It’s Time …. For Overtime Pay Regulation

It’s Time …. For Overtime Pay Regulation

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced its long-awaited final rule updating the salary threshold for executive, administrative, and professional employees who are classified as exempt from the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). These are often referred to as the “white collar” exemptions. The new rule will take effect on January 1, 2020. What is the new minimum salary? Earlier this year, the DOL released a proposed rule that would have raised the minimum salary level for white collar exempt employees to $679 per week, or $35,308 per year. After evaluating compensation data and considering many thousands of public comments, the DOL increased those figures slightly in the final rule. The new salary threshold will be $684 per week,...

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Melissa Soliz and Erin Dunlap Discuss Healthcare Records Access During State Bar of Arizona’s Workers’ Compensation Program

Melissa Soliz and Erin Dunlap Discuss Healthcare Records Access During State Bar of Arizona’s Workers’ Compensation Program

Melissa Soliz and Erin Dunlap recently shared their expertise in health care data privacy in a presentation to fellow lawyers at the State Bar of Arizona’s annual Workers’ Compensation Program in Prescott.  The presentation began with an overview of HIPAA, breaking down relevant HIPAA exceptions related to workers’ compensation cases. Mel and Erin then provided historical background on 42 C.F.R. Part 2, which regulates substance use disorder records, explaining how to determine if Part 2 applies to workers’ compensation issues. They also touched on considerations related to state privacy laws and shared case examples to illustrate how a real workers’ compensation situation could play out. The presentation triggered interesting dialogue among the attendees, highlighting the importance of this topic in the worker’s compensation context.    Melissa focuses her practice on...

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Coppersmith Brockelman Attorney Scott Bennett discussed CCPA in an article for Az Business

Scott Bennett Shares Far-Reaching Impacts of New California Privacy Law with Az Business

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) goes into effect on January 1, requiring changes to how companies handle the personal information of customers who live in California. In an article for Az Business, attorney Scott Bennett answered key questions about CCPA and explained how it affects Arizona businesses and consumers.  Scott touched on which businesses the law applies to, what constitutes “personal information” as well as a business’ obligations under CCPA. He also noted the potential consequences of violating the law and outlined steps to ensure compliance.   Scott has extensive experience assisting clients in health care and other industries with information privacy and security. He helps clients work to prepare for and avoid data breaches, and to comply with federal and state breach laws if a security incident occurs....

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Phoenix Business Journal Recognizes Coppersmith Brockelman Among the Valley’s Top Employment Law Practices in Annual List

The Phoenix Business Journal included Coppersmith Brockelman in its list of the Valley’s top Phoenix-area employment law practices. With a team of five employment law attorneys, the firm ranked No. 19 out of 31 firms.  Coppersmith Brockelman’s employment law team has proven success counseling employers to avoid disputes and craft thorough, creative strategies when disputes do arise. The firm is a sought-after local stand-out, representing employers large and small.  This list is part of the Business Journal’sweekly ranking of top companies in a variety of industries. View the full list of firms here. Learn more about Coppersmith Brockelman’s employment law practice. ...

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Kristen Rosati Brings Health Care Data Expertise to National Academies Workshop on Neuroscience Data in the Cloud

Data privacy is key to public trust in sharing health care data for research. Kristen Rosati was recently tapped to plan and speak at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, Neuroscience Forum Workshop on Neuroscience Data in the Cloud, in Washington, D.C. on September 24.  Kristen moderated the discussion of recommended privacy protection of data in the cloud, including robust discussion of standards for de-identification, the risks of re-identification, the role of individuals consent, and the need to comply with varying regulatory standards in Europe and the U.S.   Kristen is considered one of the nation’s leading “Big Data” and HIPAA compliance attorneys. She has deep experience in data sharing for research and clinical integration initiatives, clinical research compliance, and biobanking and genomic privacy.  Kristen is a Past President...

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Roopali Desai Talks to KJZZ About Ballot Proposal That Expands Voter Protections, Strengthens Conflict of Interest Laws

As one of the state’s leading election and political law attorneys, Roopali Desai discussed the Democracy and Accountability Act in an interview with KJZZ. This ballot proposal would strengthen conflict of interest rules, eliminate a ban on door-to-door ballot collections and address restrictions on the citizen initiative process. The hope is to promote issues that are most important to Arizona voters, rather than special interests.  Roopali explained the initiative seeks to implement laws:  To stop corruption and self-dealing by state legislators. To ensure access to voting by extending the early voting period and allow voters to request assistance to turn in their early ballots. To protect the rights of voters who sign initiative petitions.To fix procedural inconsistencies and streamline requirements for citizen initiatives. Roopali noted that the initiative is working to address...

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