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In light of Governor Wolf’s emergency declaration and current recommendations our office is currently closed.  Our attorneys and staff continue to work remotely, however, and we can assure you they are set up to respond to your calls, emails and all communications.  For more details on AMM operations during this time, read our full update.  

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klimpl_33.jpg Michael A. Klimpl, was a featured speaker at the Bucks County Bar Association’s Annual Bench Bar Conference, held this year in Cambridge, MD from September 24-26.  Klimpl spoke at one of the breakout sessions on “Counseling Business Clients on Employment Law Issues,”.  The Bucks County Bar Association, whose purpose is to provide support and fellowship for the advancement of the legal profession, brings lawyers and judges together to improve the justice system by hosting the Annual Bench Bar Conference.               
Michael Klimpl, a member of the Bucks County Bar Association, focuses his practice on Employment Law, Real Estate, Municipal Law, Zoning and Land Use, Civil Litigation, Estate Planning and Estate Administration.  He has been a member of the Bucks County Solicitor’s Office since 1984, representing the interest of the County of Bucks, its Commissioners and various departments and agencies.  Michael received his J.D. from Columbia University and B.A., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.

Emerging Privacy and Data Security Priorities: Regulators, Enforcers an Assessments: Sue Maslow and Patty Collins from Antheil Maslow & MacMinn are teaming with Chad Schieken, Director of Corporate Governance and Risk Management at Parente Beard, LLC, formerly Parente Randolph, LLC, to offer a presentation covering pending requirements for most businesses, health care providers and other organizations to implement policies to detect the warning signs of identity theft and have in place preventative measures to safeguard all information.  Presenters will discuss the new and expanded rules designed to combat fraud and identity theft and provide guidance on Network Secuirty Assessments.  You are welcome to attend our program: 

Bucks County Bar Association Building

135 East State Street

Doylestown, PA 18901

Thursday, October 29th 

Time: 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. 

Please RSVP by Ocotber 20th 2009 via telephone to 215-230-7500 or email to ddunkelberger@ammlaw.com

murray_27.jpgJoanne Murray, an associate of the Firm, published an article in the September issue of "Upon Further Review",  a web publication of the Philadelphia Bar Association which links lawyers to local news and analysis.  To read the full article dealing with the new law imposing heightened testing and other requirements of interest to Consumer Product Manufacturers, Importers and Retailers, open the following link:  http://uponfurtherreview.philadelphiabar.org/page/Article?articleID=306cc9e8-babb-4f0d-8562-da2416e6f823

collins_17.jpgPatricia C. Collins, an Associate of the firm, gave an interview on Brad Segall’s WOGL radio show, “"The Philadelphia Agenda" on July 26, 2009.  Patty Collins has been practicing law since 1996 in the areas of Employment Law, Health Care and Litigation. Patty drew from her employment law expertise to discuss employers’ use of background checks and the sources used to perform them for job applicants;, and the management of employees’ use of computers and the Internet at work for non-work purposes and the implications of usage policies and computer monitoring.  Segall’s radio show airs every Sunday morning from 6 to 7 am on WOGL-FM 98.1. 

 

murray_27.jpgJoanne Murray, as Associate of the Firm, published an article in the August, 2009 issue of "Small Business CEO" magazine to assist business owners in maintaining a good relationship with their lenders, particularly in this difficult financial climate.

 Joanne concentrates her practice in corporate and commercial transactional work, including commercial lending transactions. 

 

 To read the full article:

 

http://www.smallbusinessceomagazine.com/article.aspx?Article=405

Do you remember the email we sent you April 30th regarding the "Red Flags" Rule going into effect on May 1st?  Do you remember our email two days later advising you that the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") issued an eleventh hour stay of enforcement, changing the deadline from May 1st to August 1st?  Well, guess what?  Once again, the FTC announced yesterday that it will further delay enforcement of the Rule until November 1st, 2009.  You can breathe easier for 90 more days.  After that, who knows?
 
