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Are you HIPAA and FIPA compliant?

A recent $100,000 settlement obtained by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services demonstrates the far reaching impact of HIPAA. This settlement demonstrates that HIPAA obligations do not end when a business closes, and even businesses that don’t handle PHI need to be aware of the requirements of the Florida Information Protection Act of 2014 (FIPA).

Guide to amending the Florida constitution

The newly released publication, A Guide to Amending Florida’s Constitution, is written by former Florida Supreme Court Justice (and current Gunster attorney) Kenneth B. Bell, and published by the Foundation of Associated Industries of Florida.

H-1B filing season for 2019 fiscal year will open on April 2, 2018

This is a reminder that April 2, 2018 is the first day the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”)  will begin accepting H-1B cap-subject petitions filed on behalf of foreign nationals for employment commencing on or after October 1, 2018 – i.e., for fiscal year (FY) 2019. Typically the filing season begins on April 1st each […]

U.S. Supreme Court sends WOTUS rule challenges to district court

Landowners, developers, farmers and others who regularly work on or around Florida wetlands should pay attention to this roller-coaster process as they consider submitting applications for federal Clean Water Act permits, especially those known as “404” permits submitted to the Army Corps of Engineers to ensure that their applications coincide with a time when the 2015 WOTUS rule is not in effect. In the long-term, the 2015 WOTUS rule seems unlikely to last, but last week’s ruling will create short-term uncertainty.

Jackson and Peirce sworn in as SEC commissioners

On January 11, the SEC announced Robert Jackson and Hester Peirce had been sworn in as SEC commissioners, following Senate confirmation in December.  This marks the first time since 2015 that the SEC has had a full complement of five commissioners. If you have any questions, please contact Gunster securities law and corporate governance practice leaders David Scileppi  or Bob Lamm.

Major changes afoot for Florida wetlands regulation

Under the provisions of Senate Bill 1402, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection would be authorized to make changes to its existing regulations that would allow it to assume permitting of federal wetlands in Florida, in addition to its current state wetland permits.

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