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Lab Results on Demand: CLIA/HIPAA Amendment Increases Patient Access

A new final rule (the “Final Rule”) from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Office for Civil Rights (collectively, the “Agencies”) gives patients and their personal representatives the right to request and be granted access to test results directly from lab...

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A License to Wed: Can You Be Denied a Marriage License?

In October of 2013, the Illinois couple of Colette Purifoy and John Morris were denied a marriage license because of John’s inability to consent. In 2009, John suffered permanent brain damage after unexpected complications from a “simple surgery” and he remains in a vegetative state. According to Colette, the two have been together for over 3...

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Health Lawyers Weekly: ACA Employer Mandate Delayed Until 2016 for Mid-Sized

Health Lawyers Weekly recently re-published the Health Law Gurus blog, "ACA Employer Mandate Delayed Until 2016 for Mid-Sized Employers." The e-newsletter offers weekly updates on important legislative, judicial, and regulatory developments affecting health law and also provides regular bylined articles focusing on a particular health law issue. C...

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Do I Need a Lawyer to Represent Me in a Family Law Matter?

Few people, who are headed for divorce or custody litigation, can afford to spend substantial amounts of money on a family law attorney. Frequently, clients consider whether they can or should represent themselves in their divorce litigation or family law matter. This decision is difficult. For anyone considering self-representation, several import...

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Child Custody – What is the Best Interest of the Child?

You are considering separating from your spouse and/or your significant other, but down the hall there is a five year old child that loves both of you. What happens to him or her? The polestar in any custody litigation is “what is the best interest of the child?” So, if you are either a mom or a dad and are considering breaking up the c...

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Stick to Flowers on Valentine’s Day: Nurse Sends STD Diagnosis to Patient’s Girlfriend

John Doe is out-of-luck for a romantic Valentine’s Day this year. He recently discovered that his protected health information regarding treatment for a sexually transmitted disease (“STD”) was sent to his girlfriend. While being treated for an STD at a New York clinic, John Doe was recognized by one of the clinic’s nurses. ...

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Philadelphia Joins a Growing List of Jurisdictions Requiring Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Workers

Philadelphia now expressly requires employers to provide reasonable workplace accommodations to pregnant employees and thus joins in a growing trend of jurisdictions expanding the rights of pregnant women in the workplace (including New York City and New Jersey). The requirement, which took effect on January 20, 2014, comes by way of an amendment t...

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Video Interview: Discussing Office Romances with LXBN TV

Following up on the recent post here discussing office romances, Tiffani McDonough had the opportunity to discuss the subject with Colin O’Keefe of LXBN. In the brief interview, she shares her thoughts on what proactive measures employers can take to protect themselves from the potential liability of office roman...

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Here We Go Again: The NLRB Resurrects “Quickie Election” Rule

On February 4, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) announced that it was issuing proposed amendments to the rules governing union representation elections. The proposed amendments are identical to the changes that were proposed by the Board back in June 2011. As proposed, the amendments contain several alarming and troubli...

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What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You: The Lack of Knowledge Defense in Employment Retaliation Claims

When it comes to minimizing the risk of employment retaliation claims, can ignorance be bliss? In today’s competitive business environment, “what you don’t know can’t hurt you” may sound naïve. But in the employment retaliation context, a decisionmaker’s lack of knowledge of an employee’s complaint may...

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