Hospitals Settle False Claims Act Charges 14:20, June 9, 2017

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Author: Christine Day

Two related healthcare entities, Mercy Hospital Springfield and Mercy Clinic Springfield Communities, paid $34 million to settle False Claims Act charges related to services for patients whose doctors were paid for referrals. As part of the settlement, the healthcare entities signed a corporate integrity agreement with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department […]

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Some members of Congress are trying to restore a US Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) recordkeeping rule that would give OSHA more time to impose penalties on employers who fail to keep records of workers’ injuries or illnesses.   OSHA Reporting Requirements When an employee suffers a work-related injury or illness, OSHA requires employers […]

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We’ve written before about how a company’s data security can be compromised by employees, whether through insider negligence or through unauthorized sharing of files. But an ex-employee who is fired, or who leaves under less than favorable circumstances, can also wreak havoc with your data on the way out the door. One case in May […]

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In this age of increasing social media use, employers have to negotiate a fine line between protecting their online reputations and allowing their employees to engage in protected activity like trying to improve their wages and working conditions. In April 2017, a catering company learned that it couldn’t fire an employee who used his public […]

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The American Dental Association (Association) paid $1.95 million to resolve Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charges that it fired two employees in retaliation for their complaints about violations of federal anti-discrimination laws. According to the EEOC, the Association fired its former chief legal counsel, Tamra Kempf, and its director of human resources after they complained […]

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After two employees of a drain service company died in the collapse of a trench, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found that the company failed to provide safeguards and safety training.  The employees died in 2016 while they were working in a 12-foot-deep trench to install water and sewer lines to a […]

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Most employers realize that they can be held responsible if an employee does something to create a hostile work environment. But some employers don’t know that they can also be liable for failing to protect employees from customers’ harassment or discrimination. Danielle Creacy worked for BCBG Max Azria Group, LLC (BCBG), a clothing retailer with […]

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Unflattering anonymous employee reviews posted by current and former employees prompted two companies to try to force Glassdoor to disclose the names of the reviewers. In March 2017 a California court denied one company’s request, but a Texas court granted another company’s request and ordered Glassdoor to reveal who wrote the reviews. “Confidential Information” Claim […]

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Federal, state, and local laws prohibit employers from engaging in sex-based wage discrimination. But when female employees claim that they’re being paid less for doing the same work that male employees do, employers have an affirmative defense: they can argue that the women are being paid less because of a factor other than sex. Allsteel […]

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When the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announces a settlement with an employer, the press release generally says that the employer agrees to provide certain kinds of compliance training in the future. In EEOC settlements announced in March 2017, the EEOC announced that it had required an Illinois sheet metal company to train its employees […]

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