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EEOC alleges medical exams and questionnaires violate ADA, GINA

by McAfee & Taft on

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) limits an employer’s ability to make disability-related inquiries or subject individuals to medical exams. No such inquiries or exams may be made until an offer of employment is made....more

Detroit News gets facts wrong on No-Fault car insurance reform

by Michigan Auto Law on

Detroit News editorial on reforming No-Fault law makes up facts, avoids reality of how No-Fault system works - The Detroit News at least got the title of its Tuesday editorial correct when it said, “Make auto insurance...more

EEOC’s Wellness Program Incentive Regulations Rejected by the District Court

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On August 22, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia held that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (“EEOC”) regulations defining what incentives an employer may use to promote participation...more

FMCSA Withdraws Proposed Sleep Apnea Rulemaking

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) have withdrawn the proposed rulemaking aimed at identifying and treating obstructive sleep apnea in workers in safety...more

OIG Settles EMTALA Allegations Involving Psychiatric Care

On June 2, 2017, AnMed Health and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the United States Department of Health and Human Services agreed to a $1.295 million settlement of allegations that AnMed had violated the Emergency...more

EEOC Sues Wesley Health System / Merit Health Wesley For Disability Discrimination

Company Refused to Accommodate and Fired Employee Because of Arm/Shoulder Injury, Federal Agency Charges - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Wesley Health System, LLC, dba Merit Health Wesley, a general medical and surgical hospital...more

Chemtrusion to Pay $145,000 to Settle EEOC Class Disability Discrimination Case

Company Screened Out Job Applicants After Medical Examinations Without Any Individualized Assessments on Fitness for Work, Federal Agency Charged - INDIANAPOLIS - Chemtrusion, Inc., a Houston-based manufacturing services...more

Medical exam results and tasks actually performed

by McAfee & Taft on

When addressing the issues of a person’s ability to perform a job or the potential need for accommodation, don’t forget to take into account work the individual has previously performed. Sometimes that can be every bit as...more

UPCO Will Pay $106,000 For Disability Discrimination

Company's Improper Use of Pre-Employment Medical Exam Screened Out Qualified Employee, Federal Agency Charged - ST. LOUIS - A Claremore, Okla.-based manufacturer of sucker rods and accessories for the oil and gas...more

New Jersey Appellate Division Declines to Find Section 301 Pre-Emption of Discrimination and Retaliation Claims

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The New Jersey Appellate Division reinstated plaintiff’s state law discrimination and retaliation claims, finding the claims were not pre-empted by Section 301 of the LMRA....more

EEOC Sues Impressions Incorporated for Disability Discrimination

Federal Agency Says St. Paul Company Fired Employee for Depression Despite His Submitting to Unlawfully Mandated Examination - MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Impressions, Incorporated, a St. Paul-based design, printing...more

Supreme Court says lawyer's referral of client to a doctor for treatment is attorney-client privileged communication, and out of...

The Florida Supreme Court declared that the attorney-client privilege shielded a motor vehicle accident plaintiff from being required to disclose that her attorney had referred her to a doctor for treatment. In Worley v....more

Utah 2017 Legislative Update – Employment Law Issues

by Payne & Fears on

The 2017 session of the Utah Legislature produced few bills affecting employment law; but two bills recently signed by the Governor and one bill that was not passed this year may have an impact on Utah businesses....more

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Driver’s ADA Challenge to Sleep Apnea Screening Program

by Benesch on

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court denied a driver’s Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) challenge to a carrier’s sleep apnea screening program in Parker v. Crete Carrier Corp., U.S. Supreme Court Case No. 16-2002. In...more

Does Defensive Medicine Impact the Cost of Healthcare?

by Snell & Wilmer on

Healthcare in the United States costs at least two to three times as much as healthcare in other developed countries. One of the reasons usually given is defensive medicine – doctors who order unnecessary tests and procedures...more

Mandatory Disclosure of Prescription Drug Use May Violate ADA

When an employee tests positive for illegal drug use or self-discloses such use, many employers condition return to work on the employee’s participation in a substance abuse treatment program. These programs can include drug...more

Compelled Vocational Examinations of Injured Plaintiffs are Not Permitted in California

by Selman Breitman LLP on

Defendants litigating against personal injury claims in California cannot compel injured plaintiffs to submit to a vocational rehabilitation examination—even if the plaintiff has retained his or her own vocational expert to...more

Court Labels Employer Post-Offer Medical Examination “Textbook Case” of ADA Regarded As Liability

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

When used lawfully, post-offer, pre-employment medical examinations can be a powerful tool. But a recent federal district court case demonstrates the importance of carefully implementing such programs...more

Muskegon Family Care to Pay $21,500 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Company Fired Employee Because of Medical Hold Due to Medication, Federal Agency Charged - DETROIT - A medical services provider serving the Muskegon region will pay $21,500 and furnish other relief to settle a...more

Court upholds South Carolina company's benefits plan decision

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

One of the most important components of the employment relationship is the benefits package an employer is able to offer its employees. Employee benefits have to make business sense for the employer because there’s always a...more

Seventh Circuit Declines To Address The EEOC’s Challenge To The Legality Of Employer’s Wellness Plan

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: After an employee lost his employer-funded health insurance because he failed to complete a medical examination required by his employer, the EEOC sued the employer under the ADA’s ban on involuntary...more

Seventh Circuit Delivers Blow to EEOC Wellness Program Challenge, But Avoids Ruling on ADA Safe Harbor

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On January 25, 2017, in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Flambeau, Inc., the Seventh Circuit rejected an EEOC challenge to an employer wellness program. The circuit court had the opportunity to address whether an...more

No medical report means no accommodation

by McAfee & Taft on

Although the Army Ammunition Depot is located in McAlester, it was a Muskogee federal court that upheld an employer’s right to require adequate medical support before granting an employee’s request their job be modified on...more

The Joint Commission Bans Text Messaging for Patient Care Orders

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Joint Commission, which accredits hospitals and other health care organizations, recently announced it will not permit hospitals and other health care organizations to use secure text messaging platforms to transmit...more

Can an Employer Require That an Employee Submit FMLA Certification from a Specialist to Support the Need for FMLA Leave?

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

When it comes to FMLA medical certification, my clients have many complaints. One beef, in particular, is vague medical information they receive on a certification completed by the employee’s primary care physician. This...more

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