Monthly Archives: March 2021

Illinois Coalition Backs Telehealth Bill Supporting Payment Parity Beyond COVID-19 Pandemic

The Illinois Coalition to Protect Telehealth, a coalition of more than thirty Illinois healthcare providers and patient advocates, announced its support for a bill that would, among other things, establish payment parity for telehealth services and permanently eliminate geographic and facility restrictions beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many states, Illinois issued an executive order at the outset of the pandemic temporarily lifting longstanding barriers to consumer access to telehealth via commercial health plans and Medicaid.[1]  The executive order expanded the definition of telehealth services, loosened geographical restrictions on physician licensing requirements, and barred private insurers from charging copays and deductibles for in-network telehealth visits.

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EEO-1 Reporting for 2019 and 2020 to Close in July 2021

On March 12, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that the EEO-1 Component 1 data collection period will open at the end of April 2021 and close in July 2021.  Submission of the EEO-1 Report is required for employers with 100 or more employees, and applicable Federal government contractors with 50 or more employees and contracts of $50,000. The agency has not announced an exact closing date, indicating:

The EEO-1 Component 1 data collection will open at the end of April 2021 and close in July 2021. The exact closing date will be posted when the data collection launches. Employers will be notified of additional details and how to access the online filing system in April.

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International Recognition from Chambers Global 2021

Chambers Global 2021, a legal directory of the best lawyers and law firms worldwide, has ranked our lawyers as amongst the most outstanding in the world.

George Kennedy was rated as Up and Coming for his Corporate/M&A work.

George Kennedy regularly handles sales and acquisitions on behalf of clients hailing from a range of sectors including pharmaceutical, technology and aviation.

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: 10 Reasons You Aren’t Getting Referrals

Join us for this week’s rainmaking recommendation from trainer and coach, Jaimie Field.

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Referrals can be one of the best Rainmaking tactics you can use to grow your book of business.  But, many lawyers aren’t getting the quality or quantity of referrals that they would like.

Here are 10 reasons you’re not getting referrals:

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ILN Today Post

COBRA Changes under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the Act) into law on March 11, 2021. While direct payments to certain taxpayers and extending unemployment benefits have received most of the attention in the media, the Act also provides for the federal government to pay 100% of the cost of COBRA premiums for the period beginning April 1 through September 30 (the Subsidy Period). The federal government will pay for the cost of the COBRA subsidies by providing certain tax credits to the employer in the case of self-insured medical plans or the insurer in the case of fully-insured medical plans. Read more…

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Nine Leadership Lessons Learned in a Pandemic

A pandemic is a strange time to be a leader. It’s both terrifying, because you, as much as everyone else, have no idea what’s going to happen, but you have to put on a brave face to instill confidence and it’s, in some ways, exciting, because you get to test your skill set in a way you never have (although, let me be absolutely clear – every leader I know would hand it back over in a heartbeat). I talked to a law firm leader recently who said she regularly presents a calm and collected front to her shareholders and then hangs up the phone to cry. We laughed about it, because that is EXACTLY how it is – like ducks, we are serene above water while paddling like maniacs below.

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Hiring by Algorithm: Legal Issues Presented by the Use of Artificial Intelligence in Sourcing and Selection

Recruiting qualified applicants and hiring top talent have always been time-consuming endeavors that come with constant worry about making a wrong hire. Added to this, the COVID-19 pandemic effectively put a halt to employers’ ability to evaluate applicants in-person. These factors, and others, have led many employers to adopt or to, consider adopting, artificial intelligence (AI) tools to optimize recruitment by introducing efficiencies, reaching a broader pool of applicants, increasing consistency and uniformity in the evaluation of applicants, and, in some cases, helping employers meet diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. Typically, employers opting to use AI, contract with third-party vendors that offer AI-powered algorithms, which perform a variety of functions, such as cognitive assessments, personality tests, and video interviews.

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Video: The American Rescue Plan, OSHA’s New COVID-19 Directive, and NY Mandates COVID-19 Vaccine PTO – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday:  This week, COVID-19 recovery and safety are top of mind as new stimulus funding, an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) directive, and paid leave requirements are put in place.

Video: YouTubeVimeo.

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Llinks Client Alert – Cybersecurity, Data & Privacy(March 2021)

Legislation
On February 20, 2021, the State Administration for Market Regulation (“SAMR”) and the Standardization Administration issued GB 40050-2021 Security General Requirements on Critical Network Equipment (“Standard”), which is expected to take effect on August 1, 2021. The Standard consists of two parts: security function requirements and security safeguard requirements. Security function requirements include equipment identification security, redundant backup recovery and abnormal detection, vulnerability and malicious program precaution, pre-installed software startup and update security, user identification and authentication, access control security, log audit security, telecommunication security, data security and password requirements. Security safeguard requirements are related to design and development, production and delivery, operation and maintenance stages. Read more…

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Kommersant-2021: Lidings Strengthens its Position as Leading Legal Advisor in Russia in Key Practice Areas

Lidings demonstrates new achievements and takes advanced positions in the rating of the leading legal advisors in Russia based on the analytical research held annually by the “Kommersant” newspaper. Results of the new research published in a special supplement to Kommersant as of March 17, 2021.

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