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Oklahoma Supreme Court Rules Workers’ Compensation System Is Constitutional
On February 25, the Oklahoma Supreme Court handed down a major victory for the business community concerning recent legislative changes to Oklahoma’s Anti-Discrimination Act (OADA). The Oklahoma Supreme Court unanimously upheld the damages provisions contained within the OADA, refusing to strike down these provisions as unconstitutional. The new provisions limit damages to back pay, reinstatement, liquidated damages and attorneys’ fees.

Cold Comfort: Recent Federal Guidance on Handling the Proceeds of Marijuana Related Businesses Offers Little Real Assurance to Financial Institutions
When states like Colorado and Washington announced the legal sale of marijuana for recreational use, it raised a number of concerns—legal, moral, political and practical. Given that sale and use of marijuana was still illegal under federal law, there were substantial questions about how the Department of Justice (DOJ) would approach enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) which conflicted with state law. The DOJ offered a partial answer to that question in an August 2013 memo. However, the August guidance left open the question of how the financial services industry could handle the proceeds of legal marijuana sales.

Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Native Americans
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a vast, complex law that has been the subject of considerable ambiguity and confusion, including the impacts and application the ACA has had on Native American governments and tribal citizens. Some guidance has recently been given regarding the impact of the ACA on individual Native Americans regarding health insurance coverage.

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Avoid HIPAA Penalties and Liability—Use SAFER Guides
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology recently published detailed guidance, called SAFER guides, to assist healthcare providers identify and minimize potential safety issues associated with electronic health record technology. Healthcare privacy and security officers should familiarize themselves with the guides to help address many of the issues identified by the Office for Civil Rights in the trial HIPAA audits conducted last year.

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Time to Review Security Systems and Procedures
Recently the Chickasaw Nation's Winstar Hotel was robbed at gunpoint. This serves as a good reminder for businesses to review security systems and procedures for the safety of guests and employees.

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Oklahoma Supreme Court Rules Workers' Compensation System Is Constitutional
The watchful eyes of the Oklahoma business community have been fixed on the Oklahoma Supreme Court, waiting on word as to whether or not the Oklahoma Legislature's planned sweeping changes to the workers' compensation system will pass legal muster. On December 16, they got at least the first part of that answer.

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Five New Year's Resolutions for the Human Resources Professional
Mary Snyder, an attorney from Crowe & Dunlevy's Labor & Employment practice group, shares five New Year's resolutions to aid human relations professionals to improve employee policies and procedures resulting in greater protection for a company in the event of litigation or a government audit.

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Tips for Updating Your Cybersecurity Program and How to Handle Breaches
In recent months, the federal government has placed growing attention on the importance of cybersecurity. These enforcement proceedings stress the need for banks, especially community banks, to step up their efforts to protect themselves and their customers.

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Government Re-opens Following Shutdown
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), including the FAA Civil Aircraft Registry Public Documents Room from which we conduct all FAA-related work with respect to searches and filings, has re-opened as of Thursday, October 17, 2013.

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Oklahoma Supreme Court Does An About-Face on Tribal Sovereignty
In a significant reversal of several recent decisions, the Oklahoma Supreme Court adopted the position that "courts of competent jurisdiction" in the model gaming compact does not include Oklahoma state courts and that tribes are immune from dram-shop liability in state court unless the tribe expressly waives its sovereignty immunity.

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Shutdown City - What the Federal Shutdown Means for Employers
With Congress failing to pass a continuing resolution necessary to fund the federal government's operations, the government formally shutdown at midnight on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. Of course, those government functions that are deemed "essential" will continue to operate, but what about the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)?

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Telephone Act Changes May Impact Debt Collection Process for Hospitals
As of October 16, 2013, entities utilizing automated voice systems for telemarketing or debt collection calls to patients' cellular phones must comply with the new "prior express written consent" requirement imposed by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) under the Telecommunication Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

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Potential Government Shutdown
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sent out notice regarding the effect on the FAA Civil Aircraft Registry Public Documents Room (the PD Room) if a government shutdown occurs at midnight, September 30, 2013.

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Should Employers Issue Market Place Notices by October 1
On September 12, 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a FAQ stating that employers "should provide a written notice" by October 1, as required by Section 1512 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but "there is no fine or penalty under the law for failing to provide the notice." Crowe & Dunlevy attorneys recommend employers provide notices and discuss reason to provide such.

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Estate Planning Update
We experienced a flurry of activity at the end of 2012 as clients made decisions about gifting as we approach the fiscal cliff. Cynda C. Ottaway, Crowe & Dunlevy attorney and Private Wealth & Closely-Held Business practice group chair, provides a summary of current estate planning law.

