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ACC continues its evaluation of distributed generation, net metering

ACC continues its evaluation of distributed generation, net metering

The Arizona Corporation Commission (“Commission”) held its first workshop on the Value and Cost of Distributed Generation (“DG”), ACC Docket No. E-00000J-14-0023.  The theme set forth by Commission Staff seemed to be encapsulated in the phrase “balance the value and cost of distributed generation for maximum benefit to all ratepayers.”  ... Read More »

EEOC advisory letter makes clear that “sample” ADA policies and forms can get you in trouble

EEOC advisory letter makes clear that “sample” ADA policies and forms can get you in trouble

The internet can be an excellent resource, but it can also be a very dangerous resource. Recently, the EEOC issued an advisory letter addressing a sample ADA policy and sample forms for responding to an accommodation request that were posted on a state agency’s website. Although the sample policy and forms were posted ... Read More »

Heartbleed: are you exposed?

Heartbleed: are you exposed?

According to shocking data compiled by Netcraft, a month after Heartbleed, which may very well be “the worst vulnerability found (at least in terms of its potential impact) since commercial traffic began to flow on the Internet[,]”[1] only 14 percent of affected websites have completed all required steps to patch ... Read More »

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Medicare fraud crackdown leads to charges against 90 people for $260 million in false billing

Medicare fraud crackdown leads to charges against 90 people for $260 million in false billing

On May 13, 2014, Attorney General Eric Holder and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that charges had been filed against 90 individuals, including 27 doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, for engaging in schemes to defraud Medicare. The charged individuals are alleged to have collectively defrauded Medicare of nearly $260 ... Read More »

The Obama administration proposes rules that allow spouses of H-1B visa holders to obtain employment in the United States

The Obama administration proposes rules that allow spouses of H-1B visa holders to obtain employment in the United States

On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, the Obama administration unveiled proposed rules that would grant employment authorization to spouses of skilled workers (H-1B visas holders) that have been sponsored by their employers for permanent employment in the United States. Currently, 85,000 new H-1B visas are issued each year, 20,000 of which ... Read More »

New HHS risk assessment tool designed to facilitate HIPAA/HITECH compliance

New HHS risk assessment tool designed to facilitate HIPAA/HITECH compliance

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has recently released a new security risk assessment tool for the purpose of aiding covered entities and business associates in their never-ending duty of ensuring HIPAA/HITECH compliance with their operations.Under HIPAA/HITECH, covered entities and business associates must conduct regular risk assessments of ... Read More »

FDA issues “deeming regulations” covering additional tobacco products including electronic cigarettes and cigars

FDA issues “deeming regulations” covering additional tobacco products including electronic cigarettes and cigars

On April 24, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its long-awaited proposed regulations (Deeming Regulations) to bring electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, water pipe (hookah) tobacco, dissolvables and nicotine gels (Newly Covered Products) under the agency’s tobacco regulatory authority. The Deeming Regulations would subject Newly Covered Products to ... Read More »

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