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2021 Arrives with Additional Flexibility for Flexible Spending Accounts

FSA ChecklistDuring 2020, a number of newly enacted laws created flexibility for various employee benefit plans. Please see Foster Swift’s publications on this topic here. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (the “Act”), which was signed into law on December 27, 2020, provides additional flexibility for Health Flexible Spending Accounts (“Health FSAs”) and Dependent Care Assistance Plans (“DCAPs”), specifically. Read More ›

Categories: Employee Benefits

Maryland’s Digital Ad Tax: The Next Frontier in State and Local Taxation

Digital Kickstarter AdvertisementOn Friday February 12, the Maryland State Senate voted to override Maryland’s governor to pass a bill creating a tax on annual gross revenues derived from digital advertising services in Maryland. Maryland’s digital advertising tax is the first of its kind in the United States. Read More ›

Categories: Sales Tax, Tax, Tax Disputes

Women Owned Small Business Certification Program - Part One: Requirements

Business Owners2020 brought uncertainty to the world and, for many businesses, financial instability. In addition, 2020 brought inequities and disparities in our society to the forefront. To address both of these issues, many businesses are striving to achieve increased diversity in the workplace, while simultaneously seeking additional opportunities to secure financial opportunities. Read More ›

Categories: Did you Know?

Virtual Panel: TikTok, WeChat & More: Talking Tech and IP in The U.S. & China

The ​U.S. and China compete for global dominance in the areas of tech and innovation; however, in an era of global firms and global citizens they must also learn to cooperate. Read More ›

Categories: Compliance, Intellectual Property, Technology

HIPAA Compliance Considerations During the Pandemic

HIPAA Compliance COVIDThis article has been updated with new information since it was originally published on November 16, 2020.

As health care providers continue to face new challenges relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important for providers to maintain compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”). Although the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) has loosened some requirements to allow health care providers flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic, a majority of the patient protections under the HIPAA Privacy Rule have remained intact. Read More ›

Categories: Compliance, Cybersecurity, Electronic Health Records, HIPAA

I Want Out: Dealing with Contracts in the Time of Corornavirus

Fabrication schedule with Force MajeureIn March 2020, we published an article about how the Coronavirus impacts your contracts and whether force majeure clauses could excuse non-performance. Since then, our attorneys have received a number of questions from clients related to the Coronavirus/Covid-19 and how our clients may address issues of performance, delivery, and payment when the Coronavirus impacts a company’s ability to complete its responsibilities under a contract.

As a country, we have seen the Olympics, music events, sporting events, Broadway performances, and many other events cancelled as a result of the Coronavirus. Many companies have struggled to address the cancellations without facing massive financial impact, but without proper prior planning, the last few months have been financially difficult. Read More ›

Categories: Contracts

Minimizing Cybersecurity Risks for Remote Workers

With more employees working remotely for the foreseeable future, a resulting increase in spoofing and other hacking attempts is becoming a very common and real threat. It is imperative for a business to have the proper protection policies and procedures in place.

In the following video, moderated by Patricia Scott, attorneys Taylor Gast and Robert Hamor discuss ways to minimize risk and avoid disaster as more employees work remotely. This video touches on the recent rise in computer hacking attempts, along with a discussion on strategies to protect businesses and employees.

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Minimizing Cybersecurity Risks VideoThis video is for general information purposes only and IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE. If you seek legal counsel or need help in determining how this information applies to a specific situation, contact a Foster Swift business & tax law attorney before taking any action.

Categories: Compliance, Cybersecurity, Digital Assets

Health Care Providers Face Growing Ransomware Risks, and Potential Sanctions for Paying Ransom

Ransomware AttackAs if COVID-19 wasn’t enough of a challenge for many struggling hospitals and health care systems, there is another growing threat they must guard against: cyberattacks.

On October 28, 2020, the FBI, Department of Health and Human Services, and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued a report warning of "an increased and imminent cybercrime threat" to U.S. hospitals and health care providers. Read More ›

Categories: Cybersecurity, Electronic Health Records, Hospice, Hospitals

The Impact of PPP Loans on Mergers & Acquisitions

With the addition of new rules from the SBA (Small Business Administration), business & tax law attorneys Taylor Gast and Mike Zahrt discuss these updates regarding the impact of PPP Loans on Mergers & Acquisitions activity. Read More ›

Categories: Alerts and Updates, Compliance

Recent Questions Regarding PPP Forgiveness Applications

As PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) Loan Applicants await for banks to open their portals and begin accepting forgiveness applications, Foster Swift Business & Tax attorneys Taylor Gast and Mike Zahrt discuss recent updates regarding applications along with answers to common questions to consider regarding the next steps in the loan process.

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PPP VideoThis video is meant to provide general information and SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED LEGAL ADVICE. If you seek legal counsel or need help in determining how this information applies to a specific situation, contact a Foster Swift business attorney before taking any action. Our attorneys can help assist you in making the best decisions for your circumstances.

Categories: Alerts and Updates, News