DID YOU SIGN A NON-COMPETE AGREEMENT?

By Mauro Viskovic, Esq.Email the Author These days, more and more companies are requiring their employees to sign restrictive covenant agreements.  These are agreements that are designed to protect a business’s legitimate interests and assets from being misappropriated or improperly utilized by a former employee.  Such agreements often contain non-competition provisions, which may provide that an employee is […]

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EEOC TO RESUME DATA COLLECTION APRIL 26, 2021

By Carla Hogan, Esq.Email the Author The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) enforces federal laws applicable generally to employers with 15 or more employees (age discrimination requires 20 employees) and prohibits discriminating against a job applicant or employee because of an employee’s protected characteristics such as race, gender and age, among others.  The laws apply […]

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HHS Exercises Discretion and Declines to Enforce HIPAA Privacy Rules for Use of Web-Based COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Scheduling Platforms

By Seth A. Nadel, Esq.Email the Author On January 19, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a notification that the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the entity responsible for enforcement of HIPAA privacy rules, would exercise its discretion and decline to impose penalties against certain covered entities or their business […]

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Parentage Proceedings Under the Child Parent Security Act

By Jessica Woodrow, Esq.Email the Author This is the fourth installment in the four-part series  The Child-Parent Security Act: Embarking on the Surrogacy Journey The Child Parent Security Act is poised to impact thousands of New Yorkers seeking to start or grow families through third party reproduction. Set to take effect February 15, 2021, the […]

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New York’s Novel Surrogate’s Bill of Rights Provides Unprecedented Protection for Gestational Surrogates

By Jessica Woodrow, Esq.Email the Author This is the third installment in the four-part series  The Child-Parent Security Act: Embarking on the Surrogacy Journey Beginning on February 15, 2021, New Yorkers will be able to legally enter into compensated gestational surrogacy arrangements for the first time. One of the last holdout states in the country, […]

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Weiss Zarett Welcomes Joshua Sussman, Esq.

Joshua Sussman is pleased to announce that he has joined Weiss Zarett Brofman Sonnenklar & Levy, P.C. Joshua brings over 8 years of commercial litigation and real estate litigation experience. He has handled an array of business disputes in New York and New Jersey including disputes between shareholders or members of closely held companies, bankruptcy, […]

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Entering Into Surrogacy Agreements Under the Child-Parent Security Act

By Jessica Woodrow, Esq.Email Jessica This is the second installment in the four-part series  The Child-Parent Security Act: Embarking on the Surrogacy Journey On February 15, 2021, the Child-Parent Security Act (“CPSA”) will take effect, eliminating New York’s longstanding proscription against compensated gestational surrogacy. Signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on April 2, 2020, […]

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Compensated Surrogacy Brings Sweeping Change for New York Families

By Jessica Woodrow, Esq.Email Jessica This is the first installment in the four-part series  The Child-Parent Security Act: Embarking on the Surrogacy Journey On February 15, 2021, the Child-Parent Security Act (“CPSA”) will take effect, eliminating New York’s longstanding proscription against compensated gestational surrogacy. Signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on April 2, 2020, […]

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New York State Adopts Extensive Rule Changes Affecting Investment Community

By Mauro Viskovic, Esq.Email Mauro New York State Attorney General Letitia James recently announced major changes to rules affecting a broad range of investment professionals and the investment industry in general.  The new rules will change the regulatory process for offering investment securities to New York residents and will implement registration requirements for business brokers or […]

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OCR’s Audit Report Reveals Concerns that Continue to Guide HIPAA Enforcement

By Mathew J. Levy, Esq. Email Mathew Recently, the Office of Civils Rights (OCR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published its 2016-2017 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Audits Industry Report. HHS is required to periodically audit a sample of covered entities and business associates for HIPAA compliance under […]

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CLIENT ALERT: CMS and OIG Move to Expand Exceptions and Safe Harbors to Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute

By Mathew J. Levy, Esq. & Mauro Viskovic, Esq. Email Mathew Email Mauro On November 20, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) adopted significant changes to regulations regarding the Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”) and the Physician Self-Referral Law (“Stark Law”).  Among the changes are those that expand, […]

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New OPMC Signage Requirements: Updates to New York Public Health Law Mandate that Medical Practices Post Visible Sign Directing Patients to OPMC Website

By Seth A. Nadel, Esq.Email the Author Effective October 7, 2020, updates to New York’s Public Health Law have imposed a new requirement on physician practices to post conspicuous signage directing patients to the website of the Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) and advising them that they may visit the OPMC website to report […]

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NYS OMIG STREAMLINES COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

By Mathew J. Levy, Esq.Email Mathew Effective immediately, the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) implemented changes to the annual Compliance Certification Requirement (NYS Social Services Law (SSL) §363-d) which we discussed in a prior Blast.  This change impacts ALL NYS PROVIDERS AND BILLING COMPANIES that have received or billed at […]

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SEC Proposes Eliminating a Significant Burden on Raising Capital in Private Markets

By Mauro Viskovic, Esq. Email the Author Startup, developmental and emerging growth businesses nationwide welcomed a recent proposal from the Securities and Exchange Commission that, if adopted, would make it considerably less difficult for them to raise capital.   For many businesses seeking to raise start-up or working capital, banks are simply not an option due to […]

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QUI TAM/WHISTLEBLOWER SETTLEMENT OBTAINED FOR FIRM CLIENT

Press Release: Weiss Zarett Brofman Sonnenklar & Levy, P.C., represents client in Whistleblower Case against New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation and Former Program Director of the Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency Program at Coney Island Hospital, which pays $1.25 million to Settle Lawsuit Alleging Submission of False Claims to Medicare and Medicaid Brooklyn, […]

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