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Southern California medical center to pay $2.2 million to resolve fraud allegations brought by whistleblower

September 22nd, 2010

The El Centro Regional Medical Center in Imperial County, California, has agreed to pay the federal government $2.2 million, plus interest, to settle allegations that it defrauded Medicare, the Justice Department announced. The government alleges that the 165-bed acute care hospital fraudulently inflated its charges to Medicare patients to obtain larger reimbursements from the federal [Read more...]

Major health reform provisions take effect beginning this week

September 21st, 2010

On this Thursday, September 23, a series of health reform provisions impacting employer-based health plans begin to take effect. Among the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148) that take effect for plan years beginning on or after Sept. 23, 2010, are the following:
Covering dependents up to age 26. Group health [Read more...]

EEOC sues telephone company, seeks class action status, alleges age bias and reprisal

September 21st, 2010

Richmond-based Cavalier Telephone, LLC violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act by discriminating against employees and a class of job applicants because of their age and retaliating against two employees for complaining about the discrimination, the EEOC charged in a lawsuit filed on September 20. According to the complaint (EEOC v Cavalier Telephone, LLC, dkt [Read more...]

U.S. worker use of prescription opiates climbing, drug testing index shows

September 20th, 2010

More American workers and job applicants are testing positive for prescription opiates, according to U.S. general workforce data in the 2009 annual Drug Testing Index™ (DTI) released by Quest Diagnostics Incorporated. Results from more than 5.5 million urine drug tests reveal an 18 percent jump in opiate positives in the general U.S. workforce in a [Read more...]

Tyson responds to OFCCP lawsuit over gender discrimination in hiring

September 20th, 2010

An administrative complaint filed by the OFCCP against Tyson Fresh Meats, alleging that the company utilized a hiring process and selection procedures that discriminated against women seeking entry-level positions at the company’s plant in Joslin, Illinois, “is really about documentation, not discrimination,” according to Ken Kimbro, senior vice president and chief human resources officer of [Read more...]