Federal Court Ruling May Eliminate Penalties For Employers   Recently updated !

The ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that federal tax credits may not be provided for the purchase of health insurance on federal exchanges effectively eliminates assessable payments or penalties against large employers who do not offer employees insurance in states that have not established their own exchanges. The Patient Protection and Affordable […]


The Affordable Care Act – Safe Harbors & Affordability

The Affordable Care Act – Safe Harbors & Affordability

On February 10, 2014 final regulations under the Employer Shared Responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were issued. Those final regulations clarified affordability safe harbor provisions. Generally, no penalty can be imposed on a large employer who offers at least 95% of full time employees and dependents health insurance that provides minimum essential […]

Successful Negotiation Tactics

Negotiation is a complex activity that encompasses a broad range of situations. Useful insights may be drawn from game theory, psychology, economics, theories of organizational behavior, and the law. As anyone who negotiates regularly knows, there is no one right way to negotiate. On the other hand, given the virtually infinite variation in situations a […]



Human Enhancement

Pharmaceutical, surgical, mechanical, and neurological technologies are already available for therapeutic purposes (think of antidepressants and corrective surgeries designed to correct disabilities of some sort). But these same enhancements can be used to magnify human biological function beyond the societal norm. Adderall, for example, is designed to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, but can also be used […]

Policing & Predictive Analytics

Predictive analytics is the practice of extracting information from existing data sets in order to determine patterns and predict future outcomes and trends.  Predictive analytics does not tell you what will happen in the future. It forecasts what might happen in the future with an acceptable level of reliability, and includes what-if scenarios and risk assessment.  Predictive […]

wabe.org  Screenshot of APD's new predictive policing program, PredPol. Credit Atlanta Police Department. Lt. Leanne Browning pulls up a map of Atlanta on her iPad.

Mental Health Spotlight

Mental Health Spotlight

Laura Wilcox’s death was the impetus for passage of Laura’s Law (AB 1421)  in 2002, an assisted outpatient treatment program (AOT).    Laura Wilcox, a 19-year old sophomore from Haverford College, was working at Nevada County’s public mental health clinic during her winter break from college. On January 10, 2001, she and two other people were […]

Right to Privacy Legacy

An article in the December 15, 1890 issue of the Harvard Law Review, by Samuel D. Warren and future U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, entitled The Right To Privacy, is often cited as the first implicit declaration of a U.S. right to privacy. http://www.gutenberg.org/files/37368/37368-h/37368-h.htm Warren and Brandeis wrote that privacy is the “right to be let alone”, and […]

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