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Popping The Question: How To Propose A Prenuptial Agreement To Your Partner

For those who’ve kept up with the Kardashians, you’re aware that there’s trouble in “Khlodom” (i.e. the marriage between reality-TV star Khloe Kardashian and her basketball playing hubby, Lamar Odom). On Friday, December 13, 2013 Khloe filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. Four years ago when th...

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What is the Minimum Wage Law in Your State?

Although the federal minimum wage will remain unchanged at $7.25 per hour for non-tipped employees ($2.13 per hour for tipped employees), thirteen states have raised pay for minimum wage workers in 2014. Further, eleven states—Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington—index ...

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Health Insurance Exchange Enrollees Now Eligible to Receive Benefits – Providers Should Be Ready To Verify Patients’ Health Insurance Coverage

Beginning January 1, 2014, Americans who purchased a health insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace (often referred to as the “Exchange”) on or before December 24, 2013 are now covered by those plans. Health care providers can expect to see an influx of new patients, many of whom may not be familiar with the coverage opt...

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Federal Government Extends Donated EHR Technology Protections under Stark and AKS through 2021

Some of the most important protections under the federal Stark Law (“Stark”) and the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”) have been those that permit hospitals and other organizations to donate electronic health records (“EHR”) items and services to physicians. Fortunately for physicians, the Centers for Medicar...

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Federal Government Announces Relief from Individual Mandate

Individuals who had their insurance plans cancelled and cannot find other insurance will be breathing a collective sigh of relief. A recent announcement from the Obama Administration states that such individuals will not be subject to penalties for failing to have health care coverage in 2014. In a letter dated December 19, 2013, Kathleen Sebelius,...

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Attention New Jersey Employers: It’s Time to Post the New Gender Equality Notice

Effective January 6, 2014, New Jersey employers with 50 or more employees (regardless of whether those employees work inside or outside of New Jersey) must conspicuously post The New Jersey Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development’s recently issued official notice poster (“Notice”) in a place or places accessible to all wor...

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New Year Compliance: New Laws for New Jersey & New York in 2014

With the New Year fast approaching, employers in New Jersey and New York should be aware of several new state employment laws that will take effect in 2014. You can read the full post, view and subscribe to the blog by going to: www.hrlegalist.com.

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Deadline to Enroll in Health Insurance Coverage Extended through December 24

Along with stocking stuffers and gifts, last-minute Christmas shoppers have another item to put on their list: another chance to purchase health insurance coverage through the Federal Insurance Exchange.  The Obama Administration announced yesterday that consumers seeking health insurance coverage on a Federal Exchange to start on January 1, 2...

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Eight Tips for a Problem-Free Office Holiday Celebration

‘Tis the season for office holiday parties which, unfortunately, are often fraught with labor and employment issues. A wild office party akin to a “Mad Men”-esque soirée may have unfortunate legal consequences for an employer including claims of harassment, discrimination, negligence and other torts. The following tips will...

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The Cloud: Google Apps for Business and HIPAA Compliance

Does your company use Google Apps for Business? Are you a health care provider, health plan, or health care clearinghouse (“Covered Entity” or “Covered Entities”) subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”)? If you answered yes to these questions, you may need a business associate...

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