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Jack Meadows joins McDonald Hopkins Business Department in Cleveland

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Meadows served as a corporate associate at a large law firm in Columbus.  Meadows prepared and negotiated a variety of agreements, including leases, purchase and sale agreements, credit and security agreements and non-disclosure agreements. Additionally, he advised businesses in all aspects of the Paycheck Protection Program, including eligibility, covered costs and forgiveness.

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McDonald Hopkins welcomes Lidia Mowad to Intellectual Property Department in Cleveland

Monday, January 25, 2021

Mowad’s experience includes the Office of the Ohio Attorney General’s Executive Agencies Section where her work included representing executive officials, departments, agencies, and boards at all stages of civil litigation in trial and appellate proceedings, in state and federal court, and in administrative tribunals.

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'5 Questions With' Mayor Frank Whitfield, City of Elyria

Monday, January 25, 2021

A monthly segment from the McDonald Hopkins Public Law Group that asks local, regional and statewide leaders to pass along their wisdom on items of current and lasting interest. This fifth installment asks Elyria Mayor Frank Whitfield to discuss plans, challenges, opportunities and concerns for his city.

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CMS clarifies Medicare remote patient monitoring standards

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

In the January 19 Federal Register, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) clarified the scope of services that are counted in determining whether minimum time requirements are satisfied under remote patient monitoring (RPM) treatment management billing codes.

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Finally some good news for Ohio employers: Ohio Employment Law Uniformity Act

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Governor DeWine signed into law the Ohio Employment Law Uniformity Act, HB 352. This was good news for employers as the new law simplifies and clarifies Ohio’s civil rights anti-discrimination laws.

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A flurry of DOL activity ushers in 2021

Thursday, January 14, 2021

The U.S. Department of Labor ushered in the new year with a flurry of new guidance on the FLSA, FFCRA, and independent contractors. This activity in the waning days of the current administration reflects the fact that it is the final opportunity for the DOL to address open issues on its agenda.

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Making sense of the Consolidated Appropriations Act: How to deal with all of the tax provisions

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

The enactment of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, H.R. 133 on Dec. 27, 2020 (the “Stimulus Act”) was unprecedented for its scope and for the length of the legislation. It provided much needed relief to many sectors of the United States still struggling from the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic through a combination of funding for government programs, renewal of the Paycheck Protection Program, and extension or expansion of a multitude of expiring tax incentives. The act combines a $1.4 trillion extension of government funding with nearly $1 trillion in new stimulus measures. The various tax provisions amount to approximately one-third of the nearly $328-billion total of the act’s stimulus measures. 

This discussion focuses on the tax aspects of the Stimulus Act.

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Positive anti doping test, what now?

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

McDonald Hopkins attorneys Alan Burger and Mary April suggest 10 important steps if you test positive on an anti-doping test.

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Adam Grais is all-in as festival board chair

Monday, January 11, 2021

Adam Grais has been drumming most of his life. But these days, as the newly appointed board chair of the Grant Park Music Festival, he is drumming up support — that is, support for a major cultural attraction. This month, Grais began his tenure as board chair of the Grant Park Music Festival.

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OIG adds Medicare Part B psychotherapy services to Its audit list for 2021

Monday, January 11, 2021

In December 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) updated the list of its active work plan categories that will be subject to audit in 2021.

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Four McDonald Hopkins attorneys among speakers to be featured at 30th annual Ohio Business Tax Conference

Friday, January 8, 2021

McDonald Hopkins will serve as a prominent sponsor of the 30th annual Ohio Business Tax Conference, the nation’s largest of its kind. The three-day virtual event from January 19-21, features presenters from around the nation, including four McDonald Hopkins attorneys.

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David Kall quoted in Crain's Cleveland Business article, "Tax Tangle"

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

McDonald Hopkins Cleveland Managing Member David Kall was quoted in Crain's Cleveland Business article "Tax tangle: Small businesses should brace for the possibility of withholdings that follow employees to their homes" by Judy Stringer.

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Take our 2021 Business Outlook Survey

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

For 11 years, McDonald Hopkins has conducted an annual Business Outlook Survey, attempting to determine how you, our clients and friends, view the business climate. As we close out 2020 and head into 2021, we do so with heightened uncertainty, coupled with a touch of vaccine-driven optimism. We hope that you will share with us your views and help us identify challenges and opportunities for the coming year. We look forward to sharing the results of this year’s survey.

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Alexander Misakian joins Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Team in Chicago office

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Misakian brings experience handling a variety of legal matters involving the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, professional liability, premise liability and insurance coverage litigation. He has assisted clients in the development of cybersecurity frameworks, privacy policies and incident response planning, and advised in preparation for and responding to data security breaches, determining and sending required notifications to affected individuals, state regulators, departments of insurances and states’ offices of attorneys general in compliance with regulatory requirements.

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The FFCRA: It's goodbye for now, but maybe not forever

Monday, December 28, 2020

With 2020 coming to an end, speculation swirled among employers about whether the Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s December 31 expiration date would be extended. Well, employers have their answer in the stimulus bill signed by President Trump on December 27. It’s goodbye for now to the FFCRA, but it may not be goodbye forever.

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How employers should handle vaccination issues in relation to COVID-19 vaccination

Monday, December 28, 2020

Mandatory vaccination policies are typically legal, but in many cases implementing such policies may prove challenging. In a recent Gallup Poll, only 58% of those in the U.S. said they would willingly be vaccinated. That potentially leaves a significant percent of individuals unvaccinated creating a dilemma for employers about whether to mandate vaccines for employees.

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Challenges and opportunities in structuring group practice compensation under the revised self-referral and anti-kickback regulations

Thursday, December 24, 2020

There are challenges and opportunities for physician practices in structuring physician compensation to comply with the new and modified Stark Law standards and related anti-kickback considerations.

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Steering clear of litigation pitfalls that can arise from ESG disclosures

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

With the popularity of impact investing increasing, evaluating a company’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) disclosures – or determining whether the company has issued ESG disclosures at all – is on the rise. An increasing number of companies are including ESG disclosures into mandatory filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as well as publishing such disclosures on their websites, and showing them in presentations to investors.

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Congress reaches agreement on COVID-19 package breaking monthslong stalemate

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Congressional lawmakers finally reached an agreement on a new $900 billion COVID-19 relief package during the evening of December 20. The feuding parties were forced to resume negotiations due to the looming expiration of several existing COVID-19 aid measures and a threatened government shutdown. Both Congressional chambers officially passed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act on December 21, as part of the overarching $1.4 trillion spending package that will keep the government funded until September 2021.

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The Consolidated Appropriations Act and the impact on the Paycheck Protection Program: Here we go again…

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

After months of negotiations, Congress finally passed the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act late Monday night. It is expected that the President will quickly sign the Act into law.

The act provides approximately $325 billion in business relief, including roughly $275 billion for another round of Paycheck Protection Program funding. The act also provides answers to questions regarding the first round of PPP loans that have so far gone unanswered. 

While the act is extremely lengthy (5,593 pdf pages long), we have attempted to summarize the most important sections regarding the Paycheck Protection Program.  
 

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