Heavy HIPAA Enforcement Efforts!

By Mathew J. Levy, Esq. & Zoila Sanchez, J.D., M.P.H.Email MathewEmail Zoila To date, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) has resolved 98% of nearly 257,000 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) Privacy Rule complaints. OCR has settled and imposed civil monetary penalties totaling $130,980,482.00. According to the HIPAA Journal, in recent […]

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Banking in the Cannabis Industry: Update on the SAFE Banking Act

By Mauro Viskovic Esq.Email Mauro On April 19, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Act of 2021, which would serve to greatly expand the financing alternatives to cannabis-related legitimate businesses and service providers for such businesses.  The bill is currently sitting within the Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing and […]

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Mandatory Vaccination for Healthcare Workers Expanded by New Emergency Regulations

By Jessica Woodrow, Esq.Email Jessica On August 26, 2021, the New York State Department of Health’s Public Health and Health Planning Council in Albany voted to amend the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York (NYCRR), significantly expanding the emergency Covid-19 vaccination mandate previously announced by former Governor Andrew […]

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New York State’s Newly-Announced Vaccine Mandate Policy for Healthcare Entities

By Joshua D. Sussman, Esq., Beth E. Roxland, Esq., Jessica Woodrow, Esq. & Carla Hogan, Esq.Email Joshua Email BethEmail JessicaEmail Carla On August 16, Governor Cuomo announced a new vaccine mandate for New York State healthcare workers. This announcement aligns with the Department of Labor’s OSHA June emergency temporary standard, the Center for Disease Control’s July […]

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HOW NEIGHBORLY DO YOU HAVE TO BE?

By Michael J. Spithogiannis, Esq. & Floyd G. Gossman, Esq.Email Michael Email Floyd You hear a knock on the door. . . .  It’s your next-door neighbor, who tells you about plans to make improvements to his property.  You are assured by your neighbor that all improvements will be made according to applicable building codes, and that […]

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Do Your Employee Confidentiality Agreements Comply with Applicable Law?

By Mauro Viskovic, Esq.Email Mauro Although it has been nearly eleven years since The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) was enacted, many companies continue to violate Dodd-Frank by failing to incorporate the necessary whistle-blower protections in their employee confidentiality agreements. Pursuant to Dodd-Frank, the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) promulgated Rule 21F-17 […]

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