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Whistleblower Hotline Providers Can Even Save Lives

My mom and dad both have jobs in medicine, so I am some what familiar with how doctors, nurses, and specialists run their practice. My mom works with cancer patients so when I came across this rather shocking article about a...more

Religious Exemptions for Employees

President Barack Obama recently signed an executive order that bans federal contractors from discriminating against the sexual orientation or gender identity of its employees. This order does not include a religious...more

The Creeping Union Part I: Could a “Micro-Union” Happen to You?

Is it ever too early for a startup business to consider the potential impact of unionized labor on future operations? According to a line of cases stemming from a groundbreaking 2011 National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)...more

Labor & Employment E - Note - September 2014

In This Issue: - More Workers Are Claiming 'Wage Theft' - Big Companies, States Urge High Court to Rule on Gay Marriage - Firms Continue to Increase Background Checks on Job Candidates - Obama...more

Employer Shared Responsibility Payments and Reporting Requirements Under the Affordable Care Act: Code Sections 6055 and 6056

Employer Shared Responsibility Penalties - There are two types of employer shared responsibility payments, also known as pay or play penalties, under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The first penalty under Internal...more

EEOC Sues Employer for Allegedly Coercing Employee to Participate in Wellness Program

Employers continue to struggle to understand the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s position with regard to their wellness programs. While conceding the lawful use of such programs and the benefits achieved in terms of...more

Illinois lawmakers considering change to workers’ compensation for paramedics

As emergency medical service providers, paramedics in Illinois face numerous hazards in the workplace on a daily basis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in 2011, the most recent year that...more

Employee Taking Protected HIPAA Information Not Protected Under ADEA

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires health care providers and other businesses to protect the confidentiality of certain patient information. Last month in an unpublished decision, the...more

Health Care Provider Personally Liable for $1.1 Million Due to Improper Payroll Deductions from Foreign National Employees

The United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit has found the owner of a medical clinic personally liable for a $1.1 million award for back pay and fines because H-1B visa and J-1 waiver fees were deducted from the pay of...more

May v. AT & T Umbrella Benefit Plan No. 1: Independent Physician Reviews of the "Paper File" Under Fire

On August 25, 2014, the Ninth Circuit upheld a District Court decision that an ERISA administrator’s denial of a short-term disability (STD) benefit claim may not be based solely on an independent physician’s review of the...more

New Jersey Federal Court Allows “Self-Help” Counterclaims Against Potential FCA Whistleblowers To Proceed

Last week, a New Jersey federal court allowed medical device maker Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corp. (“Boston Scientific”) to proceed with counterclaims against two of its former employees for violating their contracts...more

Sunbridge Regency-North Carolina Pays $35,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Mount Olive Nursing Home Unlawfully Fired Disabled Employee, Agency Charged - RALEIGH, NC - SunBridge Regency-North Carolina, Inc., a North Carolina corporation that operates a nursing home in Mount Olive, N.C., will...more

Fatal Blow to Healthcare Reform? Courts split on federal tax credit

On July 22, 2014, two federal courts came down on opposite sides of an issue that may have far-reaching consequences about the future of the Patient Protection and Affordance Care Act ("PPACA"). At stake is whether the PPACA...more

Court Rejects Hospital’s ADA Argument That Proves Too Much

Dr. Robinson is an obstetrician at St. Francis Hospital. A diabetic, he underwent surgery for a broken foot and can’t always remain standing throughout deliveries. So he uses a rolling stool and practices from a seated...more

Fair Warning: 10 Common Mistakes to Avoid under the Fair Labor Standards Act

Most healthcare employers have probably heard of the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") and most probably think it is pretty simple. Doesn't that law just deal with prohibiting child labor and paying overtime wages to hourly...more

HEAL Advisory: Whistleblowers Rewarded Again by SEC and the Judiciary

On August 29, 2014, two whistleblower developments of particular interest to health care and life science entities emerged from the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals,...more

Circuit Courts’ Split over Major ACA Issue Will Impact Employers

Two U.S. Courts of Appeals recently issued conflicting rulings on a major provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to weigh in. The concern is over the Internal Revenue Service’s...more

"H" is Not for Healthcare - Comments on the New Guidance for H-1B Visas for Nursing Occupations

In a recent Policy Memorandum, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services ("the Service") acknowledged some trends and changes in the nursing profession and offered some updated guidance to its officers who review...more

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to Rehear ACA Subsidy Challenge

On September 4, 2014, the D.C. Circuit vacated a panel decision in Halbig v. Burwell (Civ. No. 14-5018) striking down the federal government’s provision of premium subsidies to individuals purchasing coverage through the...more

The True Meaning of “Save Money. Live Better” – Walmart Enters the Primary Care Market

As reported in the New York Times, Walmart has taken the plunge into the retail primary care healthcare delivery market. Walmart has opened six primary care locations in South Carolina and Texas and plans to open another six...more

California Employment Law Notes

Franchisor Is Not Liable For Franchisee's Alleged Sexual Harassment Of Its Employee - Patterson v. Domino's Pizza, LLC, 2014 WL 4236175 (Cal. S. Ct. 2014) - Taylor Patterson was hired by Sui Juris (a franchisee...more

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Agrees to Hear Halbig ACA Case Before Full Court

Following up on our Week 22 ACA Countdown to Compliance post, the D.C. Court of Appeals granted the government’s petition for en banc review in Halbig v. Burwell, which held low income subsidies to purchase coverage through...more

Eighth Circuit Decision Tilts Rule 9(b) Split toward Whistleblowers

Last Friday’s Eighth Circuit decision in Thayer v. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland favored the whistleblower in the ongoing controversy over specificity requirements in False Claims Act actions. The split had been even...more

Full D.C. Circuit to Rehear ACA Premium Tax Credit Case

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has vacated the 2-1 panel decision issued July 22, 2014, in Halbig v. Burwell, which struck down the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Rule providing for Affordable Care Act...more

State Law Can Override Control Test for Employment

Past articles in this blog have discussed the control test for establishing an employment relationship as opposed to independent contractor status. Although government agencies such as the Department of Labor or IRS describe...more

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