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But We Need You to Work More Than 40 Hours This Week! Overtime and the Health Care Employer

Hospitals and other health care facilities often do not know exactly how many hours each week they may need nurses and other allied health staff to work. Other employees may get sick, have a baby, go on vacation, or patient...more

California Court of Appeal Rules in Favor of Nurse in Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

In Nosal-Tabor v. Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, a recent California Court of Appeal decision, Plaintiff Karen Nosal-Tabor, a registered nurse and former employee of defendant Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center (Sharp), sued...more

Changes to New York Telehealth Coverage Coming Soon

After New York became the 22nd state to enact a telemedicine commercial coverage statute, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an amendment changing the statute. The amendment makes sweeping changes to telehealth coverage under New...more

Health Update - September 2015

Latest Healthcare False Claims Act Roundup and Top 3 Best Practices to Reduce Exposure - As the legal landscape in healthcare becomes increasingly complex, healthcare companies that receive federal program funds face...more

New Risks of "No-Poach" Agreements in the Healthcare Industry?

"No-poach" agreements, under which employers agree not to steal each other's employees, have long been a feature of industries in which key talent is in short supply. But such agreements can restrict competition in employment...more

Eleventh Circuit Rejects DOL Test in Internship Collective Action

It is almost an axiom that the Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. §§ 201 et seq., passed in 1938, is out of date. Despite modest tweaks since the time it was enacted, a particularly dark time in the Great Depression, it is...more

NLRB: Peer Review Obligations Trumped by NLRA

On August 27, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) held that a Kansas hospital must afford an employee Weingarten rights before a nursing Peer Review Committee, allow the union access to peer review documents and...more

11th Circuit "Tweaks" Test For Whether Interns Are Employees

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you are probably familiar with the six-factor test that the U.S. Department of Labor uses to determine whether an intern should be considered an employee for purposes of the Fair...more

Another Blow to DOL Position on Internships

Blog readers who have been following the recent wave of wage and hour lawsuits by interns will recall that the Second Circuit, in a major decision issued in early July, held that the “primary beneficiary” test should govern...more

EEOC Sues North Memorial for Retaliating Against Job Applicant

Federal Agency Alleges Health System Withdrew Job Offer From Employee Who Requested Religious Accommodation - MINNEAPOLIS - North Memorial Health Care, an independent health system based in Robbinsdale, Minn., violated...more

Another Blow to Intern Test

The DOL’s six-factor test for determining “employee” status for interns or trainees under the FLSA took another blow last Friday, this time from the Eleventh Circuit in Schumann v. Collier Anesthesia, PA (11th Cir. Sept. 11,...more

NLRB: Nurses Entitled to Union Representation at Peer Review Meeting

The NLRB, in an August 27, 2015, decision, held that two nurses who were requested to voluntarily appear before a hospital’s Nursing Peer Review Committee were entitled to have their union representatives attend the peer...more

Health Alert (Australia) - August 24, 2015

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgements: Victoria 17 August 2015 - Bourke v Coroners Court [2015] VSC...more

Health Alert (Australia) - August 17, 2015

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgements: New South Wales (NSW) 13 August 2015 - Waller v James [2015] NSWCA 232 The NSW...more

Connecticut Enacts Health Care Legislation in June Special Session

On June 29 and 30, 2015, the Connecticut General Assembly conducted a special legislative session following the close of the 2015 regular session. Among other things, the General Assembly passed a bill to implement the state...more

CMS Proposes New Stark Exception: Recruitment of Non-Physician Practitioners

In July 2015, CMS released proposals to provide several new Stark Law exceptions and to clarify issues regarding existing exceptions. Over the next few days, I will post comments on what I consider the most significant new...more

The Long Reach of the National Labor Relations Act

Non-union employers are often under the misimpression that they are not affected by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) — the federal statute governing union-related issues in the private sector. A recent court decision...more

Be Careful What You Say: Allegations Of Worker Misconduct Might Be Defamation

Healthcare institutions have a moral and legal obligation to promote patient safety as an essential component of patient care. Supervisors and managers must be supportive of their staffs while remaining vigilant about the...more

CMS Finalizes Medicare Hospice Wage Index/Rates for FY 2016

On August 6, 2015, CMS is publishing its final rule to update Medicare hospice payment rates and the wage index for fiscal year (FY) 2016. CMS estimates that the final rule will increase overall payments to hospices by about...more

When Is a Hospital Not a Hospital?

Rebecca was a nurse at North Cypress Medical Center, in Texas. Back in 2011 she was treated for an eating disorder at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, in Illinois. When she sought reimbursement under the...more

The Corporate Practice Prohibition in New York: What We Can Learn From the ADMI Settlement

One of the most frequently asked questions posed to healthcare lawyers is whether State X has a prohibition on the corporate practice of medicine, nursing or other profession, and if so, whether the prohibition is enforced. ...more

Wage and Hour Basics Series: The "Fee Basis" and the Proposed FLSA Regulations

As we have discussed in the past, to be eligible for one of the “white collar” exemptions (executive, administrative, or professional) or as a highly compensated employee (HCE), Section 541.600 of the FLSA regulations...more

Health Update - July 2015

Lessons From the Frontlines: Strategies for Supporting Informed Consumer Decision-Making in the Health Insurance Marketplace - Editor's Note: As marketplaces prepare for the third open enrollment period, consumers are...more

CMS Proposes Overhaul of Long-Term Care Facility Participation Requirements

On July 16, 2015, CMS published a proposed rule that would overhaul the Medicare and Medicaid participation requirements for long-term care facilities at 42 C.F.R. Part 483. As CMS points out, an overhaul is necessary...more

Beware of Nurses Bearing Gifts

Alisia and David blew the whistle on their former employer, Nurses’ Registry & Home Health, for sending gift baskets and ticket events to doctors who referred patients to the home health operation. Their qui tam suit alleged...more

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