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Labor & Employment E-Note - April 17, 2014

In This Issue: - Employers Face Increasing Number of Religious Bias Suits - Small Business Owners Concerned About Overtime Pay Requirements - Rising Number of Wage Theft Lawsuits Highlight Enforcement Issues -...more

Take 5 Newsletter: Five Hot Topics in Hospitality Law

ACA Final Regulations Provide Rules for Seasonal Employees - On February 10, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") promulgated final regulations for the ACA's employer "shared responsibility provisions" in IRS...more

DOL Announces Five-Year OFCCP Moratorium For TRICARE Providers

Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced last month that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) will issue a directive establishing a five-year moratorium on enforcement of affirmative action...more

Post-DOMA, IRS and CMS issue further guidance regarding same-sex spouses

Last September, three months after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in United States v. Windsor, the IRS issued some much-anticipated guidance regarding the treatment of same-sex spouses. For employers who...more

Religious Institutions Update - April 2014

Does a closely held for-profit corporation have a constitutionally or statutorily protected right to exercise religion under the Free Exercise Clause or the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA)? The U.S. Supreme...more

TRICARE Complaint Dismissed Against Florida Hospital

On March 28, 2014, the OFCCP withdrew its jurisdictional Complaint against Florida Hospital of Orlando after several years of litigation. OFCCP alleged it had jurisdiction to conduct an audit because the Hospital...more

HHS Guidance Clarifies that Insurance Companies Must Make Available Health Insurance Coverage for Same-Sex Spouses

On March 14, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance clarifying the final regulations implementing Section 2702 of the Public Health Service Act...more

Whistleblowers, Do Tell?

Whizzle Blour, a professor of surgery at University Medical School, complained to his supervisor that trauma residents at University Hospital were treating and operating on patients without an attending physician’s...more

California Supreme Court Allows Whistleblowing Doctor To Sue Before Exhausting Judicial Remedies

Fahlen v. Sutter Central Valley Hospitals, S205568 (February 20, 2014): The California Supreme Court recently held that a physician, who claimed that a hospital terminated his staff privileges in retaliation for raising...more

OFCCP Moratorium Offers Only Temporary Relief For Health Care Providers

Executive Summary: Labor Secretary Perez has announced a five-year moratorium on enforcement "of the affirmative action obligations of all TRICARE providers," and has stated that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance...more

Oklahoma Supreme Court Upholds New Discrimination Damages Caps as Constitutional

In late February, 2014, the Oklahoma Supreme Court, in MacDonald v. Integris Health, 2014 OK 10, upheld November 2011 amendments to the Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination Act (OADA), which abrogated common law remedies for victims...more

Paloma Blanca Health and Rehabilitation Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Man Denied Accommodation for Diabetes and Heart Conditions and Then Fired, Federal Agency Charges - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The operators of a residential nursing home in Albuquerque violated federal law by denying...more

Federal Court Decision Highlights Importance of Documenting Employment Actions

A recent decision by the Seventh Circuit in Zayas v. Rockford Memorial Hospital highlights for employers the importance of documenting disciplinary actions taken with employees. Despite the plaintiff's evidence of...more

Script Newsletter: March 2014

In this issue: - A Look Behind the OIG’s Work Plan - Do You Need an Estate Plan? - Same-Gender Marriage Implications for Employee Benefit Plans - New Child Abuse Reporting Law Gets Tough -...more

EEOC Settles Disability Discrimination Suit Against Osceola Community Hospital

Consent Decree Provides $75,000 to Experienced Child Care Worker Refused Hire Because of Her Cerebral Palsy, Federal Agency Says - CHICAGO - Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, Iowa will pay $75,000 and furnish other...more

ERISA Retaliation Claims: Avoiding Potential Employer Pitfalls

Most employers and human resources professionals are well aware of the various federal discrimination statutes, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age...more

Baptist Health South Florida to Pay $215,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Health Care Organization Refused to Provide Reasonable Accommodation to Doctor With Epilepsy, Federal Agency Charged - MIAMI - Baptist Health South Florida, Inc., one of the largest health care organizations in South...more

SuperVision Today - February 2014

Notes from the Chair and Executive Editor - The year 2014 marks Spilman Thomas & Battle's 150th anniversary. While we pause to reflect on our first 150 years, we are also looking forward to how we will create our next...more

Notice to Plans and PBMs: Pay for Contraceptive Services and Maybe We Will Pay You Back

As has been widely covered in the news, regulations and guidance developed under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) require that non-grandfathered health plans make preventive care and screenings available to their members at no...more

Court of Appeal Holds that State Courts Have Concurrent Jurisdiction over FCA Retaliation Claims

On January 30, 2014, the California Court of Appeal for the Fifth Appellate District ruled that California State courts have concurrent jurisdiction over retaliation claims under the federal False Claims Act (FCA) in Driscoll...more

Cal. Appellate Court: Cal. State Courts Have Concurrent Jurisdiction Over FCA Retaliation Claims

On January 30, 2014, the California Court of Appeal for the Fifth Appellate District ruled that California State courts have concurrent jurisdiction over retaliation claims under the federal False Claims Act (FCA) in Driscoll...more

New Guidance For Cafeteria Plans, FSAs and HSAs

In June 2013, the Supreme Court held unconstitutional a federal law requiring only opposite-sex marriages to be recognized for federal law purposes. The Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") issued initial guidance in September...more

Does Your Wellness Plan Need a (Legal) Check-Up?

Wellness plans must comply with complex final regulations that were issued last year by the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”). To help plans from falling off...more

Welcomed Guidance on Wellness Programs

On June 3, 2013, the Departments of Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services (Agencies) issued final regulations regarding nondiscriminatory wellness programs in group health coverage under the Affordable Care Act and...more

Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group Highlights Legal Issues to Watch in 2014

Happy New Year from your friends and advisors in Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Usually, the new year comes with reviews of the past. At Bernstein Shur, we look forward to the future with a firm...more

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