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Could Einstein Get a Green Card? Proposed DHS Changes Signal New Opportunities for American Colleges and Universities

  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is proposing to expand the current list of evidentiary criteria for employment-based first preference (EB-1) outstanding professors and researchers to include a “comparable evidence provision.” The “comparable evidence provision” is significant, especially in more current or less establis...

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News from the Health Law Gurus™: Week of May 11th, 2014

News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. Check back every Friday for the latest health law news stories. OIG to Expand Its Exclusion Authority under Proposed Rule—In a proposed rule published in the Federal Register last week, the Of...

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April Showers Bring May Flowers and Other Workplace Irritants: Must an Employer Provide a Fragrance-Free Workplace Under the ADA?

An estimated 45 million Americans are affected by some form of chemical sensitivity that may be triggered by something as simple as flowers, perfume or hand soap. Because a chemical sensitivity may be considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an employer often has a duty to provide a reasonable accommodation when th...

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During or After my Divorce, Can I Move Outside of New Jersey

During or after a divorce, it is common for the custodial parent (the parent primarily responsible for the children’s care) to want to move to another state with the children. Perhaps the parent has a job opportunity, family, or a significant other in another state. Perhaps another state offers a lower cost of living, enabling the custodial...

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News from the Health Law Gurus™: Week of May 4th, 2014

News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. Check back every Friday for the latest health law news stories. Massachusetts to Start from Scratch with Health Insurance Website—Massachusetts plans to abandon its health insurance exchange w...

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Server Breach Makes ePHI Accessible on Google, Costs Covered Entities $4.8 Million

It would be pretty unsettling if your patient status, vital signs, medications, and laboratory results were available for the world to see on Google, wouldn’t it? According to recent settlement agreements announced by the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) on May 7, 2014, that’s exactly what happened when New ...

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COBRA Coverage Too Expensive? Consider ACA Coverage Instead, Obama Administration Says

On Friday, the Obama administration announced a proposed rule (the “Proposed Rule”) that will require that notices sent to workers regarding Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (“COBRA”) health insurance coverage must also include information on purchasing health insurance through the health insurance exchange c...

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Primary Elections & Voter Leave Laws: How Much Time Off Does an Employee Get To Vote?

With primary elections around the corner, employers are wondering what their obligations are with respect to providing employees time off to vote. Although there is no federal law that requires employers to give employees time off to vote in elections, an employer’s obligation in this regard varies by state law. To date, thirty-one states h...

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Show Me the Money! Are You Required to Prove How You Spend Child Support Payments?

Recently, Grammy Award winning rapper Clifford Harris—better known as T.I.—was back in court, but in a turn of events he wasn’t battling his usual criminal charges, instead, Mr. Harris appeared in family court to contest his ex-girlfriend’s, Lashon Dixon, petition to increase child support. Ms. Dixon has primary physical c...

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Avenues to Asylum: Collaborations between Medical and Legal Professionals

On a personal basis, my experiences with attorneys have been confined to generally unpleasant but necessary conversations about money and real estate, all of which are memorialized in hourly fees. However, in my human rights work as a physician, I have valued, if not treasured, my interactions with the attorneys with whom I work. You can read th...

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