Change on the Horizon: What the Government Transparency Act Could Mean for Public Employers

Julia Hooten

In general, except for basic information, the personnel files of public employers are mostly private. NCGS Sec. 153A-98 for County employees, and the companion statute for municipal employees, NCGS Sec. 160A-168, make private the personnel records of public employees, former public employees and applicants for public employment except for 12 enumerated specifics: Name; Age; Date of…

COVID-19 Limited Immunity Act: A Welcomed Degree of Certainty for North Carolina Businesses

Chris Stipes and Rebecca Thornton

As we continue to navigate the uncertain but improving times of the COVID-19 pandemic, potential legal exposure related to COVID-19 remains a particular concern for employers and business owners.  For example, consider those people who are finally deciding to dine out indoors at a local restaurant: From the customer’s perspective, they may wonder what can…

The Advantages of Retaining Coverage Counsel to Defend Insurance Agencies in Errors and Omissions Claims

William Bulfer and Meg Cook

Individuals and companies who provide a service for a fee, such as insurance agencies, carry errors and omissions insurance to protect against a negligence claim made by a client. While these claims are most often defended by professional liability attorneys, there are clear advantages to retaining a liability attorney who is also familiar with insurance…

Section 111 Reporting: ORM Termination Dates in North Carolina

Daniel Hayes and Tracey Jones

If a claimant in a workers’ compensation claim is a current Medicare beneficiary, the carrier has certain reporting obligations to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  Under Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (MMSEA), the carrier’s Responsible Reporting Entity (RRE) must not only report any settlement as…