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Best Lawyers: 27 RSS lawyers now listed

RSS is proud to announce that 27 of its lawyers — nearly a third of the team — are included in the 2020 Canadian edition of the Best Lawyers directory, a major international peer-review-based guide to legal professionals.

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Ongoing Surprises with Congressional Efforts to Develop Surprise Bill Legislation

Federal lawmakers are debating legislation to address surprise medical bills that, if passed in its current form, would significantly impact how hospitals, physicians and insurers negotiate payment for the provision of certain out-of-network services. A bipartisan coalition led by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee, and Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington) aims to present to the President for signature a bill to curb surprise billing practices by the end of the year.

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GDPR Partner Addresses International Technology Summit

Michael Murphy, Partner, Holmes O’Malley Sexton, spoke on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) at the Irish chapter of the World Legal Summit. Held at the Gaffney Room in the Distillery Building, Dublin on 1st August 2019, the Summit, organised by Brendan Guildea BL and Dr. David Cowan, was designed to bring disparate jurisdictions together in collaboration around building a better understanding of the evolving global technology regulation and governance. The categories addressed at the summit were:-

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Non-Compete Laws: Illinois

Peter A. Steinmeyer and David J. Clark, Members of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the firm’s Chicago and New York offices, respectively, authored a Thomson Reuters Practical Law Q&A guide, “Non-Compete Laws: Illinois.”

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CMS final rule overturns arbitration ban in long-term care resident agreements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a final rule amending the requirements that long-term care facilities must meet to participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs. The Trump administration’s final rule overturns an Obama-era ban that prevented facilities from entering into pre-dispute, binding agreements for binding arbitration with any resident or resident’s representative.

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August 21 Effective Date for New EPA Standards for Management of Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals

We recently outlined key provisions of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Final Rule modifying the standards governing industry management of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals, which become effective August 21, 2019. Client Alert

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New requirement to disclose your prête-nom or nominee agreements to Revenu Québec

August 15, 2019 — Are you a party to a “prête-nom” or nominee agreement? These are commonly used in real estate transactions to register property in the name of a nominee corporation, which holds legal title only, with the beneficial ownership retained by the true owner(s). Nominee corporations are often used to collect rent and pay expenses, or to acquire family assets such as a residence.

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Howard & Howard Welcomes Back Grace Mata Gomez

Royal Oak-based law firm Howard & Howard is pleased to announce that Grace Mata Gomez has rejoined the Firm. Grace, who was previously with the Firm before relocating to San Diego in 2015 due to her husband’s job transfer, returned to her native Central Illinois to practice out of the Firm’s Peoria, Illinois office.

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Illinois Joins New Jersey in Protecting Hotel (and Casino) Employees from Sexual Harassment and Violence by Requiring Employer-Provided Panic Button Devices

Earlier this summer, we reported on ground-breaking legislation in New Jersey that requires hotels with more than 100 guest rooms to supply hotel employees assigned to work in a guest room alone with a free panic button device and to adhere to a specific protocol upon activation of a panic button device by a hotel employee.  In what may signal the start of a national trend, Illinois just became the second state to pass similar legislation targeting not only hotels but also casinos located within its jurisdiction.

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New Hampshire Governor Vetoes $12 Minimum Wage Bill

At a time when many states and localities are increasing the minimum wage, New Hampshire’s Senate passed a bill that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2022.  The very next day, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu vetoed the bill. In doing so, Governor Sununu issued a veto message that said the bill would have a “detrimental effect” on the state’s residents and would lead to lost jobs, reduced hours, and less money in the pockets of employees.

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