Recent Study Finds Physician Burnout Prevalent; Impacts Malpractice and Patient Care
By: Mary Ellen Lighthiser A recent New York Times article discussed a troubling study that indicates a high number of physicians are experiencing burnout. The recent study described burnout as “emotional exhaustion, detachment and a low sense of accomplishment.” The study suggests that more than half of doctors practicing a specialty with “front-line access to…
FDIC Ramps Up Failed-Bank Litigation in Georgia, Re-Asserts Ordinary Negligence Arguments
By: Kelly Morrison Though the FDIC remained quiet through summer vacation and into early fall, they have once again filed suit against a failed Georgia bank, American United Bank of Lawrenceville, which was closed by regulators on October 23, 2009. A copy of the complaint can be viewed here. Notably, the new complaint includes allegations of…
Beyond the Political Rhetoric: Will Georgia’s Voter ID Law Reduce Minority Turnout?
By: Sun Choy To be sure, Georgia’s voter ID law that requires a voter to produce a photo ID to vote has been used as a political football by both sides of the aisle over the past few election cycles. Depending on your point of view, the voter ID law is either an attempt by…
Employers Beware: Florida’s Minimum Wage Set to Increase by 1.5 Percent
By: Jonathan Kandel The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity recently announced that the Florida minimum wage will be $7.79 per hour beginning January 1, 2013. This represents an increase of 1.5 percent (or $0.12) from the state’s current minimum wage of $7.67 per hour. The increase is due to a change in the Federal Consumer…
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month
By: Dave Cole
You may already know that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but did you know that it also is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month? In his proclamation of this as Cybersecurity Awareness Month, President Obama explained that, although our country benefits immensely from the Internet, increased connectivity brings increased risk of
Upcoming Changes to Form I-9 for Employment Eligibility
By: Kelly Morrison
United States is once again proposing changes to the standard I-9 eligibility form. The commentary period on the amended form is open until October 15, 2012, at which time USCIS will evaluate suggestions and issue an implementation date for the new form.
D&O Insurance Policies Now Tailored to Health Care Organizations
By: Kelly Morrison
The new wave of insurance policies explicitly addresses antitrust and HIPAA concerns unique to the medical industry.
Please visit the following link for more information: D&O Insurance for Healthcare Organizations: Our Prescription for Better Coverage.
U.S. Supreme Court Granted Cert to Address Question of Federal Jurisdiction in Legal Malpractice Case
By: Dana Maine
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court granted cert in a case out of the Supreme Court of Texas, Minton v. Gunn, et al., 80 USLW 353547, 81 USLW 3028 (U.S. Oct. 5, 2012) (No. 11-1118).
The Court will decide whether the 5-3 Texas Supreme Court decision was
New Jersey Imposes Another Posting Requirement on Employers
By: Brad Adler
In addition to a record keeping requirement notice, a family leave insurance notice and others, New Jersey employers now will be required to post and distribute to employees a notice of their right to work in an environment free from gender-based pay discrimination. The new law applies to organizations with 50
The Marketing Risks of Insurance Related Litigation
By: Seth Kirby
Nationally syndicated radio host Clark Howard recently targeted auto insurer Progressive in his “Clarkrageous Moment,” a segment in which he expresses his outrage over various topics. In this instance, his outrage stemmed from an auto accident in Maryland that caused the death of Kaitlynn Fisher. Ms. Fisher was insured by
Protecting Corporate Directors and Officers in Uncertain Times
By Kelly Morrison Georgia’s wave of bank closures following the subprime mortgage crisis gave this state the dubious distinction of first place, with a whopping 70 banking institutions (and counting) folding under the weight of the financial crisis. While it may be difficult to find a silver lining in a failure rate upwards of 25 percent, the…
Have You Filed Federal Reports for Your Employees?
By Ben Mathis For many employers, the deadline to file various reports to Federal agencies regarding their employees was September 30th. This includes filings for EEO-1, the Employer Information Report, and the Veterans Employment Report, commonly known as the VETS-100 or VETS-100A. The EEO-1 filing requirement applies to private employers with 100 or more employees, as…