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California Supreme Court Agrees to Consider Whether California Health Care Workers Can Lawfully Waive a Second Lunch Period.

This week, the California Supreme Court agreed to review the decision in Gerard v. Orange Coast Memorial Center, No. G048039 (February 10, 2015), where the California Court of Appeal partially invalidated the Industrial...more

Comingling of employee and patient data compromises employer’s HIPAA defense to employee’s claim of discharge for union activity

An administrative law judge (ALJ) of the National Labor Relations Board has concluded that a health care employer’s use of its medical records software to store employee contact information allowed an employee to access that...more

DOJ Pursuing Therapy Providers Under the FCA

As most recently spotlighted by the Department of Justice’s intervention in whistleblower claims against ManorCare, DOJ is increasing its enforcement of the False Claims Act (FCA) against therapy providers. In particular, DOJ...more

New OSHA Guidelines Underscore Workplace Violence Risks Faced by Healthcare and Social Service Workers

Workers in the healthcare and social service fields face a significant risk of job-related violence. In fact, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), while the number of days away from work due...more

Innovation Waivers: An Opportunity for States to Pursue Their Own Brand of Health Reform

Abstract - States have long been the testing ground for new models of health care and coverage. Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act, which takes effect in less than two years, throws open the door to innovation by...more

ALJ Nixes Hospital's Broad English-Only Rule Under NLRA

For years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has cautioned employers against adopting strict English-only rules in the workplace. The EEOC considers such policies to constitute race and/or national origin...more

EEOC's Proposed Rules for Employer Wellness Programs at OMB for Approval

Last year, EmployNews reported several cases where the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued employers, claiming that the terms of their employee wellness programs violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the...more

Hang Tight, Employers — EEOC’s Proposed Wellness Rule Is At The OMB

The EEOC’s much-awaited proposed rule on employer wellness programs, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act may finally be on its way....more

French Supreme Court Specifies Requirements for Health Care Companies Under the Sunshine Act

Law no. 2011-2012 of 29 December 2011, also known as the French Sunshine Act, introduced into French law disclosure obligations imposed on health care companies (HCC). The French Medical Board and a nonprofit organisation...more

High Court Sides with DOL, Holding that Agencies May Flip-Flop on Regulatory Interpretations Without Engaging in...

In June, we wrote that the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to address whether a federal agency (in this case, the Department of Labor) must engage in formal notice-and-comment rulemaking in order to significantly alter its...more

Department of Labor Seeks to Put New FLSA Regulations for Homecare Workers Back on Track

Last week marked a new battle in the war the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has waged against the homecare industry. Appealing two federal court rulings that invalidated new regulations extending minimum wage, overtime and...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Upcoming Hearing: HHS Sec. Burwell Appearing Before E&C Committee on FY2016 Budget... CMS Issues 2016 Payment and Policy Updates for Medicare Health and Drug Plans... CMS Releases Improved Rating System for Nursing...more

Heads Up – The ACA Employer Mandate Is Now In Effect: Beware of Actions that Could Result in ACA Whistleblower Liability

Effective January 1, 2015, certain employers became subject to the employer mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), and thus subject to liability under the ACA Employer Shared Responsibility...more

DOL and Treasury Update 2014-2015 Regulatory Agendas for Employee Benefits

The principal regulators of U.S. employee benefits have recently published updates to their guidance plans for the coming months. The updated plans are reflected in the attached chart. ...more

D.C. District Court Vacates Regulation Impacting Overtime Eligibility Under Companionship Exemption

On December 22, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated a key portion of a U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) regulation amending the minimum wage and overtime exemptions for “companionship” domestic...more

Court Vacates Imminent Bar To Third-Party Employer's Claiming Companionship/Live-In Domestic Exemptions

We have reported that the U.S. Labor Department's changes in its regulatory provisions affecting the federal Fair Labor Standard Act's Section 13(a)(15) "companionship" exemption and the FLSA's Section 13(b)(21) overtime...more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Whether Pension Board's Disability Finding is Preclusive in Employee Benefits Act...

In the closing days of its November term, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to decide whether a pension board’s finding that an officer is disabled for pension purposes is preclusive of the employer’s liability for health...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 5: Health and Human Services (HHS) Wastes No Time Issuing...

Over the last couple of months, we have followed and reported on a particular ACA compliance strategy under which an employer subject to the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility (or “pay-or-play”) rules...more

Today’s Special: What May Be on Your Hospital Cafeteria Menu Soon

On November 14, 2014, an Administrative Law Judge fired another round in the continuing skirmish between the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the federal courts over the rights of union representatives to enter an...more

An Update on DOT’s Passenger Protection Rulemaking #3, NextGen, Ebola, Drones, Enforcement Actions, Security Fees and Other...

Department of Transportation: Regulatory - Comments Filed on DOT’s Passenger Protection #3 Rulemaking: U.S. and foreign airlines, airline associations, airports, consumer groups, on-line travel agencies,...more

Airline Industry Alert: RLA System Board Rules That Cessation of Operations as an Air Carrier Resulted in Termination of the CBA

In a recent decision, an RLA System Board of Adjustment has ruled that unilateral termination of a pilot retiree health insurance plan was permissible because the underlying CBA had terminated....more

Pennsylvania Issues Regulations Under Excessive Overtime in Health Care Act

On July 19, 2014, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry published new regulations to implement certain provisions of the Prohibition of Excessive Overtime in Health Care Act, 43 P.S. §§ 932.1 to 932.6 (the "Act")....more

Shorts on Long Term Care - Summer 2014

In this issue: - Nursing Facility Survey Trends: Directed Plans of Correction, Privacy Violations and FTag 520 Quality Assurance Committee Citations - COBRA Meets ACA – Time to Update COBRA Notices -...more

The Future of Premium Subsidies under the Affordable Care Act: 'Halbig v. Burwell' and 'King v. Burwell'

Both decisions addressed whether tax credits are available for residents in states that have federally-facilitated health exchanges. The District of Columbia Court of Appeals said “no”; the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals...more

How Big Is Halbig? The Viability of the ACA’s Employer Mandate Hangs in the Balance

For employers with employees in the 36 states with a federally facilitated exchange, the question arises how the Halbig decision impacts their decision and strategy to provide health coverage to their employees when the...more

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