Hawaii Health Department offers grants for nursing homes to purchase equipment for in-person visits

The Hawaii Department of Health is making federal coronavirus aid funds available to skilled nursing facilities to acquire equipment for in-person visits from relatives and friends.

A total of $135,000 is available to skilled nursing facilities that are Medicare-certified, according to health officials. The facilities may apply for grants up to $3,000 for equipment such as clear barriers for indoor visits and tents for outdoor visits.

“It has been an especially difficult time for residents of skilled nursing facilities who have been separated from their family and friends for months because of necessary restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Keith Ridley, chief of the Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Assurance, which regulates skilled nursing facilities, in a news release. “The equipment will offer a way for families to safely see each other again without putting each other’s health and wellbeing at risk.”

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Department of Labor Proposes Rule To Clarify Independent Contractor Conundrum — Occupational Health & Safety

Department of Labor Proposes Rule To Clarify Independent Contractor Conundrum

An employee who is mischaracterized as an independent contractor may expose the employer to sizable claims under federal and state laws.

Is she an independent contractor or an employee? The distinction is critical because independent contractors are not entitled to be paid minimum wage, do not receive overtime and typically receive none of the benefits that employees are entitled to. The distinction is equally critical to companies. An employee who is mischaracterized as an independent contractor may expose the employer to sizable claims under federal and state laws—the distinction matters!

State legislatures, courts and government agencies continue to struggle with how to determine whether someone is an independent contractor or employee. In turn, employers are left with the uncertainties created by a minefield of state and federal laws and regulations that often conflict with one another.

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Century 21 Department Stores’ IP Up For Sale

The intellectual property (IP) of Century 21 Department Stores is up for sale, including the company’s domain name, trademarks, social media assets, shopper data and more, according to an announcement from Hilco Streambank, which focuses on the sale of IP assets.

“The Century 21 brand provides a trusted destination for name brand apparel, accessories, home goods and more,” Hilco Streambank Executive Vice President David Peress said in the announcement.

Offers to buy the retailer’s intellectual property assets have to be in by Nov. 16, and an auction is scheduled for Nov. 19. The sale is subject to the go-ahead from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Century 21 is a “a pioneer in the development of the off-price department store,” according to the announcement, which noted that the retailer is especially geared toward high-end merchandise and “everyday

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Intellectual Property Assets of Century 21 Department Stores Are For Sale

NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Hilco Streambank, a market leading advisory firm specializing in the sale of intellectual property assets and domain name brokerage, is seeking a buyer for the intellectual property of Century 21 Department Stores, including its trademarks, the C21Stores.com domain name, customer data, social media assets and more. The company operated 13 stores across New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida, and the ecommerce website www.C21Stores.com.

Century 21 is a pioneer in the development of the off-price department store, with a particular focus on luxury items as well as everyday basics for men, women and kids. Its weekly offerings of one-of-a-kind designer brand products provide customers the chance to “shop the drop” – a curated assortment of luxury goods from rarely discounted brands. Total gross revenue in FY 2019 was more than $747 million, of which approximately $53 million can

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State Department greenlights $1.8B weapons sale to Taiwan

The Trump administration has approved a sale of nearly $2 billion in weapons to Taiwan.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress on Wednesday that the State Department gave the OK for the possible sale of 135 Standoff Land Attack Missile Expanded Response missiles worth more than $1 billion, 11 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems M142 launchers for roughly $436 million, and six MS-110 reconnaissance pods for about $367 million dollars.

“This proposed sale serves U.S. national, economic, and security interests by supporting the recipient’s continuing efforts to modernize its armed forces and to maintain a credible defensive capability,” the Defense Security Cooperation Agency wrote. “The proposed sale will help improve the security of the recipient and assist in maintaining political stability, military balance, economic and progress in the region.”

A State Department spokesman told the Washington Examiner that “consistent with the Taiwan Relations Act, the United States makes available

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