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Marijuana Tipping Point: California and Florida Open Opportunities With Passage of New Laws

USA - November 9 2016 Yesterday's election will be viewed as a turning point in the emergence of new economies centered around marijuana. Ballot initiatives around the country resulted in important changes in eight states

Update on Permit Extensions Under Toxic Algae Bloom Emergency Declaration

USA - November 21 2016 Section 252.363, Florida Statutes, provides a right to extend the duration of certain state and local permits when the Governor has declared a state

Employers Beware: SEC Continues Offensive on Employment Agreements That Inhibit Whistleblowers

Ireland, USA - November 21 2016 Risk Alert (literally)! Standard provisions in employment agreements, severance agreements and policies may run afoul of the SEC’s whistleblower

Now is the Time to Prepare for MACRA: 2017 Will Bring Major Changes to Physician Medicare Reimbursement

USA - November 21 2016 MACRA (the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015) is bi-partisan legislation that was enacted to change Medicare reimbursement from

HIPAA Audits - Phase 2: On-Site Audits Scheduled for First Quarter of 2017

USA - November 14 2016 Covered Entities and Business Associates may be ringing in the New Year with the prospect of responding to on-site HIPAA audits by federal regulators

Managing Employee Interactions in the Wake of the Trump Election

USA - November 30 2016 You may have been able to keep politics away from the annual Thanksgiving gathering of relatives with diverging viewpoints, but the workplace requires

Catch-22 for Franchisors: The Joint Employment Dilemma

USA - November 28 2016 As government agencies steadily expand the concept of joint employment, franchisors increasingly find themselves in a difficult position. Since August

New York City Extends Wage Theft Protection to Independent Contractors

USA - November 23 2016 New York City has become the first jurisdiction nationally to extend wage theft protections to independent contractors. On November 16, 2016, Mayor

Employers Can Be Thankful: New Salary Regulation Delayed

USA - November 22 2016 Providing employers with a piece of good news, a Texas court has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that delays the December 1 implementation

Now is the Time to Prepare for MACRA: 2017 Will Bring Major Changes to Physician Medicare Reimbursement

USA - November 21 2016 MACRA (the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015) is bi-partisan legislation that was enacted to change Medicare reimbursement from