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Managing Certifications & Intermittent Leave – Todd Sarver

Managing Certifications & Intermittent Leave – Todd Sarver (Webinar)
Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Are workplace absences affecting your business?
Best practices for FMLA Administration.

The management of workplace absences is an important aspect of bottomline business for employers. The cost of absenteeism is greater than the direct payment of wages and benefits paid during an absence. Indirect costs of staffng replacement, re-training, lost productivity and diminished employee morale often exceed the direct costs of absenteeism.

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A troll is at your PR doorstep with a patent-infringement claim – Michael Lasky

There are two reasons for the sharp uptick in the number of patent claims against PR firms. First, there has been a significantly increased amount of digital-based work that PR firms are doing for their clients. Second, there has been an increase in the number of companies aggressively using patents in the digital age. If an infringement claim has yet to happen to your firm, consider yourself lucky. In fact, this author has handled no fewer than 10 such claims for PR firms in the last six months alone.

A patent typically protects a new invention and grants a 20-year monopoly to its owner, preventing others from using or exploiting it. There are also business method and software patents. These protect methods of doing business or software processes. Sometimes such patents extend to what PR agencies consider basic website functionalities.In many cases, PR firms have been targeted because their communications work typically includes building digital channels for clients, such as websites and social media platforms. PR firms may unwittingly be infringing on one or more software or businessmethod patents when they perform these digital services for clients.

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LinkedIn Tutorials – Is there an App for That? Part III

Who thought there would be so much to say on LinkedIn Applications? (Truthfully, not me when I started to talk about them – I thought I’d do just one post!).  But there’s a lot of utility in these applications, particularly if you’re looking to make the most out of your LinkedIn experience.

So today we’ll talk about a few more apps, starting with Huddle Workspaces.  

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Maine Repeals Pharmaceutical Disclosure Requirements Related to Marketing Costs, Drug Pricing, and Clinical Trials

On July 8, 2011, Governor Paul LePage of Maine signed into law LD 719, “An Act to Make Certain Prescription Drug Disclosure Laws Consistent with Federal Law” (“LD 719”).[1]LD 719 repeals three statutes that require prescription drug manufacturers and labelers to disclose information related to clinical trials, Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 22, § 2700-A (“§ 2700-A”); marketing costs, Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 22, § 2698-A (“§ 2698-A”); and drug pricing, Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 22, § 2698-B (“§ 2698-B”). The repeal becomes effective on September 28, 2011. This Client Alert discusses LD 719.

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Proposed Regulations Released Relating to Health Insurance Premium Tax Credits under Affordable Care Act while Eleventh Circuit Finds Individual Mandate Unconstitutional

On August 12, 2011, the Departments of Treasury and Health and Human Services released Proposed Regulations to provide guidance to individuals who enroll in qualified health plans through State-based Exchanges, as envisioned under the Affordable Care Act, and to provide guidance to Exchanges that make qualified health plans available to individuals and employers.  The Exchanges will be one-stop marketplaces where consumers can buy private health insurance plans.  The premium tax credit is designed to help individuals and families with incomes between 100% and 400% of the federal poverty level (approximately $22,350 to $89,400 for a family of four in 2011) afford health insurance where they are not otherwise eligible for other coverage such as Medicare, Medicaid or affordable employer-sponsored coverage (i.e., the employee only premium exceeds 9.5% of household income or fails to cover 60% of total allowed costs).  These Proposed Regulations provide that the credit may be advanced by the Department of Treasury directly to the insurance company.   Under related employer mandate rules, applicable large employers will be liable for excise taxes effective in 2014 if they have any full-time employees that are certified to receive a premium tax credit or cost-sharing reduction in connection with enrollment in health insurance through a State Exchange and either the employer fails to offer to its full-time employees (and their dependents) the opportunity to enroll in an employer sponsored plan that provides “minimum essential coverage” or offers such a plan that is unaffordable.  The Proposed Regulations relating to the premium tax credits indicate that it is anticipated that future guidance will provide a safe harbor permitting employers to base the affordability calculation on wages they pay their employees rather than on a household income basis. 

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CMS Issues Info Sheets on Meaningful Use

CMS explains meaningful use objectives and measures in new information sheets.

For more information please visit www.omwhealthlaw.com or click on the headline above.

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Gadens Lawyers – Regulation & Compliance Update

Mortgagor identification commences in NSW

By Jon Denovan of Gadens Lawyers, Sydney

From 1 November 2011, there will be new requirements in NSW for mortgagees to identify mortgagors and new rules for witnessing most Torrens Title dealings.  These are two new separate and distinct requirements.  read more…

 

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Gadens Lawyers – Life Sciences Update

Section 60A Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (Cth):  the ‘new’/‘old’ paradox solved?

By Jessica Kinny and Wendy Blacker of Gadens Lawyers, Sydney

A sponsor must apply to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for a therapeutic good to be entered on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods before that good can be lawfully supplied in Australia.  When an application for the registration of a good is refused by the TGA, the sponsor can seek to have that decision reconsidered by the Minister for Health and Ageing (Minister) under s 60 of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (Cth) (the Act).  If the Minister upholds the decision to refuse registration, the sponsor can then seek a review on the merits[1] by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (Tribunal).  read more

 

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BC Government Report on its BC Hydro Review

Today, the British Columbia government released its report on its review of BC Hydro. The comprehensive report is written by a government appointed review panel which was devised in response to a proposed 32% electricity rate increase over three years.

The report provides 56 recommendations to BC Hydro and mostly addresses the internal operations of BC Hydro, but also touches on current and past BC energy policy and its impact on BC Hydro operations.

The report does not directly address the future of the BC clean energy industry, but if you read between the lines, the report does offer some nuggets of information that impacts independent power producers and clean energy enthusiasts (the self-sufficiency review and reliance on imported power is an example on pages 92-93).

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LinkedIn Tutorials – Is there an App for That? Part II

Following yesterday’s interlude about settings, we’re back to Part II of LinkedIn’s applications! I’ll focus on a few important ones, and briefly talk about the ones that might not be as meaningful for you.

We’ll start with Company Buzz.

Company Buzz

We’re going to be talking more about Twitter in a later series of posts, but I’ll give you a very quick overview. Since Twitter says it best, here’s what they say about themselves: 

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