, including labour hire providers and hosts who may be based interstate or overseas but have business in Queensland.
Intellectual property (IP) refers to rights which exist over business assets – it could be a brand, logo, design or product invention.
Hall & Wilcox is pleased to have three partners named finalists in the Lawyers Weekly 2018 Partner of the Year award.
SMSF investing in cryptocurrencies
The ATO has released an online publication in relation to self-managed superannuation funds (SMSF) investing in cryptocurrencies.
Workplace Violence Prevention Plans Now Mandatory for California Hospitals and Skilled Nursing Facilities
A recent decision from an Arkansas appellate court raises two important issues of enforceability of non-competition agreements: (1) the enforceability of a non-compete after expiration of the contractual non-compete period and (2) the applicable standard for determining whether a valid protectable interest exists.
The United States Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated ruling today, April 24, 2018, in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC that challenged the constitutionality of inter partes review (IPR) proceedings created by Congress in the 2011 America Invents Act (AIA), under which issued patents may be cancelled by the Patent Office without a trial in a District Court. In a 7-2 decision authored by Justice Thomas, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of these procedures, with Justices Gorsuch and Roberts dissenting.