Since the "Red Flags" Rule has caused so much confusion and anxiety for our clients, Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP is holding a Seminar in conjunction with Parente Randolph, LLC on October 29, 2009 at the Bucks County Bar Association from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Susan Maslow and Patricia Collins of our offices will be addressing the "Red Flags" Rule and the new HIPAA/HITECH requirements.    Chad Schieken, CISA, Director of Corporate Governance and Risk Management at Parente Randolph, LLC, will provide guidance on Network Security Assessments.  Save the date.  We know you will be fascinated.  Invitations will follow. 

Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP can provide guidance in helping your Company comply with the Red Flag Rules and the new HIPAA/HITECH requirements.  Please call your primary attorney at the Firm, or if you are not presently represented by us, contact Susan A. Maslow, Esq. or Patricia C. Collins, Esq. to discuss any questions you have regarding the above issues or to schedule an appointment.

We routinely tell clients with fewer than twenty employees that they do not have to provide COBRA coverage to terminated employees.  Effective July 10, 2009, this will no longer be true for those small employers who provide healthcare coverage for their employees.  On that date, Pennsylvania's "Mini-COBRA" Law will require those employers to provide COBRA coverage to employees and their participating dependents who experience a "qualifying event," such as termination or a reduction in hours.  The coverage will continue for nine months after termination, but the terminated employee can continue the coverage under certain circumstances.  Mini-COBRA will require small employers to provide notice to employees that the coverage exists, and notice upon termination of the availability of the coverage.  Employers could charge the terminated employee 105% of the premium for Mini-COBRA coverage, subject to the subsidy created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ("ARRA").
 
The ARRA subsidy requires employers to help terminated employees defray the cost of healthcare.  If an employee loses coverage under a health plan between September 1, 2008 and December 31, 2009 as a result of the employee's involuntary termination of employment, and elects Mini-COBRA continuation coverage, the employee will pay not more than 35% of the full premium for up to nine months.  The employer must provide the remaining 65% of the premium for a period of nine months, or until the employee obtains other coverage.  The employer is entitled to a tax credit as a result of these payments.
 
By July 10, 2009, small employers in Pennsylvania should work with their health insurance providers to assure that Mini-COBRA coverage will be available to eligible employees.  Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP can provide guidance for employers to ensure compliance, and to prepare the notices required by the law. 

mike-revnate.jpgMike Mills, a Partner of the Firm, published an article in the Spring 2009 Pennsylvania CPA Journal reviewing sophisticated federal estate tax planning strategies.  To read the full article:

No Better Time for GRATs & IDGTs

Have you been losing sleep, worrying about complying with the new Red Flags Rule? We have good news (and another Client Alert) for you.  Moments after we sent our Client Alert last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued an eleventh hour stay of enforcement.  The deadline for complying with the Red Flags Rule is now August 1, 2009. 

In recognition of the ongoing debate over the new rule, the FTC decided to give financial institutions and other creditors additional time to develop and implement written identity theft prevention programs.  The FTC also wanted to give Congress more time to consider the scope and impact of the rule.  As we discussed in our Client Alert, the Red Flags Rule is intended to combat fraud and identity theft by requiring most businesses, health care providers and other organizations that allow payment over time to implement policies to detect the warning signs (red flags) of identity theft.  These policies include a written identity theft prevention protocol.  The FTC also announced that it will publish a template for “low-risk” businesses, such as businesses that know their customers personally. 

If you have any questions or would like assistance with preparing an identity theft prevention policy, please contact your primary attorney at the firm.  If you are not presently represented by us, please contact Susan Maslow, Patricia Collins or Joanne Murray at (215) 230-7500.

 

By now, you have no doubt heard of the new Red Flags Rule, which are intended to combat fraud and identity theft.  Most businesses, health care providers and other organizations that allow payment over time will be required to implement policies to detect the warning signs (red flags) of identity theft.  These policies include a written identity theft prevention protocol.  We’re taking this opportunity to remind you that these new rules go into effect May 1, 2009.  The Federal Trade Commission offers excellent guidance on these new rules:

For healthcare providers: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/articles/art11.shtm

For other businesses and organizations:  http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/articles/art10.shtm

All covered entities might find this FTC guide of interest: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/business/idtheft/bus23.pdf

If you have any questions or would like assistance with preparing an identity theft prevention policy, please contact your primary attorney at the firm.  If you are not presently represented by us, please contact Susan Maslow, Patricia Collins or Joanne Murray at (215) 230-7500.