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Florida Supreme Court limits PIP insurers’ prelawsuit discovery practices

On February 16, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court issued its opinion in State Farm vs. Shands, which resolved a conflict between the 1st and 4th District Courts of Appeal over the scope and extent of prelawsuit discovery that a Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurer may seek from medical providers such as hospitals and physicians under the PIP statutes.

USCIS’ international entrepreneur rule goes into effect July 17

USCIS issued the subject final rule on January 17, 2017, which becomes effective July 17, 2017. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) news release, the rule is intended to improve the ability of certain promising startup founders to begin growing their companies within the United States and help improve our nation’s economy through increased capital spending, innovation and job creation.

H-1B cap filing season to begin on April 3, 2017, for FY 2018

This is a reminder that April 3, 2017, is the first day the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting H-1B petitions filed on behalf of foreign nationals for employment commencing on or after October 1, 2017

New I-9 form must be used by Jan. 22, 2017

By Jan. 22, 2017, all U.S. employers must use only the new version of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ employment eligibility verification form.

New electronic agent registration required for safe harbor protection

As of Dec. 1, 2016, the U.S. Copyright Office will no longer accept paper-filed agent designations in connection with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and parties that previously designated an agent with the office via a paper filing have until Dec. 31, 2017, to submit new registrations through the electronic system or lose their safe harbor protection under the DMCA.

5 questions employers are asking following Florida’s vote for medical marijuana

With the passage of the Florida Constitutional Amendment 2 (medical marijuana), we expect enacting legislation in the 2017 legislative session to address in part how Florida employers are impacted by this new law. By Florida law, the Constitutional Amendment will be effective Jan. 3, 2017, with six months for implementation.

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