Journalistic Freedom – United States ranks 46th

Journalistic Freedom – United States ranks 46th

Biggest rises and falls in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index The 2014 World Press Freedom Index spotlights the negative impact of conflicts on freedom of information and its protagonists. The ranking of some countries has also been affected by a tendency to interpret national security needs in an overly broad and abusive manner to […]

Status of Medical Marijuana and Legalization Initiatives

Status of Medical Marijuana and Legalization Initiatives

Legal pot faces myriad obstacles Delays raise tensions over medical use, sales, availability, more Drive down virtually any thoroughfare in Seattle and you are likely to pass several medical marijuana dispensaries. On Rainier Avenue, in southeast Seattle, the Northwest Cannabis Market sits between a fish store and an Italian bakery. A mile or so down […]

Offshoring of jobs to Philippines – projections to 2016

There are Jobs in the Philippines

Industry Research : 372,000 BPO Jobs Seen by 2016 Business process outsourcing (BPO) firms are expected to create over 120,000 jobs annually in the next three years, addressing the problem of unemployment in the country, a lawmaker yesterday said. “Based on sectoral projections, we are confident that BPO firms will be able to add an […]

Consumers likely to pay more because of Apple Samsung (Google?) Intellectual Property lawsuits

Consumers likely to pay more because of Apple Samsung (Google?) Intellectual Property lawsuits

Samsung tells court disputed Apple patents were developed by Google Samsung fired back at Apple’s accusations of patent theft Tuesday, saying the South Korean tech giant didn’t write any of the Android software on its smartphones and tablets, Google did. “Not one of the accused features on this phone was designed, much less copied, by […]

Department of Energy grants for Nonproliferation R&D and Careers

Department of Energy grants for Nonproliferation R&D and Careers

Energy to Spend Millions on Improving Arms Control Verification Methods The U.S. Energy Department has awarded a multimillion-dollar research grant to explore new technologies for verifying foreign nonproliferation commitments. A consortium of universities will use the $25 million grant by the department’s National Nuclear Security Administration over the next half-decade to investigate, among other things, […]

Only 25% of companies have conducted Customer Experience Audits across all touch points

Only 25% of companies have conducted Customer Experience Audits across all touch points

Industry Research : The State of Customer Experience Across Asia-Pacific and Japan In a new study on the state of customer experience across APJ (Asia-Pacific and Japan), the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council reports that only 26% of marketers surveyed believe their back office systems and operational structures enable their companies to live up to […]

Likelihood of Negative Consumer Reviews – US vs. UK

Likelihood of Negative Consumer Reviews – US vs. UK

Industry Research : US Consumers Share Bad Service Experience More Than UK Counterparts New research from NewVoiceMedia reveals that US consumers are twice as likely to share a bad customer service experience than those in the UK; whereas Brits are more inclined to recommend a company following a positive interaction. Following an inadequate experience, half […]

What is Repudiation? What is Rescission?

What is Repudiation? What is Rescission?

Repudiation vs. rescission Repudiation and rescission are not synonyms and these commonly confused terms often trip up non-native English speaking lawyers. Hi and welcome to TransLegal’s lesson of the week. Today we’re going to be talking about repudiation and rescission. These are commonly confused terms and I want to drive home the point that they […]

Placement / Staffing Agencies – You may now raise your rates.

Placement / Staffing Agencies – You may now raise your rates.

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 39: Common Law Employees and Offers of Coverage on Behalf of Other Entities under the Final Employer Shared Responsibility Regulations Distinguishing employees who are full-time from those who are not takes up a good deal of real estate in final regulations published in the Federal Register on February […]

Market Research Quality Definition – Criterion Validity vs. Construct Validity

Market Research Quality Definition – Criterion Validity vs. Construct Validity

The differences between academic and commercial research I am currently at an academic conference on mobile research in Cyprus, a WebDataNet event. I am a keynote speaker and my role is to share with the delegates the commercial market research picture.I really enjoy mixing with the academic world, and I am intrigued and fascinated by […]

Who’s Kidding Who about the ACA and Lost Jobs?

Who’s Kidding Who about the ACA and Lost Jobs?

Who’s Kidding Who about the ACA and Lost Jobs? Written by the owner of Quality News: Jared S. Ray I’m confused by the White House push-back to the February 2014 CBO report[i] which tripled the prior estimate for jobs expected to be lost due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – 2.3 million workers by […]

Administrative Simplification text of HITECH

Administrative Simplification text of HITECH

42 U.S. Code Part C – Administrative Simplification For purposes of this part: (1) Code set The term “code set” means any set of codes used for encoding data elements, such as tables of terms, medical concepts, medical diagnostic codes, or medical procedure codes. (2) Health care clearinghouse The term “health care clearinghouse” means a […]

How does HITECH change / modify HIPAA - Summary

How does HITECH change / modify HIPAA – Summary

HHS ISSUES FINAL HITECH RULE Hope Levy-­‐Biehl, Amy Joseph, Steve Phillips, Karl Schmitz, Paul Smith HOOPER, LUNDY & BOOKMAN, P.C. The long-­‐awaited final rule implementing the privacy and security provisions of the HITECH Act has been released. The rule covers much the same ground as the proposed HITECH rule issued in 2010, but also includes […]

Aging Population + ObamaCare = HealthCare Staffing Emergency

Aging Population + ObamaCare = HealthCare Staffing Emergency

Healthcare Staff Shortages? Here’s what hospital and healthcare system managers think is happening Healthcare workforce researchers and analysts have been arguing for the past couple of years over whether a dire physician shortage will materialize as predicted. Similarly, some are expecting a severe nursing shortage, but others insist the shortage may not turn out to […]

Health Insurance doesn’t equal access to Health Care – U.S. Physician Shortage

Health Insurance doesn’t equal access to Health Care – U.S. Physician Shortage

Physician Shortage Is Estimated to Be Over 130,000 By 2015 AAPI To Advocate For More Residency Slots During Legislative Day on Capitol Hill With the beginning of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health insurance coverage is expected to expand to an additional 34 million people in the United States. The Association of […]

Underutilized Government Land and Buildings

Underutilized Government Land and Buildings

Why the federal government wastes large amounts of property it often doesn’t even know it owns NPR has an interesting story on how the federal government owns large amounts of unused property. Often, government agencies don’t even realize they own the land in question: Government estimates suggest there may be 77,000 empty or underutilized buildings […]