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From Utah Question: We are in the process of requesting collective bargaining. I have a member who is appealing a practical portion of a promotion test. He is given 10 calendar days to do so which he did, then in our city municipal code they have five calendar days to schedule a hearing, no sooner than 30 days and not more than 45 days. We just received a response…

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From Maryland Question: Can you poll your members if they use the health care provided to them by the State or by another source (retiree benefit from another jurisdiction, spouse /partner) without violating any laws concerning privacy (HIPAA, ADA, ACA)? Answer: We’re not health insurance experts, but our take on this would be that so long as you were not obtaining any diagnostic information, there would be nothing inappropriate…

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Employee Can Waive HIPAA Rights

Gary Hopkins was a correctional officer employed by the Connecticut Department of Correction. On April 24, 2008, he went to a medical clinic as a walk-in patient. After an examination by Dr. Kalipatti Balachandran, Hopkins left the clinic with a copy of his “superbill.” A superbill is an itemized form listing various medical services with code numbers that physicians ordinarily submit to insurance companies for reimbursement. The form lists…

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From Ohio Question: Our contract states that all police officers will be full-time. Can the city (management) implement part time officers without negotiating because of budget problems? Answer: The general rule is that the implementation of part-time police jobs is a mandatory subject for bargaining, and cannot be unilaterally implemented without first negotiating with the labor organization. You should check with local counsel to determine whether Ohio follows that…

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