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Pharmacy benefits managers ring in new year by serving termination notices of provider agreements with pharmacies

Pharmacy benefits managers ring in new year by serving termination notices of provider agreements with pharmacies

Pharmacy Benefit Managers’ (PBM) termination of Provider Agreements (PA’s) for specialty pharmacies that have allegedly failed to comply with the mandates of the PA seems to be on the rise, with devastating results to the specialty or network pharmacy.  Throughout the country pharmacies are receiving termination notices pursuant to their ... Read More »

OSHA inspection guide: in preparation for increased OSHA enforcement in 2015

OSHA inspection guide: in preparation for increased OSHA enforcement in 2015

Numerous employers can verify first hand that OSHA is actively fulfilling the promise it made a few years ago, “to get back in the enforcement business.”  In recent years, we have seen increased enforcement activity, including a significant increase in OSHA site inspections.  There is no indication OSHA’s ramped up inspection ... Read More »

New OSHA reporting requirements go into effect January 1, 2015

New OSHA reporting requirements go into effect January 1, 2015

Beginning January 1, 2015, employers will need to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new requirements for reporting employee fatalities and severe injuries. The new rule requires employers to report to OSHA all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all work-related hospitalizations of one or more employees, ... Read More »

McDonald’s isn’t sweet on McSweet

McDonald’s isn’t sweet on McSweet

After selling pickles under the MCSWEET mark for nearly 20 years, Washington-based McSweet LLC applied for a federal trademark registration, only to be blocked by McDonald’s ubiquitous MC family of marks. As the reader undoubtedly knows, McDonald’s family of MC marks includes everything from MCDONALD’S and MCFLURRY to MCCHICKEN, MCDOUBLE, ... Read More »

Employees now allowed to use company-provided email systems for union organizing

Employees now allowed to use company-provided email systems for union organizing

The National Labor Relations Board, by a 3-2 vote, just reversed legal precedent to declare that workers have a right to use their employers’ email systems for non-business purposes, including union organizing. The Board specifically stated, “We decide today that employee use of email for statutorily protected communications on nonworking ... Read More »

2015 spending bill passes congress, suspends hours-of-service regulations related to 34-hour rest period

2015 spending bill passes congress, suspends hours-of-service regulations related to 34-hour rest period

In an unusual Saturday evening vote, Congress passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that the White House has indicated President Barack Obama will sign. The bill is about more than spending. It includes regulations affecting everything from banking to the environment. It also includes an amendment to the hours-of-service rules ... Read More »

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