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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 Issues Proposed Rule on Application of the ADA to Employer Wellness Programs

Proposed Rule Would Permit Incentives, Emphasize Confidentiality - WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) describing how Title I of...more

SEC Blows the Whistle on Confidentiality Agreements

Thanks to a recent enforcement action brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), it may be time to review and revise the confidentiality provisions in employment agreements, severance agreements, employee...more

Airline Tragedy Prompts Renewed Discussion on Employment Inquiries into Mental Health

As the world reels in the wake of last month’s shocking crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 in France, many are questioning what, if anything, the airline should—or could—have done to prevent the tragedy. These questions...more

Pharmacies: Watch Out for Future HHS Crackdowns on Security Rule Violations

As we all know by now, HIPAA required the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to adopt regulations protecting the privacy of "protected health information" (PHI). HHS responded to that...more

Monthly Benefits Alert - March 2015

Retirement Plans - IRS Modifies its Voluntary Retirement Plan Correction Procedures (EPCRS) - Under the IRS’s Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS), retirement plan sponsors may voluntarily request...more

Think Twice Before Disqualifying an Applicant Due to Criminal History

When hiring new employees, many factors are considered. This may include conducting a criminal background check. And, if a background check comes back showing a criminal history, employers may be tempted to simply throw that...more

Africa Update - March 2015 #5

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub - Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the...more

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and Wage and Hour Law

Unless you are living under a rock, you are probably aware of the uproar in Indiana about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that the state passed, triggering an incredible backlash inside and outside the state and a rush...more

Africa Update - March 2015 #4

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub - Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt...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

Maine to Pay Out $142,500 to Settle Whistleblower Suit

The state Department of Health and Human Services in Maine will pay $142,500 to a former employee as a part of a settlement for a federal whistleblower suit. That employee is Sharon Leahy-Lind, who was at one time a...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

Quirky Question #256, Mandating vaccines for employees?

Question: Between the flu and the current measles outbreak, we are considering imposing a requirement on each of our employees to get a flu vaccine each year and either get the MMR vaccine or provide proof that they...more

Africa Update - March 2015 #3

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub - Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the...more

Care Recipients’ Limited Right to Discriminate Based on Protected Characteristics of Care Provider

Healthcare provider institutions including hospitals, clinics, medical practices, nursing homes and home health care providers (here, “Institutions”) are occasionally called upon to balance the preferences of Consumers...more

Pro Se and Ex Rel. Don’t Mix, Even for Attorney Whistleblowers

William Verrinder filed a False Claims Act against three of America’s biggest companies—Wal-Mart, Sears and Rite-Aid—claiming they charged Medicare for expired drugs. Since he’s a lawyer himself, he filed pro se. That way he...more

Some Senior Living Facilities Are Discriminating on the Basis of Disability

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) sound like a great idea, and in many ways they are. They offer residents access to the entire residential continuum -- from independent housing to assisted living to...more

Africa Update - March 2015

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub - Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the...more

The Law of Mandatory Flu Shot Requirements

The issue of whether United States citizens could be compelled to submit to vaccinations has been the subject of litigation since small pox was an epidemic threatening the health and well-being of the country in the early...more

Can employers require vaccinations?

Vaccines for children have been front-page news around the country ever since the breakout of measles at Disneyland earlier this year. Rightfully, the focus has been on children who are unvaccinated and the effect it has on...more

The Employment Law Authority - January/February 2015

In This Issue: - High Tech, High Risk: Protecting Health Plan Data: Recent Cyber Attack Reminds Employers to Take Swift Action - EEOC FY 2014 Statistics Are Here: What Do They Mean for Employers? - State...more

HIPAA and “Meaningful Use” Audits: Issues to Consider and How to Prepare

As more and more providers adopt electronic health records (“EHRs”) systems (and with new regulations concerning their required use for purposes of Medicare billing for chronic care management, their popularity can only...more

DOJ Settles False Claims Act Allegations Against Pharmaceutical Manufacturer

On February 11, the DOJ announced a $7.9 million settlement with a Delaware-based pharmaceutical manufacturer for allegedly violating the False Claims Act by engaging in a kickback scheme with a pharmacy benefits manager...more

St. Alexius Medical Center of Hoffman Estates To Pay $125,000 to Resolve EEOC Disability Suit

Hospital Fired Employee With Cognitive Disabilities Rather Than Reasonably Accommodate Her, Federal Agency Charged - CHICAGO - St. Alexius Medical Center of Hoffman Estates will pay $125,000 to a former employee as...more

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