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Client Advisory Regarding U.S. Aircraft Registration and Non-U.S. Citizen Trust Policy Clarification with September 16, 2013 Effective Date
On August 28, 2013, members of the Association of Aircraft Title Lawyers ("AATL") met with representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration ("FAA") in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, regarding the Notice of Policy Clarification for the Registration of Aircraft to U.S. Citizen Trustees in Situations Involving Non-U.S. Citizen Trustors and Beneficiaries dated June 18, 2013 (the "Policy Clarification"). Will E. van Egmond, an attorney in Crowe & Dunlevy's Aviation/Aircraft practice group, outlines some important practical information regarding the Policy Clarification with an effective date of September 16, 2013.

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HIPAA Update - Don’t Delay! HITECH Revisions Must be Implemented by September 23, 2013
What are the revisions to HIPAA made by the HITECH act? Crowe & Dunlevy attorneys have developed a table summarizing some of the key revisions made by the HITECH act.

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HIPAA Update - Business Associate Agreements Must be Implemented by September 23, 2013
The HIPAA HITECH revisions include a unique transition period pertaining to business associate agreements which are described in detail below. Read more about this transition period and how Crowe & Dunlevy's updated template business associate agreement can help your business stay in compliance in this advisory.

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HIPAA Update - August 15, 2013
Covered entities must revise and distribute their Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP) before September 23, 2013. Crowe & Dunlevy attorneys have updated the firm's template NPP and it is available in this advisory.

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De Minimis Contacts, Maximum Penalties? Government Asserts Aggressive Interpretation of FCPA Jurisdiction
This quarter, it has become clear that the Department of Justice and other government agencies have truly stepped up their efforts to combat corruption by deploying novel and potentially powerful new tools from the anti-corruption toolbox. In this advisory, two attorneys from Crowe & Dunlevy's White Collar, Compliance & Investigations practice group, Andre' Caldwell and Melanie Rughani, have outlined these new developments.

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Winds of Change - The United States Supreme Court Issues Two Favorable Decisions for Employers
On June 24, 2013, the Supreme Court issued two opinions that will have a dramatic affect on employment law litigation in the United States. Allen L. Hutson, an attorney in Crowe & Dunlevy's Labor & Employment practice group, outlines both decisions in this advisory.

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HIPAA Update - Don’t Delay! HITECH Revisions
As of September 23, 2013, covered entities must comply with the revisions to HIPAA made by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“HITECH”). Healthcare attorneys Karen S. Rieger and Cori H. Loomis outline these revisions and discuss action items in this advisory.

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Affordable Care Act Implementation Series - Advisory 5
In some cases, qualified health plans offering coverage through the ACA's insurance exchanges must provide a grace period of three consecutive months to enrollees. Cori H. Loomis, a healthcare attorney at Crowe & Dunlevy, discusses such cases and the unpaid claims for which providers could, potentially, be on the hook.

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Makin’ Copies - Judge’s Ruling on Unpaid Internships Makes the Training Staple a Risky Proposition for Employers
Jonathan Rector, an attorney from Crowe & Dunlevy's Labor and Employment practice, discusses measures employers can take to be certain they are bringing on an intern, and not an employee entitled to minimum wage.

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Affordable Care Act Implementation Series - Advisory 4
In the fourth advisory of the ACA implementation series, Cori H. Loomis, a healthcare attorney at Crowe & Dunlevy, defines the PCORI fee and outlines who is responsible for paying it.

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Affordable Care Act Implementation Series - Advisory 3
Cori H. Loomis, a Healthcare attorney with Crowe & Dunlevy, discusses out-of-network charges, minimum values and maximum cost-sharing calculations in this advisory.

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Affordable Care Act Implementation Series - Advisory 2
In this advisory, Crowe & Dunlevy Healthcare attorney, Cori H. Loomis, discusses FMLA issues including determination of full-time employment and whether an employer can discontinue coverage if an employee on FMLA stops making payments.

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OSHA Employer Requirements for Hazardous Chemical Communications Training and the Safety of Temporary Workers
In this advisory, Crowe & Dunlevy Labor & Employment attorney, Amy E. Sellars, outlines recent revisions to OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard and how the revisions will effect both employers and temporary agencies.

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Legal Alerts: Five Pilot/Flying J Employees Plead Guilty to Diesel Fuel Rebate Scheme
William H. Hoch, an attorney from Crowe & Dunlevy's Litigation practice, discusses this diesel fuel rebate scheme and outlines steps to prevent becoming a victim.

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Facilitating Care Coordination Through Health Information Exchanges
Crowe & Dunlevy Healthcare attorneys Kevin D. Gordon and Cori H. Loomis were recently asked by the Oklahoma State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to write a document to help educate behavioral health care providers regarding the extent to which such providers can exchange behavioral health information through a health information exchange ("HIE"). In this advisory, they share the questions and answers they provided.

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Affordable Care Act Implementation Series - Advisory 1
As the implementation date for the "play or pay" mandate draws closer, Crowe & Dunlevy attorneys are answering frequently asked questions regarding the implementation of the ACA in a series of advisories. In the first advisory of this series, Cori H. Loomis discusses whether employees who are offered health coverage by their employers are eligible for tax credits and subsidies if they purchase insurance through an exchange.

