Posted on December 1, 2014 by Jean Magistrale, Esq.
In what’s being touted as a national precedent, the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a $1.4 million trial court verdict for a Walgreens customer whose prescription information was leaked by a pharmacist to a third party. This may be one of the first times a health care provider was found liable under state negligence law for an employee’s failure to follow the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)—and serves as a cautionary tale for employers in every state. Continue reading
Filed under: Business Law, Employment Law, Legal Topics, New Legal Developments, Tort Law | Tagged: employer liability, health care providers, HIPAA, medical records, negligence, pharmacy records, privacy, respondeat superior | Leave a comment »
Posted on November 3, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
For many employees, their cell phones are always close at hand, whether at work or in their personal life. But what if the employer requires employees to use their personal cell phones for work-related activities? Then we have a work/personal hybrid situation, and determining what part the employer should reimburse as a work expense becomes tricky. A California court of appeal recently waded into this issue, but not far enough. Continue reading
Filed under: Employment Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: cell phone expenses, cell phone useage, employees, employers, expense reimbursement, human resources, work expenses | 1 Comment »
Posted on October 8, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Volunteers and for-profit businesses shouldn’t be served together. That lesson has proved to be fatal for a small California winery. Continue reading
Filed under: Employment Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: employees, interns, internship, minimum wage, volunteer labor, wage and hour law, wine industry, wine law, winery | 1 Comment »
Posted on August 11, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Enjoying vacation time this summer? We all need a vacation at some point, and thankfully many employers provide for paid vacation leave. But as with many wage and hour issues, employers get themselves into legal trouble by improperly handling paid vacation. Here’s an overview of pitfalls and a checklist for employers to get their vacation policy right. Continue reading
Filed under: Employment Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: employee benefits, employee handbook, employers and employees, employment policies, HR, vacation leave | Leave a comment »
Posted on August 1, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
You’ve decided to open your own law office and are ready for your clients’ cases, but are you also ready to handle the tax issues that go hand-in-hand with running your own business? Continue reading
Filed under: Employment Law, Practice of Law, Starting a Law Practice, Tax Law | Tagged: going solo, law corporation, law office, law partnership, law practice, opening a law practice, payroll taxes, sole practitioner, starting a business, tax issues, tax matters, tax withholding | 2 Comments »