Key Provisions of 2010 Healthcare Reform Legislation for Small (under 50) Employers

By: Alice Eastman Helle | 07.28.2012

NOTE:  Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, with the exception that the Federal government’s power to terminate Medicaid funding is to be narrowly read. The main focus of the Court was on the individual mandate, which requires most individuals to maintain health coverage or pay a penalty beginning Read…

Key Provisions of 2010 Healthcare Reform Legislation for Large (50+) Employers

By: Alice Eastman Helle | 06.28.2012

NOTE: Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, with the exception that the Federal government’s power to terminate Medicaid funding is to be narrowly read. The main focus of the Court was on the individual mandate, which requires most individuals to maintain health coverage or pay a penalty beginning Read…

H-1B Cap Has Been Reached

By: Elizabeth Coonan | 06.12.2012

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on June 12, 2012, that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B Petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 petitions for FY2013. June 11, 2012, was the final receipt date for new H-1B petitions requesting employment beginning in FY2013. Any petitions received after June 12, 2012 Read…

The United States Patent System – The Change is Coming! – Part II

By: David Breiner | 06.06.2012

As outlined in my previous article, the America Invents Act (AIA) will move the United States patent system from a first-to-invent system to a first-to-file system on March 16, 2013. Generally speaking, under the AIA, in a competition between two inventors filing patent applications for an identical invention, the inventor who filed his/her application first Read…

The United States Patent System – The Change is Coming! – Part I

By: David Breiner | 05.24.2012

Historically, the United States patent system has been a first-to-invent system. That is, in a competition between two inventors seeking a patent on the same technology, the patent has been awarded to the inventor who invented first, not the first inventor to file. The United States patent system, however, will soon change due to a Read…