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Part Two Is Nevada’s New Medical Collection Law Constitutional? We May Now Find Out On July 27

As we updated earlier this week, Sessions, Israel & Shartle, LLC and Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP filed a Lawsuit and Motion for an Emergency Application for Temporary Restraining Order and Motion for Preliminary Injunction on behalf of multiple parties in response to Nevada Senate Bill 248.  Read more

Is Nevada’s New Medical Collection Law Constitutional? We Are About To Find Out!

Medical debt collection in Nevada is about to change drastically on July 1, 2021 when Nevada’s Senate Bill (“S.B.”) 248 goes into effect.  Read more

Attention Employers: EEOC Updates Guidance on Vaccine Incentives

Today, May 28, 2021, the EEOC released updated guidance regarding employer-provided vaccine incentives. Within the guidance, the EEOC confirmed employers can offer incentives to encourage employees to get vaccinated. Please note there is different guidance if the employer (or its agent) will be providing the vaccination shots to the employees.  Read more

Free Employment Law Webinar May 26, 2021 at 12EST: Workers Returning to the Office? What You Need to Know!

Please join us on Wednesday May 26, 2021 at 12:00 EST for a FREE 30 minute lunch-and-learn webinar led by Elizabeth Fite Blanco and hosted by our friends at the law firm of Abrahamsen Gindin. Read more

Game-Changer or Not So Fast? The CDC Changes ALL COVID-19 Face Covering and Social Distancing Rules for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

On May 13, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that Americans who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear a face covering or practice social distancing in any setting. The CDC defines people as fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or two weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine. Read more

Transmitting Account Data to a Letter Vendor Now is an FDCPA Violation

In a stunning decision, the Eleventh Circuit has just completely upended the traditional model for debt collection. In the case of Hunstein v. Preferred Collection & Management Services, the Appellate Court concluded that a debt collector that transmits account information, such as a consumer’s name and account balance, to a letter vendor for the purpose of generating an initial demand letter, violates the FDCPA.

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Breaking News! DOL Guidance On Mandatory, Employer-Paid COBRA Subsidies Is Here

As we blogged about here, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), signed into law on March 11, 2021, includes several provisions impacting employers, their benefits plans, and Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) requirements. 

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No April Fool’s JOKE Here– A Unanimous Supreme Court Provides TCPA Relief!!

On April 1, 2021, the Supreme Court issued its 9 – 0 decision in the highly anticipated case of Facebook v. Duguid. In a landmark ruling, the Court concluded that the TCPA automatic telephone dialing system (ATDS) statutory definition controls - for the TCPA to be in effect the dialing equipment must have the capacity to: a) store a number using a random or sequential number generator, or b) produce a number using a random or sequential number generator.   Read more

Attention Illinois Employers! SB 1480—Illinois Enacts New Background Check Rules (Part 1)

A new Illinois law, Senate Bill 1480 (“SB 1480”) is now in effect that (1) limits employers’ ability to consider criminal convictions in making hiring and employment decisions, and (2) imposes new procedural requirements before taking adverse employment actions relating to background checks. Here is a summary of what employers need to know: Read more

FDCPA Bona Fide Error Defense Applies to Mistaken Interpretation of Statute of Limitations

In recent years, debt collectors have faced a barrage of class action lawsuits alleging FDCPA violations for failing to disclose that a debt is outside the applicable statute of limitations. But what is “the applicable statute of limitations?”  Read more

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