Landmark Political Law Achievements Catapult Roopali Desai to In Business 2021 Women of Achievement

Prevailing in 11 lawsuits related to Arizona’s 2020 General Election and working with business executives, criminal justice advocates, first responders, and others led to Roopali Desai’s selection as an In Business 2021 Woman of Achievement. One of 14 women who will be honored at the publication’s Oct. 8 event, Roopali is also one of three who will share her story in an eight-minute TED Talk-style speech. Chosen because her story is especially inspiring, she will highlight some key defining moments from her career. The last year alone provides tremendous material. Arizona Capitol Times selected Roopali as Best Capitol/Political Lawyer in its 2021 Best of the Capitol Awards, and Business Insider named her one of 11 power players shaping Arizona’s recreational cannabis market. Additionally, she represented the Arizona...

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Kent Brockelman and Jill Chasson Address Possible Federal Action on Noncompetes in Phoenix Business Journal

In response to President Joe Biden’s executive order pushing to regulate noncompete agreements, Phoenix Business Journal published a guest column by Kent Brockelman and Jill Chasson outlining steps businesses should take to protect themselves. Although the order does not change existing law, it signals potential federal regulation reigning in the use of restrictive covenant agreements that limit worker mobility. Such regulation would be consistent with national trends. Kent and Jill recommend businesses review agreements currently in use, amend those that might be deemed “unfair” from the executive order’s perspective, and, except in narrow circumstances, avoid the use of no-poach agreements pursuant to which businesses agree not to hire one another’s employees. Kent has years of experience in a wide variety of employment matters and serves as principal...

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Coppersmith Brockelman Promotes Telemedicine Specialist Marki Stewart to Partner

Marki Stewart Interprets New Arizona ‘Telehealth’ Law for In Business

With Arizona certifying a new law expanding telehealth, In Business turned to Marki Stewart to explain four ways providers and businesses could benefit. After clarifying changes made to terminology and definitions as well as describing new registration requirements, Marki addressed how the law allows new types of health professionals to practice telehealth. Chiropractors, physical therapists, midwives, audiologists, and others who familiarize themselves with the bill will be better positioned to take advantage of the growing telehealth sector. Recognized by Best Lawyers® for health care law, Marki assists hospitals, physician groups, telemedicine providers, laboratories, and other healthcare organizations in a variety of business and regulatory issues. She has a special focus and interest in telemedicine, licensing, reimbursement, credentialing, and security issues. Read the In Business article here....

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Scott Bennett Helps In Business Readers Prepare for Pending Consumer Privacy Laws

Scott Bennett Helps In Business Readers Prepare for Pending Consumer Privacy Laws

With the passage of several data protection and privacy laws, both domestically and abroad, businesses should prepare for a federal privacy law that may be on the horizon. Writing for In Business, Scott Bennett outlines actions companies should take to assure customers everywhere that their information is secure. Scott says three steps are of paramount importance: Create and/or update privacy policies – Organizations must have an easily accessible policy that outlines how they keep their customers’ information secure, what they do with it and how long it is kept. Template policies are a good place to start, but companies should tailor them according to their practices. Establish data mapping protocols – Data mapping examines all data a company collects, where it is located and what is...

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Rachel Maddow Invites Roopali Desai to Share Insight on Arizona’s Ballot Audit

Rachel Maddow Invites Roopali Desai to Share Insight on Arizona’s Ballot Audit

Representing Arizona Democrats in a lawsuit to stop a ballot audit, Roopali Desai appeared on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show to discuss the Republican-majority state senate’s effort to recount Maricopa County’s 2.1 million ballots from the 2020 presidential election. Roopali expressed concern about the audit’s lack of transparency and long-term impacts on the public’s trust in democratic processes. Questions swirl around the recount, but answers are hard to find. As Roopali explains, it’s unclear what Cyber Ninjas, the Florida-based private contractor conducting the audit, wants to uncover or their procedures. Despite a judge’s orders to disclose procedures proving compliance with state law, Cyber Ninjas filed a motion saying this would create security issues or reveal trade secrets. Moreover, Roopali contends because the operation is partially tax-dollar-funded, taxpayers...

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Karen Owens Advises Hospitals on Attracting Physician Leaders to Peer Review Committees

Karen Owens Advises Hospitals on Attracting Physician Leaders to Peer Review Committees

Serving on hospital peer review committees can be time-consuming, difficult work — sometimes making it hard to attract physicians to serve. Drawing on her years of advising hospital and medical staff leadership, Karen Owens educated Hospital Peer Review readers on how to attract health care professionals to peer review committees. Karen explained that physicians may be convinced to participate in staff self-governance for many reasons, including good citizenship, a desire to lead, camaraderie, or even curiosity. Transforming staff members into leaders takes ongoing cultivation over the course of months or years. Karen encouraged hospitals to develop physician and nurse champions to provide encouragement and tools to bring their peers into committee service. Additionally, she said an efficient committee is an attractive one —having committee processes that...

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