Major Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

On December 18, 2015, the Visa Waiver Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 was signed into law.   Although the new law does not prevent overall travel to the…

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The SHIN-NY: What’s New, What’s Next for the Statewide Health Information Network for New York

The Statewide Health Information Network for New York—better known to industry buffs as SHIN-NY (pronounced “shiny”)—reached an important milestone before 2015 reached its end.  The “network of networks” has successfully…

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New York’s Equal Pay Law Takes Effect January 19, 2016

This new law amends Section 194 of the New York Labor Law, which prohibits pay differentials based on gender in jobs requiring “equal skill, effort and responsibility,” which are “performed…

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Pennsylvania Court Curbs Regulatory Agency Leverage

It is a truism that much regulatory enforcement activity takes place outside of formal proceedings.  Regulated entities often settle enforcement disputes to avoid litigation costs, even when they have serious…

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‘Tis the H-1B Visa Season

Although we haven’t toasted the New Year yet, in the world of U.S. immigration, H-1B season is just around the corner. April 1, 2016 will mark the “opening day” of…

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Federal Courts Rule Against Pharmacy Benefit Managers in Two Cases

Federal courts in the Midwest issued two decisions against Pharmacy Benefit Managers (“PBMs”). Missouri Court Upholds Antitrust Claims Against Express Scripts, Inc. In HM Compounding Services, Inc. et al. v….

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Aggressive CIRB Audits Can Result in Dramatic Increases to Workers’ Compensation Premiums

Health care providers that were members of failed self-insured workers’ compensation trusts have coped with increased workers’ compensation premiums in the private market.  Recently, aggressive reclassification of health care workers…

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U.S. Immigration and the Music World

Immigration law and the entertainment industry intersected this week when  a well-known South Korean “K-Pop” singing group was denied admission to the U.S. at LAX when they sought to  come…

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EB-5 Program Extended, Unchanged

On December 15, 2015, Congress passed an “omnibus” budget appropriations bill addressing a large number of financial items needed to keep the U.S. Government operational through the remainder of fiscal…

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New Law Allows Revocation of U.S. Passports as Leverage to Collect Taxes

Effective January 1, 2016, a “seriously delinquent tax debt” may result in the loss of a U.S. passport. There are currently several grounds upon which the Department of State (“DOS”)…

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