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With less than two months to go before the start of the 2016 Idaho legislative session, things are picking up as legislators, lobbyists and interest groups are busy crafting legislation, rounding up allies, and recruiting legislative sponsors for legislation to be introduced at the upcoming session. 2016 is an election year for all of Idaho’s 105 state legislators, highlighted by a spring primary election in May, which traditionally means a shorter legislative session with less controversial issues.


The Department of Labor (DOL) does not expect to issue its final rule changing the overtime exemptions until mid-to-late 2016, according to a recent report in the Wall Street Journal. The report states that Solicitor of Labor, Patricia Smith, provided the new timeline at an American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law conference in Philadelphia last week.


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently issued the 2016 Physician Fee Schedule (“PFS”), which is expected to be published in the November 16, 2015 Federal Register. Along with payment updates for services furnished on or after January 1, 2016, highlights of the PFS include final revisions to the physician self-referral law (“Stark Law”) and the regulations regarding opting out of Medicare and private contracting.


The Ninth Circuit has overruled its own relatively recent decision and held that a debtor who sues for damages to redress a violation of the automatic stay may recover the reasonable fees it incurs in prosecuting the action, even after the stay violation is cured.


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