Federal Court in Texas Issues Nationwide Injunction Stopping Implementation of New Overtime Rule

On May 23, 2016, the United States Department of Labor published the final version of a rule that would significantly alter the “white collar” or “EAP” (executive/administrative/professional) exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime requirements.  Scheduled to become effective on December 1, 2016, the rule would have, among other things, required an employee to be paid $47,892 (or $921 per week), up from the current $23,660 (or $455 per week), to [...]

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The following alert is from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) It has come to our attention that a phishing email is being circulated on mock HHS Departmental letterhead under the signature of OCR’s Director, Jocelyn Samuels.  This email appears to be an official government communication, and targets employees of HIPAA covered entities and their business associates.  The email prompts recipients to click a link regarding possible [...]

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Justice Center Announces Sample Abuse Prevention Policy

The Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs has developed an abuse prevention sample policy for providers. Included in the sample policy are:  definitions and prevention methods employment screening and selection monitoring and supervision training and reporting requirements The template can be modified to meet the needs of different providers, and agencies are advised to seek legal counsel for assistance and final review of any new policies prior to [...]

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Employers and Election Day Laws

The U.S. presidential election will be held Tuesday, November 8, 2016. How your business responds to employees taking time off for voting is regulated by state voting rights laws. In New York, employers are required to provide leave to allow employees ample time to vote in elections if the employee does not have four consecutive nonwork hours at the beginning or end of their shift when the polls are open. The length of the leave must be sufficient, when added to the employee’s voting time [...]

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HHS Finalizes New Payment System for Medicare Providers

Program is focused on moving payment systems to reward high-value, patient-centered care. The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) today announced the finalization of a landmark new payment system for Medicare clinicians. According to HHS, the rule finalizes policies to improve physician and other clinician payments by changing the way Medicare incorporates quality measurement into payments and by developing new policies to address and incentivize participation in Alternative [...]

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