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Legislative Update Report No. 2013-20 -- Oct 28, 2013

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more

Supreme Court Considers Review of Two False Claims Act Whistleblower Suits

The Supreme Court is considering whether to hear two whistleblower cases under the False Claims Act (“FCA”), both on appeal from the Fourth Circuit. The Supreme Court has asked the U.S. Solicitor General to weigh in before...more

Federal Court Cases May Have Some Healthcare Providers Asking for Peace, Not War

Last summer, a federal judge in Houston ruled that the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act (WSLA), found in Title 18, § 3287 of the U.S. Criminal Code, applied to a civil False Claims Act (FCA) case and suspended the...more

SuperVision Today - 1st Quarter 2013

In This Issue: - Notes from the Chair & Executive Editor - Immigration Reform May Affect All Employers - Primer on West Virginia State Law Labor and Employment Claims? - Taking a Look at the Latest on Affordable...more

Health Care Reform Update -- February 19, 2013

In This Issue: Leading the News; Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other HHS and Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; and Other Health Care News. Excerpt from Leading...more

Labor and Employment Observer 2012/2013

In This Issue: - Message from the Chair - A Second Obama Administration’s Impact on Labor and Employment Issues - Will There be Comprehensive Immigration Legislation After the 2012 Presidential...more

Aid and Attendance Benefit: A Useful Benefit to Veterans in Nursing Homes

Veterans, their spouses and their parents who are admitted to long term care facilities may be eligible for a long-standing program called the Aid and Attendance Pension benefit (the “Aid and Attendance Benefit”). The Aid and...more

Healthcare Provider Does Not Have OFCCP Affirmative Action Obligations Arising Out of TRICARE

On October 19, 2012, the Department of Labor's Administrative Review Board concluded that Florida Hospital of Orlando did not have federal contractor affirmative action obligations arising out of its participation in TRICARE...more

Military Physicians Granted Blanket Designation as Civil Surgeons

On September 26, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published an interim policy memo granting military physicians a blanket designation as civil surgeons to facilitate medical exams required for active...more

Department of Labor's OFCCP Postpones TRICARE Network Provider Compliance Reviews

The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), the federal agency tasked with enforcing the affirmative action requirements of Executive Order 11246 and related federal statutes, is...more

Asbestos Exposure at Avondale Shipyards

Thousands of shipyard workers who were employed at the Avondale Shipyards may have suffered asbestos exposure as a result of asbestos-containing products that were used at the site. Workers who were exposed to asbestos at...more

Department of Veterans Affairs Issues Final Rule on In-Person, On-Site Promotion of Drugs and Drug-Related Supplies

On March 5, 2012, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a Final Rule governing “on-site, in-person promotional activities, including educational activities” by pharmaceutical company representatives at VA medical...more

January 26, 2012 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily

The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney....more

Termination Of Employee On FMLA Leave Who Submitted Inadequate Medical Information Did Not Violate Federal Law

Lewis v. United States, 641 F.3d 1174 (9th Cir. 2011) Janet Lewis worked for the United States Air Force as the director of a child development center on the Elmendorf Air Force Base. In 2006, Lewis requested 120 days of...more

One Veteran's Long Road To Victory

Nuclear Radiation exposure from Operation Up-shot Knothole: Check out one veterans struggle to get relief from the Veterans Administration, and how we were able to help....more

Senate/Congress Judiciary Committee of USA Senate/ Congress Intelligence Committee of USA

Legal Claims in ACLU, CCR, CAIR, ALG, Plaintiffs… v. National Security Agency (NSA)

Subject: CASE SUMMARY: Mental torture, threats, intimidation, sabotage by USA's - NSA of an individual and family wrongfully approached outside of law for forced settlement of criminal charges filed in court....more

U.S. Department of Labor Further Expands Jurisdiction over Hospitals and Healthcare Providers; TRICARE Agreements Impose...

A recent U.S. Department of Labor Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) decision, OFCCP v. Florida Hospital of Orlando,1 expands the federal subcontractor affirmative action requirements to healthcare providers that provide medical...more

U.S. Military's TRICARE Health Program Issues Retail Pharmacy Refund Rule for Drug Prescriptions

On October 15, 2010, the U.S. Department of Defense ("DOD") issued a regulation nearly identical to the regulation it issued in March 2009, implementing the Retail Pharmacy Drug Refund Program (the "Program") of TRICARE, the...more

Employment, Labor and Benefits Advisory: DOL to Issue New Proposed FMLA Regulations by November

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently reported that it will issue new proposed regulations under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by this November. The proposed regulations will provide guidance on two new...more

VA Opens New Brain Injury Center, Streamlines PTSD Claims Process

After long-term criticism of how it treats soldiers suffering from traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the Veterans Administration has made some important progress. In his June 10 radio...more

Important Help for Vets With PTSD

The Obama administration has announced an important change for veterans who are trying to get disability benefits as a result of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Details are available at the White House Web site. Please see...more

Veterans Affairs Wants To Be Advocate, Not Enemy

The Veterans Affairs Department’s disability claims process can be a nightmare to negotiate, and in my opinion is a real insult to the men and women who have been injured in serving our country. There may be some hope for...more

RETURNING VETS - OUTRAGEOUS DELAYS IN VA CARE AND BENEFIT APPEALS.

CASE PENDING IN US. 9TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS STRUGGLES WITH ISSUE OF WHETHER VA IS TO BIG TO TACKLE FOR OUTRAGEOUS DELAYS IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR GIs AND IN UNREASONABLE DELAYS IN BENEFIT AND DISABILITY APPEALS....more

Family and Medical Leave Act Further Helps Military Families

In late October, President Obama signed into law a bill that increases protections for families of military personnel who wish to take leave from work under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 ("FMLA"). The new...more

Recent FMLA Amendments Regarding Military Leave

On October 28, 2009, President Obama signed into law a Defense Department Fiscal Year 2010 authorization bill that includes an expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act provisions related to “qualifying exigency leave”...more

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