Carey Jordan and Iona Kaiser, partners in the Houston office and members of the intellectual property group, co-authored an article for Law360 titled "Takeaways from USPTO's 1st Covered Business Method Review."
New final regulations for wellness programs apply to plan years beginning on and after January 1, 2014. If you have a wellness program and a health plan operating on a calendar year, you will want to consider the new requirements in preparing for 2014 open enrollment.
Laura Kulwicki, an attorney in the Vorys Akron office and a member of the probate and tax group, authored an article titled "Another Taxpayer Victory on Due Process Grounds—Consolidated Filing and Use of Trademarks Are Not Enough to Constitutionally Create Franchise Tax Nexusfor the May-June 2013 edition of the Journal of State Taxation.
Carey Jordan and Iona Kaiser, partners in the Houston office and members of the intellectual property group, co-authored an article for Nanotechnology Law & Business titled "2012 Nanotechnology Patent Review."
Yesterday afternoon the Senate Finance Committee unveiled a substitute version of House Bill 59, the state biennial budget bill. The substitute legislation incorporates many changes, significant among which is the replacement of an across-the-board 7% income tax cut proposed in the House-passed version of the bill with a tax cut package specifically targeted at helping small businesses in Ohio.
Employers must distribute a new Notice of Coverage Options to all employees (full-time and part-time, regardless of eligibility for benefits). The initial distribution of the Notice must be before October 1, 2013. Thereafter, the Notice must be given to each new employee within 14 days after work begins.
Jeffery E. Smith, a partner in the Columbus office, published this article regarding the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new mortgage-related rules in the Spring 2013 issue of The Bankers' Statement.
“Use” of a trademark or service mark under U.S. trademark law is often misunderstood. Even the best-intended trademark owners encounter unexpected, sometimes fatal, barriers in their attempts to register their marks and maintain their registrations.
Lisa Pierce Reisz, a partner in the Vorys Columbus office, and Stephanie Angeloni, an associate in the Vorys Akron office, authored an article about HIPAA compliance for the May 13, 2013 edition of Crain’s Cleveland Business.
Under the pay-or-play penalties going into effect next year, an employer is subject to penalties if it does not offer "affordable" health coverage to its full-time employees (using the new 30-hour federal standard). The IRS has now proposed that premium discounts and other rewards for participation in an employer-sponsored wellness program not be taken into account in determining whether the health coverage offered by your company is affordable.
On April 24, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Proposed Rule revamping the Medicare Incentive Reward Program (IRP) and providing CMS with greater discretion to deny or revoke enrollment privileges to certain providers and suppliers posing a higher risk of fraud to the Medicare program.