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Cisco Systems, Westcon Group to pay $48 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations brought by whistleblowers

September 9th, 2010

Cisco Systems and its distributor, Westcon Group, have agreed to pay the US government $48 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations that they defrauded various federal agencies, attorneys for the relators announced. The agreement resolves a False Claims Act suit filed in 2005 by two whistleblowers who worked for “systems integrators” Accenture and PricewaterhouseCoopers. [Read more...]

DMV suspends use of federal employment authorization document as proof of legal presence

September 8th, 2010

Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will stop accepting the federal government-issued Employment Authorization Document (I-766) as proof of legal presence in the United States — a condition of obtaining a driver’s license or official identification card in the state, Governor Bob McDonnell announced. The governor said the precautionary action by the state is the [Read more...]

Bullies aren’t just on the playground, they’re at work, too

September 8th, 2010

With most children now back to school and parents potentially fearing a rekindling of any bullying that occurred last year, many may not realize that grown-ups face similar ostracism after the morning school drop off: Workplace bullying.
EAP care managers at ValueOptions®, the nation’s largest independent behavioral health and wellness company, have noticed an increase in people [Read more...]

Workers living paycheck to paycheck as one in five has trouble making ends meet

September 7th, 2010

As the effects of the recession linger on, one place it continues to have a tight grip is on workers’ wallets. Nearly eight in 10 (77 percent) workers report that they live paycheck to paycheck to make ends meet. Sixty-one percent of workers said that they felt they lived paycheck to paycheck to make ends [Read more...]

PR firm to settle charges that its employees posted misleading endorsements on iTunes; first FTC enforcement action under revised endorsement rules

September 7th, 2010

In what appears to be the first enforcement action under an FTC rule enacted in December 2009 under which companies may be liable for company product endorsements posted online by employees who do not disclose they are paid by the company, a public relations agency hired by video game developers will settle Federal Trade Commission [Read more...]