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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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ACA Employer Mandate Delayed until 2016 for Mid-Sized Employers

Employers with 50 to 99 full-time employees will not be subject to penalties under the Employer Mandate of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) for failing to provide health insurance coverage to employees in 2015. On Monday, the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service announced finals rules (the “Final Rules”...

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Will Your New Gold, Silver, or Bronze Health Plan Cover Your Care if You Travel to Sochi for the Winter Olympic Games?

Snowboarders flying down halfpipes. Bobsledders careening down tracks. Goalies making glove saves. Those are just a few of the spectacles to be seen at the 22nd Winter Olympic Games. Despite all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the Games, there have been numerous reports of shoddy living conditions for travelers in Sochi, Russia. Windows have ...

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Judge’s Antitrust Decision Makes Hospitals Think Twice before Acquiring Physician Practices

A federal judge recently reversed a hospital system’s acquisition of a physician practice under antitrust laws. Judge B. Lynn Winmill of the United States District Court for Idaho ruled that St. Luke’s Health System, Ltd. (“St. Luke’s”) and Saltzer Medical Group, P.A. (“Saltzer”) would need to unwind their ...

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Advisory Opinion 14-01: OIG Says No AKS Sanctions for Senior Communities that Compensate Referral Source

In its first Advisory Opinion of 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) found that an arrangement between a placement agency (the “Placement Agency”) and certain senior residential communities (the “Communities”) does not violate the Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS...

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ICD-10 Compliance Deadline is October 1, 2014—Philadelphia Office of CMS to Offer Webinars to Ease Transition

ICD-9 diagnosis and inpatient procedure codes will make way for ICD-10 codes starting October 1, 2014. Health care entities and providers need to be ready to make the switch if they want to receive reimbursement for claims. You can read the full post, view and subscribe to the blog by going to http://www.healthlawgurus.com.

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Health Care Technology Trends for 2014: An Interview with Joseph Coyne, President of Information Technology Services and CIO at Continuum Health Alliance, LLC

What’s the best way to provide quality patient care and reduce readmissions while lowering costs? Joseph Coyne, the President of Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer at Continuum Health Alliance, LLC (“Continuum”), believes the answer is tapping into and interpreting data about patients and physicians thro...

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