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On December 1, 2016, Parker Hannifin Corporation and CLARCOR Inc. announced that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which Parker will acquire CLARCOR for approximately $4.3 billion in cash, including the assumption of net debt. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the board of directors of each company. Upon closing of the transaction, expected to be completed by or during the first quarter of Parker’s fiscal year 2018, CLARCOR will be combined with Parker’s Filtration Group to form a leading and diverse global filtration business. Bass, Berry & Sims has served CLARCOR as primary corporate and securities counsel for 10 years and served as lead counsel on this transaction. Read more here.

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FCPA: 2016 Year in Review & 2017 Enforcement Predictions

A review of trends and developments in FCPA as well as a look ahead into what to expect for 2017. This report aims at providing corporate leaders and companies with the knowledge they need to comply with the FCPA and avoid litigation in 2017.

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Upcoming HIPAA Deadlines for Employer-Sponsored Group Health Plans


August 12, 2014

September 22, 2014 Deadline for Certain Business Associate Agreements

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA") requires a covered entity, including an employer-sponsored group health plan subject to HIPAA, to enter into a HIPAA-compliant business associate agreement with each of the covered entity's business associates (i.e., entities that perform services for the health plan and have access to protected health information). In 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") issued final regulations modifying HIPAA. The regulations required HIPAA-covered entities to amend or restate their business associate agreements to reflect the new regulations.

HHS has provided transition relief that delays the deadline to amend an existing business associate agreement by up to one year beyond the regulations' general operational compliance effective date of September 23, 2013, provided that (i) the agreement was effective prior to January 25, 2013 and compliant with the HIPAA rules that were in effect as of that date, and (ii) the agreement was not modified or renewed from March 26, 2013 through September 23, 2013. A business associate agreement that satisfies the above requirements is deemed compliant with the new regulations until the earlier of the date the agreement is renewed or modified, or September 22, 2014. Employers that sponsor a group health plan subject to HIPAA should review their plan's business associate agreements to determine whether an amendment or restatement is needed prior to the September 22, 2014 deadline.

November 5, 2014 Deadline for Registration for Health Plan Identifiers

HHS issued final regulations that will require self-insured employer-sponsored group health plans subject to HIPAA to use a unique health plan identifier code ("HPID") to identify themselves when conducting certain electronic transactions (e.g., electronic claims payment). In addition, all other covered entities will be required to use the health plan's HPID when identifying the plan in such transactions. Plans subject to this new requirement must register with HHS by November 5, 20141 to obtain an HPID. Please click here to access the website HHS has established for this purpose.

After receiving an HPID, an employer should provide the HPID to the third party administrator of their health plan so that the third party administrator can use the HPID for electronic transactions that it processes for the plan.

Please contact a member of the Employee Benefits team and let us know if we can help you with these HIPAA requirements.

1 This deadline is delayed until November 5, 2015, for health plans with annual receipts of $5 million or less.

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