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January 16, 2015
As many home health care agencies were preparing for major changes to their business, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (the “District Court”) eviscerated the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) proposed companionship regulations set to take effect January 1, 2015.
January 8, 2014
In West Virginia, “Personnel Season” is fast approaching. We are often asked about the listing of individual employee names on county board of education agendas. Many administrators are, understandably, concerned about revealing the names of employees who are recommended for various personnel actions, such as reductions in force (“RIF”) and transfers, while still complying with the West Virginia Open Governmental Proceedings Act.
January 5, 2015
In 2014, headline after headline reported large scale security breaches that compromised the personal information of millions of individuals. These breaches involved sensitive data that was being held electronically by some of the largest companies in the world and shined a bright light on the inadequacies of information technology and security solutions being utilized to protect personal information.
December 29, 2014
With the close of another year quickly approaching, it is time again for public companies to get equipped with the developments of the past year in order to position themselves for success in 2015. A review of previous years’ updates and a summary of the current and anticipated changes to disclosure regulations for the 2015 proxy season are below.
December 22, 2014
On December 18, President Obama signed five cybersecurity-related bills into law; an attempt to increase cyber protection in the wake of recent data breaches. This is the first time in 12 years that any significant cybersecurity legislation has become law, and the bills come at a crucial time according to the bill’s sponsors. Cyber attacks reported by federal agencies have increased nearly 680 percent over the past six years.
December 22, 2014
Last week, Ohio’s Governor signed into law major reforms to the state's local income tax system. The majority of changes take effect January 1, 2016. The reforms streamline a complex set of tax rules that previously varied across municipal jurisdiction. The reforms will impact as many as 600 different sets of tax rules by some estimates.

Not everyone is celebrating...
Those not so enthusiastic about the changes, principally cities and villages, contend that the law was primarily aimed at tax reduction, and it will also negatively impact revenues, forcing cities and villages to make tough decisions concerning the many services their constituents are accustomed to receiving at the local level.
December 22, 2014
The National Labor Relations Board’s (the “NLRB” or the “Board”) flurry of activity to rewrite labor law continues apace. In a controversial 3-2 decision in Babcock & Wilcox Construction Co., Inc., Case 28-CA-022625 (Dec. 15, 2014), the Board abandoned 30 years of precedent to change the Olin Corp., 268 NLRB 573 (1984) standard for deferral to arbitral decisions and prearbital settlement agreements. This new standard will require employers to renegotiate their grievance and arbitration clauses, change how they handle arbitrations, and modify how they draft settlement agreements.
December 22, 2014
Employers in West Virginia should be aware that a minimum wage increase is set to take place beginning January 1, 2015. Beginning January 1, 2015, all employers in West Virginia, with six or more employees, will be required to pay their employees a minimum of $8.00 per hour. This is a $.75 increase from the present state and federal minimum wage rate of $7.25 per hour.
December 19, 2014
December 12, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released new Guidance to assist in developing the “Patient Counseling Information” section of labeling required under § 201.57(c)(18) of the “Physician Labeling Rule.” See 21 C.F.R. § 201.57(c)(18). The Guidance contains recommendations on the types of information to consider for inclusion in the section, how to present and organize the information, as well as information not to include.