New York State Department of Labor Adopts New Regulations on Discussion of Wages Between Employees

March 20, 2017

The New York State Department of Labor (“Labor Department”) recently adopted new regulations governing the discussion of wages between employees.  The regulations were published in the New York Register on February 1, 2017 and became effective immediately. Summary of the Law The Labor Department expanded New York Labor Law Section 194 on pay equality to …

Proposed New York State Department of Labor Regulations Deemed Invalid and Revoked

March 13, 2017

On February 16, 2017, the New York State Industrial Board of Appeals (“IBA”) (an independent review agency that assesses the reasonableness and validity of certain rules, regulations or ordered issued by the Department of Labor) revoked proposed regulations that had been adopted by the Commissioner of Labor.  The regulations, scheduled to take effect on March …

The Continuing Problem Of Providing Communications Access To Deaf Patients

February 24, 2017

In the 27 years since President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act, health care providers have struggled with the obligation to provide sign language interpreting and other auxiliary aids and services to ensure that patients who are deaf can effectively communicate about their medical condition, treatment, and prognosis. The shortage of …

Rules Governing The Confidentiality Of Substance Use Disorder Records Significantly Revised

January 30, 2017

For the first time since 1987, the federal government has made major updates to the regulations (42 CFR Part 2) that govern the confidentiality of substance use disorder records.  The revisions to 42 CFR Part 2 are significant and, among other things, relax the consent requirements for disclosure of substance abuse disorder records.  In addition, …

NJ DOH Grants Two-Week Extension on Submitting Appeals for DSRIP Hospitals

January 24, 2017

At the 11th hour for many hospitals, on Monday, January 23, 2017 James T. Foley, Executive Director of the Office of Health Care Financing, announced that the New Jersey Department of Health (“DOH”) is extending all appeal deadlines for NJ DSRIP hospitals by two weeks.  This extension is in addition to the 10 day “holiday” …