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HHS to Health Insurers: Same Treatment for Same-Sex Couples

A release and a blog post from the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) on Friday announced that starting in 2015, health insurance companies will be required to offer coverage to same-sex spouses if they offer coverage for opposite-sex spouses. The release, in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”), clar...

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Seeing Dollar Signs: U.S. Settles with Ophthalmologist for $1.4 Million to Resolve FCA Claims

Last week, the United States settled with a Baltimore ophthalmologist for alleged violations of the False Claims Act (“FCA”). Pursuant to the settlement, the ophthalmologist, Dr. John Arthur Kiely, agreed to pay $1.4 million to the government and to be excluded from participation in Medicare and Medicaid for 20 years. Generally, the FCA...

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Deportation Coming Up in Season 6 of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”: Real Immigration Problems for Celebs Teresa and Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice

On March 4, 2013, two of the stars of the Bravo Network television show, “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” pleaded guilty to several counts of fraud and other charges in a federal court in Newark, New Jersey. Teresa and Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, one count of bankr...

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Can I Get This Marriage Annulled?

We often read about celebrities getting marriages annulled, from Renee Zellweger and Kenny Chesney (four month marriage), to Carmen Electra and Dennis Rodman (nine day marriage). Celebrities make it look easy: if the marriage is only a few days or months long, it can be annulled. Unfortunately, in New Jersey, it is not that simple and a marriage ca...

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March Madness Challenge: Is Your Office Bracket Legal?

There is no denying the popularity of the annual NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament, better known as “March Madness” and its attendant NCAA bracket pools. Stakes are even higher this year with Warren Buffet’s recent announcement that he will give $1 billion to anyone who successfully picks all 64 team brackets. Whil...

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Sterling Education Blog: Hiring an Unpaid Intern? Consider These Guidelines to Avoid an FLSA Violation

Tiffani McDonough authored a guest blog for Sterling Education which focused on how companies need to carefully structure unpaid internships to ensure that the internship offers more of an educational benefit to the intern than it does a utilitarian benefit to the company to avoid potential liability under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("F...

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As Simple as Do-Re-Mi: Treasury and IRS Issue Final Rules on Employer Information Reporting under ACA

While no one would claim that understanding the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) and all of its associated regulations is as simple as the chorus from a Jackson 5 song, the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service announced final rules (“Final Rules”) Wednesday to make it easier for employers to report on employee health coverag...

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Oh, What a Shock! Provisions of the ACA Delayed Again

In a move that will not come as a surprise to anyone who has been following the rocky implementation of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), the Obama Administration has yet again delayed important provisions of the ACA. In a bulletin released on Wednesday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced that tr...

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Roommate Romance: Why You Should Have A Cohabitation Agreement

So you’ve been dating for a while and you’re ready to take the next step…no, not the BIG PLUNGE. Marriage is DEFINITELY on your mind but first you want to take the relationship on a test run by living together. Well, you’re not alone—according to a recent report from the National Center for Health Statistics, 48% of w...

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Child Custody – Relocating to Another State

Last year, Pennsylvania child custody laws changed significantly and have affected how child custody disputes are being determined. One challenge that parents may now face is what to do when one of them needs or wants to relocate to another state and wants to take their children with them.In Pennsylvania, this new custody law has a very strict relo...

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