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Ebola: Legal Considerations for Health Care Employers

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that “the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States is very low,” it is promulgating new protocols to more precisely address safety issues in the health...more

EEOC Lawsuits Shine a Spotlight on Wellness Programs

These days, many large employers have some form of wellness program, designed to help their employees address medical and lifestyle issues. Many employers reward employees who participate with discounts on insurance premiums...more

The Legalization of Medical Marijuana Could Have a Significant Impact on the Workplace

On July 5, 2014, Governor Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act, making New York the twenty-third state to legalize medical marijuana. This new law creates a medical marijuana program for individuals suffering from certain...more

Eighth Circuit Says That Considerations Of Health Care Cost Savings Could Be Proxy For Age In ADEA Suits

The Eighth Circuit recently concluded that an employer may violate the ADEA by terminating an older employee in order to reduce its health care premiums. Tramp v. Associated Underwriters, Inc., 2014 WL 4977396 (8th Cir....more

Employers Should Not Just Be Bold, But Smart, When Dealing With Ebola

Tensions are high concerning the potential spread of the Ebola virus disease in the U.S., fueled by the confirmation of new infections, around-the-clock news reports on potential calamities and our natural, and seemingly...more

Eighth Circuit Says Termination Made to Lower Health Care Costs Constitutes Age Discrimination

Under the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1993 Hazen Paper decision, employers that select employees for layoff using the date of vesting of their pensions based on years of service are not discriminating on the basis of age, even if...more

OCR Issues Guidance on Application of HIPAA Privacy Rule after Windsor

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional in United States v. Windsor prompted many businesses to review and revise their employee benefit plans. However, the...more

Guidance for Employers Regarding Ebola

On September 30, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first travel-associated case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States. The patient died of Ebola on October 8. More recently, on...more

One important reason why healthcare whistleblowers need to be protected

Because they have first sight into the safety and treatment of patients - There's been much in the media spotlight lately around UK healthcare whistleblowers. The scandal-hit Stafford Hospital has had it's fair share...more

EEOC Files Two Recent Lawsuits Challenging Employer Wellness Programs

The Affordable Care Act creates new incentives to promote employer wellness programs. However, employers should not rush to establish such programs without first considering the implications of the Americans with...more

Kaiser Permanente to Pay $75,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Worker With Hydrocephalus Was Denied a Free Job Coach to Assist With Training, Then Fired, Federal Agency Charged - SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Kaiser Permanente, the largest managed care organization in the United States,...more

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS LAW ALERT: What the legalization of same-sex marriage means for Oklahoma employers

On Monday, Oklahoma became one of five additional U.S. states required to allow same-sex couples to marry after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review lower court decisions that overturned state bans on same-sex marriage....more

Massachusetts Nurses Association Battles Hospital Over Influenza Vaccine

On September 22, 2014, the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) filed a complaint in Massachusetts Superior Court seeking an injunction against implementation of a new mandatory influenza vaccination policy by Brigham &...more

Hobby Lobby and the Employer-Sponsored Health Plan

In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (134 S. Ct. 2751, June 30, 2014), the Supreme Court ruled that closely-held for-profit corporations may refuse for religious reasons to cover contraceptives otherwise required to be...more

Preventing healthcare fraud requires constant vigilance

Millionaire whistleblower stays on the lookout - You'd think that after a $6 million reward for a job well done, you might just call it a day and kick back on the beach. Not so for Jacqueline Nash Bloink. ...more

EEOC Files Its Second Complaint Challenging an Employer’s Wellness Program

Just six weeks after the EEOC sued Orion Energy Systems, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin claiming that Orion’s wellness program violates the Americans with Disabilities Act...more

Gubernatorial Writer's Cramp: 2014 California Employment Legislation Affecting Private Sector Employers

Does his hand hurt? Between signing and vetoing bills this year, California Governor Jerry Brown exercised his executive signature on the highest number of bills sent to a California governor since 2008. The California...more

EEOC Lawsuit Challenges Flambeau Over Wellness Program

Threats of Insurance Cancellation and Discipline Make Program Involuntary and Violate Disabilities Act, Federal Agency Charges - MADISON, Wisc. - Flambeau, Inc., a Baraboo, Wis.-based plastics manufacturing company, is...more

Mount Sinai Seeks Dismissal of Groundbreaking False Claims Suit - October 2014

On September 22, 2014, Mount Sinai Health System (Mount Sinai) filed a motion to dismiss a groundbreaking lawsuit filed against it in a New York federal district court. The suit is the first publicly unsealed whistleblower...more

Post-Hobby Lobby Questions Remain About the Scope of Corporate Religious Freedom

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a challenge to regulations mandating that employers provide contraceptive coverage for their employees. In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., the Court found the regulations promulgated by the...more

The Ebola Exposure: U.S. Workplace Considerations

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has reached the proportions of an international health emergency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that...more

EEOC Sues Alleging Employer’s “So-Called Voluntary” Wellness Plan Violated ADA

In Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Orion Energy Systems, Inc., filed last month, the EEOC alleged that an employer violated the ADA because the employer: (1) subjected an employee to a health risk assessment and...more

Employment Flash - September 2014

In This Issue: - SEC Pays First Whistleblower Award to Audit and Compliance Professional - Supreme Court Allows Affordable Care Act Contraceptives Religious Exemption - EEOC Adopts New Pregnancy...more

Magnolia Personal Care Home Sued by EEOC for Pregnancy Discrimination

Assisted Living Facility Fired Employee Due to Pregnancy, Federal Agency Charges - OXFORD, Miss. - Magnolia NA, LLC, dba Magnolia Personal Care Home, an assisted living facility located in New Albany, Miss., ...more

Court Allows Counterclaim Against Whistleblower for Breach of Employment Agreement

A federal court in New Jersey has permitted a defendant in a False Claims case to defend itself on the grounds that the whistleblower/ex-employees breached their employment agreements by using and disclosing confidential...more

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