NLRB Finalizes Quickie Election Rule

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One day after issuing a controversial decision regarding employees’ rights to use an employer’s email system for union organizing (detailed in this blog), the NLRB has adopted its final rule significantly shortening the timeline for union elections in the private sector. We have blogged extensively on the development of this... Continue Reading →

This Week in Washington – December 12, 2014

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Congress Passes FY 2015 Omnibus Bill On December 11, the House passed the continuing resolution/omnibus spending bill that will fund the federal government through September 30, 2015. The House also passed a two-day continuing resolution that provides the Senate time to debate the House-passed legislation and avoid a government shutdown that would have... Continue Reading →

NLRB Overrules Precedent – Employees Have the Protected Right to Use Employer Email Systems for Union Organizing

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Rejecting and overruling its 2007 decision in Register Guard that limited employee rights to use employer email systems for union organizing, the NLRB, in a three to two decision, significantly broadened the scope of private employee rights to use an employer’s email system for union organizing purposes and other protected... Continue Reading →


New CMS Regulation Targets Billing Privileges

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Providers and suppliers who continually submit noncompliant claims to Medicare may have their billing privileges revoked by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) according to a final rule recently published in the Federal Register (“Final Rule”).  The new regulation will appear at 42 CFR § 424.535(a)(8)(ii) and will... Continue Reading →

The Importance to HIPAA Compliance of IT System Monitoring and Support: HHS Announces $150,000 HIPAA Enforcement Action

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On December 8, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced that it had reached a settlement with a nonprofit, community mental health care provider (“Provider”) arising out of alleged violations of the Security Rule under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”). The settlement... Continue Reading →

An Employer’s Guide to the Immigration Executive Action

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On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced the Immigration Accountability Executive Action, a series of steps directed toward reforming the United States’ immigration system. Although the media’s attention has primarily focused on provisions relating to deferred action for unauthorized persons, the measures also contain several initiatives aimed at improving the... Continue Reading →


Hall Render’s Estate Planning Insights 2014

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The IRS recently announced that the federal estate tax exemption amount will increase to $5,430,000 per person effective for individuals dying in or after 2015. The effects of this large exemption amount are addressed in this issue of Hall Render’s Estate Planning Insights audio series.  Please join Doug Long, Shareholder... Continue Reading →