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Cybersecurity and data breaches have been in public spotlight in the past several years as a result of recurring cyber-attacks on numerous organizations, business, its customers and communities in general. Media have been actively discussing cybersecurity trends and looking at the rise of identity technologies and web intelligence. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights, more than 170 million American health records have been exposed since 2009. Such…
North Philadelphia may be the next frontier for commercial real estate investing in the city. According to The Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia is ranked as America’s most poverty-stricken large city, with 26% of the population struggling with poverty and unemployment, and most of this financial hardship is concentrated outside the city center in areas such as North and West Philadelphia. Taking this into account (in addition to the city’s infamously high tax rates), it’s no…
On May 3, 2018, New Jersey became the tenth state to require employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave.  The new legislation, which will go into effect on October 29, 2018, preempts existing paid sick leave laws in 13 New Jersey municipalities, and introduces a statewide minimum amount of paid sick leave in the private sector.  This latest development is part of an expansion of employee rights under new Governor Phil Murphy and…
Early this year, two memoranda issued by the United States Department of Justice (the Department) were made public. The first, outlining the Department’s new stance on dismissing a False Claims Act (FCA) case over a relator’s/whistleblower’s objection was leaked in January, despite being labeled “Privileged and Confidential; For Internal Government Use Only” (the Granston Memo). The second memorandum, related to the use of government guidance as a basis for enforcement actions was released by the…
Last week the Supreme Court of the United States rejected a petition for a writ of certiorari in Medical Device Business Services, Inc. et al. v. United States ex rel. Nagrol et al. In this case, the petitioner asked the Court to resolve a circuit split on the question of what Fed. R. Civ. P. 9(b) means in False Claims Act (“FCA”) context. By punting on this issue once again, the Court leaves in place…
Telemedicine is a rapidly growing industry that uses telecommunications to gather, store, and communicate clinical information. It is a subcategory of telehealth, which is the broader term encompassing all uses of telecommunications in the healthcare context. Telemedicine can be asynchronistic, where information is stored and then forwarded, or it can be used in real-time.…
Security Alert: New Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities Impact Computer Processors Last spring the WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack crippled the global economy, impacting over 100,000 organizations throughout 150 countries and generating an estimated $4 billion in losses.  The National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center, a community of actors within the healthcare and public health sectors, recently announced that a new threat has emerged that could result in significant exposure to healthcare entities.…
This past summer Governor Christie signed into law an amendment (“SB 1315”) to the New Jersey Physical Therapy Licensing Act of 1983 (“PT Licensing Act”), to be effective as of January 17, 2018.  Most importantly, SB 1315 will expand the scope of practice for Physical Therapists (each a “PT” and collectively “PTs”) and allow greater utilization of Physical Therapy Assistants (“PTAs,” or individually a “PTA”). In addition, SB1315 adds additional mandatory notice requirements for PTs…
With the prevalence of gender discrimination lawsuits in the media and the increasing number of equal pay laws nationwide, employers in the food services industry would be wise to review their hiring and payroll practices as soon as possible to ensure that they are not unlawfully contributing to the gender pay gap, or otherwise retaliating against any employee who reports issues regarding pay disparity.…