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Fifty Shades of Regulation: A Survey of Internet Gaming Issues in Indian Country and a Framework for Future Development.
D. Michael McBride, an attorney from Crowe & Dunlevy's Indian Law and Gaming practice, discusses strategies for iGaming regulation in Indian country.

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FMLA Updates - Employer Action Required
Jonathan Rector, an attorney from Crowe & Dunlevy's Labor and Employment practice, outlines a recent rule issued by the United States Department of Labor which makes changes to existing FMLA regulations.

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Regulatory & Enforcement Outlook for Financial Institutions
Daniel Burstein, an attorney from Crowe & Dunlevy's White Collar, Compliance & Investigations practice group, discusses recent anti-money laundering enforcement actions and other issues of concern for financial institutions going forward.

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OIG Issues Special Fraud Alert on Physician-Owned Distributorships
Cori Loomis, an attorney in Crowe & Dunlevy's Healthcare practice, provides analysis of the Office of Inspector General's recent Special Fraud Alert, which pertains to physician-owned distributorships.

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The Employment Eligibility Verification Form Has Been Revised
Jonathan Rector, an attorney from Crowe & Dunlevy's Labor and Employment practice, outlines recent revisions to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' Form I-9

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HIPAA Update Part II: What You Need To Do Now
Attorneys from Crowe & Dunlevy's Healthcare practice list the things that covered entities need to do to implement the new HIPAA requirements.

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HIPAA Update Part I: HIPAA Mega Rule Released
Attorneys from Crowe & Dunlevy's Healthcare practice outline modifications to the HIPAA privacy and security rules after the release of the HIPAA Mega Rule.

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Compliance Invites Mercy: An Assessment of Third Quarter FCPA Enforcement
Attorneys from Crowe & Dunlevy's White Collar, Compliance & Investigations practice discuss significant Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement actions taken during the third quarter of 2012.

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IT Landscape Changing For Sharing Oklahoma Patient Medical Records
The Oklahoman - Robert Roswell, chairman of the Oklahoma Health Information Exchange Trust and University of Oklahoma public health professor, and MedEncentive President Jeff Greene discuss the importance of health information technology at a Crowe & Dunlevy health care seminar April 1 at the Skirvin Hotel. Read more…

Voices For Children Growing Stronger: Advocacy Group to Expand Its Mission
The Journal Record - Crowe & Dunlevy attorney and chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Business & Litigation practice group D. Kent Meyers speaks about his work with Oklahoma Lawyers for Children, a volunteer agency of 1,100 lawyers and 500 non-attorneys to help with the increasing number of deprived children cases. Meyers and fellow attorney Don R. Nicholson II formed the group 17 years ago. Read more…

Crowe & Dunlevy Attorney Named Chair of Oklahoma City Metro Employer Council
Crowe & Dunlevy - Crowe & Dunlevy attorney and co-chair of the Labor & Employment practice group, Adam Childers, was recently named chairman of the Oklahoma City Metro Employer Council. The council is a cooperative educational effort of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Workforce Oklahoma partners and Oklahoma City area human resource professionals. Read more…

Sarah Walsh Recounts Long Life of Father, Iran-Contra Prosecutor Lawrence Walsh
Great Falls Tribune - Lawrence E. Walsh, who served as of counsel at Crowe & Dunlevy's Oklahoma City office, passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. His daughter, Sarah Walsh, shares memories of her firsthand witness to some of the most significant political events of the latter half of the 20th century. Read more…

Game Point: NLRB Decision on Northwestern May Be College Sports' First Death Blow
Tulsa World - Crowe & Dunlevy attorney and member of the Labor & Employment practice group, Michael Pacewicz, speaks about the NLRB regional director's finding that football players at Northwestern University, a private school in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Ill., are employees and can unionize. Read more…

American Indians Can Enroll In Health Insurance Plans After March 31
The Oklahoman - Crowe & Dunlevy attorney and member of the Healthcare Transaction & Litigation practice group Cori Loomis explains why American Indian tribe members don't have a deadline for marketplace enrollment. Read more…

Shawnee, Tribes to Discuss Sales-Tax Controversy
The Journal Record - Crowe & Dunlevy attorney and vice chair of the Indian Law & Gaming practice group, Jimmy Goodman, speaks about the debate between the city of Shawnee and the tribes in the area about whether they must collect and remit sales taxes at tribal properties. Read more…

Anti-Discrimination Act Ruling Favorable to Oklahoma Employers
The Oklahoman - Crowe & Dunlevy attorney and member of the Labor & Employment practice group Leonard Court discusses the recent Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling on the Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination Act. Read more…

Crowe & Dunlevy Attorney Named President of Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma
Crowe & Dunlevy - The Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma has elected Crowe & Dunlevy attorney and chair of the Healthcare practice group, Karen Rieger, to serve as president of its board of directors for 2014. Rieger has served on the board of directors for the organization for six years and served as president-elect in 2013. Read more…

 

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