Arizona Capitol Times Gets Roopali Desai’s Take on Legislative Proposals

Arizona Capitol Times Gets Roopali Desai’s Take on Legislative Proposals

When covering three legislative proposals (HCR2032, HCR2046 and SCR1020) that could scale back Arizona voters’ lawmaking powers and upend Arizona’s ballot initiative and referral system, Arizona Capitol Times turned to Coppersmith Brockelman’s Roopali Desai for expert commentary. A highly regarded election and political lawyer, Roopali highlighted how the proposed laws are an attempt to undermine voters’ constitutional rights to legislate co-equally with the legislative branch. Moreover, she says, these changes could result in lengthy ballots and costly elections, ultimately leading to voter disengagement.  Roopali, who is a partner in the firm’s litigation group, advises clients on all aspects of election law, including campaign finance compliance, disclosure and reporting requirements, and bringing and defending election challenges. She is especially known for her experience representing initiative, referendum, and recall campaigns, and...

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Arizona Capitol Times Gets Roopali Desai’s Take on Legislative Proposals

Roopali Desai Sheds Light on Arizona’s Second Chance Act in Local Media

Arizona has the fourth-highest prison population in the United States, but the new Second Chances, Rehabilitation and Public Safety Act could change that. Coppersmith Brockelman’s Roopali Desai, who serves as legal counsel for the initiative and helped to craft the measure, was featured on KJZZ and in articles for the Arizona Republic and Daily Independent sharing insights on the legislation. The Second Chances Act is an opportunity for non-dangerous offenders to shorten their prison sentences through “earned release credits,” based on good behavior and participation in rehabilitation programs. It would also give judges discretion in sentencing non-dangerous offenders in the interest of justice based on the facts and circumstances of the case, including victims’ statements. Finally, it establishes a fund for first responders and victims of violent crimes. According to Roopali,...

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Jill Chasson Highlights Need for Anti-Harassment, Conflict of Interest Policies in Arizona Capitol Times

Jill Chasson Highlights Need for Anti-Harassment, Conflict of Interest Policies in Arizona Capitol Times

Arizona Capitol Times recently turned to Coppersmith Brockelman’s Jill Chasson for insight into the Arizona Legislature’s murky workplace standards.Jill, who has 25 years of experience practicing employment law, was quoted extensively throughout the article. With the current situations in the Legislature as the backdrop, she addressed the importance of establishing a workplace culture based on respect and professionalism, and of having robust sexual harassment and conflict of interest policies that set boundaries for personal relationships with coworkers and non-employees. She also reviewed steps for effectively investigating complaints under such policies. Well versed in the many federal and state laws that govern the workplace, Jill regularly conducts internal investigations and works with employers to resolve difficult workplace issues. When disputes arise, she represents employers before administrative agencies, in arbitration proceedings, and in...

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AHLA Calls on Scott Bennett to Discuss Big Data, Artificial Intelligence Impact on Patient Privacy with Connections Magazine

AHLA Calls on Scott Bennett to Discuss Big Data, Artificial Intelligence Impact on Patient Privacy with Connections Magazine

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) with big data is raising serious questions about privacy, such as whether the legal standards for deidentifying health information need updating.  Attorney Scott Bennett discussed this issue in a recent article for the American Health Lawyers Association’s Connectionsmagazine, “Patient Privacy in an Era of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence.” The article was part of the magazine’s feature on the top 10 issues in health law for 2020. In the article, Scott explained when personal information is deidentified, it is no longer protected by HIPAA and other privacy laws. AI technologies – combined with the vast amounts of data now available about nearly every aspect of people’s lives – are making it increasingly easy to identify individuals from supposedly deidentified data. That is raising questions...

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Kristen Rosati Shares Health Care Predictions for Az Business’ 2020 Business Outlook

Kristen Rosati Shares Health Care Predictions for Az Business’ 2020 Business Outlook

Significant changes in the health care industry are in store for 2020. Attorney Kristen Rosati shared her insights in Az Business’ “Arizona’s Business Outlook for 2020.” She discussed how regulatory updates, new state and federal laws, and health care reform continue to catalyze waves of change in the industry. Moreover, she explained how rapid updates in health care technology present a challenge for lawmakers to keep up. Az Business has previously recognized Kristen as one of the state’s top health care attorneys. She has also been honored among the publisher’s esteemed Az Business Leaders, received the Az Business Arizona Health Care Leadership Award in 2014 and was recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business in 2013. Kristen is considered one of the nation’s leading “Big Data” and HIPAA compliance attorneys.  With extensive experience in...

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Jill Chasson Highlights Need for Anti-Harassment, Conflict of Interest Policies in Arizona Capitol Times

In Business Taps Jill Chasson to Highlight New Overtime Rules

While many people were ringing in the new year with champagne and fireworks, businesses in Arizona and across the nation were rolling out compensation changes driven by the Department of Labor’s new overtime rules, which went into effect Jan. 1. Jill Chasson shared insight on these updates with In Business, providing an overview of the changes and tips for complying. Jill explained that the new rules increased the minimum salary requirement for exempt employees – the first update in 15 years – and increased the exemption salary threshold for highly compensated employees. She encouraged businesses to evaluate employees’ roles carefully, working with legal and human resources professionals to reclassify employees as needed. Jill noted that newly non-exempt employees may be paid hourly instead of by salary, must track their...

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