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  • Employers Need to Comply with New Sexual Harassment Laws

    New legislation in New York State and New York City pertaining to workplace sexual harassment will require employers to revise their policies, training and procedures, employee handbooks, and agreements. All employers with at least one employee are subject to the New York State law, and New York City employers with at least 15 employees are also subject to the New York City Law. Effective October 9, 2018, all employers in New York State will be required to adopt a sexual harassment prevention po…

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  • CCBLaw Attorneys Listed in 2019 Best Lawyers and 2018 Super Lawyers

    Cohen Compagni Beckman Appler & Knoll, PLLC ("CCBLaw") is pleased to announce that its attorneys have been recognized in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" edition and the 2018 Super Lawyers rating service. Best Lawyers has recognized CCBLaw attorneys Stephen H. Cohen, Michael J. Compagni, and Marc S. Beckman for Health Care Law; Laura L. Spring for Litigation – Labor and Employment; Andrew Knoll for Litigation – Health Care; and Cohen for Employee Benefits…

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  • Employer Alert: New York State's New Sexual Harassment Laws

    On April 12, 2018, New York State passed a budget bill that includes components aimed at combating sexual harassment in the workplace. These new laws will affect all employers in New York State. Effective immediately, the New York Human Rights Law's (NYHRL) prohibition against sexual harassment in the workplace has been expanded to apply to non-employees, including independent contractors, consultants, vendors, subcontractors, and individuals providing services pursuant to a contract. An employ…

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  • The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Increases Civil and Criminal Penalties for Healthcare Fraud and Abuse

    Healthcare providers should be aware that the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (the "Budget Act"), which President Trump signed into law on February 9, 2018, drastically increases the civil and criminal penalties for violations of federal healthcare fraud and abuse laws, including the Civil Monetary Penalties Law (CMPL) and the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS). The higher penalties under the Budget Act apply only to violations committed after February 9, 2018. The CMPL, codified at 42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7a…

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  • CCBLaw: At the Forefront of Health Law

    Please visit MDNews to read about exciting news for our firm.…

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  • CCBLaw and Wood & Smith P.C. to Integrate Firms Effective January 1, 2018

    Effective January 1, 2018, Wood & Smith P.C. and Cohen Compagni Beckman Appler & Knoll, PLLC will merge under the name Cohen Compagni Beckman Appler & Knoll, PLLC. Both firms have physician-centered practices, providing business, transactional and regulatory counsel to physician groups, provider networks, ambulatory surgery centers, health care joint ventures, and ancillary service providers. The merger will also further strengthen CCBLaw's existing business, finance, and commercial …

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  • New York Employers Must Prepare for the Paid Family Leave Law

    On April 4, 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation adopting a paid family leave policy for New York employees (the “Paid Family Leave Law”). The Paid Family Leave Law will provide paid leave for employees to take care of a new child or a close relative with a serious health condition or deal with exigent matters when a family member is called to active military service. The Paid Family Leave Law does not replace or supersede the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and e…

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  • The Role of Private Counsel in a Medical Malpractice Case

    The Role of Private Counsel in a Medical Malpractice Case

    You have been sued for alleged medical malpractice. However, your professional liability carrier has appointed and will pay for a defense attorney to represent you. The case progresses, but one day you are advised — by your carrier, defense attorney or colleagues — to seek the advice of private counsel at your own…

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  • Can You Rely On the ‘Advice of Counsel’ to Shield Your Practice from Liability Under the Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Laws?

    Can You Rely On the ‘Advice of Counsel’ to Shield Your Practice from Liability Under the Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Laws?

    The consequences of violating one of the complex fraud and abuse laws that apply to healthcare providers can be dire. Take, for example, the recent U.S. ex rel. Drakeford v. Tuomey case in which the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a District Court’s judgment of more than…

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  • Responding to Subpoenas

    Responding to Subpoenas

    Because medical information is central to many lawsuits, medical providers and hospitals frequently receive subpoenas to provide medical records. This article sets forth some considerations for properly responding to a subpoena for medical records…

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  • The Best Defense is a Good Offense: Avoiding and Defending Workplace Litigation

    The Best Defense is a Good Offense: Avoiding and Defending Workplace Litigation

    Having proper policies and procedures in place can help avoid costly and time-consuming litigation. This article provides some fundamental strategies company’s can use to avoid and defend a potential lawsuit. During the interview process, there are certain items…

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  • Do’s and Don’ts of Facility Leasing: Special Considerations for the Physician Tenant

    Do’s and Don’ts of Facility Leasing: Special Considerations for the Physician Tenant

    In leasing space for any business, the landlord and tenant must negotiate several basic terms, which include lease duration, rental amounts and respective obligations for maintenance and repairs. However, physician tenants have unique concerns beyond the basic provisions generally applicable to…

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