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Law firms will see a greater focus on price competition, non-hourly billing and use of project management, according to survey

June 28th, 2010

Over 75 percent of law firms surveyed indicate that they believe that more price competition, more non-hourly billing and the use of project management to improve efficiency of service delivery will be permanent changes in the legal landscape, according to a survey, Law Firms in Transition, from legal consulting firm Altman Weil.
“The primary impact on [Read more...]

Expert provides tips for avoiding company picnic legal pitfalls

June 25th, 2010

With summer comes the official start of company picnic season. Many businesses are looking for ways to boost morale in the tough economy and recognize employees. Although these celebrations often involve food, games and fun for all, they can end up being an employer’s worst nightmare. With tips from “The Manager’s Mentor,” Shanti Atkins, Esq., [Read more...]

Rush to electronic health records could cause more liability risk

June 25th, 2010

Electronic health record (EHR) systems likely will soon become a fixture in medical settings. Advocates claim they will reduce health care costs and improve medical outcomes, which could be critical since the new health care reform law increases access for millions of Americans. Although benefits of bringing information technology to health records can be substantial, [Read more...]

New health reform rules specify minimum annual limits, provide model language for patient protections

June 24th, 2010

Minimum annual dollar limits for health plans in 2010 through 2013 were established in interim final regulations announced on June 23, 2010, by the Internal Revenue Service, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), and the Department of Health and Human Services.
The interim final regulations provide detailed guidance on four separate health insurance provisions in the [Read more...]

Kansas Clean Indoor Air Act challenged on equal protection grounds; was scheduled to go into effect July 1

June 24th, 2010

The Kansas Clean Indoor Air Act (H.B. 2221), scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2010, bans smoking in most public places, including bars and restaurants and any place of employment, but provides several exceptions. A coalition of drinking establishments and bingo operations are challenging the law as unconstitutional, claiming the law treats similar [Read more...]