Monday Morning Regulatory Review: Obamacare Fractal Geography; Volcker Rule Stay & Reconsideration; OSHA Interpretations & Ripeness; And Rearview Mirrors & Cameras

By | Federal Regulations Advisor | December 30, 2013
Monday Morning Regulatory Review:  Obamacare Fractal Geography; Volcker Rule Stay & Reconsideration; OSHA Interpretations & Ripeness; And Rearview Mirrors & Cameras

The final week of 2013 does not go gently into that good night, with four unrelated but significant issues.  Obamacare further disintegrated as a nationwide legal program with further administrative exceptions and delays and piecemeal judicial bars to enforcement that have worn out their welcome.

A Different Kind of Palm Reading – Growing Adoption of Biometrics Raises Employment Law Questions

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Fingerprints, voice prints and vein patterns in a person’s palm are three examples of biometrics that may be “moving into the consumer mainstream to unlock laptops and smartphones, or as a supplement to passwords at banks, hospitals and libraries,” reports Anne Eisenberg at the New York Times.

India Joins the “We’re Not So Sure About This Bitcoin Thing” Chorus

By | Virtual Currency Report | December 29, 2013

In a press release this week, the Royal Bank of India (RBI) echoed recent comments from European regulators about the risks associated with virtual currencies and also said it is “presently examining the issues associated with the usage, holding and trading or [virtual currencies] under the extant legal and regulatory framework of the country,” suggesting that the press release is not the last word on this issue from the RBI.

Another Small Healthcare Provider Settles Potential HIPAA Violations Following Data Breach, Office for Civil Rights Announces

Another Small Healthcare Provider Settles Potential HIPAA Violations Following Data Breach, Office for Civil Rights Announces

A familiar story – small health care provider suffers a data breach affecting patient data, reports incident to the federal Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and winds up becoming subject to an OCR investigation that goes well beyond the breach itself, resulting in a significant settlement payment and corrective action plan.