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Talent Selection, Emotional Intelligence… and How to Deal with the Under Performers

Talent Selection, Emotional Intelligence… and How to Deal with the Under Performers (Northeast Ohio)
Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Businesses today are challenged to find better ways to secure the right talent for success. But what talent does a job require for superior performance? And what do you do about non-performers?

Join other busy professionals to explore the key issues that interfere with the hiring of superior performers.

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

I promise that at some point, we’ll be done with applications and move right into looking at some other features of LinkedIn! (Like tomorrow) There sure are a lot, aren’t there? That just shows me what a valuable tool we have here – you can really customize it, make it your own, and put it to work for you so that with a little bit of investment here and there, it can really assist you in your networking efforts.

Moving right along, we’ll jump into some more applications today.

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Regulation & Compliance Update

Proposed disclosure regulation amendments

By Jon Denovan of Gadens Lawyers, Sydney

The MFAA have discussed with Treasury the recently released regulations dealing with credit guides, quotes, and proposal disclosure documents.  As a result of these discussions, the MFAA are very confident that some amendments will be made prior to 1 October 2011 (the start date).  There are also some planned changes for Key Fact Sheets.

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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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