New York’s Appellate Court Rules that Public Health Law § 2801-d Applies Only to Nursing Homes

Public Health Law §2801-d creates a private right of action for residents of “residential health care facilities” thus enabling them to sue for deprivation of a right or benefit created…

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Does Your Business Encourage Employee Engagement?

Engaged employees are more customer/client focused, more likely to remain employed in your business, and can drive your business’s success.  Below are ten tools that you should consider to enhance…

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Major Changes to E-Visa Processing at U.S. Consular Posts in Canada

In yet another attempt to facilitate the E-visa application process for Canadian citizens, the U.S. government announced an important expansion of E visa adjudications to more consular posts across Canada. …

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Proposed Regulation Offers Documentation Relief to Home Care Agencies

The New York State Department of Health has posted for public comment a proposed rule that would extend from 30 days to one year the time for home care agencies…

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Recent HIPAA Enforcement Emphasizes the Necessity of Comprehensive System-Wide Risk Analysis

Health care providers are learning firsthand the dangers of limited HIPAA risk analyses.   For those who fail to heed the warning sounded by the Director of the Office for Civil…

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New Federal Regulations From SAMHSA on Substance Use Disorder Records and The Role Of The HIE

On February 9, 2016, the federal government waded back into the regulatory waters of the privacy of substance use disorder records by issuing proposed regulations. The last substantive update to…

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Pennsylvania’s New Net Metering Cap May Be Vulnerable

On February 11, 2016, the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PPUC) issued a long-awaited final order (Order) in a proceeding to amend its regulations that implement the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio…

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Criminal Defense Attorneys Beware: BIA Issues Precedent Decision Holding That NY Conviction For Endangering The Welfare Of A Child Is A Removable Offense

Criminal defense attorneys who practice in New York need to be aware of a new Board of Immigration Appeals decision that came out on February 9th.  The precedent decision –…

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On-Call Scheduling Practices Under Scrutiny in New York

In 2015, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent 14 letters to parent companies of national retailers warning that on-call scheduling of employees may violate State regulations.  The letters highlight…

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“Extraordinary Ability” – Why The Exact Same Evidence Can Yield A Temporary Work Permit, But Fail On The Green Card Side

If a foreign national is considered “extraordinary” enough to obtain a temporary work visa, why is it that the same evidence of extraordinary achievement may not also result in the…

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